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Surge Protect Access Control

If an access control system utilizing gate access, card readers, or magnetic door frames goes down due to lightning or surge related damage, what was previously protected may no longer be secure. Access control systems on facilities such as pharmaceutical buildings must be secure at all times, so it is necessary to use surge protection to simultaneously guard and allow access to those that must be kept away or let in. Use TPD devices to surge protect Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Simplex Grinnel and other access control systems from surge and lightning damage to keep your valuables safe.

Why Protect Access Control Systems?

Surge protection is often forgotten about in the design of access control systems. The simple implementation of surge protectors assists safety and security devices in operating without interruption. Luckily, TPD surge protection can be easily and cost-effectively added to almost any access control system. Typically, the reason a building has an access control system is because something important is inside that must be protected. However, if an entry point fails to open due to surge-related damage, no one may be able to go inside, and the building will be significantly less secure until the system is fixed. This creates a lot of downtime, and may lead to large delays on projects, creating financial losses.

How to Protect an Access Control System

Starting with surge protection at the breaker panel feeding all access control systems is a great way to begin proper protection. This protects from surges coming both externally (like lightning) and internally (from other equipment). Place a 120V hardwired surge protector directed in front of the access control panel at minimum. It is also recommended to surge protect potentially damaging communication pathways. This includes communication wires between security panels or from cameras, entry turnstiles, motion sensors, card readers, electric strike door locks, keypad door locks, magnetic contact sound alarms, etc. It is most common for surge damage when these lines leave the building. It is also recommended to protect problem areas or long runs connecting security panels that are powered from a separate breaker panel.

The Importance of Surge Protecting Access Control Systems

Access control surge protection is a paramount consideration for safeguarding both residential sanctuaries and bustling commercial enterprises. Access control surge protection plays a crucial role in ensuring security, data integrity, and operational continuity for both homes and businesses.

Protection of Essential Systems
Access control systems are a crucial part of security, regulating entry and exit points. In both residential and commercial settings, these systems often house sensitive electronic components and critical data. Surge protection acts as a guardian, preventing electrical damage and ensuring the continued functionality of these vital systems.

Data Integrity
Access control systems, especially in commercial applications, frequently store essential data such as user records and access logs. Surge-induced failures can lead to data corruption or loss, compromising the reliability of security records. TPD access control surge protection safeguards this data, preserving its integrity for both residential and commercial use.

Uninterrupted Access Control
Disruptions in access control systems due to surge-induced damage can leave properties vulnerable to security breaches. In residential settings, these systems ensure family safety, while commercial facilities depend on them to protect assets and personnel. TPD surge suppression with transient filtering guarantees uninterrupted access control, fortifying security measures in both contexts.

Cost Savings
Repairing or replacing access control systems can be a costly endeavor. Transient Protection Design surge protection serves as a financial barrier against electrical damage, reducing the risk of unexpected repair expenses. Whether it's a residential security system or an intricate commercial access control setup, surge protection contributes to cost-efficiency.

Operational Continuity
Access control systems are integral to daily operations in commercial environments. Surge-induced failures can disrupt business activities, impacting productivity and customer service. TPD surge protection plays a pivotal role in maintaining operational continuity, ensuring commercial facilities operate smoothly and efficiently.

Compliance and Safety
Adhering to safety and security standards is essential in various industries. TPD access control surge protection helps meet these requirements, guaranteeing safe and reliable access control operation in both residential and commercial domains. This minimizes risks to personnel and assets.

Environmental Responsibility
Surge-induced equipment failures can lead to increased repair costs and waste, which are not environmentally responsible. TPD access control surge protection helps maintain energy-efficient operations, aligning with sustainability goals required for LEED certification and other environmental standards.

In conclusion, TPD access control surge protection is indispensable for maintaining the security, data integrity, and operational continuity of access control systems in both residential and commercial applications. It ensures uninterrupted access control, data security, cost-efficiency, operational continuity, compliance, and environmental responsibility, providing peace of mind and reliability for homeowners and businesses alike.

 

National Electric Code Requirements

In the latest 2020 NEC code it is required to correctly terminate and/or surge protect all data lines when they leave and reenter a building or structure.