Onity’s  new Advance locking solution has earned a Platinum ADEX Award in the 2007 ADEX Award competition, sponsored by Design Journal Magazine.

The ADEX Platinum Award, the competition's highest honours, recognized the ADVANCE lock for its modular design and ergonomic features.

Onity, one of the world’s leading providers of electronic locking solutions, is part of UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The prestigious ADEX Awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in product design, with winners announced each Spring. The winning products are judged by an independent panel of experts that represent a cross section of the design industry, including interiors, architecture, graphics, product, and industrial design.

The awards are sponsored by Design Journal Magazine, the industry’s premier trade publication for design and architecture, with a circulation of over 70,000 subscribers.

ADEX stands for Award for Design Excellence and is the largest and most prestigious awards program in the design industry. This year, 300 products from more than 1400 entries received awards in 91 categories.

"We are honored that our Advance lock has been recognized by Design Journal for exceptional design and innovation," said Bill Oliver, vice president of sales and operations for Onity.

“Our products have long (more) been recognized around the world for their quality and reliability. Now, our customers can enjoy that same reliability in a more attractive and flexible design.”

Advance by Onity is an entirely new electronic locking solution that offers a wide range of flexibility in both aesthetic design and operational features. The newly developed electronic lock features a unique, modular, two-piece design that minimises hardware on the guestroom door.

A wide selection of attractive finishes, interchangeable handle styles, and cover plates allow hotels to seamlessly blend the locks into the overall design of the property.

The Advance solution also offers dual upgradeable technology, so that, as security technology continues to advance, upgrades and retrofits are both simple and affordable.Developed with extensive and thorough R&D that included detailed scientific data, as well as feedback from a broad spectrum of hoteliers, guests and design professionals, Advance by Onity builds upon the proven reliability and convenience of the current generation of electronic locks.

In addition, it is designed to satisfy the needs of today’s hotels and their guests in innovative new ways.