State-of-the-Art Door & Electronic Access Control Make-Over

A small high-tech software firm had leased a new space and they needed to get things secured. They wanted their security put into place quickly so as to minimize losses, but also stipulated that the installation process could not interfere with the...


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A small high-tech software firm had leased a new space and they needed to get things secured. They wanted their security put into place quickly so as to minimize losses, but also stipulated that the installation process could not interfere with the company's operations. Although I'm sure they were planning the move for months, they failed to do any planning for their access control, thereby creating the urgent situation.

The company had already been using a Locknetics CM 5100 series unit on their main entry door of their old location, and had distributed iButton credentials to the employees, so they were familiar with that system, were happy with the CM lock, and had an investment in iButton credentials.

EXISTING COMPONENTS

The Locknetics 5100 series lock is a standalone, microprocessor controlled, electromechanical locking system. The 5100 employs a heavy-duty mechanical design with fewer moving parts than a standard cylindrical lockset, for ease of installation and high reliability. It is powered by four, standard AA batteries, providing up to 80,000 activations.

Operationally, the outside lever is normally locked and the inside lever is always free to allow egress. Electronic access control is achieved by entering an iButton Key.

Standard features of the CM models include up to 1,000-user memory, real-time features including time zones and holidays, and audit trail of up to 1,000 events.

Optional Audit Trail - Key Override (ATK) will note any use of the mechanical key on the audit trail report. Manual and computer programming is supported by all models.

They were also accustomed to programming their CM lock using the LockLink software.

LockLink Express is a single management software designed for facilities with basic access control needs. Compatible with Windows®-based PC operating systems, LockLink Express manages the Locknetics On Board and e-Bolt family of products available from IR Security & Safety.

LockLink Express access control management software is a powerful, yet easy to learn. The easy-to-use software serves the needs of smaller access control systems while providing features commonly found on much larger systems.

LockLink Express is recommended for systems with fewer than 500 users and/or 100 access points. New users or access points can be entered into the system in seconds. On products equipped with SmarTime real-time based functions, the system operator can easily control both users and access points based on time of day, day of week, credential needed, and/or period of time.

Reporting capability is available to show audit trails retrieved, access privileges granted, and time functions established by either user or door.

Because the new door they wished to control was a storefront, and because the CM 5100 series is for solid doors and not adaptable to narrow stile applications, they decided to use the CM on another door to a sensitive area within the premises, and seek a new solution for the exterior employee entrance door.

On our initial visit, we were scheduled to remove their CM lock from their old location and install a narrowstile King Cobra on the employee entrance, which was a single duronodic storefront type opening.

The client had initially approved of the Narrowstile King Cobra because it was designed for their door, and it utilizes iButtons. However, when the client became aware that they would have to manually program this unit instead of using their LockLink software and that the King Cobra did not have a real time clock and therefore could not be programmed to unlock in the morning and relock in the evening, as they were accustomed to doing with their CM 5100 lock; the installation halted, and it became necessary to revaluate the opening, the application, and what would best serve the client's needs.

With its unique narrrowstile design suited for aluminum storefronts, and its iButton compatibility; the King Cobra is an impressive placeholder in the Schlage Locknetics access control lineup.

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