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ERA wins Secured By Design accreditation

ERA, one of the UK’s leading home security and fenestration component providers, has been awarded the Secured by Design (SBD) Secure Connected Device accreditation for its new door security solution, TouchKey.

Launched specifically for Internet of Things (IoT) connected products, the unique and recognisable accreditation highlights solutions that have achieved the relevant IoT standards and certifications, including third-party testing and independent certification.

Following independent testing to BSI’s new Smart Residential Locking Device standard, which was developed in conjunction with ERA and combines the BSI IoT Kitemark with TS 621 for mechanical security with smart locking, TouchKey has met the requirements of the SBD’s IoT Device assessment framework.

Ben Penson, Technical, Innovation and Development Director at ERA, said: “For over 180 years, ERA has designed and manufactured hardware that sets the standard for security.

“Receiving the SBD Secure Connected Device accreditation for our new TouchKey door security solution reflects our longstanding commitment to third-party testing and certification to ensure we consistently provide customers with the highest possible standards of quality.


“TouchKey presents the next generation in smarter door security. It was therefore crucial that the product was certified to the highest possible standard to provide door manufacturers and their customers with complete peace of mind and confidence in its capabilities.”

Revolutionising keyless entry for timber and composite entrance doors, TouchKey is the only system of its kind to combine five different entry methods into a single door handle.

This includes fingerprint access, the smart home app, geolocation technology, voice-activated entry, and manual key override.

Combining a smarter security door handle with an auto-firing multi-point lock and an anti-bump security cylinder, TouchKey delivers the highest standards of dynamic smart technology with mechanical hardware endurance to provide complete security and convenience.

TouchKey is now listed by SBD as a Police Preferred Specification product after meeting the necessary recognised security standards.

The accreditation forms part of SBD’s certification scheme on behalf of the UK Police Service to help consumers make better-informed choices when buying connectable devices and help keep them safe from crime.

Michelle Kradolfer, Internet of Things Technical Officer at Secured by Design, said: “With the increase in IoT products available and a growing ecosystem of interconnected devices, cyber criminals are targeting and exploiting vulnerabilities of both products and apps, as most are mass-produced without security being a major consideration.

“Without the appropriate levels of security, any internet-connected device or app is at risk of providing cyber criminals with the ‘key’ in accessing and stealing personal data.

“SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK and we are delighted to award ERA with this accreditation for its TouchKey system.”

This year marks ERA’s 10th consecutive year of partnership with Secured by Design as part of its commitment to providing window and door manufacturers and their customers with the highest standards of security and service.

With over 180 years of manufacturing, design and innovation experience, ERA is a leader in the development and distribution of hardware and security solutions for the residential building and home improvement markets.

ERA has extensive knowledge and experience of delivering a total security solution for windows and doors, supplying fabricators and installers, locksmiths and security specialists, building professionals, and homeowners with mechanical, decorative and panic hardware, and smart security systems.
Delivering best in class product innovation, quality and service, ERA’s Total Security Guarantee is recognised by Neighbourhood Watch.

ERA, which designed and manufactured its first lock in the West Midlands in 1838, is part of Tyman UK & Ireland, a division of Tyman.

The business moved to a world-class purpose-built 135,000 sq. ft headquarters at the prestigious i54 site in Wolverhampton in 2017, housing state-of-the-art manufacturing, R&D, product development, test and training facilities.