Many organizations have looked at a variety of ways to expand their access control systems. Online or hard wired access control is ideal for immediate credential update or lock down and is excellent for perimeter doors, but can be an expensive solution by the time all of the wires are run to each door and a technician installs the appropriate access control devices, especially for retrofit of existing buildings. Offline access control that allows a periodic update by walking to the door eliminates the need for wiring, but results in slower and labor-intensive update of credentials and no lock down capability. That leaves us with the question: Where does wireless access control fit?  I’ve asked Eric Rittenhouse*, National Manager for Electronic Sales Engineers to explain.

Where does wireless access control apply?

Great question! There are many opportunities for organizations to effectively utilize wireless access control applications such as:

  • rooms where a facility manager or security officer wants to grant or deny access from a computer without going to the door with a transport device;
  • rooms that do not require immediate lock down.

Examples of these applications include:

  • university and government housing rooms;
  • interior class rooms for both university and K-12;
  • interior rooms that house sensitive or expensive material (examples: pharmaceutical rooms, computer labs, data closets, scientific labs).

All of these applications can be accomplished using a wireless access control system.

Why use wireless access control?

Wireless locks are easy to install as there are no wires running to the doors and it gives you most of the functionality of a hard wired solution, with a less expensive price tag. Would you like an audit trail on a set of particular doors?  Wireless access control can do it. You can monitor door alarms including door position, latch position, request to exit and key over-ride sensors in the mortise lock.

Why use Wi-Q over other systems?

Wi-Q communicates to the wireless locks from Portal Gateways in a Protocol (802.15.4) that can use 2 clear channels that are above the 802.11 (Wi-Fi®) wireless traffic.  How does this help? These 2 clear channels won’t interfere with most wireless devices regularly found in a commercial environment, like cell phones, cordless phones, iPads, laptops that use wireless, etc.

The 802.15.4 Protocol advantage is huge when it comes to bringing clear communication.  It is also a power conservative protocol compared to traditional 802.11, which is particularly power hungry. How does this help? Either more frequent beacons between the locks and portal gateways are possible during the normal life of the batteries or less frequent labor-intensive battery replacements are required.

Wi-Q keeps the intelligence at the lock.  How does this help? We all know that power failures occur and networks drop in the real world. Our Wi-Q advantage is that the locks still make intelligent decisions at the lock. Even in a network or power outage, the Wi-Q locks continue to grant and deny access and can retain and record 89,000 events. The intelligence at the lock is a significant advantage over other brands.

The communication from the Portal Gateways is also highly secure due to the unique 802.15.4 protocol and 128 bit AES encryption.  This is the same type of encryption that is used in online banking and government applications. How does this help? A Wi-Q system is much less exposed to hacker attacks that, if successful, can lead to denial of service, unauthorized door unlocking, and sensitive data compromising.

Contact a Stanley Security Solutions representative for more information.  They are experts finding the best access control solutions for any type of business.

*Eric Rittenhouse is the National Manager for Electronic Sales Engineers within Stanley Security Solutions, Mechanical Solutions Division and has 15 years of experience in the security industry.  Eric specialized in the University and Government industry segments during his time as an Electronic Sales Engineer and Vertical Marketing Specialist, working closely with more than 200 customers in those industries.  He also serves as the Local Customer Team Leader for Buffalo & Pittsburgh since 2005.

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