Locks (105)

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Access Controller Software Guide

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Properly configuring access controllers software is key to a professional access system. These devices have fundamental settings that must be configured appropriately, including: Unlock times / extended unlock times Door Hold Open Alarms Req...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 days ago

Hazardous & Explosion Proof Access Control Tutorial

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Controlling access to hazardous environments require equipment meeting specific ratings that certify they will not start fires. Understanding those ratings mandate careful selection. Inside this note, we explain: Where is explosion proof access...

By Brian Rhodes - 17 days ago

Top Maglock Provider Warns Against Using Maglocks

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Do not buy my company's product. It sounds strange indeed, but a senior Allegion consultant stated that maglocks should not be used in common applications. Considering Allegion owns one of the most familiar maglock brands Schlage, the statement ...

By Brian Rhodes - 23 days ago

Assa August Smartlock Pro Tested

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Failures and set backs in the smartlock business have been commonplace (e.g., Lockitron Admits Failure and issues from our 2017 Kevo test). But $20 billion publicly traded company Assa Abloy just acquired smartlock maker August, so the biggest ac...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 month ago

Assa Abloy Acquires August

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The mega access control manufacturer, Assa Abbloy, has acquired one of the most well funded access control startups, smart lock manufacturer August. This comes just months after August raised $25 million from VC firms. Inside, we analyze the acq...

By IPVM Team - about 2 months ago

Door Closers Access Control Tutorial

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Door Closers have an important job: automatically shut doors when they are opened, because an open door cannot control access. In this note, we review Door Closers, examine how they are selected, and how to avoid misusing them: Why closers a...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Multipoint Lock Access Control Tutorial

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Doors are notoriously weak at stopping entry, and money can be misspent on wrong locks that leave doors quite vulnerable. While closed and locked doors might deter entry for typical people, breaking in with basic tools often takes mere seconds. I...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

PoE Powered Access Control Tutorial

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Powering access control with Power over Ethernet, like for IP cameras, has become increasingly common.  However, the demands for access power are greater than cameras, and the problems can be significant. Consider that, in access control, many de...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Delayed Egress Access Control Tutorial

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Is it ever legal to lock people into a building? The answer is: Yes... under specific situations. With so much of access control driven by life safety codes, and a predominant focus of 'free egress' during an emergency, 'delayed egress' may run ...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Access Control Job Walk Guide

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Significant money can be saved and problems avoided with an access control job walk if you know what to look for and what to ask. By inviting interested parties onsite for pre-bid job walks, many of the site conditions inadequately described in s...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Genetec Launches Cloud Access Control (Synergis SaaS)

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Genetec's cloud everything expansion continues, with their announcement of Synergis SaaS edition, joining their cloud video offering Stratocast, cloud LPR, cloud federation and more (see Genetec Cloud Tested). Two years ago, the company released ...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Automatic Door Operators For Access Tutorial

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Opening and closing doors might sound simple, but it takes a high-tech piece of door hardware to pull it off. Integrating automatic door operators with access control can be tricky if the basic fundamentals of these devices are not understood. ...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Master Keying Tutorial

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Mechanical keys are the most fundamental, albeit unsophisticated, form of access control. Like access control, Master Keying allows large scale use by segmenting access. But unlike access control, it requires no electricity, no network, and uses r...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Fail Safe vs. Fail Secure Tutorial

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Few terms carry greater importance in access control than 'fail safe' and 'fail secure'. Access control professionals must know how these concepts apply, and how to pick locks that are appropriate. Properly doing so determines whether door hardwa...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Access Control Commissioning / Install Checklist

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This 80+ point checklist helps end users, integrators and consultants verify that access control installation is complete. It covers the following sections: Door Hardware Checks Reader Checks Controller Checks Fire Alarm Loop Confirmation ...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Smartphone Controlled Kevo Lock Tested

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Smartlocks are a growing market, with millions sold. Kwikset's Kevo is one of the most common choices, using the Unikey smart phone access control platform. Many like the concept of controlling locks with their phones but doing is not easy, as sh...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

2Gig Intrusion Megatest (GC2 & GC3 Panels Tested)

2Gig is one of the most widely used intrusion systems, with two product lines that are the main offering of many alarm companies, huge national installers and small mom & pop shops alike. In this dual-test, IPVM bought both variants of this a...

By Brian Rhodes - 9 months ago

Lock Keyways For Access Control Guide

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Lock keyways can be the difference between a lock working or not. Understanding keyways is important for access control. Indeed, a member recently commented: My biggest problem is specifying the right hardware with the wrong keyway In this n...

By Brian Rhodes - 9 months ago

Unikey Smart Phone Access Control Platform Profile

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More and more people carry smart phones. Many think this could replace the conventional key or card for access control. However, using a phone creates a number of challenges, including both ensuring various phone models work and that the door har...

By Brian Rhodes - 9 months ago

Glass Doors and Access Control Tutorial

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The biggest challenge for many access control systems are glass doors. Here's what happens when a maglock is improperly installed to an existing glass door: Unlike wood or steel doors that can be modified to work with electrified locking hardwa...

By Brian Rhodes - 10 months ago

Top 5 Biggest Access Control Problems 2016

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New IPVM survey data reveals integrator's top 5 problems with electronic access control: High Cost Complex Doors and Hardware Lowball Competition Grudging Customers Legacy Systems Inside, we collect integrator comments that explain these...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 year ago

Allegion NDE Wireless Lock Profile

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While wireless locks are one of the hottest areas of access control, two of its biggest challenges are high cost and limited integration with mainstream access control platforms. Allegion's newest wifi lock line, Schalge NDE has addressed those t...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 year ago

Door Fundamentals For Electronic Access Control

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Assuming every door can be secured with either a maglock or an electric strike can be a painful assumption in the field. While those items can be applied flexibly with various openings, there are occasions where certain hardware cannot be used. A...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 year ago

Hotel Access Control Explained

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Hotel access control seems to work magically. Unlike electronic access control systems used in commercial security, doors in hotels are not typically connected to a central server to confirm access. How does it work then? How can the hotel assu...

By Brian Rhodes - over 1 year ago

Access Control Specification Guide

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This 15 page report provides the most in-depth guidance on specifying Access Control systems you will find. Specifying Access Control correctly can be tricky, because every opening has quirks and are prone to outside factors that impact system pe...

By Brian Rhodes - over 1 year ago

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