If it is determined that the installation can benefit from wireless, then some decisions have to be made. Does the facility already have an existing security management infrastructure in place? If so, a solution can be deployed that interfaces with a facility’s existing security management hardware. If a facility does not have electronic access control hardware in place but already has a wireless infrastructure in place for other devices, such as routers, smartphones, etc., Wi-Fi-based security solutions are available which interface with a company’s wireless network and security management software directly.
These types of systems simplify installation and save costs, as the wireless hardware leverages the already-in-place IT infrastructure and little additional hardware has to be installed other than locks.
You should also consider a point-to-point wireless access control solution — a system that operates completely on its own, with its own dedicated network that does not need to interface with an IT network. These require more hardware — such as dedicated wireless gateways — for the initial installation, but are still much less expensive than wired door systems.
Assa Abloy has created an online tool for integrators to use when conducting an on-site evaluation. Integrators can log onto www.assaabloydss.com with an iPad to obtain information about what types of wireless security products are recommended for a facility. The website provides information about locks, door openings and doorframes, other hardware and credentials and connects integrators with Assa Abloy experts.