Critical Components of Access Control Design

Specialized products make for tailored systems

Access control systems are comprised of a number of critical components which are required for security safety control and convenient operation of the system. An increasing number of access control systems are being deployed on a greater range of applications, and a growing number of specialized products are required to permit the installer to tailor the system to meet each client’s precise requirements.

Within a single enterprise, it is not unusual to find that the range of systems required will include keyed locks, mechanical and electronic standalone access; networked credential based access; security monitoring points; life safety subsystems; and door/gate operators, (just to name a few).

The system integrator’s design experience will be a combination of learning new products to satisfy a client’s specific product request, or offering a customized solution based on a site requirement for which the client has requested a solution.


Access Easy Controller (AEC) is a new generation access controller that uniquely combines the features of a web server and security system into one complete unit. The Bosch Access Easy Controller (AEC) is designed for small and medium-sized commercial enterprises, such as corporate offices and retail chains.

Using any of the popular browsers (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox) and operating systems, the AEC is a network-ready system that connects easily to any TCP/IP network via an Ethernet port and operates over any Ethernet network (e.g., LAN, WAN or VPN). Remote connection can also be established with a standard dial-up serial modem.

Scalable, affordable, easy to install and operate, the AEC requires little training or maintenance and may be the perfect solution for your next project. The Access Easy Controller solution is easy to program and manage, and any client computer in the network can access it to manage the database, monitor activity or control devices. The system offers an open architecture and interfaces with standard Wiegand readers.

The Access Easy Controller can send out e-mails based on triggered events or transactions under normal or alarm conditions. Each mail message consists of a full description of the event or alarm, location, ID and date/time stamp. E-mail can be sent to multiple recipients or relayed as Short Message Service (SMS) to mobile phone users via certified modems. This function provides an unlimited means of selectable information transfer.

Additional AEC system features include:

• Access control using a card reader or a card reader plus PIN code.
• In/Out readers (anti-pass back) for high security areas.
• Intrusion alarm input point monitoring.
• Arm or disarm Access Easy Controller alarm zones using a card reader.
• Manual door control.
• Automatic door control based on schedules.
• Automatic arming and disarming of input points.
• Output control based on schedules.
• Special scheduling options for holidays.
• Built-in reporting capabilities.
• Attendance capturing.
• User dial-in support.
• Input/Output logic programming for control automation.
• Real-time activities and status update.

An initial four- or eight-door Access Easy Controller system can expand quickly and easily to cover 16 doors. Each Access Easy Controller system has options for up to 32 input points and 32 output relays that can be software configured.

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