Door Operators Access Control Tutorial

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Dec 05, 2016

Doors equipped with door operators, specialty devices that automate opening and closing, tend to be quite complex.

The mechanisms needed to achieve these actions, the configuration how they work, and how they integrate with standard access systems can be hard to get right.

In this tutorial, we examine:

  • Purpose of door operators
  • Swinging vs sliding vs revolving door operators
  • Wheelchair access doors
  • Low energy ratings
  • Pricing of operators
  • Integrating access control - activate door operators vs push buttons

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Comments (6)

Raise your hand if you know any technicians that have drilled into a concealed door closer. *PRICELESS

Ouch, always an expensive act.

Ooohhh! I know one! LOL!

How does this one work?

Related: How Do Hotel Handicap Emergency Entry Buttons Work?

Has anyone ever tried accommodating a handicap entrance with access control using "wearable" credentials and a long-range reader? I've used Nedap for vehicles entering a garage where we can attach a credential to the vehicle. Anyone try this for people at a door? They may be in wheelchairs or using walkers, and may not be able to swipe a card or press a button. Thanks.

NOTICE: This comment has been moved to its own discussion: Experience With Long-Range Pedestrian Access?

We had this situation at my office. We have a couple of staff in wheelchair, some of them mechanically challenged in reaching the readers or openers.

What we did was install the HID long range Prox reader, relocate them closer to the walkway and lowered them slightly. Then, I created an event trigger in S2 that unlocks the door and fires the auto opener on positive badge scan. This means that ANY time someone scans, the door automatically opens, which is going to put additional wear time on the auto opener, but that was something we were willing to accept.

The R90 reader gives about 18 inches of range. HID also makes a powered credential. It looks like an old garage door opener (about the size of a deck of cards). I tested one and I got about 4 feet of range. The credentials are about $50 a pop though.

I have used the Nedap stuff before. It's nice, just really expensive.

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