Campus locks survived fire

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Fire severely damaged an unoccupied apartment complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay this past June while students where away for summer recess.

Fire severely damaged an unoccupied apartment complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay this past June while students where away for summer recess. The building is comprised of 17 units that provided housing for 63 students. Investigators determining the cause of the fire were able to rule out arson, thanks in part to access data that was retrieved from the still-functioning SARGENT Passport 1000 powered by PERSONA locksets used throughout the building.

The Passport 1000 standalone electronic access control devices were in place on the doorways to each of the 17 apartment units. Glenn Gray, Director of Residence Life at UWGB, said he was astonished to find the locks were still operable.

The heat and water damage was intense,” Gray told ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions Regional Electronic Access Control Manger, Al Keicher. “But surprisingly the new door locks maintained and provided access data for investigative purposes.”

The locks were installed in the summer of 2007. Roughly 900 of the locksets have been installed on campus since the school selected the SARGENT product as their locking choice two years ago.

“We were dismayed to learn about the fire, but relieved no injuries resulted,” Al said. “We offered support to our partners at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and stand ready to help them recover from this unfortunate occurrence. Our locks are engineered to withstand extreme abuse and this incident provides a real-life example.