ASSA ABLOY Introduces Hands-Free Door Opening Solutions

ASSA ABLOY accelerated its product timeline in order to deliver Rockwood arm and foot pulls for hands-free door operation in new or pre-existing openings.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — ASSA ABLOY introduces a series of hands-free door opening solutions to help reduce skin-to-surface touchpoints amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Options for hands-free door operation have become a major consideration for facility managers, owners, tenants, employees and the general public to minimize the spread of germs and bacteria during the pandemic.

Rockwood hands-free arm and foot pulls are easy-to-install, cost-effective options for hands-free door operation in new or pre-existing openings in places like entrances, corridors and restrooms, according to the company. The solutions are made of stainless steel and can be installed on wood, metal or aluminum doors. The pulls also comply with ADA standards and regulations.

“Retrofitting existing spaces to help maximize employee and customer safety is on everyone’s mind as businesses and organizations start to develop their return to work plans,” says Cris Post, general manager of Rockwood Products, ASSA ABLOY Architectural Door Accessories. “We’ve seen incredible demand to bring a high-quality, durable, cost-efficient solution to the market and we are rapidly deploying to customers across North America.”

Qualtrics, an experience management company, surveyed more than 2,000 Americans during the coronavirus pandemic regarding their comfortability with returning to work and the reopening of public spaces. The study found the majority of Americans still don’t feel comfortable going to a restaurant (68%), going shopping (51%), or attending a sporting event (79%).

Additionally, 66% of Americans reported they would feel uncomfortable returning to work right now and 74% said they want their work facility regularly cleaned and disinfected when they do return.

“ASSA ABLOY has always been committed to providing life safety and security solutions, and that’s become even more important in today’s environment,” says Doug Thompson, president, ASSA ABLOY Architectural Door Accessories and Glass Solutions. “The Rockwood team dramatically accelerated our product development pipeline to deliver this solution quickly to customers, helping them prepare to re-open schools, offices, restaurants, stores and other public areas safely.”

Editor’s Note: This story first ran in Security Sales and Integration’s sister publication Campus Safety.

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