ASSA ABLOY Introduces Hi-O™ Technology Bringing Network Intelligence to the Door August 29, 2008 — ASSA ABLOY introduces Hi-OTM (Highly Intelligent Opening) technology, a new concept for electronic door solutions that simplifies installation, service and upgrade off a building’s security and life-safety system. Hi-O connects electronic door components together over a CAN (Controller Area Network) data network, allowing them to communicate and monitor the health of the opening. CAN technology is a standard used for many years in the car industry. Hi-O enables connected devices to exchange and share encrypted information. Every device (the lock, exit device, electric strike, proximity reader, door operator, push button, etc.) is connected through a 4-wire cable; two wires for power and two for data communication. The devices can be connected to the network even when powered up – “Hot Plugging”. Plug-and–Play With Hi-O, intelligence is built into each device instead of one centralized logic unit, creating a plug-and-play system. A Hi-O device will work with its basic configuration as soon as it gets connected – just as when a USB device is plugged into a computer. The communication between the devices is encrypted in order to prevent intrusion. The advantages with a Hi-O system are many: To the installer Hi-O means fewer wires to keep track of, faster connecting of components and immediate configuration. Maintenance becomes predictive rather than reactive and troubleshooting is simplified due to the built-in diagnostics. A faulty device will alert the network. Standardisxed wiring and plug-and-play technology makes changing devices easy. Expansion of the Hi-O door system is simplified because all new devices will automatically identify themselves on the network. For the building owner, there’s the lower cost of ownership for the life of the opening. Hi-O technology is available on products from BESAM, CORBIN RUSSWIN, HES, HID, NORTON, SARGENT, SECURITRON, and YALE.