The State of the Art in Security: Work in Progress

Nov. 1, 2013
Access control work may involve adding new access control components to a previously non-electronic opening or providing retrofits to an existing technology which the client has outgrown. Today's customers may also be requesting wireless systems, video surveillance, alarms and motion detectors.

In today’s world, the emphasis on better security has never been greater. Industry forecasts predict continued growth in video and access control, and see North America as a primary growth region.

Your access control work will involve adding new access control components to a previously non-electronic opening or providing retrofits to an existing technology which the client has outgrown. In other cases, code changes warrant an update, or a cost-effective solution is now available the makes the expense worthwhile to your customer.

Enhancements involve controllers, input devices, doors, and safety devices which will make life better and safer for our clients; and the challenges associated with developing the best solution, and the ever-growing roster of technologies definitely confirms that the state of the art in security is a work in progress. Here are some of the new products and technologies that today’s locksmiths are installing.

Dortronics WR5276

Dortronics Systems new WR5276 heavy duty pushbutton exterior grade switches are constructed of brushed stainless steel for use in even the most unforgiving environments and are rated to a sealing degree of IP65.

“The addition of the WR5276 Series is a natural extension of our pushbutton control solutions,” said Bryan Sanderford, national sales manager, Dortronics Systems. “The outdoor versions are industrial grade but we’ve designed them with an aesthetically pleasing look so they can be used in high visibility locations.”

The WR5276 Series is available in four configurations:

  1. HD28 Alternate Action Form Z Non-Illuminated
  2. HD28xL Alternate Action Form Z Illuminated LED Ring
  3. HD29 Momentary Action Form Z Non-Illuminated
  4. HD29xL Momentary Action Form Z Illuminated LED Ring.

The illuminated LED ring color is red or green and switch contacts are isolated normally open and normally closed. A neoprene gasket is included for mounting the switch plate. The IP 65 rating protects against water projected from a nozzle from any direction. Optional engraving is available.

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Securitech LEXI Control trim is an effective way of interfacing electric release with mechanical locking. It’s ideal to retrofit to existing doors.

Securitech recognizes that a facility may have exit devices from different manufacturers. LEXI allows one trim to be used throughout the facility. The mounting plates and operators change to match the exit device, but the basic electrified lever handle unit is the same. Each mounting plate and operator is created specifically for a certain exit device. The MP&O is mounted to the back of the LEXI Control Trim. This is bolted through the door to the exit device allowing the trim and device to work simultaneously.

By selecting the correct mounting plate and operator, LEXI may be used with exit devices produced by the following manufacturers: Adams-Rite, Arrow, Corbin, DCI, Detex, Dor-OMatic, DORMA, First Choice, Jackson, Kawneer, Monarch, Precision, Russwin, S. Parker, Sargent, TACO, Von Duprin and Yale.

Control trim is key-activated and electrically-released lever handle trim which can be released by any access control system or remote release. Internal switches, activated by lever movement can send request-to-exit signals and release electromagnetic locks invisibly. The electric release solenoid has a low current draw allowing easy access control system integration without special power supplies.

Features include:

  • Easy Installation To Existing Doors
  • Does Not Require Cutting Into Frame For Electric Strike
  • Easy “No Special Knowledge” Operation
  • Unlock The Lever Momentarily By Key, Card Access, Keypad, Intercom, Pushbutton Or Other Release
  • Slip Cutch Lever Handle Option Stands Up To Abuse; Will Break-away When Forced; Easily Reset By Just Lifting Up.
  • Stainless Steel Lever Durable, Rugged One-piece Construction. Meets A.D.A. Code
  • Fail-secure & Fail-safe Models Standard Trims Are Fail-secure (Remains Locked In The Event Of Power Failure).
  • Re-Entry Models Will Become Fail-safe (Lever Allows Free Entry) In The Event Of Power Failure Or Signal From Fire Alarm System.
  • Dual Point Cylinder Holder The Cylinder Is Fastened To The Trim With Locking Arms Extending Into Each Groove Of The Cylinder

Trim functions meet different entry and notification requirements. The following functions are the most popular. Other functions are available.

D11: Standard (Single Entry -ANSI F09) Key unlocks lever momentarily. Removing key relocks lever.

D13: Standard & Key Usage Switch Provides complete information for access control systems. A signal is sent when the key is used to enter: this signal balances the forced door alarm with information that the key was used (not a break-in or short in the system).

D31: Classroom Function (ANSI F08) Key unlocks lever for extended period, until key is used to re-lock lever. Lock functions in passage mode while exterior lever is in unlocked mode.

R11: Re-Entry (Fail-Safe) Lever is locked when power is applied. Loss of

power (or removal of power by Fire Alarm System) unlocks lever.

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Wireless Trilogy Networx® models can be un/locked campus-wide in under 10-seconds, from a keyfob, panic-button or the school server. Alarm Lock’s Trilogy Networx 6100 provides a wireless networked access lock solution with built-in HID Prox, global lock/unlock commands from the server or any lock in seconds. Features include:

  • Remote programming/audit queries/updates from the server
  • Extended battery life
  • Grade 1 durability.

Alarm Lock's standalone Trilogy Locks provide safe, convenient keyfob-activated classroom lockdown, from safely inside, up to 100 feet  away.  A K-12/college-favorite for dependability and retrofit-ease, starting with cylindrical DL3200,   Prox/PIN PDL3000 & Mortise P/DL3500 Series, each can support up to 50 tiny keyfobs, used with Trilogy Remote-Release Kit. 

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BEA Infrared REX Sensor

BEA’s R2E is an easy-to-install request-to-exit motion sensor with a highly directional field settable pickup pattern and additional high security features. The R2E-100 is an active infrared request-to-exit sensor for interior applications. It is UL Listed as an access control device under UL Std. 294.

Features include:

  • Mounts on or above a door header with pattern placed in front of handle.
  • Rejects false detection for parallel traffic or objects slid under a door.
  • Multiple relocking modes for any timed / door position conditions.
  • Relay output consists of two Form "C" contacts for NO / NC wiring.
  • Optional alarm can be sounded when door is open or Maglock is activated.
  • 3 DRY auxiliary inputs: request to exit, request to enter, and a DPS.
  • Hold Time: 0.5 to 60 seconds
  • Detection Range: 20” to 48”.

The R2E-100 Re-Lock Mode can be selected to run in timer mode or door position mode. In timer mode, the relay hold-time will control when the security device is re-locked, and it is adjustable from 1/2 to 60 seconds. In addition, the timer mode features selectable sub-modes of operation, re-starting mode, where the relay hold time will not expire as long as the sensor is in detection or non-re-starting mode, where the relay will remain active for only the adjusted relay hold time.

In door position mode, a door position switch connected to the door position switch input on the R2E-100 will control when the door is re-locked. The door position mode also has an advanced re-locking feature that is selectable as 10 or 30 seconds, for the scenario that if the sensor has gone into detection but the door has not been opened, the R2E-100 will re-lock the door and become secure again.

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Schlage, Von Duprin Visible Status Indicators

Available only from Schlage, a new visual status indicator option for L-Series locks provides at-a-glance verification of the locked/unlocked status of door. As a result, teachers and others can easily identify if the door is locked and quickly secure the lock if it is unlocked. The new visual status indicator is available as an option for new construction as well as the aftermarket.

Available only from Von Duprin, a new visual status indicator option for exit devices provides at-a-glance verification of the locked/unlocked status of the door. The indicators for the Von Duprin 98/99 Series Rim exit devices are similar to those offered on Schlage L-Series locks.  As a result, teachers can easily identify if the door is locked and quickly secure the door’s exit device if it is unlocked. The new visual status indicator is available as an option on exit devices for both new construction as well as the aftermarket.

“In the event of an emergency, not only classrooms but large group and assembly areas such as gymnasiums, auditoriums, cafeterias and lecture halls also need to be immediately secured for the safety of all,” explains Joseph Vaida, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies portfolio marketing manager-mechanical. “Knowing if a door’s exit device is locked without opening the door is a critical security consideration. That’s why we now offer easy to read visual indicators on both our Von Duprin exit devices and our Schlage locks.”

The indicator is available in two options, either keyed inside or thumb-turned, to provide quick visual door security assessment. The thumb-turn option uses a 180-degree thumb-turn rotation which users find very intuitive. Retrofit kits are available to upgrade existing Von Duprin 98/99 exit devices.

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STEELCRAFT LS/FS Stainless Steel Doors & Frames

Stainless steel Steelcraft LS-Series doors and FS-Series frames offer effective performance even in notoriously harsh environments such as waste water treatment plants, food processing plants, bio laboratories and indoor aquatic environments. Steelcraft stainless steel doors and frames and internal components are fabricated from 100 percent stainless steel, never clad, to ensure that there is no contamination from dissimilar metals that can result in galvanic corrosion.

The addition of stainless steel doors and frames to the rest of its line provides a total Steelcraft solution for locksmiths and facility managers by using Steelcraft products for projects that require stainless steel doors and frames in addition to hollow metal. Steelcraft stainless steel doors and frames also offer a striking look combined with performance that is ideal for airports, restaurants, museums and performing arts centers. LS-Series doors and FS-Series frames are also environmentally friendly since stainless steel is 100 percent recyclable.”

Steelcraft’s new line of stainless steel doors and frames are available both in a standard offering and can be customized to fit the most demanding application performance or aesthetic design requirements.

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Schlage AD-Series Wireless System

The Schlage AD-Series Wireless System allows users to extend the reach of access control to areas where running wires is difficult, expensive or virtually impossible. Installations on interior doors, remote doors, historic buildings, 24/7 facilities, elevators and parking gates are now made possible by eliminating the need to run wires directly to the access point. Options are available to accommodate Wiegand, Clock & Data as well as RS-485 connections to the access control system.

The AD-Series Wireless System communicates via 900 MHz frequency to a Panel Interface Module (PIM) which is then hardwired back to the access control panel. Each PIM can support up to 16 wireless devices within a 200-foot range in most facilities and up to 1000 feet with clear line of site. The 900 MHz band enables longer transmission ranges; wavelengths travel a greater distance and better penetrate typical building construction – allowing for simplified system design. And since 900 MHz operates on a different frequency versus WiFi, it won’t burden existing IT infrastructure.

Secure and reliable wireless communication (heartbeat) from the PIM to the Access Control System occurs on a periodic basis and is field configurable; the factory default is set at 10 minutes. The AD-Series Wireless System utilizes patent-pending Wake-Up On Radio™ technology to deliver real-time activation at a remote wireless lock while maintaining up to a 2 year battery life. This feature, which is configurable from 10 seconds to as fast as 1 second, enables centralized emergency lockdown and unlock commands in applications where both speed and battery life are critical.

A variety of wireless devices are available to extend the reach of access control to applications which may be difficult to wire. Wireless Devices include:

  • Wireless Portable Reader (WPR400)
  • Wireless Reader Interface (WRI400
  • Wireless Gate Kit (GCK400) 
  • Wireless Elevator Control Kit (ECK400)

Additional components such as the Wireless Repeater (REPTR400), Wireless Antennas (ANT400), Dry Contact Relay Boards (RLBD) and Handheld Programming Devices (HHD-KIT) can be found on the Accessories tab.

The AD-Series has been integrated into over 20 leading Access Control Software Systems via RS-485 architecture.

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