Sielox claims Ã¢â‚¬Ëœmost advanced controller in the industryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
ATLANTA--Access control manufacturer Sielox tried to stir things up here on the ASIS show floor by introducing its new AC-1700 access controller and calling it the Ã¢â‚¬Å“most advanced controller in the industry.Ã¢â‚¬Â
So, whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new about it? Calling it a Ã¢â‚¬Å“true IP solutions,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sielox president and CEO Karen Evans said the AC-1700 is field programmable, meaning it can be upgraded from its 32-bit processor to a faster one in the future to accommodate technology upgrades; it can have as much as 8 GB of on-controller storage, so that manuals and notes can be right on the controller for future use by service technicians; it has a Web server built-in, so technicians can troubleshoot from anywhere with a browser; and it has a native Ethernet adaptor, so you can Ã¢â‚¬Å“talk with 100 megabit speed directly to the processor.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Thanks to that last feature, Ã¢â‚¬Å“LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s say you had a controller with a 40,000-person database that goes down,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Evans. Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to download that back to the controller. On the old communication speed, that might be hours. Now itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s minutes or seconds.Ã¢â‚¬Â
With the field programmable technology, known as FPGA, developed by vice president of engineering Mark Isaacson, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Now the problem of obsolescence goes away,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Isaacson, as integrators can simply swap in faster processors in the future to handle future technology. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We do expect these to be functioning and supportable 20 years from now.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t afford to invest in a new product and only manufacture it for a few years,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Evans. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t afford that and our partners canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t afford that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The new AC-1700 should be available for installation by the first quarter of 2009.