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Flexible cloud access control - manage from anywhere

by Adam Jacobs 11/26/2019

What if you could delete a user from your access control system, with a touch on your smart phone?

What if you could let the furnace repair tech into the building, without being there?

What if you could add access control where there's not a hard internet connection?

What if you had the flexibility of adding access control on doors where wires can't go? can have all this and more.  Cellular communication for buildings that weren't planned with internet, or as backup to a hard connection.  Wireless reader/locks for doors that are spread out or where wires don't make sense.  Mobile pass credentials (electronic key on phone), when physical keys don't make sense.

Our cloud access systems can handle 2 doors to 200 doors.

Multi-building accounts and multi-site accounts are easily managed in the cloud software.

Unlimited users, with unique permissions for each.

The best cyber security in the industry, from the leader in cloud-based security.

Change older local systems to cloud-based systems without replacing all equipment and wiring.


Call us today for a site survey and estimate.


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Authority Having Jurisdiction

by Adam Jacobs 11/22/2019
We sometimes get Frown from GCs and owners when we have to add devices because the AHJ sees the requirements a little different than we do.  

We sometimes also get direction from the AHJ at the beginning of the project and then they change their mind.

Whatever the case, the owner and GC need to understand that no matter what we do, we don't control the ultimate design of the system.  We will do our best, but the authority lies with the AHJ (that's why they call them that).

For almost two years, I've included the statement below on all quotes, as fair warning to our customers. 


" *** Every effort to estimate the requirements of this job have been taken, in preparation of this quote.  No matter how diligent we are in our research, however, we cannot guarantee that our quote will contain every item necessary to pass the final inspection.  NFPA, NEC, IFC, and other applicable codes, defer the ultimate decision of approval to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).  We will do everything we can to discover changes the AHJ may request, before the final inspection.   Any items required by the AHJ, as a result of their final inspection, will be added to this quote as a change order."


Our only other option is to build plenty of cushion into our quotes, so that we never have to add devices or create a change order.  We want to be as transparent as possible in our quotes, and competitive, so this option doesn't work well either.


So we'll continue to make our best guess at what the AHJ will want, based on national codes and past experience, and just hope that we're close most of the time.


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