TZ SMArt Technology

TZ Smart Devices

Making the ordinary extraordinary

Unlike conventional electronic locks, TZ Smart Devices use advanced Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) materials as actuators and embedded sensors to optimize operation. This technology offers a number of strong advantages including allowing for innovative physical designs and packaging.

TZ Smart Devices are based on one of three current actuation topologies:

  • Rotary actuation: this is where the SMA is configured to rotate the mechanism in a radial fashion, opening a series of pawls or similar mechanisms to release a capture pin or stud
  • Flex actuation: this is the case where the SMA is used to bend or flex the mechanism so that the lock can release a spring loaded latch or clear an interference device so that the lock can operate
  • Linear actuation: is where the SMA is used in a linear fashion to pull a shuttle or clear an interference mechanism away from an engagement point in the lock

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Adam Forsyth, Chief Technology Officer at TZ Limited shares the latest product developments ‘live from the lab’. Learn more about the latest TZ Smart solutions,  SaaS offerings and future pipeline projects.

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TZ Radial

The TZ Radial is our leading Smart Device with several hundred thousand devices in use around the world in a range of applications.

A compact, lightweight, high-load locking device using an eight-jaw locking mechanism to capture and hold an inserted mating stud. The mechanism is controlled by a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuator which in turn is managed by integrated electronics, which provides programmability, communications and control by software.

The embedded intelligence at the device level enables networking, switching and the ability to control other devices and connect with smart objects such as sensors.

The TZ Radial locking device can be operated via a range of triggers, including internal sensor, push button, contact closure, or RS-485 serial communications network command. The device features a manual override and one-foot cable with an RJ-45 coupler for connection to standard patch cables.

TZ SlideHandle

The TZ SlideHandle is a retrofittable replacement for traditional manual swing-handle data center cabinet locks that offers many adaptor and mounting systems.

Designed to be installed onto a broad range of cabinets and enclosures, this server cabinet lock leverages its embedded micro-processing, integrated sensing and switching capability to offer the next generation of electronic locking.

TZ SlideHandle server cabinet locks are powered and controlled using either RS485 serial data communications or dry contact closure via standard UTP Cat5e/Cat6 cabling through a TZ Centurion Gateway. TZ SlideHandle can also be direct connected to standard access control or dry contact closure systems.

TZ PushLock

A smart secondary locking mechanism, the TZ PushLock is an intelligent locking system offering easy installation as a secondary electronic lock mechanism for the top of the data cabinet. Available for cabinet and frame types where it is not acceptable to modify the door or to replace the existing locking and latching mechanisms.

Added to an existing cabinet with lock, the TZ PushLock is powered and controlled using either RS485 serial data communications or dry contact closure via standard UTP Cat5e/Cat6 cabling through a TZ Centurion Gateway. TZ PushLock can also be directly connected to standard access control or dry contact closure systems.

TZ BeamLock

The TZ Beamlock is based on our patented Beam mechanism and designed for simple, cost effective closure of small enclosures in indoor applications such as mailrooms, day lockers and cabinets.

When activated the beam mechanism flexes, releasing the spring loaded striker and pushing the door open. Simultaneously inbuilt LEDs are turned on to illuminate the location.

  • Actuation topology: Flex
  • Locking mechanism: Beam format catch with spring loaded ejector
  • Form factor: Quick fit enclosure
  • Power: +24VDC
  • Communications: TZ SMArtBus protocol

TZ CabLock

The TZ Cablock is designed as an intelligent lock replacement for conventional cabinet locks. Based on our patented Beam mechanism Cablock provides enhances security and management of drawers and cabinets in retail, pharmaceutical, corporate and other applications.

When activated the beam mechanism flexes, removing the interference device used to prevent rotation of the lock. Simultaneously inbuilt LEDs are turned on in the knob to identify that the device is now unlocked at which point the knob can be turned and the cabinet opened.

  • Actuation topology: Flex
  • Operation: Beam format interference mechanism
  • Form factor: Cabinet mounted
  • Power: Battery (Lithium Ion, replaceable); external 5VDC option
  • Communications: Bluetooth, Ethernet or TZ SMArtBus protocol