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Access Control Testing

I'm Brandon Lorenz, senior editor for Building Operating Management magazine.

When installing or consolidating a new access control system, remember to test each door to make sure the system communicates without gaps.

Security experts recommend testing for nine conditions to make sure the proper level of security is in place. Conditions to test for include:

• Valid card presentation
• Invalid card presentation
• Authorized exit from a secured area
• Door forced open
• Door propped open
• Fire alarm activation
• Power failure
• Network communications failure
• Wiring/communications failure at the door


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