As technology advances, end users want higher levels of security and technology to protect their property, personnel and assets. These advances have led to higher security lock cylinders and keys, and now is transforming into a rapidly growing market for electronic access control. Building owners and management companies continue to rely on professional locksmiths to provide them with a safe and secure environment, and go to them for guidance. As locksmiths are presented with this shift from mechanical towards electronic security, many are looking for ways to learn, install, operate and sell electronic products.
Many of today’s access control security systems are geared towards large enterprise organizations with onsite Information Technology personnel, and other dedicated security professionals accommodating complex security needs. Some of these conventional access control systems are over-featured for the needs of a significant portion of the market. Over 70 percent of all access control systems comprise facilities with 1-25 doors.
Locksmiths looking to sell and install electronic access control can sometimes feel overwhelmed, and may even turn down sales opportunities. However, the majority of the demand for access control is in fact for smaller, end user friendly systems.
This is what led to the creation of bright blue™ from Schlage, an open architecture, web-based access control system that lets users access, monitor and manage their access control system from any computer running a standard web browser. bright blue has been designed for applications having 1-32 doors and up to 5,000 cardholders and/or user codes.
No specialized software or dedicated PCs are required. The bright blue system uses state-of-the-art embedded intelligence technology. The system application comes on the control panel, which is network-ready and connects into the facilities’ existing Local Area Network (LAN).
The bright blue system software incorporates configuration wizards and help tips for programming and system navigation. Some of the features include setting up doors and assigning access based on time schedules. Up to 5,000 users can be added and deleted individually or by groups.
bright blue is designed to operate in the same way as a web page on the Internet. Changes can be made quickly and do not require dedicated personnel. Once the system has been installed, authorized users can use any networked online computer to access and manage their system.
For facilities utilizing wireless lock options, the bright blue head-end installation includes three basic components - bright blue controller, 12 and 24VDC power supplies and Panel Interface Module (PIM). The 12VDC PIM provides the interface between the wireless lock and the bright blue controller. The PIM provides the connections for credential data, door status, request-to-exit and troubleshooting. Monitors assess battery condition, reader tamper and RF communications in real time using five visual indicators.
Each Panel Interface Module has an indoor range up to 200 feet in typical building construction on the same floor. The outdoor range is up to 1000 feet line of sight. With the optional gain antennae, range is up to 4000 feet line of sight.
The bright blue controller’s network Ethernet connection provides an easy hookup into the onsite network. If there is no existing network onsite, there is also an option to connect directly into the board from a laptop with a special crossover cable. The software is accessed through a standard web browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
The system design image shows how different components of the bright blue system connect. bright blue has the flexibility to use a combination of opening solutions. Schlage single credential WA Series Integrated (wireless) and Schlage VIP Lock Series wired locksets’ open architecture platform directly connects with the bright blue controller. The WA Series Integrated and the VIP locks are available in cylindrical, mortise, and exit trim. The VIP locks are designed to provide access with HID compatible proximity or magnetic stripe cards. The WA Series locks provide access with HID compatible proximity cards.
This an open architecture, web-based access control system lets users access, monitor and manage their access control system from any computer running a standard web browser
Wireless systems are ideal for any retrofit or new construction application where wiring is difficult or impractical, or where the cost of traditional wired online access control is prohibitive.