The growth of working from home (WFH) following the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly poses potential security concerns around unwanted access to confidential company data.
And now ASSA ABLOY is hoping to help solve the issue with with Code Handle, a door lock that keeps private rooms private via the use of a PIN code.
85 percent of employees currently working from home say they would favour a ‘hybrid’ working pattern in the future – a clear indication that WFH is here to stay. Unsurprisingly, however, many domestic spaces that were repurposed into offices during the pandemic are not equipped to provide the security or privacy that a workplace demands.
Craig Birch, Head of Product Management at the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, said: “With many companies and employees having now turned to a hybrid working model, it is clear that working from home is here for the long term – but it is vital that security is improved alongside this, especially for those employed in sensitive industries. After all, not every houseguest should be reading confidential company data that has been left lying around on a desk.
“This is where Code Handle comes in. It provides an elegant and convenient way to put an effective barrier between the work environment and the rest of the home – ensuring that confidential documents are as secure as they would be in a purpose-built office.”
Code Handle offers a access control solution for those that need to keep home offices private. Access is granted to authorised individuals via a four- to six-digit code on the handle’s keypad, and the device automatically locks when a door closes for added security and peace of mind.
Unlike other costly access control systems, Code Handle can be quickly and easily installed or retrofitted. It is battery-powered and so requires no expensive wiring. Users can keep the current cylinder or lock and upgrade almost any interior door to Code Handle by simply securing it in place with two screws, making it easy for non-specialists.
“The security and ease of use of Code Handle has led to it being trusted within medical surgeries, retail stockrooms, flexible workspaces and almost anywhere else a private door meets a public space,” said Birch. “It is perfectly adapted for upgrading a home study, basement, loft or spare room into an office, as it provides optimum security without the hassle of keys or an unsightly push-button device.”