World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day

Posted in: Articles,NewsWorld Alzheimer's Day is on September 21, 2016

Posted: September 14, 2016

Australian company offers an ideal aged-care facility security product.

The facts*:

  • September 21, 2016, is World Alzheimer’s Day.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
  • There are about 354,000 Australians living with dementia.
  • Each week, there are more than 1,800 new cases of dementia in Australia.
  • Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia, and there is no cure.
  • Worldwide there are more than 46.8 million people with dementia, with 131.5 million predicted by 2050
  • Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians aged 65 years or older

* Source: Alzheimer’s Australia


It’s no secret: our population is increasing, we’re living longer, and more and more of us will ultimately turn to Australia’s aged-care system, services and infrastructure for assistance in our old age.

The care and security of our ageing population has become a major priority for the aged-care system. While 3% of people aged between 65 and 74 are thought to have dementia, studies alarmingly reveal that some 43% of people in permanent residential aged care in the same age group had a diagnosis of dementia.

The Australian Government spend $14.8 billion on aged-case services during 2013-14. The care, housing and security of the elderly is proving increasingly costly and more problematic. People with dementia and Alzheimer’s in aged-care facilities and residential care become “flight risks” in that they tend to wander. Entrance, perimeter and even inter-facility security points are being challenged by dementia sufferers.

Australian company D&D Technologies, which made its name in the child gate safety business, namely swimming pool and childcare centre gates, believes it has come up with the ultimate gate latch for aged-care facilities and for home-care situations. For more than 25 years D&D has been refining and improving its renowned MagnaLatch® Magnetic Safety Gate Latch, but early in 2016 it announced the world’s first and only combined gate latch and electronic alarms– the MagnaLatch® ALERT. The MagnaLatch® ALERT comes in two models – one for child safety gates (e.g. swimming pools and childcare centres) and another model for gates around homes, aged-care facilities, yards, gardens and perimeter areas.

This new latch-alarm device offers a dual alarm system of flashing LED lights (safety you can see) and an audible alarm (safety you can hear). It’s the perfect solution for when carers can’t turn their backs for a second.

Many an elderly patient or dementia sufferer will challenge the security of their safe haven, and with this in mind the new ALERT latches are thoughtfully designed so that upon each entry or exit of a gate a single beep is heard. This notifies carers or property owners whenever someone enters or exits a gate.

If a gate is left or held open a second beep will be heard after 10 seconds. It’s only after 15 seconds of the gate being open and unlatched that the alarm siren begins to ramp up and LED lights begin to flash, providing carers and owners with visual and audible alerts, even from inside the facility or home.

Former Australian Olympic swimming coach and child water safety advocate, Laurie Lawrence, has had a long association with D&D Technologies and its Australian-made products. Says Lawrence: “I was mightily impressed with the first MagnaLatch when it came out over 20 years ago. But to see this new model of MagnaLatch ALERT, with built-in electronic alarms, represents an entirely new level of safety and peace-of-mind for homeowners, parents and carers. This is a major breakthrough for all types of safety gates.”

The best news is the ease with which the new latch-alarm system is installed. The electronic alarms are powered by an integrated, replaceable battery, so there’s no need for wiring, electricians or special tools. By simply screwing the latch onto the gate/fence the owner gains both a safety gate latch and an alarm system!

In 2015 the ground-breaking features of the MagnaLatch® ALERT were recognised with an Australian ‘Good Design Award’, now an internationally recognised award for innovative products.

In addition to all the alarm features of the new latch, and like all regular MagnaLatches, the ALERT models feature magnetically-triggered latching, key lockable security (rekeyable by a locksmith to match house doors), a visible Locked/Unlocked indicator, and a high degree of horizontal and vertical adjustment to ensure ongoing performance.

D&D Technologies’ Marketing Director, Justin Francis, says: “Not only does the MagnaLatch® ALERT notify that a gate is not closed and secure, but more importantly it warns that the gate is not properly latched. Until the latching mechanism is engaged, the alarms will flash and sound, even on fences where the gate may appear to be closed and safe. So this product is really an ‘unlatched’ alarm system, which is unique. We’re talking about what must surely be the safest gate latch in the world.”

The two models of the new MagnaLatch® ALERT are the tall ‘Top Pull’ model for swimming pool and other child safety gates, and the shorter ‘Vertical Pull’ model for front, side, perimeter and pet gates.

All product mounting screws, instructions, alarm battery and an Owner’s Manual are supplied standard.

The MagnaLatch® ALERT is available at Bunnings, other good hardware stores, or your local fencing contractor. SRP $195.

D&D Technologies is fully Australian owned, and all products are Australian made. All of D&D’s high-tech gate hardware latches and hinges carry a Lifetime Warranty. The electronic alarm unit of the MagnaLatch® ALERT carries a 2-Year Warranty.

For technical product information contact D&D Technologies (02) 9454 7888, or at Or visit

Further media enquiries:
Contact Justin Francis or Phil Doyle at D&D Technologies Pty Ltd. 
Phone (02) 9454 7800 or 0413 834 105. Or email
UK Fencing & Landscape News - April

UK Fencing & Landscape News - April

Posted in: Articles,Press Coverage The UK Fencing & Landscape News - April Edition has just run editorial to announce the launch of D&D's new LokkLatch MAGNETIC.

D&D Technologies, the gate hardware innovators have come up with another great design. D&D invests a lot of time and money in R&D and the company’s team of design engineers are always designing tomorrow’s gate hardware.

Now that D&D have launched their new LokkLatch® MAGNETIC GATE LOCK, you can only marvel at their dedication to constant improvement. With the new LokkLatch MAGNETIC, what is impressive is the way they’ve woven D&D’s famous magnetic technology into a sturdy, handle-style gate lock! It’s not just a gate latch, it’s a gate lock!

A decorative feature of the new LokkLatch® is the option to have either Gloss Black, Brushed or Chrome-style handle trim, also all the screws and fasteners are concealed to make it clean and stylish.

This “privacy and security lock” features unique push/pull access, and operates from both sides of the gate, but
also the fact the 6-pin lock cylinders in these devices can be rekeyed by a locksmith to match your front door.

The intuitive PUSH/PULL handle action will please everyone. It is fully adjustable vertically and horizontally at installation or afterwards if gate sag or earth movement occurs.

They can be easily installed onto any square-post gate and fence post from 38mm to 150mm deep.

“We see the new LokkLatch® MAGNETIC GATE LOCK creating a great deal of interest in Europe, if the positive feedback from our other international markets is any indication” says Justin Francis, D&D’s Sales Manager.

New MagnaLatch® ‘Series 3’ takes child safety gates to new levels of safety and rel

New MagnaLatch® ‘Series 3’ takes child safety gates to new levels of safety and rel

Posted in: Articles,Reviews D&D Technologies, the Australian design and manufacturing company that invented magnetic gate latches and polymer gate hinges, announces the release of its new “Series 3” range of MagnaLatch® Child Safety Gate Latches.

The magnetically triggered gate latch, which is used on swimming pools, childcare centres and other safety gates by fencing professionals the world over for the past 25 years, has had a major facelift to modernise its styling and ergonomics – but the real improvements and benefits are inside the latch’s design and function.

The most obvious functional improvement is the inclusion of a visible Locked/Unlocked indicator, a “red dot” that allows the user to see, at a glance, whether or not a gate is properly latched. Another welcome improvement is the upgrade from a simple wafer-key lock to a 6-pin security lock cylinder, which can be conveniently rekeyed to match other household doors and accesses.

Not only is the MagnaLatch ‘Series 3’ promoted as being significantly quicker and easier to install, it is also offers stronger mounting and easier vertical and horizontal adjustment (at any time during or after installation). Mounting to wood or metal gates has never been stronger or more secure.

“While we’ve never stopped improving and enhancing the MagnaLatch’s design and performance over the past 25 years,” says D&D’s Sales & Marketing Director, Justin Francis, “it’s only when we have accomplished a range of truly ground-breaking features and benefits that we dare to claim a new “Series” of latches. This latest Series 3 is quite extraordinary, and we took four years to develop everything that now makes it great - the safest gate latch in the world.”

Francis says that D&D can put its finger on 27 design improvements in the new range of latches, but there are a critical 10 improvements that the company is particularly proud of. Everything from slamming strength, to greater tamper resistance, improved traceability and easier latch adjustment and alignment, have been refined and upgraded without increasing the cost of the latch.

Francis asserts that MagnaLatch has taken the fencing world by storm since its introduction nearly 25 years ago. He says the unique, magnetic triggering offered by the latch has revolutionised the safety of gates around childcare centres, swimming pools, kindergartens, schools, playgrounds, homes, gardens and even animal compounds.

“D&D Technologies is a dynamic, family owned company,” he says. “We never stop thinking of ways to improve our products and make them perform better. But the one thing that drives us all, from management down to the assembly floor, is the clear understanding that we are all saving children’s lives! It’s what keeps us focused and never resting on our laurels. There is always scope for improvement.”

Even newer alarmed model coming soon

Hot on the heels of the MagnaLatch® ‘Series’ 3 will be an alarmed model known as the MagnaLatch® ALERT™.

This electronic model will feature an audible alarm and flashing LED alert so that the householder or carer can hear and see, from a distance, that a gate is not safely latched. Justin Francis likens it to being able to “listen for safety”, even when your back is turned.

The new ALERT model will offer unparalleled security for toddlers around critical areas such as childcare centres, roadside gates, pools and many other child safety zones.

All D&D-manufactured products carry a Lifetime Warranty. See all of D&D Technologies’ gate latches, locks, hinges and accessories at along with installation animations and product videos.

MagnaLatch® and other D&D Technologies products are available from Bunnings and other hardware outlets. For further product information contact D&D Technologies on (02) 9454 7800 or write to