Access Control: Query the Access Control Expert

Q I live in Pennsylvania. What would you recommend and do you know of any code that addresses a scenario that involves an elevator lobby with stair doors located inside the tenant?s space and the entry doors secured by card access? A There is...


  • Attendance Reporting-?You can record when personnel enter and exit; and calculate and report the hours that each employee spent on-site.
  • Graphical Interface -- A graphical map can be used to display the location of alarms, show the status of each door, or display the location of specific individuals.
  • Global Anti-Passback -- Before the cardholder can use another entry reader to access another area, the cardholder must provide the exit reader with a valid credential. By using the central computer, the area covered by anti-passback can be expanded to include doors controlled by several controllers.
  • Guard Tour -- Allows you to track that guards are performing security tours. Alarms can be generated if the person arrives early, late, or out-of-sequence to checkpoints. You can generate printed reports (automatically or manually) from the tour histories.
  • Global Input/Output Cross Controllers -- You can configure input/output linkages that include more than a single controller. For example, you might activate a camera when a reader is used or a door is opened.
  • Two Card Control -- The reader must accept the credentials for two authorized card holders in order to grant access.
  • Occupancy Limit -- Places a limit on the number of authorized card holders that can simultaneously occupy an area.

Brad Shipp is a former Executive Director and Training Director for the NBFAA where he authored several NTS courses, including the Access Control Certification course. His involvement in the access control industry dates back to 1974 and in 1986 he became an instructor for the NBFAA National Training School. Shipp has served on several law enforcement, regulatory and industry association boards and has been honored for his service by the False Alarm Reduction Association and the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators. Send in your questions on access control to bradshipp@secdealer.com.