Mark Casey: Wireless locks come in all shapes and sizes, as does the wireless technology driving them. For example from a Schlage standpoint, in the 900 MHz spread spectrum, we utilize cylindrical mortise and exit trim under the AD brand. They’re connecting back to a panel interface module. That 900 MHz is designed to get you the best penetration through typical building construction—usually up to about 200 feet through walls and about 1000 feet line of sight. Depending on the application, we also have another offering with our NDE and LE families of products, which are communicating with either BLE or WiFi, which ultimately are running on different networks and will utilize a different distance between the lock and either the gateway in Bluetooth or the access point using your existing WiFi network.
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Schlage Wireless Solutions: https://us.allegion.com/en/home/products/brands/schlage.html#top
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Mark Duato: I’ll add to Mark’s comments, probably the single most important thing if you’re a security provider or if you’re an end user is to understand that all wireless is not created equal. Different wireless platforms and technologies are designed to be applied in different ways, based on the specific needs of the customer. And if you are assuming a certain type of performance at an access control opening when using wireless technology, it’s really important to make sure you understand whether the wireless technology you’ve chosen can actually give you the performance that you need.
So in ASSA ABLOY’s case, we decided a long time ago to deliver multiple wireless technology platforms into the marketplace. The Aperio™ family of products is an 802.15 IEEE standard. It’s sort of a Zigbee radio communication format that’s a global standard for ASSA ABLOY. What changes across the regions of the world are the types of hardware that are used alongside the radio communication technology. And it’s a virtual real-time communication experience, whether there’s an event at the door or transaction information that you require.
By comparison, we also have an IP family of WiFi and also the sister to that, PoE based technologies, that are essentially single-door controllers that have their own database, that exist within those types of locking technologies. Very popular, and extremely high-density door applications, i.e. higher education. And there’s also the data-on-card system architectures that exist out in the field, of which we have several, that allow you to have a virtual network where the transactions essentially exist on the card itself. And so do the clearances and rights. Is that a wireless technology? Some might say it is. Others, maybe not so much. So it’s really important that you understand the differences, and where to apply each of those technologies, because we make them readily available to you.
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Aperio Solutions: https://www.intelligentopenings.com/en/products/real-time-wireless/real-time-wireless1/
IP-Enabled WiFi/PoE Platforms: https://content.assaabloyusa.com/doc/aadss1010296