Lenel integrates wireless access control technology

October 2003 Access Control & Identity Management

Lenel Systems International recently announced that it has integrated into its OnGuard total security knowledge management solution Wyreless Access peripherals from Recognition Source, the leader in wireless solutions for access control applications. The result is an access control solution that combines the power and reliability of wired access control with all of the benefits of wireless technology.

Lenel has taken its OnGuard total security knowledge management solution and the Wyreless Access product line to the next level in system integration. By developing a direct RS485 interconnect to the Wyreless Access panel interface module (PIM-485-16), the number of PIMs required for a system is reduced by up to a factor of eight.

"We are very excited that Lenel has partnered with Recognition Source to provide wireless access control using their LNL-500W gateway interface module," explained Fred Conforti, president of Recognition Source. "This will substantially reduce the cost per door. It makes Wyreless access affordable at every access point in a system - doors, elevators and gates. In addition to the time and cost savings, a burdensome amount of hassle will be removed from the integrator's life."

"This is Lenel's first wireless offering, and we chose to integrate Recognition Source's Wyreless Access technology because of its reliability and reputation for quality," said Rudy Prokupets, Lenel's chief technology officer and executive vice president of research and development.

"The use of wireless solutions greatly simplifies the installation of access control systems, by virtually eliminating the need for wiring from the control panels to all points of access or security monitoring. Systems can now be installed in days instead of weeks, or weeks instead of months," Prokupets added.

All of the devices needed for door control and monitoring are built into the Wyreless Access peripheral called the modular integrated reader lock. Incorporating access control at a door merely requires removing the old lock hardware and installing the new modular integrated reader lock hardware. A door installation can be completed in less than an hour, compared to several hours in a wired application. For gate retrofit applications, the need for trenching is eliminated. For elevator applications, the need for travelling cabling is eliminated. And for remote doors in adjacent buildings, the need for overhead wiring is eliminated.

"The alliance between Recognition Source and Lenel will benefit both integrators and end-users since Wyreless Access devices can eliminate 67% of the devices usually needed to incorporate access control at a door, and up to 99% of the wire that is needed in a wired system installation," explained Conforti.

The wireless transceivers, which combine high transmitter power with high sensitivity receivers, give reliable and broad coverage. The use of spread spectrum technology with encrypted signals incorporating PIN numbers, random addresses, time slots and deliberate requests for commands, ensures the security of the system. Patented energy saving technology enables the power supply to give up to four years of battery life with up to 20 000 operations per year.

For more information contact Phil Mailes, Lenel Systems International, 0944 1483 815230, phil@lenel.com, www.lenel.com

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