A recent barrier gate project required us to coordinate not only contractors and electricians, but also the various components required to develop a working system.
Our system was comprised of several high technology components, and while it was not the most complicated design ever, it was nonetheless satisfying to hear the customer’s praises and appreciation for how it was all meeting and exceeding their expectations.
Good technology makes it all seem easy. And not-so-good technology makes it harder than it has to be. So we base our designs on products which have proven themselves to us in the past, and hopefully we will learn from mistakes and in the future not repeat them.
Following is a listing of the components chosen for this application, plus the reasoning behind their selection.
HID ProxPro 5355
We always choose HID readers. Which model we use is based on a few basic questions:
- Is the reader mounting on a mullion?
- Is an integral keypad required?
- What technology is the credentials?
- Is an extended read range required?
For this project, the reader was to be mounted on a DoorKing pedestal, and the client did not think an extended read range was necessary, I selected the ProxPro 5355 125 kHz Wall Switch Proximity Reader
I favor using a PVC watertight box for mounting readers on pedestals. One reason is this dimension matches up to the pad on the pedestal. It also gets the reader away form the metallic pedestal so there is no loss in range. The box is a good place for splicing.
As it turned out in this situation, the client pulled a last minute switch and asked for a keypad on each pedestal.
Although HID offers the 5355 in a keypad version, and my access controller would have supported it, I stuck to the original planned 5355.
The ProxPro® proximity card reader’s weatherproof design and architecturally attractive enclosure allow easy mounting indoors or out.
The ProxPro Reader is ideal for applications requiring a larger read range. It offers high reliability, consistent read range characteristics, and low power consumption in a single, easy-to-install package.
ProxPro 5355 Features include:
- Multicolor LED, internal or host control of the LED, and/or beeper and a beeper “off ” switch for silent operation.
- Wiegand protocol interface compatibility with all standard access control systems.
- Optional, fully integrated personal identification number keypad for heightened security.
- Mounts to glass using the optional glass mounting kit.
For more information, visit www.hidcorp.com.
Intelli-M® Door Controller
We selected the Intelli-M® eIDC Ethernet-enabled integrated door controller because it is a PoE access control system controller which provides fully distributed intelligence for access control and alarm monitoring.
The eIDC Ethernet-enabled door controller is packed with powerful features that can fit in a small, compact 2-gang box to control all peripheral door hardware. It is easy to install and program.
The Intelli-M eIDC controller can operate independently with its embedded Web server or with hundreds Intelli-M eIDC controllers through the server-based Intelli-M® Access security management software.
Our project had two controllers. Our application required that card holder activity reports be available for billing purposes. The combination of eIDC controller and Intelli-M software was cost-effective.
The Intelli-M controller uses discrete readers, so the controller can be located within the protected area, making for a higher level of security than with a reader using integral electronics.
Our readers were on pedestals, and the controllers were installed in the office structure.
Intelli-M is considered an edge device solution; the controllers are designed to be installed out at the door and leverage corporate infrastructure. Access control devices are typically very low bandwidth and don’t introduce enough new load on the network to require upgrades.