Schindler wins coveted red dot design award

A 30-member jury has selected Schindler’s elegant PORT Office Trim door lock for the 2012 red dot award in Product Design. Jointly developed by Schindler and Interflex Datensysteme GmbH, where it is known as PegaSys, the innovative locking system combines robust access control functionality with impressive esthetics.

The electronic door fitting, featuring an elegant union of aluminum and glass, was chosen by red dot jurors for its “simple, esthetically appealing design, robust construction, high-quality workmanship and superior ease of use.”

An integrated design language

The PORT door lock is part of an integrated esthetic design which is applied across the PORT Technology range. “We have tried to achieve an elegant combination of style and functionality which reflects the exciting new things we can do with this technology” commented Schindler’s Tobias Friedli who was responsible for the innovative look of the new lock.

Seamless security

Seamlessly mounted in place of mechanical door locks, the PORT lock can be easily integrated with Schindler’s cutting-edge PORT Technology, which offers an interconnected communication system for buildings. Installation of PORT door locks lets elevators “talk” with doors, calling the elevator to a particular floor, for example, when the door to an apartment is shut. This latest innovation allows PORT to further optimize the comfort, safety and convenience of each visitor’s journey throughout a building.

Installed within minutes

The PORT door lock is powered by long-life lithium batteries, rendering wiring unnecessary. Installation on the door panel can be completed in just a few minutes. It can be used with all popular identification media (RFID, etc.) and is flexible with regard to future requirements.

“With PORT Technology, we can make incredible things happen in buildings,” says John Mizon, Vice President Advanced Programs. “The PORT Office door fitting greatly extends the reach of PORT and forms an integral part of our system.”

red dot Design Award

The red dot Design Award competition, first held in the 1950s, features three distinct disciplines: Product Design, Communication Design and Design Concept. Representatives from Schindler accepted the 2012 red dot Product Design award at a gala ceremony in Essen, Germany that attracted over 1,200 high-profile designers, CEOs, media representatives and marketing decision makers from around the world.

The PORT Office Trim is on temporary display in a special exhibition at the red dot design museum in Essen.

About Schindler

Founded in Switzerland in 1874, the Schindler Group is a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services. Schindler mobility solutions move one billion people every day all over the world. Behind the company's success are 44,000 employees in over 100 countries.

About Interflex Datensysteme GmbH & Co. KG

Interflex Datensysteme GmbH & Co. KG, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, offers complete solutions for workforce management with time accounting and personnel scheduling as well as security systems including card production, CCTV video surveillance, offline components and biometrics.

Furthermore, the company supports customer solutions with sustainable and comprehensive consulting services for workforce productivity. With more than 14,000 system installations managing more than 4.5 million employees, Interflex is one of the market leaders in Europe. Interflex was founded in 1976 and has been a part of Ingersoll Rand since 2000. Interflex customers include renowned national and international companies, authorities and call centers.

Interflex operates as part of Ingersoll Rand plc, a leading innovation and solutions provider for the major global markets of Security Technologies, Climate Control Technologies, Residential Solutions and Industrial Technologies.