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 Ditek, Citel, 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.

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.