Do We Honor Free Egress In All Circumstances?

We recently lost an access control opportunity at a data center. The incumbent re-won the client. During the site survey I saw repeated instances where a door could only be exited from by presenting their card to a second reader on the room interior. On the front door there was a maglock, and in order to exit you had to push a REX button - no motion REX in place. My understanding is that these were code violations - NO FREE EGRESS.

We have a client who has a cage in that data center which required me to go back after losing that deal. Those conditions described above still exist.

I was inclined to visit the fire marshall an verify my concern. But have come to this forum instead.

I also did a walk for a state agency where we have recently taken over the account. All 8 doors had maglocks with readers on both sides of the door. To exit you had to present your credentials. No free egress.

I have taken the access control course at IPVM. I suspect there could be some 'wiggle room' in this free egress issue, but I am not certain.

Maybe I'm a sore loser, but I'd like that data center to get spanked by the local fire marshall for code violations.

I'm not bitter...I'm bitter sweet!

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