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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The system consists of an HID prox lock controller at each door and network-based software. Each door connects to the existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet network to deliver real-time management over the local area network, or remotely over a wide area network or over the internet. The system can be expanded one door at a time.
In a Wi-Fi installation, power is supplied locally at each door to operate the reader and locking device. Data is communicated through the Wi-Fi Access Point. Standard installation is required for the locking hardware. If a customer doesn’t have a Wi-Fi network, most electronics stores provide a choice of Wi-Fi routers for a minimal cost. For most installations, installing a Wi-Fi network is easier and cheaper than pulling cable.
If a Wi-Fi network is already in use, installation is limited to the door location and initializing the Wi-Fi Access Point. The customer’s IT department will likely be involved in installing and managing the software and configuring the Wi-Fi communications module in the controller / reader.
With an Ethernet installation, the option exists to consolidate everything you need to one cable. This means if you have an internet device, the same CAT5 cable that supplies the data transmission to the device can also supply electrical power. The obvious savings is that you only need to run a single cable to the device. In most situations, anyone can run a CAT5 cable to get power to these devices. You probably do not need an electrician. As with any installation, check with your local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) to be sure you are complying with applicable codes.
If a building is already wired with Ethernet cabling, you usually just need to run from the nearest outlet to the door in question. The IT department will assign the plug an IP address.
In a PoE installation, the PoE injector is located right next to your existing hub, and the Injector is plugged into a standard AC outlet and for ultimate system protection, a UPS battery backup.
A standard CAT5 cable is used between the PoE Injector and the PoE Splitter which is located right next to the door. With one cable you have now provided the required network connection and all the power that will be needed at the door site.
What makes the PoE work with BlueLink Controller/Readers is the fact that each of the CR101 units is simply an internet device. The BlueLink IP Controller/Readers come with a female RJ45 connector which allows you to plug your Ethernet cable directly into one of the PoE Splitters, right at the door.
Wi-Fi has penetrated most Fortune 2000 companies. As a result, there are many opportunities to sell physical security products based on that standard.
Almost any new building or substantial commercial remodel will include providing Ethernet and Wi-Fi capability.
Because BlueWave uses the 802.11 Wi-Fi standard, it is recognized as a reliable protocol that integrates a variety of data and physical security solutions. It is the worldwide acceptance of this technology that provides ample opportunity for BlueWave sales to your customers.
Many security directors are finding that technology purchasing decisions are being made in conjunction with Information Technology (IT) administrators. As this trend continues, the IT administrators will be more likely to manage the physical security network instead of the traditional security professionals. As the areas continue to converge, only those products based on open IT standards will be considered secure, viable products.
Additional uses are being evaluated.
A partnership has been developed with Intellikey to utilize their electronic cylinders combined with BlueWave in a retrofit kit. This allows standard mortise locks to be easily converted to centrally managed, access controlled locks using the customer’s existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet data network.
Each managed door connects to the existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet network to deliver real-time management over the local area network, or remotely over a wide area network or the internet. If you have an existing Intellikey customer or system that you would like to discuss upgrade/retrofit compatibility, contact BlueWave or Clark Security Products.
Other popular stand-alone access control products are currently being evaluated for upgrade potential with a BlueWave modem and compatibility with BlueWave technology.
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