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The door entry product company Videx has added a lift interface relay unit to its Portal Plus range. That enables the operation of a lift to be controlled by the access control system. Portal Plus is Videx’s networkable system that supports proximity, keypads and bio access readers. It’s scalable from one entrance systems to multiple entrances with local or remote management facilities. The lift interface relay unit enables the calling of the lift and the restricted use of the lift to users programmed on the access control system. It can be used to enable the lift buttons or allow direct floor selection.
Neil Thomas, National Sales Manager at Videx UK, said the unit means access can be restricted to certain floors as well as certain rooms within a building. “This can be especially useful in shared buildings, such as office blocks, where each floor might be occupied by different tenants where they’re only allowed access to their own floor, and also in residential developments for restricting entry to tenants to the floor they live on, in high rise flats for example.”
The RB0408 includes eight relays to control up to eight floors. Using more than one RB0408, it’s possible to control lifts for up to 32 floors. The RB0408 also includes LED indication when a relay is active which is useful for an engineer to see which floors have access when a user operates a reader. Four inputs are also included to enable, disable and override the lift control.
Neil added: “Users of the access control system can choose either an access code, proximity fob/card or their finger print to call the lift. Programming is carried out using the Portal Plus Pros CS management software where the lift control integrates seamlessly into user access level programming enabling each user to be independently programmed so that they can gain entry to one or more floors based on their access rights and time restricted access.”
The lift controllers use an RS485 bus to connect to the Portal Plus EWSi controller and includes dip switches to address the unit. The unit can be added to the system control cabinet, directly wall mounted or mounted on a DIN rail.