Wireless technology has permanently changed our lives in innumerable ways, and has a profound effect on the security and access control industry. Although certain clients and applications will always resist battery-operated security, wireless technology will revolutionize our industry by enabling deployments simply not feasible using wire, and cutting installation costs by eliminating trenching and wire pulling.
Some factors have made wireless a reality for professional security applications where perhaps earlier it was not. These include:
Battery Life: Improvements in battery technology have resulted in smaller and longer lasting batteries. Battery life is always a pivotal issue when considering wireless devices. Low current electronics and processors have also enhanced the duty cycle and performance characteristics of wireless equipment to the point where there are no performance or feature trade-offs when going wireless.
Encryption: Due to the maturing of computer technologies with respect to memory, processing power, and processor speed, corresponding advances in encryption have further immunized wireless systems from unexpected guests.
Labor Costs: Even though we seem obsessed with importing low cost laborers, installation costs (and the constraints of certain installation environments) mean that the portability of wireless and the reduced installation costs are of growing importance to the providers and the buyers in the industry.
In short, benefits of wireless access control solutions include:
1) Reduced installation cost by up to 35 percent or more.
2) Reduced implementation time by up to 90 percent.
3) Reduced disruption to facilities and workplaces.
Schlage’s Wyreless Access Control offers a feature-rich open architecture solution for virtually any access control application where pulling wire is not acceptable. It is also cost-effective on new installations, and has been adapted into the design options of several major access control manufacturers as a world class technology.
Readers already familiar with wireless alarm products will no doubt recognize certain features which long ago became givens in that market segment of protective technology, and have now migrated over to access control.
The Schlage Wyreless Modular Integrated Reader Lock replaces the door-to-panel wiring and wiring around the door. Each device contains the electronics needed for real-time access control at a door. The card reader, electrified lock, power supply, RTX sensor, and door position switch button are included. Request-to-Enter button can be ordered as an additional option.
The Schlage Wyreless line includes: modular integrated reader lock, wireless exit trim, wireless reader interface, wireless portable reader, wireless integrated strike interface, wireless universal strike interface and wireless contact monitor.
WA Series modular locksets are available in either cylindrical (WA5200) or mortise (WA5600) locks with HID proximity, HID iClass proximity, Indala proximity, or magnetic stripe reader technologies. The Schlage WA Series Modular Locksets can be installed in about 60 minutes, which saves more than 90 percent of the time needed to install individual devices at a door.
Wyreless access communications protocol is very robust. The transmitters are high power and the receivers are high sensitivity. The communications are based on encrypted spread spectrum technology. The same 128-bit data packet is encrypted using the proprietary spread spectrum algorithm, then transmitted simultaneously over several frequencies. Each message is mixed with Pseudo-Noise codes and a randomly generated address into the bit stream. The receivers will only accept an “open” transmission after it has first sent a valid request (Card Read, or REX). Additionally, the Wyreless system utilizes a supervisory “heartbeat” which polls every access point at a factory-set 10-minute interval to monitor that the telemetry is working and every point in the system can send and receive. This interval can be reprogrammed to a shorter interval if desired.