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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Determining the best IR electronic access control (EAC) solution is pretty easy by using any of the many technical resources available to locksmiths from IR. One way is to attend EAC University classes offered regionally to gain a hands-on experience with the products and working knowledge of how to specify wire and program them. IR's on-line resource, the www.IRSystemizer.com, leads through the design process and even prices out your system; or you can call their tech support line and get quick, knowledgeable help.

If you are unfamiliar with the IR product line, or just entering the EAC business, we highly recommend the EAC University Seminars. During our Basic Level 2 Training, we learned the elements of an electronic access control system; how to wire them together to control a locking device; the various terms used in Electronic Access Control nomenclature, the feature set of a typical controller and power supply, and programming techniques using a PDA and access control software.

The class provided an excellent technical orientation and foundation for beginners and it provided useful tricks, tips and techniques for the more experienced attendees. Additionally, taking the class and then passing an on-line test enables you to become a Level 2 Certified IR Security Dealer.

ADAMS RITE EXIT DEVICE & TRIM

We wanted our locking solution to be secure, reliable, robust and latching. We were dealing with a narrow aluminum frame door and jamb that already had been drilled extensively. We had an existing door loop and door contact to re-use. We also needed to specify hardware that was not only cost-effective, but also readily available, since the client wanted the system installed yesterday.

We determined that the Adams Rite #8421M Exit Device and #3082E Electrically Actuated Trim would meet all our requirements, and it was available for immediate shipping from our favorite distributor.

Adams Rite offers an extensive choice of hardware options, and has created an “Ordering Matrix” form which enables you to precisely specify every detail of your device. We printed out the ordering matrix sheet and used it while conducting our survey of the door. Besides the obvious things, like door (type)/rating, handing and architectural finish, the ordering matrix prompts you to determine details such as face shape, backset, and operating voltage and options such as outside trim function and monitoring switches for the device.

If you've properly specified the device, it arrives ready to install, but Adams Rite also includes exhaustive instructions and extra parts so that if you messed up, you'll be able to adapt the system to fit your door (within limits, of course).

Our box of Adams-Rite hardware contained our whole locking and door control solution -- the exit bar, the latch and the outside trim. It would interface with the EAC access control, provide fail-secure positive latching mechanical security, provide for emergency egress, and offer an integral mechanical override key and mechanical dogging capability, ‘just in case'.

Based on the power requirements of the electrically actuated trim, the Controller and the iButton reader, we specified the Locknetics #505 power supply. This was after we realized that the power supplies in the electrical closet were more a liability than an asset and would be better discarded than re-used. (Had we realized this earlier, we could have ordered out CT-1000 with the #505 power supply built-in.)

LOCKNETICS 505 POWER SUPPLY

The 500 Series Power Supplies are available in three models, and each one is UL Listed as a General Purpose Power Supply. The 505, 510 and 515 Series all feature low voltage DC, regulated, filtered power supplies with a built-in battery charging circuit and are designed to provide easy system interface with Locknetics locking devices, station controls and consoles.

A NEMA Grade 1 approved enclosure is universal throughout the line, measuring 12”x12”x4”. The 500 Series provides a built-in battery charging regulated, with a built-in battery charging circuit.

Standby battery kits (SBP1 or SBP2) can be added to the 505 Series power supply at the factory or in the field. A key lock cover, power line cord and emergency interface relay module (EIR-5) are available as factory installed options.

Our finished system is representative of state-of-the-art access control. It is streamlined, utilizes a minimum of system elements, provides flexible and powerful programming and control capabilities, and was extremely straightforward to install and wire.

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