Benefits of Door Objects
There will be cost savings to the ACS manufacturer,
the installing contractor, and the end user. This is a no-lose
situation. The volume of software sold by large access control
manufacturers is small compared to large software companies.
Obviously, it is the unique functionality of Access Control
Systems that allows the prices to be what they are. The ultimate
cost to the manufacturer for a more flexible system would be
less, based on the lack of needing to respond to the many requests
for microcode fixes. The entire chain of manufacturer, installer,
and user will benefit.
The time required to solve a problem will be significantly
reduced. From several large manufacturers, the delay for changes
in microcode has been, in some cases, greater than a year. Temporary
work-arounds have been used. But, this type of delay is not
comfortable for any of the parties. In other cases, the delays
have been only hours or days, depending on the urgency and the
profile of the job. Unfortunately, these are awkward criteria
for the smaller end user who just wants the system to operate
as "advertised." Since each door object is an entity,
the legacy of one type of door has no relationship to a new
object. The programmer of a new door object can look forward
without the responsibility and cost to look back.
Long term flexibility will be greatly enhanced
because each SRB will be capable of accomplishing the types
of functions that are common in PLCs. It has always been awkward
and costly to use PLCs to run revolving doors, mantraps, optical
turnstiles, sally ports, various styles of elevator control,
and the other special security portals that the industry can
dream up. By allowing enough flexibility in the object design
limits, each of these could be achieved within the structure
of one SRB.
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