Wireless Access Control

Evan Tree

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On February 4th In Access2 Comments
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ProdataKey Single and Eight Door Wireless IP Controllers

Niche applications where running a wire is simply too costly, labor intensive, or not possible have been the early driving force for wireless access control solutions. The vast majorities of these wireless solutions were developed to solve a particular problem and continue to be used as an add-on to existing wired access control platforms. This does not need to be the case for today or the future; we all use wireless devices and systems in virtually every facet within the security industry and our daily lives. A wireless connected platform makes perfect sense for nearly every installation. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Reduced material and labor costs – Running cable throughout a new or existing building is very expensive and time consuming. Differences in construction, penetrating firewalls, floors, ceilings, plenums, and elevator shafts consume a tremendous amount of time and energy, not to mention the fact that access control cable can run several dollars per foot installed. Many integrators estimate the cost to run access control cable at $4-$6 per foot in an existing building and up to $40 per foot where trenching is required.
  • Less intrusive installation – Every end user will appreciate the fact that a team of installers is not invading valuable workspace, popping ceiling tiles, or accessing obscure areas of the building to pull wires.
  • More secure – Mounting a wireless controller on the secure side of the door means that there are no wires left vulnerable on the unsecure side of the door. Also, the advanced 256 Bit AES encryption meets government encryption standards while sitting on a proprietary platform – not your standard Wi-Fi.
  • More flexible installations – Long-range wireless mesh allows for significantly more flexible installations in campus style environments like schools, cities, and large commercial applications and is a cost effective solution for all permanent and temporary installations like portable classrooms found at schools. Long-range wireless is also ideal for projects with gates and access points located at the perimeter of the property.
  • Less technical installation – Advanced wireless door controllers provide everything you need right at the door; including inputs for readers, a door position switch, a request to exit device, locking relays, and additional inputs and outputs. Even power to drive door hardware along with battery backup is included in the most advanced wireless controllers. When everything you need is included at the door you don’t need to worry about running extra cable for future add-ons. There’s also never a need to spend hours planning how to run wire from point A to point B, nor worry about calculating cable lengths and power loss.

These are just a few of the reasons why a long-range wireless mesh is “The Solution” for the security industry and will help increase the adoption of access control. Consider long-range wireless access control for your next project and save money and time while increasing your overall project margin.

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Evan is currently the CEO of ProdataKey, an industry leading innovator of access control products and services. ProdataKey develops wireless mesh access control platforms and offers a full line of wimacTM (Wireless Mesh Access Control) products for the security industry. All opinions or commentary in his posts are his own, and may or may not express the opinions of ADI.