The Schlage® NDE Series wireless lock with ENGAGE™ technology is designed to be easy to install, connect, manage and use. Developed specifically for facilities that want to upgrade to electronic credentials for improved security and efficiency, it is ideal for interior office doors, common area doors, and sensitive storage spaces with a cylindrical door prep.

NDE Series wireless locks simplify installation by combining the lock, credential reader, door position sensor, and request-to-exit switch in one unit. They utilize the standard ND cylindrical door prep and can be installed in minutes with only a Phillips screwdriver, eliminating the need to drill holes, run wires, and install additional components.

Brad Aikin, product leader, electronic commercial locks at Allegion, Carmel, Ind., said the product’s developers aimed to drive greater adoption of electronics by simplifying the installation of the lock and lowering the overall cost and complexity of configuring and managing the electronic locking hardware. “We developed this platform to enable the integrator market to install locks more easily,” said Aikin, “and therefore be able to deploy electronic access control further into the building and on access points where in the past they were not able to justify due to the cost of the lock and the installation required.”

That flexibility is what Aikin believes makes the product unique. “I think one of the things that separates [Schlage NDE Series wireless lock with ENGAGE technology] most is that it’s not a singular product,” Aikin described. “It has the ability to be managed in an offline format, in a Wi-Fi wireless offline lock format, or in a wireless real-time access point format.”

Cloud-Based Control

ENGAGE cloud-based Web and mobile apps make it easy to configure lock settings, add users, and view audits and alerts from anywhere. Apps also can be used to manage locks and add or delete credentials. For advanced capabilities including user schedules, auto unlocks and holidays, the locks can be managed with software from access control alliance partners. The locks also can be updated manually at the lock with the ENGAGE mobile app, automatically daily over Wi-Fi 2, or in real-time when connected to an ENGAGE gateway.

Updates to the locks can be sent in two different ways, depending on a company’s business needs. NDE wireless locks are Wi-Fi-enabled and can be connected to the IT network for daily updates. These updates are scheduled by the ENGAGE cloud to occur automatically within 24 hours of the requested change. In addition, the ENGAGE mobile app can send updates to the lock while the user is at the door — which is beneficial when the lock is in a space where Wi-Fi connectivity is not practical or when changes to the lock need to be made immediately.

User-Driven Design

This system is designed to provide benefits to multiple channels, but Aikin believes it will most benefit the end-user community. “It allows them to migrate from having to use mechanical keys to electronic credentials, said Aikin, who described the added benefit of efficiency the product provides. “In addition, the building is able to have electronic intelligence that provides the ability to know who is at what opening at what point — that intelligence allows users to operate and manage their building much more efficiently besides just more securely.”

Aikin said users can engage with the product as a traditional offline lock by going to the lock and updating it on demand, or they can have the lock connected to a Wi-Fi access point and engage with the lock once a day to update the information.

“This is really the first piece of locking hardware that we see as part of the overall ENGAGE portfolio coming from Allegion,” Aikin said.

NDE Series wireless locks with ENGAGE technology are compatible with most proximity and smart cards including aptiQ™ and aptiQmobile™.

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