Access Control Goes Wireless

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.


The security industry has been transitioning into wireless for decades. The earliest wireless devices were remote controls for garage openers. Then burglar and fire alarms went wireless. This was a major milestone. With the age of personal computing evolving at full throttle, Wi-Fi then...


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The security industry has been transitioning into wireless for decades. The earliest wireless devices were remote controls for garage openers. Then burglar and fire alarms went wireless. This was a major milestone.

With the age of personal computing evolving at full throttle, Wi-Fi then hit the market and the security industry gradually evolved to use this wireless Internet-based technology.

The term gradually is relative. We all know that improvements in technology occur quickly today.

The evolution of the standalone access system from a purely mechanical device to an integrated system took a few decades. That is, it was about that long from the time the first mechanical pushbutton lock was introduced to when professional electronic standalones appeared. And they have are being constantly refined and improved.

We write about standalones all the time in the Locksmith Ledger because they are excellent devices, and philosophically aligned with the locksmiths, more so perhaps than any other electronic security product. Now a number of major manufacturers are introducing or offering standalone, wireless systems, making installation much easier on the locksmith since running wires is no longer part of the picture.

Wireless Standalone Access has to meet the same performance issues as any other security product. Considerations include:
Reliability: Will standalone wireless access provide the performance levels currently available from conventional standalones and networked solutions? What are the issues regarding signal drop out?
Battery Life: Will standalone wireless access be able to overcome what was once a major end-user concern which was excessive battery replacement?
Scalability: How easily will a standalone wireless access product fit into a variety of applications: from a single door deployment to an enterprise wide solution able to integrate with hardwired components and databases?
Security: Can standalone wireless provide an adequate level of encryption and ability to overcome signal path disruptions? This issue is especially critical in real time communication functions such as a facility lockdown.

Ingersoll Rand has offered a wireless access control product for several years. AlarmLock has long had wireless printer interfacing for their Trilogy Standalone. And SARGENT Lock, part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, has introduced its wireless product as well.

We present a thorough product overview offered by each company. Then we try to identify the potential issues and purchase reluctances the locksmith might encounter while presenting these products to their customers, and provide the answers you’ll need to satisfy your own criteria for professional security management, as well as provide bullet points for you to offer your prospects.
Locksmith Ledger interviewed three major players in the standalone wireless market and asked them about their new products: 

SARGENT
First, Locksmith Ledger questioned Lester LaPierre, director of business development, electronic access control, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. Following are Ledger’s questions and LaPierre’s answers.

What are your wireless access control offerings?
We offer the SARGENT 10 Line cylindrical lock, 8200 Series mortise lock and 80 Series exit device Studio Collection and Coastal Series designer levers with MicroShield™ antimicrobial hardware finish.

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