Hands-Free Door Hardware and MORE to Protect Your People, Property and Possessions

By Gina Stuelke, CEO of Kenton Brothers

Did you know that 80% of germs are spread with your hands? Kenton Brothers Systems for Security offers several types of door hardware that can aid in the prevention of spreading germs and infectious diseases.

Arm and Foot Pulls

Arm and foot pulls are quick, easy and cost-effective solutions to open a door without touching a handle or lever with your hands. This type of hardware is attached to the door and can be used by pulling with your foot, arm or elbow. We offer a variety of options including stainless steel base material, copper anti-microbial material, anti-microbial coating over stainless steel, and multiple finishes. These types of products are perfect in areas such as restrooms, commercial buildings, restaurants, grocery stores, churches, event spaces and healthcare facilities.

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“Healthy” Hardware Options

The door handle of a public facility can be touched by people several thousand times a day. That’s thousands of opportunities to transfer bacteria and infectious diseases. In hospitals alone, there are over 103,000 Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) reported every year! On openings where pushing or pulling a mechanical door handle or lever is necessary, we offer health conscious bactericidal and/or anti-microbial hardware.

Some of the benefits of this hardware include:

  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria in 2 hours.
  • Not a coating and won’t wear off! Will continue to kill bacteria for the lifetime of the product.
  • Looks like stainless steel to match other hardware products.
  • Wide range of hardware and touch surfaces available.

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“Hands-Free” Access Control Technology – Empower your phone to be your credential

Another option becoming popular is “hands-free” access control technology. We offer products that use cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth technologies to create hands-free credentials. These allow you to walk up to a secured opening with your mobile credential and gain entry without needing to take your smartphone out of your pocket or your bag.

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For more information about these hands-free security options, please give us a call. We would be happy to walk you through these options to find your perfect solution!

Commercial Security and Video Surveillance Project in New Mexico… with a rare find!

By Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers.

In July, we were tasked with converting several banks in New Mexico to new security and video system. No two branches were alike. Some had analog video, some had digital, sometimes there was a Honeywell panel, sometimes DSC, sometimes no panel at all. And just like any road trip, it can’t be perfectly smooth, there have to be some bumps.

Our two adventurers this time were Terry McCurdy and Ryan Holtshaus.

New Mexico ProjectThey loaded up the van and began their merry journey just after the fourth of July weekend. In the end, they converted seven branches to Honeywell intrusion panels and Milestone Video management, but it’s the stuff in the middle that makes it the best.

At some point in the trip, they needed some more BNC connectors. Even though the guys had left “loaded for bear”, they had used up all of their supply of those connectors and needed more. For those of you who don’t know… BNC connectors have kind of gone the way of the dodo bird. They used to be everywhere, but now they are much harder to find in a store.

In Kansas City, I can only think of 2-3 places where we can get BNC connectors. In Santa Fe, there’s only one.

A-1 Communications to the rescue!

A-1 Communications in New MexicoTerry said the store was really cool. It was full of modern-day electronics like you would expect, but what made it cool was the older electronics. One such piece of art was a tube tester that the owner had created. It‘s amazing to me how much skill was required to make electronics years ago.

When Terry was done with his purchase, the man behind the counter said, “Let me put those in a bag for you.” After he was done, he asked, “Do you know why I put them in a bag for you?” Of course, Terry didn’t know. The man said, “So when you lose them, you lose all of them and have to come back.” Ha! How’s that for truth in advertisement?

When you’re out of town, you have to enjoy the local treats.

The guys had dinner at the Church Street Café. This establishment was owned as a home for 400 years and then turned into a restaurant. The restaurant has some amazing southwestern features and great food. (The guys give it two-thumbs up.)

Overall, it was a long two weeks, but the customer was thrilled with the success of the project. They commented to me after it was all done that they were impressed with Terry and Ryan’s tenacity and creativity towards creating solutions. It was great to hear that… that’s why we’re here. To solve the customer’s problems and have some adventures along the way. Here’s to the next time, we’re on the road!

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Hospital & Healthcare Security Systems: A Healthy Approach to Security & Beyond

Medical Security Solutions

Healthcare security systems involve far more than basic security products. These systems, when integrated with logical, comprehensive solutions and technology, keep a hospital or facility’s people and assets safe. When everything is secure, a hospital can confidently move forward in achieving its real mission: providing patients the best possible care in the safest environment possible.

Security as a Means to Protect Patients and Staff

Unified Access Control

Unified access control allows you to assign levels of facility and area access based on staff function. Paired with video surveillance, it allows for active medical facility monitoring and recording activity, as well as global and departmental lockdown capabilities. Integrating access control and video provides centralized control for easy administration and management.

IP Video Surveillance

Take advantage of your existing network by connecting IP video surveillance to it. Strategic installation offers a clear view of patients and facilities. Surveillance signage can deter unsafe and would-be criminal acts. Captured images can be used as evidence and to identify individuals.

Staff Security & Protection

Staff’s badges can be equipped with wireless call functionality. Paired with wall-mounted devices, staff can discreetly summon help over your wireless network or current Wi-Fi. With an active-RFID, RTLS badge, staff members press or pull it when they need assistance or are facing a threatening situation. RFID technology detects their specific location, so responders can arrive quickly.

Intrusion Detection Systems

Your healthcare facility’s needs and layout determine recommendations for the latest options in intrusion detection. Many options, ranging from minimum to maximum solutions, are available to fit staff and patient needs.

Emergency Notification Devices

Quickly and concisely guide people out of harm’s way whether they’re inside your hospital or on the grounds or parking areas. Incidents are triggered via buttons, consoles, panels and inputs. Designate notification channels. Then, provide emergency directions through communication systems, such as media displays, phone, text, PA systems and more.

Wandering, Elopement and Fall Detection

Track patients or residents with technology features that give them a better quality of care, give families and staff peace of mind, and allow your operations to flow more smoothly. Once sensors and tags are in place and the detection system is deployed, users receive an alert and quickly respond if someone wanders, strays or falls to improve care and minimize risk.

Infant Protection

Protect your most vulnerable patients and give staff and new parents peace of mind. Through comfortable tags with tamper alarms and integration with infrastructure, such as access control systems, door locking systems and security cameras, staff can protect infants and focus on their care.

Security as a Means to Create the Safest Healthcare Environment Possible

Asset & Equipment Management

Mark mobile medical equipment with asset tags, which seamlessly communicate with existing systems to provide exact location and condition. In addition to controlling inventory, medical staff can quickly locate then access critical medical equipment, speeding up workflow and delivering better overall patient care.

Environmental Monitoring

Meet compliance standards and prevent product loss with environmental monitoring. Record and track temperature and condition data of mission-critical medicines, vaccines, blood and lab samples to ensure all are safe and ready for patient use. Save time and money by eliminating the need for manual reporting and recording data remotely.

Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI)

Prevent terrorists from obtaining materials that can be used in radiological attacks by implementing security requirements established in the GTRI framework of convert, remove and protect. Hospitals support the initiative with remote monitoring, access control systems, alerting local law enforcement of an event, disposing properly of unused radiological and nuclear materials, and protecting radiology and nuclear medicine equipment still in use.

When it comes to hospital security systems, there are many factors to consider – from the type and size of your facility and the type of medical inventory to the people who work and visit there every day. The goal is to secure people and assets from every imaginable internal and external threat. Yet, unless regulations, your equipment or your surrounding community dictates it, you want your hospital secure, yet a welcoming space where your staff can carry out your true mission, caring for patients in a safe environment.

Schedule your hospital security systems consultation by calling us at 816-842-3700.

The Kenton Brothers Retail Counter [Video]

By Ryan Kaullen

Kenton Brothers can trace its customer service roots back to 1897. Our Retail Counter, customer-facing environment is at the forefront of service for our customers. Every day, our customers are coming in with various needs as a result of their businesses growing and evolving. That’s where the Kenton Brothers Retail Counter comes in. It’s a resource for their overall facilities physical security needs. Those needs come in the form of keying, part repairs, parts ordering, security needs, and knowledge database.

Our customers rely on the Retail Counter to be the gatekeepers for physical security at their facilities. Our internal database of records is guarded by checks and balances specifically outlined by our customers. Approvals must be followed every time. The Retail Counter staff works tirelessly to make sure requests are correctly followed and delivered on time.

Over the years, the Retail Counter has grown from a key shop to a full service solution for our customers.

The Retail Counter can help customers create and manage key systems, duplicate keys, re-key, order parts, repair parts and the list goes on. We welcome local walk-ins every day, but not all of our customers are local. We have customers across the country that rely on our knowledge and products to protect them. One day the Retail Counter Staff is cutting keys for a customer in Texas and the next they’re working with a customer in Arizona. We have thousands of key blanks and cylinders on hand, thousands of lines of in-stock product, as well as thousands more available through our vendors, and decades of experience to back it up.

From the entire Kenton Brothers staff, we invite you to allow Kenton Brothers and the Retail Counter Staff to help protect the people, property, possessions, you hold dear.

Partnering with Homebase to offer Multi-Family “Smart Home” Technology

By Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers

Smart home technology has been around for a few years. It’s the ability to control lights, thermostats, locks and more in your home using an app or a remote control. It’s building automation for your home. If you own a condo or an apartment complex, how can you offer the smart home experience to your tenants? Can you use the same products as a single-family home or a commercial building?

Let me show you how partnering with the right people can make smart home tech another bonus for your complex.

First of all, the typical smart home and commercial products aren’t a great fit for multi-family buildings. Most of the building is made up of individual “homes” with each home needing to have their own control over locks, lights, etc. However, there are also common areas in a commercial building including a gym, pool or front entrance that every tenant will need access to.

Kenton Brothers: Homebase LogoYou may need an intercom system to call a tenant if they have a visitor. To accomplish the task, you need two experts. One in Smart Home and the other in commercial security systems. Partnering with Homebase, Kenton Brothers has helped several multi-family facilities offer smart home tech to their clientele.

Homebase offers a tenant all of the smart home features like automatic locks, lights and thermostats. However, they also solve the problems associated with an apartment or condo like move in/move out, demo unit access, dog walker or cleaning service access through the front and tenant doors. They also offer a maintenance ticketing system and shared space access for all tenants.

Kenton Brothers: Smart Home SolutionsKenton Brothers makes sure that the right locking hardware and other security systems are in place and integrated.

Not every “smart” lock is ready for this application. Different doors will have different needs for intercom, access control, and/or smart home. An electrified lock on the front door of the complex will be very different than the door to a unit, but both need to be compatible with the building automation, or smart home system. The intercom system needs to call tenants wherever they are because many people no longer have land lines.

For more information, click here to download our guide for “Top 11 Solutions for Multi-Family Properties”

If you want to offer smart home functionality for your tenants, give us a call. We’ll partner with you and Homebase to integrate the different systems and features to create the right environment for you and your tenants.