On many door control systems, it's necessary to make electrical connections to devices on the moving door. One example would be an exit bar-type device mounted on the door which signals the access control system to release an electromagnetic lock or shunt out the alarm system. The most basic way...
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Inadequate latch engagement is another major (but preventable) factor in electric locking device failure. Professional electric locking devices all specify the size of latch they are designed to be used with. For example, .75 is a common latch length. The amount of latch engagement you achieve will be governed by the latch size, the capacity of the electric lock, the size of the gap between the door and the frame, and the way the strike is mounted in the frame. Adequate latch engagement is at least 66 percent. That is, if your latch is .75 then you should have .5 of it behind the strike in order to assure good locking.
Improper deadlatch trigger adjustment: On door strikes which are 'cut' into the frame; the geometry of the strike and frame makes frame flexing less an issue. Latch engagement is nonetheless critical. For those latch locks which use a deadlatch trigger, proper alignment and depression of the trigger is necessary to achieve an acceptable level of security. On some types of locks, the deadlatch is located on the flat side of the latch, and if it falls behind the strike, you are losing the deadlatch feature. On other types of locks, such as mortise types, the deadlatch trigger is adjacent to the latch. If the trigger is not depressed adequately, if the trigger falls in behind the strike keeper, or if the deadlatch trigger is out of adjustment inside the lock itself; the lock is not going to provide the security it was designed to provide, and the device may exhibit some mysterious symptoms.
For those styles of electric locks where the deadlatch trigger is next to the latch, misalignment between the latch and the strike, and not depressing the deadlatch trigger enough, can be the root of your problem. Generally, there are no internal adjustments in the locking device. You must verify that the deadbolt pin needs to be both aligned and depressed in enough to prevent the latch from being jimmied, or for some other security breach to occur.
CANSEC BIOMETRIC STANDALONE
The Cansec Zodiac Lite is indeed a breakthrough product, bringing biometric identification and authentication for higher levels of reliability at lower prices. Cansec's next innovative idea is the Smartlock RF Lockset with Zodiac Lite Reader, which provides wireless integration between the Zodiac Lite Reader and a proprietary standalone lockset.
The Zodiac reader mounts on the wall and connects to a Cansec RF Master Module, an encrypted RF transmitter which communicates with a standalone lockset which contains a CANSEC RF Slave receiver module. The standalone lockset uses conventional AA batteries.
The URF Master Module and standalone can actually be interfaced with anyone's access control system or readers if desired. These products eliminate the labor of wiring and the installing of a separate electric strike or electromagnetic lock.
The RF Master Module sends unlock commands to the standalone as well as sending door position status back to the host access control system for real time forced door annunciation, as well as door reset upon opening of the door to limit piggy-backing (more than one person passing through the door on a single card read).
FA RELIEF FOR VOLTAGE DROP GRIEF
The Altronix Power Conversion Module Model VR1T converts a 24VAC or 24VDC input into a 12VDC @ 1 amp output. This is a useful feature when you require 12 VDC out at a door, but only 24VDC is available. CCTV cameras, REX sensors and proximity readers require 12 VDC. This device enables you to use the same 24 VDC or VAC supply you're running for locks to power them.
Perhaps the real value of the VR1T is to solve voltage drop issues. For example, if you finish wiring a system using a 12 VDC power supply and you realize that the 12 volts isn't making it out to the door, you can replace the 12 VDC power supply with a hefty 24 VAC transformer, mount the VR1T out at the door, and have a solid regulated Amp of 12 VDC ready to serve in a jiffy.
In a recent column we discussed a concern over reliability as well as the potential for mischievous reprogramming of the Simplex 5000. With regards to reliability, the Simplex 5000's are proving themselves in the field to be as reliable as the other members of the legendary Simplex line.
We offered a suggestion which involved blocking the access hole in the faceplate. We have a better idea. If you're concerned about unauthorized reprogramming of the Simplex 5000, here's an easy way to plug up the access hole.
The Zodiac Lite Kit comes with a single reader, door control module, and hand-held programmer. No cards, PC, or software are required.
In addition to its standalone capability,the Zodiac 250 can be incorporated into an existing access control system using switchable 26-bit Weigand format or Cansec 37-bit proprietary format.
An electric strike is a latching mechanism that operates electrically to secure or release the extended latch or bolt of a mechanical lock or exit device. When an electric strike releases the latching...