Access Control Request to Exit (RTE) Tutorial

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 13, 2019

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

*** ****** ********** *****, especially ***** **** ********, 'Request ** ****', ** 'RTE' ******* *** ******** to ******** *********** ***** to ********* **** ******.

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****** ** ******* ***** key *** *******:

  • *** ****** *** *******: REX *** **** *******
  • *** **** ******* **** Crucial *** **********
  • **** ****** *** **** Pressure **** *** ***** Devices
  • ***** ***** **** ********* RTE ***
  • *** **** ***** *** Not ***, *** *** They ******** *** ****

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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 ******.

*******, *** *** ****** locks **** *** ** order ** ********* ******, which ** *** *** code ************ ******* ********. Example *************** ***, *** ****, are ******** ******* *** latchbolts, ******* ***** ***** are ********* ************ ********** or ***** ********* ** door ******* **** *******. Free ****** ** ********** regardless ** *** ******* security ***** ** ********, and ** *********** ***** hardware ********* ****** **** requirements.

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

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

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

*****, ***** **** **** 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******** *******-**-**** (***) *************.

*******, **** ***/**** *** 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 *** ****** ******** an ********* ****** *** course ** ***.

*** **** ********* ***** in ***** ******* $** and $** *** (********* the *** '*********' ********* by *********** ** *********** *******-**-**** (***) ************* 2018**********), ******* ****** *** models ******* ~$** *** or ****** *** ** specified ************-***** *****, **** ********** ******* to ******** ***** ***** potential ** ********* ***** with**** ******** ********** *** irregular ********.

Push *******

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

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

***** ***** ******* *** used ************ ********* ***** to ******** ** ***** hardware. ***** ******* ********* feature * ********** ** pneumatic ***** ** **** power ******* *********** *** a ***** ******** *********** of ****** *********** ** locks **********.

**** ************ ** *** 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 ******* ********** ***** timer **** ******* * configured ****** ******* ****** restoring ***** ** *****.
  • *********: ***** ****** ******* a ******* *** ** air-powered ****** **** ******** at * **** ********. The *** ******* ******* no ******* ***** ****** or *** ****** *** function, *** ********* *** configurable *** *** **** periods ** *** ******** versions.

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

** ***** ** ***** 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, **** ****** *** that ***** ********** ******* when ****** ******* *** top ******* ** *** lower *******.

Pressure Pad Lock Releases

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

** ********, ***** ******** pads *** ******** *** can **** **** ***** of ***** ***, **** are *********, **** ******** sized **** ******* **** than $*** *** * single ****.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire ***** *****

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

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

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

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

*** **** *** ************ is ******** ** ******* 'model' *****, *** ***** in ******** ********. *** major ******** ** ****** control *** ****** *****:

  • ***: '**** **********' (****: 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 (3)

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* ** ******* ** the ******* *** ******** product *** ********** **** violate *** ****.

** ***** **** **** ahj's ** *** **************** of *** ********** ******* power **** ** * magnetic **** ** **** it **** **** *** power **** ** *** building. **** ***'* ** not ****** ***** -** power ** *** ****** system *****.

**** ********, ***** ****. Thanks *** ******** *** with **** ****** ** King. ********* **** ******* correctly **** *** ***** AHJ **** **** ** much **** *** **-****** headaches, ***** *****.

******* *** *******. *** is *** **** ********** by ********* *** ** is **** ** ******* to ********* *** ** is ** *********. *********, they ***** ** ** and **** *******. ****** challenging ** ******* *** it ** ********* ******* getting *** *********.

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