It turned out that this process was handled by Buildings & Permits rather than the Fire Marshal. The application would have to include the usual paperwork such as our business license, our registration as a private security company and proof of insurance.
I was advised that I would also be required to include a UL Firestop detail. Whenever your cabling is entering or passing through a fire-rated wall floor or ceiling, firestop must be used. One way of determining if you are dealing with a fire-rated wall, is to check for a label on a door in the same wall. You can also review the floorplans.
I was able to determine what my project requirements were and by using Specified Technologies Submittal Wizard on their website: www.stifirestop.com got my UL Firestop Detail submittal paperwork together.
The www.stifirestop.com site also has an informative video on the importance of proper firestop specification and deployment as well as listings for all their products. Tech support was very knowledgeable and informative. Exact firestop requirements will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, gaining an understanding of the requirements, conventions, and materials and best practices is a good way move you along on your lifelong journey to that magic place to which you aspire where you actually know what you’re doing.
By the way, that silly string expanding foam from the home center don’t make it as firestop.
Electronic Access Control: bright blue
I selected bright blue, Schlage’s small to medium size system solution. Architecture involves a central 32-door capacity controller, and individual reader interfaces.
bright blue is Web-based and easy to configure. There is one connection point to the customer’s network and dedicated cabling between the controller and each reader interface. Bright Blue also interfaces with Schlage’s wired and wireless AD Series standalone locksets, as well as third party hardware so it is a scalable, versatile and cost-effective solution.
Administrators can log onto the system from anywhere with Internet access.
The Linux operating system offers stability and greater security from external threats.
User, Operator and Administrator log-on access levels are provided with each level providing a different set of access rights to the system, controlling what each user, operator and administrator is authorized to manage or view.
User-friendly configuration wizards and helpful tips make the configuration process and training easy. Novice computer users will learn how to log on and start managing access quickly. It’s easy to add cardholders, set up new doors and assign personnel access to different doors based on their time schedules, security levels and job requirements.
Schlage bills bright blue as the smart solution for:
- Small and medium commercial offices
- Medical and dental offices
- K-12 Schools
- Property management
- Houses of worship
Retail bright blue-supported devices include:
- Schlage AD-400 wireless locks
- Schlage AD-300 hardwired locks
- Schlage proximity and smart card readers
- Industry standard proximity, magnetic stripe and smart card readers
bright blue system features include:
- Support for up to 32 doors and 5000 cardholders
- Pre-configured and network ready
- Application wizards for ease of use
- Standardized reports
- System back-up
- Access anytime, anywhere, with a network connected computer
- Employee access activity monitor
- Anti-passback function to eliminate unauthorized entry
- Manual overrides to temporarily unlock doors
- Native communication to Schlage’s wireless access and VIP locks
- Holiday and event scheduling
- Minimal training required
- Door status monitoring
- Built-in web server
- Flashable firmware for future upgrades
- Remote access and administration
- Video integration option
Delayed Egress Maglock: BEA Sensors
For the delayed egress maglock I selected the BEA Sensors’ delayed egress maglock, which is a UL Listed standalone I wanted to try.
My design required the addition of a delayed egress maglock to each door requiring a valid credential to be used to egress. The BEA unit is an all-in-one solution supplied with the maglock, an external sounder and external keyswitch to manually reset and override the device. You can use a keypad instead of the keyswitch they supply. The external sounder has several volume settings to suite the installation environment.
This an open architecture, web-based access control system lets users access, monitor and manage their access control system from any computer running a standard web browser