The Swiss company's new app lock designed for the changing world of work

Work changes, offices change. Achieving the perfect balance between ownership and sharing is a goal of contemporary design. Just think of those spaces where furniture and furnishings belong to an employee for one or more days, or just a few hours, and then change hands to other colleagues. It is precisely for offices, and for other shared places such as hotels, gymnasium changing rooms, swimming pools and wellness centres, that the latest innovation from USM Modular Furniture, a Swiss company that has linked its name to modular systems with infinite configuration possibilities, is designed. For years, the solutions in the Usm Haller collection have represented a benchmark in terms of space management and organisation, as they stylishly combine classic beauty and adaptability to guarantee optimal and flexible solutions. Solutions that, moreover, architects and interior designers can test for their own projects through a convenient online configurator on the company website.

Compact and linear

The brand's latest innovation is the electromechanical C lock, combined with a specially developed app, for securing one's personal belongings with ease in shared rooms and spaces. Thanks to dual technology, RFID and Bluetooth, the lock can, in fact, be easily operated using a magnetic key or smartphone. Compact and linear, with the timeless aesthetics of a design classic, Lock C combines electronics and mechanics with the high quality that has always distinguished USM. There are three modes of use of the C Lock: Public Locker, Personal Locker and Shared Locker designed to meet the needs of locations with different functions.

Three modes of use

The Public Locker mode is designed for environments such as offices and coworking spaces, where lockers are obviously not permanently assigned, but see the user change from day to day or hour to hour. Public Locker is ideal for temporary use and is therefore not tied to a single key card. Personal Locker, on the other hand, is designed for lockers that are assigned to a single person on a long-term basis, perfect for protecting confidential documents or personal belongings, designed for executive offices or employees' private offices, but also for creating child-proof home environments. Finally, the Shared Locker version allows access for several people, a useful solution for lockers shared by several employees of the same team for example, but also a way to allow, via an app, third party access in the absence of the owner.

New functions, new solutions

Thomas Dienes, Head of Product Development at Usm explains: "In order to keep up with the times after more than 50 years, it is necessary to come up with something new: new components, new functions, small but refined additions that offer users solutions in line with current requirements and even more convenience, designing smart furniture with an eye to the future."

In case of emergency

And in the event of a lost key, with the new Lock C, finding the solution is quick and easy: normally the only solution would be to dispose of the locker and replace it with a new one, or to order a new key, whereas thanks to RFID and Bluetooth technology it is possible to perform an emergency opening and obtain a new magnetic key.

All-round security

Like all components of the USM Haller system, the new C-lock can be installed (or replace the old lock) on existing USM furniture, without much effort and without having to change the entire door. Even the battery change can be managed from the outside in just a few steps, making USM Haller modules much more secure and protecting their contents quick and easy.