Sargent & Greenleaf Locks EMP Tested
E.M.P. weapons attacks or incidents caused by a solar flare, similar to the one scientist say Earth narrowly escaped in 2014, have become a real concern for government, data centres and the private safe or vault owner.
To address this concern, Sargent And Greenleaf put its Spartan, Titan and 6100 series electromechanical locks to the test, chosen specifically because of their prevalence in consumer gun safes across a wide range of manufacturers. All three were tested at high E.M.P. levels in the same independent lab where Sargent And Greenleaf tests the U.S. government’s high-security 2740B locks against E.M.P. “attacks.”
“The E.M.P. threat is an important concern for many gun safe and vault owners, and we wanted to be sure our locks passed the most significant threat potential, testing them at the military’s highest E.M.P. impact standards,” said Nate Brown, Sargent And Greenleaf Marketing Manager. “The Sargent And Greenleaf locks passed the test with flying colours.”
Generally, E.M.P. resistance requirements for electromechanical locks that protect the America's most classified documents only require successfully passing testing at an E.M.P. level of between 28 and 37 kV/m exposure. Sargent And Greenleaf’s study¸ however, went beyond the standard testing and used an E.M.P. exposure at levels of 50 kV/m, the U.S. military’s highest E.M.P. impact standard MIL-STD 461F, Method RS105.
The lab tested all three lock series, applying radiant transient electromagnet field, and each were tested with a variety of Sargent And Greenleaf keypads, following the Military Standard MIL-STD461F, Method RS105 at 50 kV/m peak exposure.
At the end of the testing series, the Sargent And Greenleaf locks were still fully functional. Sargent And Greenleaf credits the locks’ resilience to the expertise Sargent And Greenleaf engineers have applied from working with high-security locks for U.S. government facilities.