5 Access Control Installation Solutions That Make Your Life Easier

Skip the Hassles with Better Access Control and Vehicle Detection Systems

As an access control installation professional, you not only need equipment, components, and parts to make customers’ facilities safer and more automated, but you also need solutions that make work easier up front and down the road. 

Often, access control and vehicle detection equipment is designed and installed to solve an immediate need or problem. However, the functionality of those systems doesn’t consider repairs, upgrades, or even future-state customer process changes like reprogramming.

At EMX Industries, Inc., we design equipment with the installer in mind — both for the here and now but also for changing customer needs. The results of this design focus are faster and easier installations and more efficient future service calls. Here, we’ll explore five of these access control installation solutions and the benefits they offer.

1. Multi-Voltage Detectors

One of the key requirements for understanding which vehicle detection equipment to use at a job site (apart from functionality) is knowing the power available from a gate or door operator. You might already use a specific solution, or you might be called to a job site where the customer doesn’t know what the existing power output is. The last thing you need as an installer is to show up to a job with the wrong equipment. 

While many manufacturers design equipment with lower 12-24-volt thresholds, EMX multi-voltage vehicle detectors have expanded ranges from 12 volts to 240 volts AC. This means you can rely on fewer devices versus sourcing multiple detectors.

Examples of our multi-voltage vehicle detectors include:

2. Photo Eye–Operator Compatibility

Not all photo eyes and sensors share the same monitoring methods. Some are sold with 10k monitoring whereas others are sold for pulse monitoring or ‘normally closed’ monitoring. This is closely related to the above challenge in that you might not always know what photo eye to take to an installation or service call. To make your work easier here, EMX designed the IRB-RET (retroreflective) and IRB-MON (thru beam) photo eyes, both of which support multiple monitoring methods.

These two access control installation solutions can be used with just about any operator and have configurable settings to match. If you or your organization typically keep certain operators in stock, the IRB-RET or IRB-MON will work with what you have. Without a universal solution, you wouldn’t be able to complete the installation or service call and would have to lose time sourcing a compatible solution.

Eye the differences: Learn more about retroreflective and thru beam photo eyes.

3. Broken or Dead Loops

Loops are the hands of every vehicle detection operation and are typically installed into the concrete or asphalt on which vehicles drive. In the event that a loop becomes damaged or stops operating, you’ll need to replace it by cutting into the detection surface — a time-consuming and messy process to say the least. To save you time, energy, and frustration, and to save the customer from dealing with excess cut-up paving, EMX designed the Loop Replacement System (LRS) (formerly CarSense 303).

The LRS is a magnetoresistive vehicle detector, which uses 3-axis sensing technology to detect changes in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by ferrous objects (i.e. vehicles). With the LRS, you only have to make one diagonal cut across the installation surface vs. the nine cuts typically required for an induction sensor. This means you can ignore the old loop and get the customer’s vehicle detection needs operable again faster than ever.

Cut to the chase: Learn more about the LRS in this in-depth webinar.

4. Efficient Free-Exit Sensitivity

In applications where vehicles can enter and exit a space freely without the need for monitoring, a common access control installation solution is to use free-exit probes that are buried near a roadway. But in the event that those probes’ sensitivity settings need to be adjusted, you’d have to dig them up (if it even has sensitivity settings in the first place). 

In keeping with our theme, EMX designed the VMD-202 vehicle motion detector and its corresponding sensitivity remote. The advantage of the VMD-202 system is that its remote can be wired in series with the powerlines connecting to the VMD-202 in the ground and send updated sensitivity settings to probe over these connections. It features 10 sensitivity settings, uses a variety of power inputs, and can even be powered via solar where applicable. The VMD-202-R remote can also be used with multiple VMD-202 installations.

As easy as it gets: Learn more about the effectiveness of the VMD-202 system.

5. Programming Access Controls

In facilities with higher traffic and more potential users throughout a day, the need to manage multiple codes or fobs can quickly become a hassle for the customer — and a pain for installers that have to deal with updates or reprogramming. EMX designed the CellOpener-365 GSM access control system to solve this challenge. 

Instead of dealing with on-site programming, the CellOpener-365 allows a facility manager or installer to program its users remotely. There’s no need for you to come out and adjust it, providing you with a great — and easy — opportunity to increase your margin on updates from customers that are not managing changes themselves by skipping time, travel, and cost on new fobs or cards. The system can be quickly and easily reprogrammed via text commands from a phone using an SIM card tied to the device.

Go deeper: Learn more about the benefits of the CellOpener-365 and how it works.

Let’s Find the Right Access Control Installation Solution for You

EMX partners with installers around the world to simplify their installation and service jobs. If you’re tired of dealing with lost time, extra hassle, and lost revenue due to incompatible equipment, connect with us today to learn how we can help.

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