Reader Properties (Mercury and HID)

  • Address – The physical address of the Reader is automatically assigned within the Access Control Security Application. If the reader module has two (2) readers the addressing for the Reader will be R1 for reader one (1) and R2 for reader two (2).
  • Device_Type - The type of device attached to the sub-controller. There are six (6) different types of devices and include; Reader, Monitor Point, Control Point, Door Strike, Door Contact and Request to Exit (REX). The Device_Type may only be changed once the point has been disassociated through Door_Definitions located under the reader’s properties. The ability to change the Device_Type is only available for the Mercury hardware platform. To modify the Device_Type highlight the reader from the hardware tree. Click on the drop down arrow to the right of Door_Definitions and set the Door Strike value to None. Highlight the Reader, click the drop down arrow to the right of the Device_Type flag and select the Device_Type from the pick list. 
  • Description – A description of the device, used to easily identify the location or function of the device. The description will display on Event Manager any time an event occurs at that point. 
  • Multimedia Files – Video / Media that can be associated to the device and called up by right-mouse clicking on the events related to this device. To associate a Multimedia File, click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Multimedia File tag. Click the green plus sign to add a new multimedia file. Click on the plus sign to the left of Description and assign a description in the text field provided. Click the drop down arrow to the right of the Multimedia tag and browse to the location of the saved multimedia file. 
  • Video Links – Associate a camera when the reader becomes active. Used to setup recording on a particular camera during particular event(s). Please note, the Access Control Security software must be licensed for the video module in order to utilize this feature. The camera must be previously configured for use in the system before the camera can be assigned to a point. For video configuration options please see help section Video Configuration. To associate a video link to the reader, click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Video Links tag. Click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Camera Address tag and select the camera to be associated to the point. Please note, the use of video by event is only available for certain manufacturers. If the model used does not support this functionality, the camera will display for all events. Contact Technical Support for information regarding what manufacturers this is available for. 
  • Alarm_Message – A text field that is associated to the device when it goes into alarm state. This text field should be informative in describing what type of alarm has occurred. To create an Alarm message, click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Alarm_Message tag. Type the custom message in the text field provided. Click the green check mark to save changes. To exit without saving click on the blue x. 
  • Alarm_Multimedia – The sound that will occur when the reader goes into an alarm state. Note: this feature requires the use of a sound card and speaker installed on the computer. To select the Alarm_Multimedia for the device, click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Alarm_Multimedia tag and select a wave file. 
  • Logging – Allows for device specific logging, select the related event then select a Log Type. 
  • Anti-Passback - Anti-Passback prevents a person from using a door if the system doesn't recognize him / her as being in an area where he / she has access to the door.  The card holder must present his / her cards to readers in the order designated by the System Administrator.  Several types of Anti-Passback exist:
    • 0= Off No Anti-Passback is enabled.
    • 1= Soft Anti-Passback (Do not check area number on entry), this option is also a timed option.  When using Soft Anti-Passback the card holder will be able to navigate through the areas of the building; however, if the card holder present his / her card at the same reader twice access will be denied due to Anti-Passback violation.
    • 2=Hard Anti-Passback ( Check Area Number and Change on Entry), this option requires that the card holder follow the reader areas designated.  If the card holder skips a reader due to tailgating the card holder will be denied access due to Anti-Passback violation.
    • 3= Check this readers last valid user.
    • 4=Check this user's last reader use, no area number change.  This option ensures that the card holder was granted access at the last reader the card was presented.  If the card was denied access the card holder will be in Anti-Passback violation.
    • 5=Check user's current area number and change on entry, this option verifies the card holders current area ensuring the next reader in sequence is correct.  Once the card is presented the card holder will be moved to the new area.
  • LED Configuration - The Mercury hardware platform will allow for the configuration of the LED status, to select the LED status click on the drop down arrow to the right of the LED Configuration tag and select the desired mode.
  • Default_Reader_Mode - This mode will determine the default state the reader will be in when not in an unlock schedule.  There are eight (8) different reader modes that can be configured for use.  The Default_Reader_Mode number will appear on the Hardware Status screen to the right of the sub-controller type. To configure the Default_Reader_Mode click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Default_Reader_Mode and select the correct reader mode.
    • 1=Disabled, this mode disables the card reader.  If a card is presented to the reader the Event Manager will display a Reader Not Enabled Message.
    • 2=Unlock, this mode unlocks the reader.  Using this mode the reader will be unsecured, free ingress and egress is allowed.
    • 3=Locked (No Access, Allow REX), this mode secures the door, card access will not be granted; however free egress will be allowed.
    • 4=Correct Facility Coded Required, this option does not do a database check to verify if the card holder has access to the reader.  This option checks the cards facility code; if the facility code matches what has been entered for the system the card holder will be granted access.
    • 5= Card Only, this mode requires a card be presented to the reader to be granted access. Using this mode no pin code is required.
    • 6=Pin Only, this mode requires a pin number be entered on a keypad reader in order to be granted access. 
    • 7=Card and Pin, this mode requires that a valid card be presented to the reader as well as a valid pin number before access will be granted.  If both instances do not occur, the card holder will not be granted access.
    • 8=Card or Pin=, this mode allows the card holder to present his / her card or enter a valid pin number in order to gain access to the reader.
  • Offline_Reader_Mode - When communication between the Controller and Sub-Controller has been lost the Offline_Reader_Mode instructs the reader in what manner to behave until communication has been reestablished.   There are four (4) Offline_Reader_Modes.  To configure the Offline_Reader_Mode click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Offline_Reader_Mode and select the correct reader mode.
    • 0=No offline Mode, in the event of a loss of communication between the Controller and the Sub-Controller, this mode states that no offline mode will be enabled.  In this mode the reader will be secured.
    • 1=Lockdown (No Access, No REX), in this mode the reader will be locked down, no access into our out of the reader will be allowed.  This mode is not a mode to be used on exterior doors.
    • 2=Unlock, in this mode the reader will be unlocked allowing free ingress and egress.
    • 3=No Access, Allow REX, in this mode the reader will be disabled for card use but will allow free egress.
    • 4=Correct Facility Code Required, this is the default programmed mode.  Using this mode there is no database check done to verify if the card holder has access to the reader.  This option checks the cards facility code; if the facility code matches what has been entered for the system the card holder will be granted access.
  • Override_Reader_Mode - When communication is lost between the Controller and the Sub-Controller and the reader is on a timed unlock schedule, the Override_Reader_Mode dictates what state the reader will go into until communication has been reestablished.  There are eight (8) Override_Reader_Modes. To configure the Override_Reader_Mode click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Override_Reader_Mode and select the correct reader mode.
    • 1=Disabled, this mode disables the card reader.  If a card is presented to the reader the Event Manager will display a Reader Not Enabled Message.
    • 2=Unlock, this mode unlocks the reader.  Using this mode the reader will be unsecured, free ingress and egress is allowed.
    • 3=Locked (No Access, Allow REX), this mode secures the door, card access will not be granted; however free egress will be allowed.
    • 4=Correct Facility Coded Required, this option does not do a database check to verify if the card holder has access to the reader.  This option checks the cards facility code; if the facility code matches what has been entered for the system the card holder will be granted access.
    • 5= Card Only, this mode requires a card be presented to the reader to be granted access. Using this mode no pin code is required.
    • 6=Pin Only, this mode requires a pin number be entered on a keypad reader in order to be granted access.
    • 7=Card and Pin, this mode requires that a valid card be presented to the reader as well as a valid pin number before access will be granted.  If both instances do not occur, the card holder will not be granted access.
    • 8=Card or Pin=, this mode allows the card holder to present his / her card or enter a valid pin number in order to gain access to the reader.
  • Reader_Settings - This option allows the configuration of single, paired or elevator readers.  There are seven (7) Reader_Settings that can be configured. This option is available for the Mercury hardware platform only. To configure the Reader_Settings, click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Reader_Settings tag and select the desired Reader_Setting.
    • 000= Single Reader, this option is the default reader setting and configures the reader for a single reader mode.
    • 001= Paired (Master), when two (2) readers with one set of locking hardware will be utilized, this reader_setting configures the reader as the primary reader for entry.
    • 002=Paired (Slave), when two (2) readers with one set of locking hardware will be utilized, this reader_setting configures the reader as the secondary reader for exit. 
    • 003=Turnstiles
    • 004=Elevator Reader (No feedback), this reader_setting configures the reader to be an elevator reader with no floor selection option.
    • 005=Elevator Reader (Feedback), this reader_setting configures the reader to be an elevator reader with floor selection, the use of an Input board is required in order to utilize this feature.
  • Door Definitions - This option is available for the Mercury hardware platform only and allows for the hardware points to be selected for the Door.  Points can be disassociated allowing the point to be used for other functions.  For example, if the door contact is set to a value of none, that point can now be configured as a monitor point for other use.  To configure the Door Definitions, click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Door Definitions tag.  Each hardware point for the door is assigned to the default addresses as the following:
    • Reader 1 Door Contact = I1
    • Reader 1 REX = I2
    • Reader 2 Door Contact = I3
    • Reader 2 REX= I4
    • Reader 1 Door Strike = O1
    • Reader 1 Door Sounder = O2
    • Reader 2 Door Strike O3
    • Reader 2 Door Sounder O4
  • Extended Grant Time Setting - This feature is used in conjunction with the ADA mode (American Disability Act), if a card holder record has been tagged with the ADA mode flag, when the card is presented at the reader the card holder will be granted additional time for access through the door.
  • Pre-Alarm Time for Door Held Open - Amount of time in seconds before a warning sound will be made just before a Door Held Open alarm is triggerred.
  • Extended Door Strike Time - This option will extend the default strike time for those records tagged with the ADA mode.  This time is configured in seconds.
  • Extended Held Open Time - This option allows the operator to configure by reader the amount of time in seconds in addition to the extended strike time to report a door held open condition.  For example, if the extended door strike time is configured for 30 seconds and the extended held open time is configured for 20 seconds, it will be a full 50 seconds of the door remaining open before a door held open event.