In a nutshell – Important terms relating to doors

Here you will find brief explanations of important terms in our industry, such as locking system, multi-point lock or BIM.


Mechatronic locking systems

Mechatronic locking systems are equipped with mechanical and also electronic components. This increases security.

Electronic locking systems

Access authorisations are granted using purely electronic media such as batch, keys with chip, card or smartphones. No mechanical elements are required. Locking and opening authorisations therefore only take place via digital media.

Mechanical locking systems

Mechanical locking systems are locking systems where the locking authorisation of the key takes place via mechanically scanned tumblers in the locking cylinder as well as the corresponding holes on the key.

1-point locking system

A 1-point locking system is a short lock which only has one bolt. This is also referred to as a mortise lock, which usually has a bolt and also a latch.

Multi-point lock

A multi-point lock is a long lock with several bolts. A multi-point lock usually consists of a main lock case and two or more secondary lock cases.


This is about guaranteeing that a service, website, product or building is accessible to everyone, regardless of possible impairments or illnesses.

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Building Information Modelling (BIM for short) describes a process that enables networked planning and management of buildings using software. All relevant data is collected, digitally modelled and combined in the software. The building is shown as a virtual model and even materials etc. can be integrated into the software. BIM is very important both in construction planning and execution, as well as in facility management

With Openings Studio, ASSA ABLOY also has a BIM-enabled tool for planning doors and fittings. KBOB (Coordination Conference of the Construction and Properties Service of Public Building Owners) has also issued a "Recommendation on dealing with BIM". 

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