SprintS New Access System
BEWATOR Entro may be a new access system to the Australian market but it’s no newcomer to the global access scene. First launched in 1997, Bewator Entro 5 is the latest version and represents nearly a decade of development. The longevity of the design is clearly visible, with a range of integral capabilities that make Entro 5 ideal for modern networked environments across a range of industries. This is a slick, modular solution that’s based on a network of segments, the heart of which is the SR34i segment controller. This neat unit contains the system’s processor and stores the entire database. You can manage and monitor Entro 5 using a networked PC but Bewator is a capable access control manufacturer and the SR34i is specifically designed to offer the sort of distributed intelligence that’s so imperative for effective access control solutions. Making operation and monitoring easier, the SR34i has an integrated display a keyboard that makes it possible to view system status and access configuration menus. There’s also a built-in 2-port switch that simplifies network installation and supports a dedicated local area network for Bewator Entro control units. This is an important feature allowing Entro 5 to reside on a dedicated security LAN that’s not accessible from less secure parts of a broader data network. Adding significant flexibility is SR34i’s integrated web server and flash memory port, which are used to store relevant web portal addresses in order to give the system access to features like the system’s online booking system. Roll call and anti-passback functions allow security teams to establish who is present in a facility with a great deal of accuracy. Another key element of the system is the DC12 door controller, which handles a single door and either 1 or 2 readers, depending on whether the system anti-passback option is activated. The DC12 supports Bewator’s Cotag readers, as well as being able to manage any 3rd party Weigand or Clock and Data readers. There’s a more capable version of the door controller called the DC22 also available which allows control of an external alarm system using alarm status feedback (ASF). The D22 employs a pair of electric locks (night and day locks) and there are 2 relay outputs for door warning, pre-warning alarms and alerts. Both the DC12 and the DC22 door controllers have an integrated display showing status and this makes maintenance and fault finding easier. System structure Whether Entro 5 is located on a general data LAN or on a dedicated access control LAN, this is a solution designed to offer the flexibility and familiarity of TCP/IP communications in a Cat-5 environment. Alternatively the traditional RS-485 LAN can be used. Linking directly to a Cat-5 LAN on local sites or via the Internet on remote sites, the SR34i supports DC12 and DC22 door controllers, providing them with processing power for authentication events, as well as storing the cardholder entire database. Also linking with SR34i units are alarm zones, with bypass and control functions allowing intelligent alarm control zones to be set up using Entro software. Importantly, on programming changes have been made, all readers connected to a system can see whether or not an alarm zone is on or off. Entro 5’s intelligent alarm status feedback function supplies information to the system and can transmit information to readers allowing them to display deactivation of adjacent alarm sensors with a red light display. A neat feature of the overall Entro 5 solution is built-in reservation system called the InfoPoint 810, which allows the access system to be used for booking management in facilities like sports clubs and meeting rooms. The beauty of InfoPoint is that reservations can be made from a terminal on-site or across the Internet. The InfoPoint 810 unit links to the SR34i directly, or can be accessed across the LAN. In terms of system management, you can control Entro 5 locally using the SR34i keypad and screen, or you can link a local PC to the unit for purposes of administration. For administration across LANs and WANs, a command PC can either be linked directly to the local network or can access SR34i units via the Internet from a remote site. The control software allows users to add or delete cardholders, to amend cardholder details, to run reports and to view log files. Because cardholder databases are always held in remote locations on SR34i units, these controlling functions are all that a remote management PC is required to handle. Importantly, Entro 5 is able to integrate with third party systems like time and attendance and accountancy packages using the BAPSI open interface. And another valuable feature is Entro 5’s lift and machine control module. The central relay (IOR6) and its 6 programmable outputs allows Bewator Entro 5 to control which floors visitors are able to access using a lift. Alternatively, this function can be used to determine which machines or equipment can be used by a particular cardholder. Installers can program the central relay to perform other functions, including monitoring of outputs for alarm events within the system or the emergency unlocking of doors following a fire alarm. You can find out more about the Entro 5 access control system from Sprint Intercom and Security on 61 2 9427 2577. Fact File: * Bewator Entro 5 features include support for 512 doors * Up to 20,000 cardholders * Up to 480 access groups * Up to 240 time schedules * Open TCP/IP interface through BAPSI * Support for WIN 98/2000, NT4 and XP * Up to 240 zones including alarm control, anti-passback roll call, entrance restriction. * 64 reservation objects or machine groups * 10 relay control units for each machine group * 32 timetables with 24 times periods each * Reservation via Internet or terminal * Confirmation via email.