Access Control Request to Exit (RTE) Tutorial

By Brian Rhodes, Published May 19, 2021, 01:13pm EDT

For access-controlled doors, especially those with maglocks, 'Request to Exit', or 'RTE' devices are required to override electrified locks to guarantee free egress.

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Inside we examine these key RTE factors:

  • The Common RTE Devices: REX and Push Buttons
  • Why Exit Devices Have Crucial RTE Importance
  • Less Common RTE like Pressure Pads and Combo Devices
  • Which Codes Cite Mandatory RTE Use
  • Why Fire Pulls Are Not RTE, But Why They Function The Same

Life ****** ** ****

**** ****** ***** **** to ****** *** ***** egress. ****/****** ***** ******* it, **** ***** **** groups ******* (************* ******** *****) and **** (******** **** Protection ***********)****** **** ********* ** most******** ***********. ** *** ***** section, ** ****** ******** codes *******.

Exit *******

*** '***** ****', *** ** ******** on ***** ***** ******** and '**** ****' ***** so **** *** ******** when *** **** ****** is ********* ** ******* the **** ** ****** for *** ******.

********* **** *********** ** required ** ****, ***** in ** *** ******* named '******************* ****** ****** *****' (*** ****: ****.*.*.*; *** 2012 *** ****: ****.*.*.*). ** *******, *********** ****** *, *, E, *-*, *-*, *-*, M, *-* ** *-*, ********* **** *** electromagnetic (********) ***** ** egress ***** ******** **** exit *******must **** * *****-** *** ****** that releases the electromagnetic lock.

**** ** ******** ** using ** **** ****** with ** ********** ****** operated ** *** *** is *******. * ****** mounted ****** ** ***** connected ** *** ******* and **** ***** *** a **** **** ** external ****** ******* ******* the ******* *** *** exit ******.

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*******, *** *** ****** locks **** *** ** order ** ********* ******, which ** *** *** code ************ ******* ********. Example *************** ***, *** ****, are ******** ******* *** latch *****, ******* ***** types *** ********* ************ overridden ** ***** ********* by **** ******* **** devices. **** ****** ** maintained ********** ** *** powered ******** ***** ** hardware, *** ** *********** panic ******** ********* ****** code ************.

**** ****, *** ******* and ******** *** ******* access ******* ** ********* an ***** ** **** ambiguous '****** ****' ****** since ** ***** ****** sensors *** ****** ***** leaving **** *** ****** side ** *** ****.

Common ***** ** *** *******

**** *** ** ********, there *** ******* ***** of ******* **** *** be **** ** **** code.

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*****, ***** **** **** require **** **** *** type ** *** *** opening ***** ** **************. In *** ******* *****, we ****** **** ***** type ** ****** ** sensor:

  • *** *** (***** ****** 'REX' *******, *** '******* ******')
  • **** *******

** **** ******* ******* uncommon ***** ** *** for ******, *********:

  • ******** ****
  • *** ********** *******
  • **** ***** ***** (**** are *** ***** ***, but **** *** **** way)

Motion ******* (***) ****

******** **** ** '****** sensors' ** ********* ***** systems, '******* ********' *** detectors *** **** ******* above ***** ** ****** those *********** ** *** exiting.

**** *********, ***** ** maglocks ** ******* **** no ***** ************, ** the '** ******* ***** or ******** **** *********** of *** **** ** satisfied.

***** *** *** *** be **** *** *** purposes, ********* *** **** are ***** **** * detection ***** ******* ** the **** *********** ** front ** * **** rather **** *** ***** area **** ** ********* detection. *** **** ** integrator ********* '********' ***, see******** *******-**-**** (***) *************.

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*******, **** ***/**** *** used, ********** *** ******* should **** ** *********, due ** *** **** of ****** ***** *********** obscuring *** ****** ** a ****. ********** ******* form ** ***, ********* pushbuttons, ****** *** * 'manual' ******** ****** *** PIR ***********.

***** ***/**** ** *** without ******** *****, ******. If * ****** ** mounted ***********, ** *** actually ***** ******** ** the ***** **** ** an *******, *** ** can ** '*******' ** unlock ******** ******* * simple ***** ** ********* slid ***** * ****. (For **** ******* ** that ****, *** *** "***** ****?" ******.) ********** *** maintainers ****** ************ ***** REX/PIRs *** ****** ******** and ********* ****** *** course ** ***.

*** **** ********* ***** in ***** ******* $** and $** *** (********* the *** '*********' ********* by *********** ** *********** *******-**-**** (***) ***********************), *******, ******-*** ****** ranging ~$** *** ** higher *** ** ********* for*********-***** *****, **** ********** ******* to ******** ***** ***** potential ** ********* ***** with**** ******** ********** *** irregular ********.

Push *******

********* ** ****, ***** buttons **** *** **** purposes:

  • ********* **** *********/***** *** a ***** ********, ***** 30 *******
  • ** ******* ******* ** 'Press ** ****' ** a **** **** *******, and ** ****** ****/ illuminated

***** ***** ******* *** used ************ ** ********* power ** ******** ** other ********. ***** ******* typically ******* * ********** or ********* ***** ** that ***** ******* *********** for * ***** ******** independent ** ****** *********** or ***** **********.

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**** ************ ** *** always ****** *** *****, size, *****, ** ****** of *** ******, *** often ******* *** ******* on *** ****** *** the ******/******** **** *** door ** **** ** hung.

** **** *******-******** *******, the **** ** ****** clearly ******* '***** ** EXIT' ***** ****, *** local **** ********** *** non-English ******* *** ******* an ***********/*********** ******** ** used. ** **** *****, local ***** *** ******* bilingual ****** ****. *** local **** ********* ** AHJ **** **** ***** direction ** ***** ******** should ** **** ** exceptions *****.

*** ****** ******** ** RTE *********** ** ********* accomplished ** ****** ** two *******:

  • ********:**** **** ** ****** features * ***-******* ** battery-powered ********** ***** ***** that ******* * ********** period ******* ****** ********* power ** *****.
  • *********: ***** ******* ******* a ******* *** ** air-powered ****** **** ******** at * **** ********. The *** ******* ******* no ******* ***** ****** or *** ****** *** function *** ********* *** configurable *** *** **** periods ** *** ******** versions.

** ***** ** ******* the ********* *************** ** code, *** *********** ***** rely ** ** ******** timer ** ***** ******* in ** ** '******** closed' ***** ******* ******* of ***** * **** controller's ******** ***** ********. Models **** ** ******** relay *** ******* ** the ***** *****:

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** ***** ** ***** type ** ***; ******** buttons *** **** ****** and **** ********* **** pneumatic *****. *******, **** AHJs *** ***** **** exceptions ****** ******** **** as *********** ***** ** malfunction, ***** ********* ***** are ****** ** **** reliable. *******, ******* **** preference ** *** ******* by ****, ****** **** can ********* ** ****.

******** **** ******* ***** in ***** ******* $** and $** ****, **** Pneumatics ********* ******* ****, in *** ***** ** $20 - $**.

Pressure ****

* **** ****** *** device ** * ******** pad, ********* * *** placed ** ***** ** an ******* **** ** designed ** ***** ***** to ***** **** * human ****** ******** **** it.

***** **** *** ********* composed ** * ***** rubberized, ****-****** *** **** makes ********** ******* **** weight ******* *** *** surface ** *** ***** surface.

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* ******** ** *** pads ** **** **** can ******** ****** * nuisance ** ****** ** simply **** ** ***** of * ****, * problem ********* ******** ** installing **** ***** ******* or ********. *******, ***** installing **** ***** *** floor ***** **** **** being ****** ** ************* becoming **** *****, ** also ******* ******** *********** and ***************.

** ********, ***** ******** pads *** ******** *** can **** **** ***** of ***** ***, **** are *********, **** ********-***** pads ******* **** **** $500 *** * ****** door.

****** *** **** ** used ** ** **** where **** ******* ** PIRs *** *** *********, such ** '***** *****' or********* *****, ******** **** *** not ******** **** ** RTE.

Devices ******* ********** **** ***

** ***** ** ******** install *** ************* ** egress ***, **** ****** devices ******* ****** ****** REX ** *******-********* ********.

* ****** ******* ** where * ******* ******** a ***-********** *** ******* to ********* ******* **** triggered:

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******* ******* ** * door ********** ******** **** a ******* *** **** automatically ******** *** ******* relay ** ******* *** connected ****:

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***** ** ********** ****** can **** ***** ***** in ************, ** *** invariably **** **** *** if *** *** ******/****** breaks, ** *** ****** the ******** ** *** door **** ***** ******** or ******* *******.

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Fire ***** *****

***** *** *********** ** RTE ******, ** * facility *** * **** alarm ** **** ********* be ********** ** **** lock ***** **** *** fire ***** ** ******.

**** ******** *** ****** control ******* ******* ******** to *** ** *** fire *****, *** **** require ***** ** ********** maglock ******** ** *** fire *****.

** ** ********* ** fire ***** ********** *** RTE ********, *******, **** should ** ********* ** function ** *** **** way.

Code ***** *** ***

*** ************ *** ******** in ******* '*****' *****, and ***** ** ******** sections. *** ***** ******** in ****** ******* *** listed *****:

  • ***: '**** **********' (****: 1010.1.9; ****, ****: ****.*.*; 2006, ****: ****.*.*)
  • ***: '****** ******* ** Electrically ****** ****** *****' (2015: ****.*.*.*; ****: ****.*.*.*; 2009: ****.*.*.*; ****, ****: 1008.1.3.4)
  • ***: '******************* ****** ****** Doors' (****: ****.*.*.*; ****: 1008.1.9.9; ****: ****.*.*.*)
  • **** ***: '************ ********** Egress *****' (****, ****: 7.2.1.5.6; ****: *.*.*.*.*)
  • **** ***: '********* *******' (2015, ****: *.*.*.*.**-**; ****, 2006, ****: *.*.*.*.* -*.*.*.*.**)
  • **** ***: '****** ********** Egress *****' (*.*.*.*.*)

*** ****** ** ***** model *****, *** ***:**** ****** ****, ***, and *** ***** *** Standards.

[**** ****, ********** ********* in ****, *** ******* in ****.]

Comments (10)

*** ***** ** **** is **** **** ***: 'Access ********** ****** *****' (7.2.1.6.2) ******** * '****** release ******'. **** ***** the *********** ** *** a ********** ** ********* override, *** ** ******** one. ******** **** *** be **** ** ****, but **** *** *********, in ******** ** *** manual. **** ********** *** local ***** **** ***** allow ******** *********.

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******* **** *******, *********** article, *****. ***** ***.

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******, ***** *** **** a ***** ** ** No ***** ******* ** exit ******* *** ** the ********. **** ******* have * ***** ********** button *****. ** **** button ********* ** **** to ******* *** ***** AHJ?

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*** ****** ****** ***** be **** ** ******** to ******* *** ************ of **** ***: '****** Controlled ****** *****' (*.*.*.*.*). This ** **** **** local ***'* ****** ** referencing. *** '** *****' buttons ******* * ****** button ** *** **** this *********** ******* **, and ****** *** ** used **** ********.

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** **** **** ****** prices *** *** **** missed *** **** ** the ***. ********** ********* average $*** ** $***. Electronic ******* **** ******* run **** $** ** $150.

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* ****** ****** *** configuration ** ******** *** RTE ** * ********, besides *********** *** ******** lockdown, ** *** ** create * ******** ****** to **** *** *** RTE ******* ** *** the ***** ** ***** would **** ** **** outside *** **** ******** the *** ****, ***** unlock *** ****, ****!

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*********** *** ** ** this *** *** *** local *** ***** *** RTE ** ** ******* during * ********? * could *** **** ** being ** *****.

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"* ****** ****** *** configuration ** ******** *** RTE ** * ********, besides *********** *** ******** lockdown, ** *** ** create * ******** ****** to **** *** *** RTE ******* ** *** the ***** ** ***** would **** ** **** outside *** **** ******** the *** ****, ***** unlock *** ****, ****!"

** *** **** *** once. *** *** *** over ** ***** ** until ** ******** *** about *** ********** ********** rte. **** ********* ** egress ******* *****, ********** opened *** *** *******, as **** ** ********* the **** ******* *****/**** event. **** ********* *** AHJ *** ********** *** nuisance *****. ****, ** full ********, ** **** advised **** ** ** active ******* ** **** was ******* ** *** facility, *** **** ***** we ****** ** ** prevent *** **** ******, as **** ** *** employees. ** **** **** given ** ******* ** a **** ****** *** building ********* * *** or ********, *** *** causing * **** ** no *** ********** *** FACP *******; ****** ***** needed ** ** **** to ****** ***** ******** and ****** ** ******* (correctional ********** *** * different *****). **** **** depends ** *** **** of *** ******** *** number ** ******* *****. The ********** *** ********* this *********** ***** ***** able ** ******* ******* to *** *** ***'* and ***/***** **********.

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***** ***** **** ****** control ******* **** * limited ****** ** ****** per ****, **** ** the *********** ****** *** connecting ******** ***/ *** buttons ** ****** *** a ****** **** ** use *** *****?

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*** ************** *** **** requirements ** **** **** is ********* ** **** buttons ** ****** **** the ******** **** ** lock *****. *** ******* wire ** **** ***.

** *** *** **** 4 ******* ** ******, but ******* **** *** breaks ***** *******.

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