A second option, which is dependent on the original topology and configuration of the hardware as well as being prepared for future growth, is to use the VRCNX-R Reader Controller board (or to add a reader interface to one already in place.) The Reader Controller Board incorporates additional memory and input/output capabilities onto a single back board for easy installation. The back board includes an VSRC Smart Reader Controller and expansion capabilities for two optional VIONX-8 input/output boards. Compatible with the Vanderbilt Industries SMS software, the VRCNX-R supports up to (16) devices. A VRINX Reader Interface is necessary for each Wiegand device added.
I understand that Schlage-AD standalone lock is open platform and already being integrated with other security systems. Is this integration possible wirelessly as well as hardwired? The AD uses proprietary wireless to connect to the system, and RS485 for the hard-wired: Can you give any examples?
The SMS access control system was the first to integrate the Schlage AD and CO Series locks. SMS supports both the hardwired and wireless electronic AD/CO locks, as well as the offline versions of those locks (i.e. AD-250, AD-200, etc.).
SMS supports the AD hardwired locks using their native communication. This means that they can be connected to the SRCNX-R Reader Controller Board directly via RS-485, thereby eliminating the need for interface panels and allowing for a cleaner, simpler installation – as well as lowered costs. When it comes to the wireless locks, the SRCNX-R requires a single AD ‘PIM’ (Panel Interface Module) to connect up to 16 AD-400 wireless locks. Our Reader Controller Board also allows for mixing and matching (hardwired, wireless, Wiegand devices, etc.) within certain guidelines.
What kind of technical support is available?
This is our sweet spot, and I believe where Vanderbilt excels. Our employees have been with this product line for many, many years. They are dedicated to delivering exceptional quality from production to technical support. This is one of the reasons we have such a loyal customer base.
Are you planning to roll out any new products?
In addition to our scheduled system enhancement and feature set releases, our focus in 2013 is opening our system to a broad spectrum of 3rd party system interfaces, including but not limited to, IP video management systems, offline (network-on-card), Wi-Fi IP electronic locking platforms, enhanced visitor management systems and PSIM integration.
So although your standalones are open platform, your other interfaces and controllers operate under VSMS and bright blue?
Our SMS and VEVMS (Video Management Systems) can be standalone systems or integrated; they can be client/server or PC applications. And yes, the Vanderbilt panels for SMS and bright blue are proprietary and part of our core product line.
What comprises your video line, and what are its benefits and value as compared to other similar devices?
Our video management system is completely scalable and can be centrally or regionally managed. It is available with hardware or as a software-only option where customers provide their own hardware and storage.
Our NVRs are hybrid units, meaning that they support both IP and analog cameras. The customer can mix and match. This is a real benefit and is especially useful if they are slowly upgrading their analog cameras to IP. This allows them to move at their own pace and as their budget affords.
Another feature of the system Enterprise Video Management System is the Microsoft embedded OS software which eliminates the need for constant virus and maintenance updates
From a software standpoint, the video system can be used as a standalone system, or it can be fully integrated into our access control systems (SMS/bright blue), providing video recordings per alarm transactions, cardholder transactions, etc. The video is time-synced with the NVR, allowing for tight integration with the access control system on card swipes, alarm transactions, etc. A module within the SMS software allows the user to associate any camera to any transaction or event type. It’s extremely easy to set up. The user can also set the number of frames pre- and post-transaction for the video clip.
With regard to your NVR software solution, do you use a separate VMS?
Our video management software is the same regardless if using our hardware solution or software-only solution. Our current access control products integrate with the Vanderbilt video system only, but we are in the process of opening that up to other 3rd party video systems.
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