FATH electronic lock wins German business award

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FATH Mechatronics is a manufacturer of electronic locking systems, including the access control system TANlock 3, which has won an award from the German government.

As part of the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), FATH Mechatronics was honored by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, for its outstanding research and development performance with the "ZIM Individual Project of the Year 2021" award.

Critical infrastructure security starts at the server cabinet. Operators of data centres, companies and municipalities must protect network and server cabinets from unauthorised access. At the same time, uncomplicated access for authorised persons should be guaranteed. The TANlock 3 access control system satisfies these high requirements for infrastructure security to the highest degree and has demonstrated this impressively in many projects.

It can be integrated into standard interfaces such as SNMPs, syslog, MS ActiveDirectory and LDAPs without additional software and also offers a high level of security. The TANlock 3 system enables special “authentication modules” (TANlock Authentication Modules), which can be replaced within a few minutes if required. This means that data centre and business operators can react particularly quickly to individual security requirements.

The basic structure of the TANlock 3 is identical, regardless of which authentication module is ordered. A new safety requirement, for example for an RFID standard (radio-frequency identification), hand vein scanner or fingerprint scanner can be fulfilled by changing the authentication component in the security lock. There is also the possibility of two-factor authentication or encryption via blockchain technology.

Thanks to the consistent minimisation of complexity, it was ultimately possible to develop an easy-to-install product that is operated without additional hardware or software. For example, a separate power supply was also dispensed with and common standards such as PoE (Power over Ethernet) were applied.

“For the first time, it is also possible to connect sensors for temperature, humidity, smoke, etc. directly to the electronic server cabinet lock,” reports CTO Jürgen Sept, proudly adding that the market acceptance is very high.

Individually adapted TANlocks have now been developed for some companies (including DAX-listed names). The TANlock already comprises several hundred variants in total.