Customized Access Control Cans (Altronix Trove)

By Brian Rhodes, Published on Feb 14, 2017

Access control installs typically require hanging at least two or three different enclosure cans, each holding individual parts.  Open wall space can be difficult to find for all these boxes, and troubleshooting through them all can be tough.

Altronix Trove [link no longer available] enclosures do more than just hold power supplies; they are pre-configured to hold all the door controllers as well by combining everything into a single can..  Coupled with a browser based configuration tool, Altronix wants Trove to replace all other enclosures for access control designs.

But what systems does it make sense for? Which systems are supported and how much does it cost compared to traditional options? Inside we examine Altronix Trove [link no longer available] in detail.

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Comments (6)

This looks very similar to the FlexPower Unified Power Solution offered by LifeSafety Power.

I don't think the FlexPower Unified Power Solution offers a 2nd backplane on the back of the door though, so this solution from Altronix would potentially offer an even higher density of controllers.

 

Richard;

Agreed that this is Altronix' answer to Life Safety Power. LSP does offer some versions with standoffs, not a complete backplane, mounted to the door. We, for one, have decided to pass on mounting panels on the door due to the mess it makes of cable management.

Greg

Thanks for bringing up the LSP cans here.  Have you used them?

Brian, yes, we use them almost exclusively now with any access control product that LSP makes back planes for.  It has turned out to be a good standardization item for us as well as our technicians learn how to wire up one type of power supply and that covers it all, no matter the head end.

In the past few years we've been using them without any issues at all.

We never had any issues with Altronix either, but when we got introduced to the LSP line we really liked the concept of a single enclosure for the boards and power.  I suspect Altronix will be very successful with this.

Greg

I'm a consultant, not an installer, so I have not had any first hand experience with them.  Since being introduced to them a couple of years ago, I've thought they look like a good solution and wonder why more integrators don't make use of them.  However, I typically don't specify specific means and methods like these cans, instead normally leaving those decisions up to the installing contractor.  

I did specify the LSP cans on one particular project where the real estate in the IDF rooms was very tight and the architect insisted on a much higher level of space coordination prior to the bid documents going out than is typically required.  The integrator did not express any reservations about using them and did not have any complaints about them during the install (at least not that I heard about).

I've been using LSP cans for several years.  I can see experimenting with these as well.

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