In a not so unusual move, the client contacted our locksmithing business after becoming a victim. They were not sure if it was a robbery or a larceny, but they were very sure they were out $10,000. The door was unlocked to the premises, and the money was apparently taken after business hours...
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In a not so unusual move, the client contacted our locksmithing business after becoming a victim. They were not sure if it was a robbery or a larceny, but they were very sure they were out $10,000. The door was unlocked to the premises, and the money was apparently taken after business hours.
The questions included:
1-Was it an employee?
2-Did someone conceal himself in the building and wait for everyone else to leave, and then grab the loot?
3-How did the robber know where the money was kept?
4-What measures could the business take to prevent such a thing from occurring in the future?
The police could not answer the first three questions, but we were able to provide multiple choice answers for question number four. First, we sold them a safe for the money and other valuables. Second, after a survey of the site and an interview with the operations manager and the president, we proposed installing an access control system. Management approved our proposal and the system was installed.
It sounds like it was easy, but actually it was not. We had to overcome a few hurdles, the least of which was the specification and installation of the access control system and the door controls. That part was pretty straightforward.
The hurdles were the fact that the client wanted a credential-based system that would log and control entry as well as egress through the two doors to the facility. The building had been designated as a historical landmark, meaning any changes to the exterior required a difficult approval process. In addition, the two subject doors were currently in-swinging.
We wrote a proposal that specified delayed egress electromagnetic locks and credential-based door control for entry and egress, and we stipulated that the client would need to get approval from the local authority having jurisdiction (LAHJ) before we would accept the job.
As anticipated, the LAHJ accepted the system we designed, but failed the building. First off, the smoke detector system was not operating or even being monitored. Next, the sprinkler system was dry. Finally, the two exterior doors were in swinging, which made them unsuitable for emergency exits or for special locking arrangements. Once the doors were modified for out swing, we were on our way. The sprinkler guy and the fire guy were on their own.
The new Security Door Controls Model #1511S Exit Check Delayed Egress Emlock; Security Door Controls Model MSB550 Mechanical Switch Bars and Security Door Controls Model 631 RF power supplies were selected for the project. Security Door Controls came out with a Delayed Egress Electromagnetic lock several years ago, and this new model combines features of several different models and adds code compliance capabilities at a new lower price point.
We were able to configure the #1511S to our exact application. We wanted to lock the doors magnetically without latching hardware. This was partially because of the higher price of a comparable latching delayed egress system, the ease of installation of electromagnetic locks, the type of doors we were installing on, and the feature set of the #1511S. While the LAHJ responded favorably to our system design, he still handed us a page out of the 2003 International Fire Code, and told us to be sure our equipment complied. The #1511S, of course, does.
Many delayed egress electromagnets use an integral sensor to trigger the system that someone is attempting to leave the premises and initiate the delayed egress feature. The #1511S can be field-configured for either internal trigger as just described or for an external trigger. Because of the unique trigger logic and design of the 1511S, the following operational sequence was perfectly tailored for this application. The electromagnet has essentially three states: Unlocked, Locked and Delayed Egress/Alarm.