Access Control – Case Study

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Access Control  Case Study

Project at glance:
Client: Greystar
Location: 2810 Hemphill Park, Austin Texas

S.A. Locksmith & Security in San Antonio Texas was awarded an access control job in Austin Texas. The job was to replace two old tele-entry access control systems which controlled access to elevators, doors, pedestrian and parking garage gates, about 20 in total, and held information of about 500 residents. The two old Access control and tele entry systems were:

1.      Old Linear tele entry and access control units.

2.      Old Sentex tele entry and access control units.

The old systems did not have enough memory to add additional residents to the database. In addition, the individual control panels were not connected to a network, so any deletion or addition of residents had to be done separately, on each control panel, one at a time.

In order to reduce cost, the requirements were to use the existing wires and to use the old readers, key fobs and transmitters, as much as possible. The project involved 3 parking garage gates, several pedestrian gates and several tele entry doors and gates.

As we will see, the requirement to use the old wiring was very challenging, since the new systems required more wires than the old system had.

Photos of the Old System

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Old Sentex Access Control  

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Old Sentex Access Control 

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Old Linear Access Control

After evaluating the customer’s needs and the existing wiring, we came to the conclusion that the best solution would be to use the ‘Linear’ systems (now Nortek) and use their more advanced Tele-Entry systems.

We suggested using the AE-2000 plus systems for the tele-entry controllers and the AM-3 plus for the general door and gates controllers. These systems also include transmitters and option to add a remote receiver (the AE2000 plus also has an internal receiver). We used the Transmitters and receivers to control 3 parking garage gates.

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Linear AE2000-Plus installed

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Linear AM3 Plus

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AM-CRI Expansion

Altogether we needed to use 10 control panel, 4 of them were Tele-Entry systems. In addition, we needed to use several Linear AM-CRI modules to extend the number of card readers each system can hold and support. We also added an AM-RRR remote radio receiver to the system to control an additional parking garage gate.

Remote adjustable range radio receiver PBUS accessory for outdoor applications, waterproof metal enclosure, connects to AM3Plus, AE1000Plus, or AE2000Plus access controllers

The Linear access control system can hold up to 8 panels (units) per network so we ended up using 2 networks: Network A and Network B.

It actually worked well, since the project was divided into two separate groups of buildings, so panels connected to Network A controlled one building complex, and panels connected to network B controlled a second building complex.

To make it convenient for programming the control panels from the offices, we ran wires from network A into an office in one building, and wires from network B into an office in the other building.

 

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Wall Connection for Network A

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Wall Connection Network B

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Card Reader - Linear

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AM-RRR-Remote Radio Receiver - Linear

Challenges we encountered:

The job became more complicated because of the requirement to use the existing wires of the old installation. Typically, there are many wires connecting the panels to card readers, to elevators, to electric strikes and to magnetic locks.

Because of the large size of the two building complexes, many of the panels were located far away from each other and on different floor levels.

One of the tasks we had to perform was to connect 2 groups of panels to two separate networks. 

In order to establish a network connection between the panels we needed 3 additional wires to connect between all the panels of each group.

This required running additional cables between the units which were located in different places and on different levels of the buildings.

In addition to running extra wiring for the two networks, we also needed to run several extra wires from some card readers to the AM-CRI.

Each Linear AE2000Plus or AM-3Plus supports 4 relays but only 2 readers. In order to add two more readers to each panel, we needed to use the Card Reader Interface box (AM-CRI) which can add 2 more readers.

The problem was that each reader had to have seven wires. In the old system, only 6 wires were connected to each card reader, so we were missing 2 wires for each AM-CRI expansion boxes. As a result, we needed to run additional wires between some card readers and AM-CRI units.

Programming the access control system:

The Linear (now Nortek) software is user friendly, it has great documentation and is very easy to program. All control panels can be programmed from the offices and adding/removing tenants is now a simple task.  

In conclusion: The Linear (now Nortek) access control system was a good choice for this project. S.A. Locksmith & Security was able to use much of the existing wiring of the old Sentex system and complete the job in a timely manner and save money to the client.

 

Programming 600 Series Code Mechanical Lock

Programming CL600 Code Mechanical Lock

Sam here again to show you how to program 600 Series Code Mechanical Lock!

The 600 series are heavy duty locks which allow on door code change.

Traditionally changing the code on mechanical locks required the lock to be removed from the door, but the CL600 allows changing the code without removing the lock from the door.

The CL600 lock is perfect for commercial applications such as  hospitals, schools and local authorities.

S.A. Locksmith & Security based in San Antonio, Texas can install and maintain the lock for your commercial locksmith needs.

Here are some specifications, as described by the manufacturer:

  • Heavy duty Codelock
  • Unique on door code change in seconds
  • Front cylinder change
  • High number of code combinations – over 8000
  • Full size lever handles
  • Code free option available
  • Mortice lock and mortice latch functions
  • PVD weather resistant, low maintenance finish
  • Back to Back available – provides coded access in both directions
  • Panic Kit options available – extra long spindle provided to work with most single point panic pads or bars
  • Lever handle or knob handle available on brushed steel finish
  • Tested to Grade 2- ANSI – A156.2
  • Codelocks Fire Kits can be fitted to latch locks

S.A. Locksmith and Security- When to Replace Locks

S.A Locksmith and Security!
When to replace old locks
As a working locksmith in San Antonio I have seen firsthand how old and damaged locks have contributed to the success of break-ins.
When it’s time for a king to defend his castle do you think he goes with old locks? Of course not, he goes for new locks that actually work.
Locks, like other things, eventually wear out and need replacing. It is important to know when that comes so you can be prepared for any burglar attempt.
Throughout my years as a San Antonio Locksmith I have been asked a lot how you can tell when the locks are not useable anymore, below are a few pointers to help you better make that decision.
Rusted Locks
Any locksmith will tell you that rusted locks are an indication that it’s time for a new lock. Rusted locks can be much easier to pick than new ones and rusted old locks can send a message to intruders that our security is weak.
If you feel struggle when you insert the key into the lock then you should also get that replaced before your key breaks inside and you’re forced to call a San Antonio locksmith.
After a Recent Break-in
If you’ve fallen victim to a break-in then it is a good time for you to inspect your locks. A break-in could be what damages your locks- or breaks them.
Make sure to inspect all your locks for possible damage. I always tell my customers that damaged locks are not suitable to defend your home- and NEED to be handled.
You should also contact your San Antonio locksmith after a break-in so he can assess your property and its safety.
If You’ve Lost Your Keys
Your locks don’t necessarily have to be broken for this tip, but however still applies.
If your keys have been stolen, or you’ve accidently misplaced them, then it may be a good time to change your locks. Your locks become compromised when the keys that unlock them are in other people’s hands.
Call your locksmith in San Antonio to assist you with a re-key. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Conclusion
Keeping up to date with your home’s security will give you the best chance at keeping your property safe. Old and rusted locks simply aren’t enough to be able to promise that.
By staying in the loop you can greatly improve your chance at safety. When security is on your mind call a San Antonio locksmith to help ease your mind today.

2014 Grand Cherokee Key Programming

These lovely people needed a new key and lock for their Grand Cherokee, so they called S.A. Locksmith & Security, and well, we think the video speaks for itself! Just listen to the happiness from our customers!

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