Published on 28 September, 2015
Galaxy Control Systems, a leading manufacturer of integrated access control, video and security solutions, announces that it has enhanced the level of integration between its industry-leading System Galaxy Access Control and Management Software and AD-400 Series Networked Wireless Electronic Locks from Allegion, a leading global security products and solutions provider. These enhancements include System Galaxy’s Crisis Mode feature, which has recently been enhanced to provide users with greater functionality and management capabilities during emergency situations.
“Building on the already strong relationship between Allegion’s networked wireless locks and System Galaxy, the advanced functionality available as a result of this deeper level of integration provides users with even greater level of control and management of their access control solutions,” said Robert Laughlin, President, Galaxy Control Systems. “We look forward to continuing to work with Allegion to further expand the level of integrations between our respective solutions to provide users with the most advanced functionality possible.”
Crisis Mode and command card features
In a panic or crisis situation, AD-400 Series lock users can take advantage of System Galaxy’s updated Crisis Mode, which allows them to upgrade or downgrade access levels as needed, as well as lock down either specific doors or the entire facility. For example, if a chemical spill were to occur, Crisis Mode could be used to lock everyone out except members of the hazmat team – whose access would only be activated when the lockdown occurred – out of that particular area.
In addition to Crisis Mode, users of AD-400 Series locks can also take advantage of a command card feature, which is also new to System Galaxy. With command cards, end users are able to issue access cards that are designated for certain specific functions based on user-established rules. For example, if an individual has reserved a facility for two hours, they can be issued a card that will unlock the doors and disarm the alarm system for that predetermined amount of time. When two hours have passed, the doors will be locked and the alarm system will be armed automatically.
Office and Privacy Modes
The enhanced integration also includes support for Schlage’s Office Mode and Privacy Mode within System Galaxy. Office Mode provides a push button on the inside of the lock, which can be used to leave the door unlocked to provide free access until the button is pressed again to initiate a lockdown. Privacy Mode allows someone who walks through a particular door to press a button that ensures no one else can walk into that area until the current user exits. With the ability to track and record these actions from within the access control solution, System Galaxy ensures that organisations know when these functions are used, who used them and for how long.
“We are pleased to offer a larger array of features and functionality to end users through this expanded integration between our AD-400 Series locks and System Galaxy,” said Brad Aikin, Business Leader of Commercial Electronic Locks with Allegion. “The enhanced integration between these two solutions provides users with a higher level of awareness and control, which in turn translate into higher levels of security.”