E-Plex Wireless: An Easy Transition to Wireless Access Control

At first glance, many locksmiths may think wireless access control is not for them. They choose to stay in their comfort zones with key systems, mechanical pushbutton locks, and perhaps stand-alone electromechanical products. However, there are...


At first glance, many locksmiths may think wireless access control is not for them. They choose to stay in their comfort zones with key systems, mechanical pushbutton locks, and perhaps stand-alone electromechanical products. However, there are significant business opportunities for the locksmith to easily transition to wireless access control with the E-Plex™ Enterprise System offered by Kaba Access Control, including the ability to upgrade existing E-Plex Locks already in the field.

As technology has evolved, there is a vast variety of electromechanical solutions for security and access control applications. Traditional locksmiths who have been hesitant to transition into electronics have typically lost business as customer requirements expanded beyond the mechanical lock and key.

Kaba’s newest version of the E-Plex Enterprise Access Control System, which includes a wireless option, affords the locksmith the opportunity to keep business that in the past may have transitioned to security dealers/integrators. Kaba introduced the product at the ALOA show in August. E-Plex Wireless gives the locksmith the opportunity to offer customers more access points at less cost than a wired access system, while making more profit overall.

Since most locksmiths are comfortable with mechanical pushbutton locks, the transition to E-Plex Wireless can significantly expand their product offering to customers without a big leap beyond their comfort levels. While the E-Plex Wireless System can be commissioned for more sophisticated applications where applicable, it doesn’t have to be. Many installations will be rather simple such as a few doors running off of one wireless gateway plugged into a USB port on a PC.

Consider that a typical wired door requires the following:

  • Wall reader
  • Electromechanical hardware to physically secure the door
  • Power source
  • Door panel
  • Wiring to connect everything from the door/wall to the panel, and central computer/network

In the E-Plex Wireless System, all of the above functionality is fully contained in the electromechanical lock, so there are obvious cost advantages to wireless versus the traditional wired access point. And, the installation is easier and more straightforward.

Modular and Flexible

Kaba’s E-Plex Wireless was designed to be modular, flexible, and scalable. For example, the locks can be installed and fully functional on the door, and then converted to wireless at a later date. You can start with as few as one door, and go up as high as 10,000 access points. In addition, using Kaba’s E-Plex Enterprise Software, both wireless and offline locks can be centrally managed.

The flexibility of the E-Plex Wireless System is demonstrated in the three different ways the products can be managed depending on customer preference or need. To begin, the locks can be installed and operated in LearnLok™ mode, which means the user’s credentials are enrolled directly at the lock without using any software or wireless technology. This can be advantageous:

1) during construction/renovation

2) for doors where central management/wireless communication is not critical

3) where very few users need access,

4) where it is not practical to add the door to the network.

A second option is to use the E-Plex Enterprise Software to manage the access points, but without configuring a wireless network. In this mode, access schedules, users, reports, etc., are all centrally managed using the software, but to communicate to/from the locks, you must physically go to the door for updates.

The third flexible option is to convert some or all doors to wireless operation, which enables communication to/from the lock without having to visit the door. This configuration is ideal for applications requiring the ability to centrally lockdown, or remotely unlock doors. Additional benefits of wireless include being able to centrally monitor access, check battery status, and send/receive updates to/from the door.

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