Elevator Access Control Types

At first sight elevators don't seem so different to each other. All get you up and down in larger buildings and it is annoying for everyone to wait for them. At closer look the difference in elevators are:

Single, standalone elevator vs. Elevator bank / elevator systemLocked elevators vs. open elevatorsManual elevators vs. destination dispatch elevators

The most popular elevator companies are Schindler or Thyssen Krupp.

Here are more details:

Single elevator access control

You might know these elevators from smaller buildings. It's the one elevator you are waiting on and takes a long time coming down from the 5th floor. 

Kisi's opinion: Mostly as a tenant in a building you can't change the elevator. Keep a close look at how that elevator is operated - does it lock after hours? Who gets keys and how many? What are operations processes during busy hours?
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Simple elevator

Elevator banks

If you are located in a larger building, you likely have an elevator bank. That avoids you having to wait a too long time for the elevator since there are multiple. 

Kisi's opinion: Pay close attention to how these elevators are called: Can they be called individually - that will create a lot of chaos. If you have  a destination dispatch system, you'd type in the floor you are going to and the system calls the logistically fastest elevator for you. Those systems are typically very expensive though.
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Elevator Lobby

Integration of mobile credentials or mobile access with elevators

Let's assume you have an existing elevator with a regular Honeywell access control panel. Adding Kisi would mean that we can easily connect the Kisi controller relays to the output of the Honeywell system since the elevator buttons are NC/COM. For illustrative purposes we provided a signal diagram below:

Wiring schematic of connecting Kisi's mobile access control to a Honeyewell system allows for cloud-based elevator access control.
‍Wiring schematic of connecting Kisi's mobile access control to a Honeywell system allows for cloud-based elevator access control.

Access Control Guide Table of Contents

  1. Hardware and Security Components of Access Control Systems

  2. Access Control System Technologies

  3. A Guide to Office Security

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