Secured by Design

We’ve been a member of Secured by Design since 2019.

Since then, we’ve developed new products specifically to meet Secured by Design guidelines, and now we have 17 Door Entry & Access Control products that are Secured by Design accredited.

We are continuing to work closely with Secured by Design on a number of residential projects that are being designed & built in accordance with Secured by Design guidelines, assisting in their mission of ‘Designing Out Crime’, at every step.

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What is Secured by Design?

Secured by Design is the official police security initiative that works to improve the security of buildings & their surroundings by ‘designing out crime’. Secured by Design is now an intrinsic part of the planning process for all residential developments in London and the surrounding boroughs.

To begin the process of ‘designing out crime’, Secured by Design assist architects & planning departments in producing a ‘Design and Access Statement’, which identifies specific aspects of a building, and outlines how these areas should be designed to comply with Secured by Design guidelines.

Secured by Design now also have their own product-based accreditation scheme – the Police Preferred Specification – which is the only way for any product to achieve police accreditation in the UK.

Take a look at the video above, where Lyn Poole, Development Officer at Secured by Design, provides an overview of what Secured by Design is, and walks you through our project at New Hayes, showing you how this project has been built in accordance with Secured by Design guidelines.

The combination of Secured by Design being involved early on in the building design process, ensuring that the development adheres to Secured by Design guidelines; and the use of Secured by Design accredited products throughout the development, helps to…

Prevent Compromise

Ensuring guidelines are followed, and accredited products are used throughout the building.

Reduce Cost

There’s no need to rip anything out later, install everything once and it’s done.

The best bit? It works!

Secured by Design is the new standard for Door Entry & Access Control products, and we are ensuring that our products comply with Secured by Design guidelines at every step, to do our part in ‘designing out crime’.

If you’d like to find out more about Secured by Design, then you can visit their website by clicking below…

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87%

Reduction in crime for New Developments

61%

Reduction in crime for Major Refurbishment

How are Urmet Secured by Design Accredited?

We have 17 Secured by Design accredited Door Entry & Access Control products.

But what does this mean?

For a Door Entry or Access Control product to be Secured by Design accredited, it must be tested as a critical component part of a LPS 1175 SR2 Doorset, once accredited, the products are awarded the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ status.

Both of our Door Entry systems, ‘2Voice’ and ‘IPerCom’ and their associated system products have been accredited, along with our Access Control system ‘IPassan’.

With 17 Secured by Design accredited products, it means that we have more Door Entry & Access Control products accredited by Secured by Design than any other manufacturer in the industry.

Why is this important?

Products that are accredited by Secured by Design adhere to the latest security standards in order to combat existing & emerging crime trends, and assist in Secured by Design’s mission of ‘Designing Out Crime’.

It’s important that we have many products Secured by Design accredited because:

  1. It works. As shown above, when following Secured by Design guidelines, and using Secured by Design accredited products on a development, crime is reduced by up to 87%.
  2. It means that when using Urmet, we can provide you with a Door Entry & Access Control solution that is Secured by Design accredited.

Take a look at some of our products that have achieved Secured by Design accreditation, or UL293 Secured by Design accreditation, in the slider below

What is Secured by Design ‘UL293 Certification’?

There is another Secured by Design accreditation, called UL293 certification. In a nutshell, when a product is UL293 certified, it is Secured by Design accredited as an independent product, we explain what this means below.

We have 9 products that are UL293 certified, which is the most UL293 certified products by one manufacturer in the industry.

It’s important to know the distinction between Secured by Design accreditation, and UL293 Secured by Design Accreditation, we explain the difference below…

Before UL293 Secured by Design accreditation came along, there was only 1 way in which Door Entry & Access Control products could achieve Secured by Design accreditation.

This was to be tested as a critical component part of a LPS1175 doorset.

In this test, the products in the doorset were ONLY mechanically tested, meaning that they were only tested against physical attacks.

This means that those products that have achieved Secured by Design accreditation in this way, are only accredited by Secured by Design when used in that specific doorset, otherwise, it’s not Secured by Design accredited.

It also means that other methods of attack, such as electronic attack or communication attacks, were not tested, and these products would still be vulnerable to these attacks, despite being accredited by Secured by Design.

This is how the majority of products achieve Secured by Design accreditation, and it was quickly realised that this method of accreditation did not go far enough in terms of testing, therefore another, higher level of certification was created – UL293 Certification, which is now the new standard for building that are being built to Secured by Design guidelines.

UL293 Secured by Design accreditation was created in response to testing not going far enough when a product is tested & accredited as a critical component part of an LPS1175 doorset.

For a product to acheive UL293 certification, it must undergo over 60 tests covering:

  1. Physical Testing
  2. Electronic Testing
  3. Communication Security Testing

Once a product has achieved UL293 certification, it is Secured by Design accredited as an independent product, meaning that it can be installed anywhere on the building, and still be Secured by Design accredited (i.e. it is not reliant on being installed as part of a Secrued by Design accredited doorset).

It’s because of this additional testing, and freedom in terms of where UL293 products are installed on the building, that Consultants & Secured by Design alike are now suggesting that UL293 certified products are the new standard for products that are being installed on a building that is being built to Secured by Design guidelines.

Take a look at the scenarios below which demonstrates the difference between Secured by Design accredited products, and Secured by Design UL293 Certified products, and where they can be installed on a building…

Accredited as a critical part of an LPS1175 Doorset

Products achieving this certification are ONLY Secured by Design accredited when used in the specific doorset in which they were tested.

Accredited through UL293 Certification

Products that have achieved UL293 certification can be independently installed anywhere on the building, and still be Secured by Design accredited.

UL293 Certified Entry Panels & Fob Readers

We are the only manufacturer in the industry to have both Entry Panels AND Readers that have achieved UL293 Certification.

The chart below provides an overview of the full certification of each Secured by Design member company, however there are 2 main takeaways which you should be aware of…

Only Urmet & Paxton have products that have achieved UL293 Certification for both Electronic & Physical Testing.

Meaning that Urmet & Paxton are the only 2 manufacturers that have Door Entry Panels that can be installed anywhere on the building, and still be Secured by Design accredited.

Urmet are the only manufacturer to have both Entry Panels AND a separate Fob Reader achieve UL293 Certification.

Meaning that Urmet is the only manufacturer that has both Entry Panels AND a separate Fob Reader that can be installed anywhere on the building, and still be Secured by Design accredited.

For a full certification breakdown for each Secured by Design member company that manufacturers Door Entry & Access Control, take a look at the table below…

Do they have Secured by Design Accredited Products?
Have their products achieved Secured by Design accreditation as a critical component part of a LPS1175 certified doorset? (mechanical testing only) *
Do they also have Secured by Design UL293 Certified Products?
How many UL293 certified products do they have? 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 0
Do they have a UL293 Certified Door Entry Panel with Fob Reader?

(only enclosure certified)

Do they have a UL293 Certified Fob Reader?
Have they achieved UL293 Certification with ‘Electronic Attack’ Certification?
Have they achieved UL293 Certification with ‘Physical Attack’ Certification?
Have they achieved UL293 Certification with ‘Fit for Performance’ Certification?
Have they achieved UL293 Certification with ‘Communication Security’ Certification?

Disclaimer: The information in this table was accurate as of April 2022, and was taken directly from the Secured by Design website.

*For products that have achieved LPS1175 certification, the LPCB (the certification board) states that ‘the access control system’s resistance to ‘non-mechanical’ attack has not been assessed as it is outside the scope of LPS 1175: Issue 7. It is therefore recommended that specifiers satisfy themselves that the components used are resistant to any environmental conditions/interferences that may cause the locking system to disengage’

How do Urmet Meet Secured by Design Guidelines?

In 2019, Secured by Design published version 2 of their ‘Homes Guide’.

This document incorporates the latest security standards, building regulations and other UK statutory requirements, to provide guidance when building new or refurbishing existing domestic homes.

It’s the guidance in this document that has become the well-known ‘Secured by Design guidelines’, which Secured by Design member companies and residential developments should aim to comply with.

If you’d like to read or download the full 2019 Secured by Design Homes Guide, then you can do so by clicking below.

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If you don’t have time to read the full Homes Guide, then we have summarised the key points for you in the grid across, outlining how we comply with each of them…

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We’ve created a video based on the Secured by Design guidelines, which walks you through the key guidelines outlined in the Homes Guide, whilst also explaining how we comply with each of them.

If you don’t have time to watch the video now, then instead, simply click on a tile above to find out more about how we comply with the guidelines highlighted in the 2019 Secured by Design Homes Guide.

Secured by Design in Action!

We’ve recently worked on a site in Hayes, London which was designed and built-in accordance with Secured by Design guidelines.

This site used Urmet for both Door Entry & Access Control to achieve advanced functionality such as lift destination control and building compartmentation – it even uses our Self Resetting Emergency Exit Systems!

Take a look at the video across as we take a walk round the site with Urmet Installer Rolec Electrical, who installed the Door Entry & Access Control on site.

In this site walkthrough, we were fortunate enough to be joined by a representative from Secured by Design, and they provide some fantastic insight into how Rolec Electrical used Urmet products to apply Secured by Design guidelines to a living, breathing multi-dwelling residential development.

Have a project in mind?

Our Projects Team have worked on numerous Secured by Design projects nationwide at all stages of the design & build process.

If you have a project in mind, or just want to find out more about our Secured by Design accredited products & solutions, get in touch with our Projects’ Team!

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