Initially, a customer needed credential-based security for a single front door, but this customer knew that relocating and expanding the operation was imminent. The Schlage CM Series of standalone units and the iButton credential presented the features this customer wanted. To begin with, it was...
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Initially, a customer needed credential-based security for a single front door, but this customer knew that relocating and expanding the operation was imminent. The Schlage CM Series of standalone units and the iButton credential presented the features this customer wanted. To begin with, it was scalable and standalone. It did not require any network wiring. The unit essentially bolted onto the door, and the company’s IT department easily mastered the LockLink Express software.
Additionally, the iButtons were a convenient and extremely robust credential solution. This high tech company was familiar with the Dallas chip design, and heartily endorsed it.
Later the company moved into larger quarters, occupying half of an existing multistory brick building. A variety of doors and architectural features in the structure provided challenges to secure. Fortunately, access control was pretty easy since we started by relocating the CM lock from the old location to the new location, then built upon that foundation and the existing LockLink Express user database with additional doors.
Some of the doors were perfectly suited for CM standalones, but as we described in a January 2005 Locksmith Ledger article, the front door of the premises was not suitable for a CM standalone, so we went with a different locking arrangement, a CT-1000 controller, managed under the same database, same programming steps, same credentials; just locking hardware custom tailored for a somewhat weathered storefront.
The success of this installation and the client’s satisfaction was even more apparent when they called us back last month after they had taken over the rest of the building, and told us to do our stuff on their newly annexed exterior door.
This door was actually a pair of steel doors which had been adorned with a plethora of electric hardware, all of which had passed over into the non-functional category. It was all junk, improperly installed, and not worth reviving.
We went with a similar setup as we did on the first door. We used an exit device with electrically actuated Fail-Secure lever trim, and a CT-1000 controller.
We put the CT-1000 controller into a Locknetics power supply enclosure. This configuration is available from Locknetics, or the power supply and the CT-1000 can be obtained as separate enclosures, if that better suits your installation.
The CT-1000 is as tough as nails, and easy to deploy and easy to service as well.
Let’s be honest; stuff will happen, and shortly after we completed our installation, we were called back because there was a glitch in the CT-1000’s operation. We blamed the electricians, but who really knows? Sure it’s a locked cabinet, but the client requested to have possession of the key.
The point is that we were able to get an advanced warranty replacement from Locknetics cheerful and efficient Customer Service Department with a single phone call. No problem.
Details on the CM System
Locknetics on Board is a standalone system, controlled by LockLink software that manages multiple access points, users and credentials. Computer-managed products include Schlage CM door locks, Von Duprin CM Exit Trim, Locknetics access controllers and credential readers and Recognitions Systems CM biometric HandReaders.
CM locks from Schlage are computer managed, standalone locking systems that are designed for robust, flexible access control in both retrofit and new construction installations. Schlage CM standalone locks provide many of the features of an online access control system, but without the heavy investment associated with networked systems.
Schlage CM locks are available in cylindrical, mortise latch, mortise AutoBolt® and even unit lock designs and powered by four standard “AA” alkaline batteries. The four “AA” batteries, on average, provide greater than two years of battery-life, virtually eliminating maintenance issues. CM locks utilize standard ANSI cylindrical door preps with minor modifications. Installation is simple and quick. The locks are also available with a hardwired option for high use or extremely cold climates.
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