Secura Key Launches NOVA.16 AC Panel
Secura Key’s new NOVA.16 (Model SK-MRCP) multi-reader access control panel, based on the powerful ARM Cortex M3, 32-bit RISC processor, provides a major technology upgrade to Secura Key’s legacy SK-NET™ system.
The NOVA.16 connects to the local area network, and it also connects to a high speed, RS485 peripheral network consisting of up to 16 single-door Smart Readers, each containing all of the inputs and outputs to control and monitor a single door.
This combination of a control panel and Smart Readers is far more cost-effective than the traditional two-reader or four-reader control panel, or even the newer edge devices. It eliminates the labor and cost of cable home runs, and multiple control panel installations. This system architecture is similar to high-end system panels, but it is an entirely new topology for the one- to 16-door market.
With NOVA.16, expansion is easy and inexpensive: to add individual doors, just connect additional Smart Readers and make all door connections at the reader. To go beyond 16 doors, additional NOVA.16s can be added to the network or be daisy chained using RS485.
NOVA.16 reduces the number of control panels required for multi-door systems, which is a critical issue for IT, Electrical and Utility Rooms, where space for security electronics is at a premium.
NOVA.16 not only communicates with Smart Readers, which are available in contactless or proximity technologies, but it also communicates with the SK-WIO-1 Single Door Wiegand Interface. The SK-WIO-1 allows any Wiegand device to be connected to NOVA.16, including keypad readers, biometric readers, long range readers, and non-Secura Key card readers.
The NOVA.16’s RS-485 communications lines are hardened with gas discharge tube surge suppression. The NOVA.16 boasts a 3-Amp heavy-duty power supply with power line noise immunity, and it continually monitors backup battery status. Communications speeds and transaction storage capacity have more than doubled over previous controller models. The ARM platform will enable future feature enhancements and system upgrades.
NOVA.16 can be combined with Secura Key legacy two-door control panels on the same system, since they use the same programming conventions and user interface.
More Information: http://www.securakey.com.
Detex Tailgate Detection System Securest Healthcare Facility
Detex Corporation helps healthcare facilities control entry of unauthorized people trying to slip in behind employees who use card readers or keypads. The AT5200 Tailgate Detection System uses infrared sensor beams to detect followers, triggering an annunciated alarm.
As with many Detex high-security applications, the AT5200 System features a range of hardware designed for specific requirements. Healthcare customers can select the exact combinations of components that suit their particular applications and know that the components will integrate easily with each other and function well as a system.
Compatible with most card reader technologies, the Tailgate Detection System is easy to retrofit and has an integrated door-prop alarm for extra security. Access Control EasyKits® make installation easy.
“This system is ideal for departments where authorized personnel are the only ones allowed in the area,” said Ken Kuehler, national accounts manager at Detex. “Pharmacies, birthing centers, surgical suites – any place that strangers shouldn’t go is protected with a combination of Tailgate Detection System hardware and Restricted Access System hardware.”
To learn more about the Detex Tailgate Detection System, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.detex.com.
Potter Electric Secures Polk County Courthouse
The Polk County Courthouse in Dallas, Ore., desperately needed a fire alarm and fire sprinkler system overhaul to ensure the safety of their property and people. The existing four story building built in 1899 received a three story annex addition in 1964 and the Polk County Jail Building in 1999. The 69,000-square-foot property houses approximately 175 employees.