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  • Mighton Presented with World First BSI Internet Security Certificate for Avia Secure Smart Lock

    Mighton has been officially presented with a certificate from the British Standards Institution (BSI) in recognition of achieving the Government’s Code of Practice for consumer Internet of Things (IoT) security for its Avia Apple HomeKit smart lock – the first ever product of any kind to receive the ETSI TS 103 645 accreditation.

    The Code of Practice, which is recognised internationally, was introduced by the UK Government in October 2018, in response to growing concern about the cyber security of smart enabled devices in the home. Not only does the standard help to ensure the privacy and security of consumers when using their smart home products, it is also designed to prevent the threat of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that are launched from poorly secured IoT devices.

    Mighton’s chairman, Mike Derham, and marketing director, Jim Herrington, received the award from the BSI’s global digital and connected product certification director, David Mudd; BSI UK & Ireland managing director, Anne Scorey; and IoT business development manager, Stephen Thomas. David Mudd commented: “Well done to Mighton Products for achieving compliance to the first globally-applicable standard for consumer IoT security. Best practice is more than just good encryption, strong passwords and addressing other system design issues, it’s also about responsible disclosure, software support and effective user guidance. It’s great to see companies taking this fully on board.”

    Avia – which carries PAS 24 accreditation and features 256-bit data encryption for enhanced security – is the first Apple HomeKit lever operated smart multipoint lock. Available to UK trade customers exclusively through hardware distributor, Mila, it is a ‘full function’ lock that can be controlled using iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, keypad and fob, combined with the peace of mind of a traditional key and TS 007 3-star cylinder. Access via facial recognition is another exciting innovation that can be activated by an optional accessory.

    Once connected to the highly secure and stable Apple HomeKit platform, homeowners can check on the status of their entrance door via the Avia app, including a full audit trail that records all activity, and can also extend and control access to additional users – for example service providers – from anywhere in the world.

  • Improve your Homes Safety with Mighton's Angel Ventlock®

    Mike, our Chairman of Mighton Products, highlights the potential dangers to young children and toddlers of open windows, and how the Angel Ventlock® has been designed to offer a simple, effective and secure solution.

    There is no time in life when curiosity is more powerful than in early childhood. The world of a young child is full of new experiences; new people to meet, food to eat, games to play and places to explore. All of which can be hugely exciting for both toddlers and parents alike, although, for the parents, the thrill of watching their offspring discover the world around them, can often be offset by the constant challenge of ensuring that they do so in as safe an environment as possible.

    Young children will unwittingly be attracted to all sorts of hazards – that is just a fact of life. And while it’s second nature these days to invest in a wide range of products to help protect them from serious injury – such as car seats, stair gates and even covers for electrical sockets or adhesive foam padding for sharp corners – many parents are still unaware of the dangers presented by windows.

    Every year, for instance, approximately 4,000 children are injured due to open windows and tragically, 15-20 are killed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 80% of those injured are under the age of four, a statistic that highlights the fact that children are simply unaware of the potential dangers of windows, and that while you can take some preventative measures to protect them, there’s always a risk that they will hurt themselves unless they’re under constant supervision.

    There is, however, one way to ensure they remain safe and that’s to fit a window opening controlled device, such as the Angel Ventlock®; a low cost, yet incredibly effective solution that does not detract from the aesthetics or overall functionality of a window, but one that can either be easily integrated by a manufacturer, or retro-fitted in just a matter of minutes, to give homeowners, parents and guardians complete peace of mind that the young children in their care are properly safeguarded.

    The idea for the Angel Ventlock® came about following a customer query made at a Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) event in the states, where Mighton was exhibiting. The customer in question had been looking at a regular Mighton Ventlock® product, one that had been available for the last 30 years, and queried whether it met standards set out by US building codes. As a result of this enquiry, the team at Mighton ended up working on the ASTM Sub-Committee to develop new standards of safety, work that ultimately resulted in the introduction of ASTM F2090-2008 and 2010, a specification that established the installation, safety, performance and labelling requirements for devices intended to address the risk of injury and death associated with accidental falls from windows by children aged 6 and younger.

    This development, which was designed by Mighton 10 years ago, also led to the introduction of compliant window restrictors that are now sold to some of the largest window companies in the world.

    Engineered to meet both US safety standards and UK standard Building Regulations the Angel Ventlock® incorporates a patented design that is compatible with standards set out by the new building codes, as well as similar escape and rescue standards in the US. This unique design also means that children aged six and above should be able to operate the lock unaided in case of emergencies, such as a house fire. This feature has been tested by various focus groups and highlights the fact that the Angel Ventlock® might have been designed to be child proof, but it’s certainly not adult proof! Angel Ventlock® has been tested as a key component of windows that have passed PAS24:2016 and as such are included in the list of hardware on the Mighton Secured By Design License.

    Originally designed for traditional sash windows, with a either a face or side fix option that is fitted into the stiles of the top sash, as well as retro-fit versions, and even a Mini Angel for use on PVC, aluminium and fibreglass double and single hung sashes, “We have continued to develop the Angel Ventlock since it went on sale in 2009, and now offer solutions for both sliding and casement windows.“

    These days, modern windows are engineered to be increasingly stylish, energy efficient and even secure from break-ins. With an Angel Ventlock®, manufacturers and homeowners have the option to add to those features, with an easy to fit, highly effective and value adding product that at the very least will provide utmost peace of mind – and could even mean the difference between a happy childhood, or one that’s marred by a preventable tragedy.

  • Don't Spoil the Ship

    ….for a ha’porth of tar. This old adage about ruining a good product by being cheap with key components has never been more appropriate than with the new generation of timber windows, says Mighton’s Mike Derham.

    Anyone wandering around this year’s FIT Show could not help but notice the small, but significant presence of timber windows and in all frame styles, confirming their steady return to the home improvement sector.

    Under the unifying battle cry of ‘why install windows manufactured to look like wood, when you can have the real thing?’, the joinery industry believes that the self-inflicted demons that allowed the PVC-U replacement window sector to boom 40 years ago, are now firmly behind it, achieved through advances in timber preservation and joinery production technology.

     

    As well as quality, a number of other factors are in favour of a return of good quality, timber frames: time, in that many have simply forgotten the often appalling quality softwood frames that were once installed in new homes; and another is, ironically, that PVC-U and aluminium replacement windows and doors have now gone upmarket to meet the price points of timber, especially for those categorised as ‘Heritage’ styled frames. Thus, windows produced in all three framing materials may be presented to homeowners as options, with many who would choose timber if they could be assured of comparative performance.

    Quality is the key to the continued resurgence of timber frames as replacements: but installers buying frames in to offer to their increasingly well-educated and infirmed homeowner customers, should consider not just the manufacturer’s information about the frames, but to also look closely at the quality of the hardware.

    It is our experience from supplying the quality joinery industry with high quality fixings and hardware for 30 years, that despite the passion that often goes into the manufacture of traditional box sash frames, that some producers can be extraordinarily stingy when it comes to the key operating components of their product. The frames may last for years, but because they skimped on the hardware, failures – and consequent call-backs – occur.

    My worry is that with this renaissance of timber frames in the home improvement sector, the pressures of competition will lead producers to cut corners with the hardware, something that will be a huge mistake for products that are making such an impressive come back. Homeowners considering timber windows against alternatives in PVC-U and aluminium, will be doing so because they believe that they are buying and paying for the very best. Their decision will be based on the aesthetics of the timber but also in the overall product, which includes the visible fittings. It will also be based very much on the way the window operates, and whilst cheap hardware may stand the test when installed new in a showroom, any diminishment of performance will be become quickly noticeable when installed, by people that have paid for and expect the very best.

    A surprising number of manufacturers undermine their products – and potentially your reputation - by shortening the viable service life of their products with the installation of cheap hardware. This goes against every instinct that I have as a former manufacturer of timber box sash windows and surely, it makes no sense at all. Installers may make the assumption that as they are selling windows from an otherwise reputable manufacturer, then high quality hardware will, surely, be a given. Sadly that is not the case and the purpose of this editorial is to urge installers to be clear on the quality of the hardware installed. For it is your reputation that is at stake here and you that will pay for the call-backs when the hardware fails.

    Close attention to these details will save you a great deal of money; and ensure your reputation remains intact.

     

  • Mighton and Mila Partner Up To Supply Avia Apple Homekit Smart Lock To Window and Door Industry

    Mighton Products, which launched its new Apple HomeKit-based multipoint Avia smart lock at the high tech Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, is to make the product available to the UK window and door home improvement market through the UK’s leading hardware distributor Mila. Mila and Mighton will be exhibiting together at the FIT Show on a stand dedicated exclusively to this exciting new product (H30).

    Avia, the world’s first Apple HomeKit smart lock to be developed for multipoint systems, is controllable using iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, keypad and fob and is a full function smart lock that revolutionises entrance door security: the multipoint locks are secured by simply raising the handle and unlocked using the app installed on an Apple iPhone or iPad; by using a highly secure key fob from a range of up to 300 metres, or via an electronic keypad. A further, exciting innovation that will be demonstrated at the FIT Show is face recognition, activated via an optional accessory. Access for additional users may be easily extended, controlled and revoked via the app from anywhere in the world, for example to allow easy access for service providers.

    Crucially the Apple HomeKit platform is highly secure and stable and users of the Avia app can learn at a glance the status of the lock, with a full audit trail recorded for all activity. A traditional key may be used in the TS 007 3 star cylinder as an emergency backup to offer total peace of mind. Any competent person may install Avia in minutes on existing multipoint-equipped doors.

    Mila will use its extensive market presence and expertise to introduce the Avia smart lock to resi door manufacturers and installers serving the home improvement market, with demand expected to grow as smart technology becomes more broadly acceptable in this marketplace. Mighton is also developing further related smart home products based upon Apple HomeKit technology, which is regarded as the most secure and robust available.

    Mila’s Managing Director Richard Gyde says that Avia is the most impressive smart lock yet and believes it offers door fabricators and installers an impressive and highly secure option to homeowners familiar with Apple HomeKit technology. At the same time, because Avia is fitted on the inside of the door, it also allows them to fit Mila’s reassuringly familiar SBD accredited SupaSecure stainless steel door handle on the outside: “There are more than 1.3 billion users of Apple products worldwide and the prospect of offering such an advanced product, the world’s first for multipoint door locks, is very attractive. Demand is growing for smart locks and we look forward to working with Mighton, a long established specialist hardware supplier, to develop the home improvement market with them.”

    Mighton’s Mike Derham believes that Mila has the market reach to ensure that Avia realises its full potential in the sector: “We operate on the periphery of the home improvement market and believe that Mila will ensure that the full potential for Avia will be realised. As the only Apple HomeKit-based multipoint smart lock, demand for Avia will be strong and companies that offer Avia as an option for their customers will enjoy the kudos that the Apple HomeKit brand and technology will bring to their product.”

    Mighton Avia smart locks and accessories will be available from September 2019 to the UK window and door trade through Mila (www.mila.co.uk) and to other professional and commercial customers via the Apple website, Amazon and direct via the Avia site at www.aviasmart.com

  • 2,700 Miles Behind The Wheel ‘For the Kids’ By Mighton Boss Mike

    Traditional window hardware, paint and machinery specialist Mighton Products’ founder and chairman Mike Derham is about to set off behind the steering wheel of a support vehicle once again, to provide backup for a group of cyclists who this time are riding back all the way from Russia to Shropshire.

    Mike has been a long time supporter of the Hope House charity (http://www.hopehouse.org.uk), which provides care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales, which Mike became involved with through a friend who raises money for the organisation. For Mike this will be the fourth such event he has supported, both physically and as a sponsor and includes ensuring the safe passage for a group of 18 cyclists who will be riding a total of 2,730 miles, through 10 European countries in just 12 days. Divided into teams of three the cyclists will ride in relay from the Russian border, through Finland into the Arctic Circle, then Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, then via the tunnel into England, dipping into Wales and on to the final destination of Hope House in Oswestry, Shropshire.

    “These events have helped to raise more than £1 million for Hope House and I am delighted to be involved with this latest effort, which will actually be the last for on such a grand scale, due to the sheer complexity and effort involved,” said Mike. “It is therefore important that we raise even more money!” “The previous rides, which have included three across the USA and others through Europe, have been gruelling for riders and support alike, but the cause makes it so worthwhile. As a father and grandfather I have enormous respect for the work done by Hope House and am delighted to make this trip to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of the cyclists.”

    All involved with the ride pay their own costs, which ensures that 100% of any money raised goes direct to Hope House. Donations may be made through: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/frwhope

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