Facility Problem-Solvers: Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Electronic Access Control

Aug. 2, 2019
Stay up to date, prioritize power supplies and maximize ease of use for your customers

One of the most valuable benefits of electronic access control (EAC) systems is their ability to solve many issues at once. With the latest technologies like mobile credentials, EAC systems enable a seamless experience for building owners and end users moving through a facility, while providing security and meeting other facility needs, like energy efficiency and asset management.

Achieving a harmonious EAC system that works harder and makes life easier for end users, however, requires a holistic approach. Here are three ways to ensure an EAC system delivers an exceptional experience, while solving pressing facility challenges:

Stay Sharp

As technology evolves, it’s vital to stay up to date on the latest features and capabilities of EAC systems. There is no substitute for education and hands-on experience because the pace of change will only increase as end users and building owners continue to demand a more consumer-like experience in their facilities, particularly with mobile and wireless technology.

This is why ASSA ABLOY offers the ASSA ABLOY Academy for online or hands-on training sessions about doors, hardware and access control systems. Staying informed about the latest developments in EAC systems and being able to implement a variety of solutions allows integrators and security professionals to evaluate their clients’ needs and bring any type of project to a successful completion.

Specifically, the online training modules for our Intelligent Openings products provide our Authorized Channel Partners and Certified Integrators with access to valuable education to better serve their customers with the latest technology. Those interested in becoming certified can learn more about meeting the requirements and taking advantage of these offerings.

Put Power First

Too often, the power source is the last consideration when installing an EAC system. Ensuring customers’ systems will function properly requires reliable power before any other solution is implemented. For a variety of access control devices, look for a power source that can handle electronic locks and strikes, card readers, sensors and more. For example, the Securitron® AQ Series from ASSA ABLOY features dual- and single-voltage units with a battery charger. These solutions can power any type of EAC system, and since they’re available in one- to 16-amp variants, they can be used with systems ranging from a single door to a large-scale enterprise system of numerous access points.

Customers have different configurations and needs, so the ability to mix and match nine distribution boards and seven individual power supplies with the AQ Series allows you to customize any set-up while staying UL code compliant. These power supplies also handle DC-powered cameras and locking equipment, so you can use one power source for all security system components.

The right power supplies also solve other challenges, such as energy efficiency needs. The Securitron EcoPower® reduces standby power consumption by 99 percent, and the AQ Series provides up to 93 percent efficiency. This not only decreases operating costs of energy used, but also extends the life of the electronics for even greater efficiencies. The right power supply can therefore simplify access control by configuring to any opening, while being able to power the entire system and save on energy usage.

Prioritize Easy Installation

The spread of mobile technology into all aspects of our lives highlights a simple truth: going wireless makes movement easier. Incorporating wireless technology into EAC systems provides the same benefit for integrators and building owners who can connect the components of access control systems without having to wire the openings.

For example, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio® Wireless Lock Technology allows locks and the communications hub to connect without complex infrastructure changes or wiring all the doors. This solution lets you expand access control to your customers’ varied facilities and configurations for improved security regardless of the number of openings. The locks and card readers with this technology are also easy to install since they can be surface mounted on different materials and types of openings.

For customers retrofitting a building with the latest EAC technology, the Securitron R100 card reader can be mounted on metal, stone or glass without any drilling. All-glass openings can also use the Adams Rite® G100 wireless digital glass lock. This surface-mount solution avoids costly changes to glass openings since cutting, drilling and installing wires aren’t necessary. And it’s not just doors that can utilize these technologies—cabinets and lockers can be secured with wireless locks and credentials. Integrating these locks, such as the HES® K100 cabinet locks, with Aperio® hubs means no wiring or complex installation, and they can be accessed with existing ID badges. The versatility of wireless systems means security and simplicity can be extended from the perimeter of a building all the way to the interior cabinets.

The next generation of access control solutions is already here, with wireless technology that connects all types of openings and avoids the need for expensive wiring or construction. To find the right system for customers’ needs, look for ones that simplify the process from initial education to installation to a seamless end user experience.

David Corbin is Director of Product Management, Electromechanical Specialties, ASSA ABLOY

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