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Southco has announced that it can provide latching systems to enhance the security of a data centre’s infrastructure and add value to enclosure design through access control features.

The right access control solution can also help reduce costs through energy efficiency and improve product and system reliability.

Equally important is the selection of access hardware that can be connected to existing software to enable control and monitoring – such as who has gained access and when.

Ulrike Sturman, industry marketing manager for diversified technologies at Southco, said: ‘We have combined our expertise in engineered access solutions with electronic latching and access for intelligent, secure, ergonomic access control.

‘We provide a variety of electronic access solutions devices to suit application needs – from simple standalone keypads and electronic keys to RF-based prox readers and RF remote control systems.

‘For data centre enclosures, we have developed electronic latching technology.

‘An electro-mechanical latching system through a gear motor makes this technology more reliable and less energy consuming,’ he added.

At the heart of the Southco system for data centre enclosure latching is the H3-EM Swinghandle.

This is an electronic locking swing handle with a blue LED status indicator providing the intelligent local and remote functionality of a manual latching system with the benefit of electronic locking and unlocking.

The modular design accommodates single or multi-point latching with a low power, gear motor driven lock mechanism and high security DIN lock manual override.

The lock directly integrates with industry-standard rack monitoring/access control systems, while integrated sensors detect both locked and latched status.

Other key electronic access solutions (EAS) developed by Southco to meet the increasing physical and network security and access demands of data centres include the push-to-close R4-EM electronic rotary latch.

According to Southco, this enables the convenience of electronic access control with the security of an all-metal rotary latch design in a compact integrated package.

The EM-10 electronic keeper is a next-generation access control solution that provides the convenience of electronic access and push-to-close operation in one unit.

Its low installed cost, compact design and versatile installation options makes it an easy, affordable solution for new or retrofit enclosure applications, said the company.

All Southco electronic access solutions provide an electronic ‘signature’ each time the lock is actuated.

Combined with a unique input credential, the system can provide the necessary output to enclosure control and monitoring systems.

Each product has been designed as a drop-in replacement for existing mechanical latches.

Southco offers a broad range of latching solutions including locks, latches, hinges, handles and fasteners.  Southco´s distinctive human touch point solutions are important components of products that people interact with. They ensure a positive first impression while never overlooking the importance of optimum safety and secure operations.

For over 100 years, Southco has helped customers solve and overcome engineering challenges and our passion, vision and focus today is to help customers differentiate their products´ engineered touch points.

Southco is a leading global supplier with more than 2000 employees in over 20 countries, together with sales, distribution, engineering and customer service centers in over 30 countries. Southco can support you wherever you are in the world.

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