Set Up Electronic Building Access Control Anywhere You Have LAN...

by Mac Smith

If you manage multiple remote locations, you know how difficult it can be to work with old-fashioned metal keys. Who has keys to which sites? What happens when someone loses a key? How do I grant temporary access to third-party contractors so I don't have to "babysit" them?

Lan Entry Control Unit
The ECU LAN communicates directly with a T/Mon - no RTU required. This is great for doors at sites/offices without telecom equipment to monitor.

It doesn't matter whether you work for a telco, a utility, a government agency, or any other kind of organization - you've got to manage your doors more effectively. The RTU-based DPS Building Access System works well at sites where you also have network equipment to monitor, but what about other locations? At some kinds of sites (warehouses, office buildings, storage yards, etc.), you might only need to control door access.

Fortunately, the LAN Entry Control Unit (ECU) handles does precisely that job. You get easy configuration, easy management, and telco-grade reliability at sites that need door control but don't need extensive network monitoring.

The Building Access System (BAS) is a comprehensive building entry management system that adds centralized door access control to the T/Mon master station and NetGuardian RTUs. With the system in place, you can electronically control and log all site access by person, location, and time of day. It allows you to efficiently deploy building access control at any site that has LAN connectivity.

The Building Access System used to require an RTU to report to T/Mon and locally process entry requests made through an entry control unit (ECU). The ECU LAN, however, grants or denies access on its own, performing both the RTU and ECU functions of the traditional Building Access System. It communicates directly with T/Mon to retrieve and report access data, stores its own access data locally, and issues control logic for a single door.

With the ECU LAN, you can cost-effectively and easily add individual doors to your building access system to control doors at small sites where you don't have or need an RTU. This allows you to extend building access functionality to sites that would've otherwise been unmonitored or controlled by a completely separate system.

And if you have just a handful of doors you wish to control, and no telecom equipment to monitor, then you can run the ECU LAN as a completely independent building access system. All databasing and monitoring is handled within the web interface of the ECU LAN. Just type the unit's IP address into your web browser and login with your username and password to administer your own single-door access system.

ECU LAN Diagram
As you can see in this diagram, the ECU LAN communicates directly with a T/Mon master station without requiring any RTU at all. The ECU LAN can also run totally independently via its built-in web browser interface.

The ECU LAN:

  • Controls and regulates a single door entry point.
  • Stores entry data and access permissions locally so your site functions independent of the master.
  • Supports both keypad and proxy card entry methods.
  • Supports a dual proxy reader build option.
  • Is configurable through a simple TTY and/or web interface.
Small ECU
The bottom panel of the ECU LAN holds a variety of simple, industrial-grade connectors.

Proxy Reader
The ECU LAN with keypad and proximity reader. Both are mounted outside the door. Users may enter with either a keycode or proximity card. Many companies prefer to give contractors a temporary code instead of a proximity keycard.

Dual Proxy Reader
The ECU LAN with dual proximity readers. With one reader outside the door and the other inside (and a card swipe required for both entry and exit, employee time/entries/exits may be logged.

The release of this new ECU LAN door controller means that, no matter what your industry and your number of doors, the Building Access System has a cost-effective configuration for you...

Equipment You HaveYour Ideal BAS Solution
One door and no telecom equipmentECU LAN, managed via web interface
Many doors at many sitesOne ECU LAN per door, managed via T/Mon BAS (door-only master station), also see BAC 32 below
Doors and telecom equipmentT/Mon LNX or T/Mon SLIM, plus any RTUs/ECUs as needed per site
A site with telecom equipment and 1-8 doorsNetGuardian 832A/216F/420 with 1 RS485 port & 1-8 ECUs
A site with telecom equipment and 9-16 doorsNetGuardian 832A/216F/420 with 2 RS485 ports & 9-16 ECUs
A site with 17-32 doorsBuilding Access Controller (BAC) 32

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