Access control for commercial applications has changed dramatically in the last decade. In the past, the majority of access systems installed by locksmiths were usually small, limited to a few doors, and required minimal wiring. Locksmiths stayed away from bigger integrated hard wired systems...
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Access control for commercial applications has changed dramatically in the last decade. In the past, the majority of access systems installed by locksmiths were usually small, limited to a few doors, and required minimal wiring. Locksmiths stayed away from bigger integrated hard wired systems because of the time, labor and materials involved in installing this type of multi-door project.
Many locksmiths view installing the access control door hardware and programming the system as the easy part; the real challenge involved is the wiring material costs and the labor of running all the wiring to inter-connect the system.
A lower-cost option in a multiple door system is to install stand-alone access control units. The limitation of stand-alone is that auditing activity and adding or deleting users generally requires someone to physically visit each door and use a laptop, PDA or data transfer module to upload and download information. That data is then transferred back to the PC or printer for evaluation. Those customers needing the capability to monitor real-time events or to make instant changes to their database to eliminate an employee were forced to go with hard-wired, labor-intensive applications.
Two market changes have created the opportunity for a new wireless access control system called BlueWave.
One, building security systems have migrated from twisted-pair and coaxial cable to standard Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) networks for data communications. Two, the world has adopted the 802.11 (Wi-Fi) standard for enterprise wireless communications.
BlueWave Security provides Wi-Fi access control and security management solutions. The company has partnered with wireless and security providers such as Clark Security Products, General Lock & Security, Monitronics International, the Wi-Fi Alliance and Symbol Technologies to bring these products to market.
Simply stated, the BlueWave and related products allow you to work with a customer’s existing IT setup (Wi-Fi, Ethernet or a combination of the two) and can be managed by their in-house IT department.
BlueWave offers two controller/readers and the related software that are compatible with most electronic locking devices; electric strikes or electromagnetic locks. An HID prox reader is combined with a controller to operate with either Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections.
The CR101 Wi-Fi Lock Controller/Reader uses standard 802.11b wireless communications with support for WEP and WPA encryption and manages the door lock and card reader locally and connects wirelessly to the BlueWave Software.
The CR101 Ethernet Lock Controller/Reader uses a wired CAT5 cable to connect to wired Ethernet networks and manages the door lock and card reader when an Ethernet connection is available or a Wi-Fi connection is not available. Features include anti-pass back, 2000 users stored locally, unlimited users on the network, 250 audit events stored locally, door sensor input, tamper-proof optical switch, two alarm outputs, two REX inputs, distributed administration and real-time control of each door.
BlueView Access Control Software defines access control lists and maintains audit information. Stand-Alone Workstation and ASP versions of the software are available. The three main components of the system access a common, central database located on the network.
BlueView Administrator is used to configure and manage users, groups, time zones, shifts, badges, special events and reports.
BlueView Monitor is used by guards or operations personnel to track people as they come and go, as well as control the door remotely.
BlueView Badge Server manages the communication with the controllers at each door, downloading updated access control lists and uploading audit events.
BlueWave delivers all of the features of networked panel-based access control systems, minus the panels, conduit and long wire runs, at about the cost of a stand-alone lock.
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