Medical facilities easily enhance security with smart locking technology

London, UK

Image supplied by Assa Abloy

Busy dental or doctors’ practices need a simple way to give patients privacy, protect medical equipment and keep personal belongings safe.  Assa Abloy presents a straight forward solution in the form of a simple, secure door handle with inbuilt digital PIN pad, which is easy to fit and simple to use — with no need for specialists or software.

The Code Handle Door Lock is designed to filter access to private rooms in public spaces, because, for example, in a medical or dental practice, not all staff should have access to every room. Private consultations must remain private and Code Handle can ensure that this happens. Code Handles can be used to secure doors to controlled drugs or hazardous waste bins. With Code Handle everything is keyless. No one needs to track physical keys or get locks changed when one goes missing.

All medical settings have equipment which could attract opportunist thieves. Patient documentation, of course, is confidential. In this environment, Code Handle offers an extra level of security — without the cost of fitting access control.

With an aesthetically pleasing design, the Code Handle is a locking handle with built-in digital PIN keypad. A secure 4- to 6-digit PIN ensures only authorised people enter. There is no key to use or track. Building users don’t even need to remember to lock the door behind them: Code Handle locks itself when the door shuts, while permitting code-free exit from the inside.

To install, there are no wires or software, just simply swap an existing door handle for Code Handle. It fits directly onto the door and lock case, replacing the existing handle and takes two screws to fix in place: easy for non-specialists or for any locksmith.

According to Assa Abloy, Code Handle is already trusted at surgeries, stockrooms, workspaces and almost anywhere else a private door meets a public space. To power the lock’s digital security, standard batteries slot into the handle itself. There are no keys and no software. 

One example is in Belgium, where the Code Handle is already in use allowing patients to feel more comfortable.  During an extension of the business, a practice sought modern, hassle-free door security to protect the practice and its team of five staff. Alongside security and convenience, the major issue Dermatologie Nijlen wanted to address was patient privacy.

“What we do most is to examine patients from top to toe. They need to take all their clothes off,” explains Dr Nele Cattaert, dermatologist co-founder of Dermatologie Nijlen. “You see them watch the door and wonder whether anyone could barge in.”

Practice rooms are now equipped with Code Handle Door Locks. This digital solution from Assa Abloy has reassured patients: “The main benefit to us was that the patient could feel at ease,” adds Dr Cattaert. “That patients did not get the impression that someone could come in at any time. I did not know that a solution could be so small and compact.”

And in Spain’s Basque Country, Code Handle protects valuable equipment. The Fylab physiotherapy clinic wanted easy electronic door security for consulting rooms which have expensive specialist equipment for various therapies. Requirements were straightforward: a simple, secure, keyless access solution designed to work in a facility that gets a lot of daily traffic from professionals and the public.

Fylab needed a locking device that’s easy to retrofit and incorporates a contemporary design to chime with their modern workplace. Code Handle added elegant electronic PIN security to three consulting-room doors, without wires or cables.

“I am no artist or handyman, but I managed to fit the handles within 10 minutes,” says Fylab founder, Borja Saldias Retegui. “Code Handle provides the most simple solution for access control in a small facility.”


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