In our access control vernacular, upgrading means graduating from a key-based mechanical system to a credential-based electronic system. You may be updating an existing lock or setting up a new system.
Although door control systems range in size from one to hundreds of doors, the majority of door control systems are one to four doors.
Your customers may have multiple sites where only one or two doors require access control at each site. Whatever the ultimate size of the system, access control systems are built up one door at a time.
If you have a client who is new to access control, you will be faced with a few hurdles.
One hurdle will be if the customer is self-educated expert who has picked up jargon from the Internet or from advertisements. This type of client can be combative and not interested in your advice as a security professional. This client may have gotten some pricing from the home improvement sites or eBay. It’s all plug and play, and the locksmith’s role will be to try to complicate things and overcharge them, these customers sometimes think.
Another hurdle may be that your client is fearful of technology, and also resents being saddled with yet another responsibility; that of procuring and then managing a new system.
Many end-users shy away from electronic computer-based equipment because they fear becoming further entrapped by IT. There is no question that most of us have been the victim of abuse from bad tech support folks.
One possible solution is the eIDC32 (Ethernet Enabled Integrated Door Controller) from infinias. It is both powerful and simple to use.
Leveraging Power over Ethernet (PoE), the eIDC32 only requires a single network cable running to your door, providing tremendous cost-savings and flexibility when installing access control. Additionally, with multiple inputs and outputs and up to two readers per door, the eIDC32 will power your door accessories.
Did we mention it’s small? Anywhere you can install a double gang wall box, you can put an eIDC32. One controller is required for each door.
Programming is via PC either connected directly or through a network. The device does not require a network connection in order to control a door as it has integral storage for cards, settings and activity logs.
The device can operate as a single unit and be monitored in real time over the network, or can be used with Intell-M Access software in a server-client arrangement where multiple doors and sites may be administered with workstations on the network.
The eIDC may be powered using PoE or a power supply. Connect it to the network, configure it and you’re done.
The eIDC32 is designed to fit in either a double-gang (four square) box or our surface mount box. Attach the plaster ring to the box, and the eIDC snaps into place. The first of two stops keeps the controller standing out from the plaster ring so it can be wired without having to hold the controller and making the terminal blocks easy to access. The second position keeps the eIDC flush with the plaster ring so the cover plate can be attached.
LEDs on the front serve two purposes, to show activity while in operation, and on startup, they display the IP address of the controller.
An infrared tamper detect on the controller reflects off the back of the cover plate, raising an alarm if the cover plate is removed.
The eIDC32 is designed to be configured via the server then act independently, granting access on schedule and passing events back to the server. The controller boasts an impressive array of capabilities, including:
- Capacity for 64,000 credentials in managed mode (8,000 in standalone)
- Rolling event buffer of 16,000 events.
- If the controller cannot communicate with the server, events are stored locally and flushed up to the server when it reconnects.
- 254 Schedules to handle complex scheduling requirements
- Seven Holiday sets
- AES 128 bit encrypted communication
- DHCP or Static IP Addressing