"Furniture" is the industry term for traditional window hardware.   This is because this is an external component which is bolted onto the sash as a kind of ornamentation...but the SmartTouch lock is different.  It is the first lock engineered into the window structure itself - a feature which makes it the most integrated, streamlined and low-profile lock on the market...it also makes it one of the strongest locks on the  market too.   Based on American Architectural Manufacturers Association, AAMA certification testing, SmartTouch is about 25% stronger than the industry standard lock.