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had to do, access control companies say.
With less trenching and running hard wires,
installation costs are lower, too.
One application Brûlé did recently was for
an RV and boat storage lot, with no nearby
phone line available. "The cost to run a
phone line from the phone company was
horrendous," Brûlé says.
The facility needed to transmit data
between the controller at the gate and the
office computer in order to open and close
the gate. There was no voice communication
needed, just data.
So instead of running a hard-wired
system, Brûlé's company converted the
data access communication through a
computer via cell phone, so communication could take place using cell phones on
cellular system.
It has also become less expensive to install
systems that rely on the traditional Wiegand
protocol, which enables devices to communicate with access controllers. It used to
be that Wiegand devices limited the reach
of communications to about 500 feet, and
through wiring only. Now, there are wireless
Wiegand devices that can reach up to onethird of a mile, and through structures such
as buildings and trees. "They accomplish the
same thing that would have taken thousands
of dollars to run wiring from Point A to
Point B," Buchanan says.

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Cellular-based access control systems are
not perfect, and technology still needs to
catch up in some areas. For example, when a
cell tower goes down, then the entire system
goes down. "When this is all said and done,
technology is great until it fails," Brûlé says.
"You're dependent on a wireless, invisible
network that you don't see. Whereas with
copper line, I've never had a phone line go
down at a home."
Cellular-based systems can be particularly
challenging to install in rural areas. In Utah,
for example, where Buchanan's company is
based, it can be difficult to get a strong enough
cellular signal in some places, although
improvements appear to be under way. "Some
manufacturers are getting better at increasing
their cellular coverage," Buchanan says.
Wifi is another concern. If a residence or
business doesn't have a strong wifi system,
then the phone service provider needs to
provide a hard-wired internet line that the
gate installer can wire to an access device.

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Data plan costs also pose issues for modern access control systems. Installers and
owners need to consider how much a data
plan will cost to run the access control system and how easy it is to set it up. "All of
these questions need to be addressed when
being proposed to the end user," Brûlé says.
Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP,
technology is another advancement that
access control systems are using. This technology is useful for gated communities, for
example, where there is only one broadband
or VoIP phone line coming in.
Voice communication works well with
VoIP, but transmitting data can pose challenges. Unlike a plain old telephone line,
which provides a steady stream of data, VoIP
data is scrambled as a safeguard, so that it
can't be easily deciphered. "So at the other
end, the technology for cell phone entries is
not caught up," Brûlé says.
At the same time, Brûlé says manufacturers are tackling the issue of VoIP and
coming out with newer systems that are
Voice-over-IP based. "Companies are trying to catch up with the new technology out
there for communication," he says.

BEST PRACTICES
Brûlé suggests sticking to one product line
that is well supported and easily accessed.
"Designing of the gate system is primary
to ensure a smooth installation with few
or no return trips to complete the installation," he says.
When designing wireless systems, access
control companies need to factor in safety,
too. For example, customers might be
inclined to dictate where to put a keypad
or reader in a driveway. Just because logistics
prevent the keypad or reader from going in
on the driver's side doesn't mean that the
installer can put it anywhere the customer
wants, Buchanan says. "It's just an education process that you can't pull cars into an
opposing lane of traffic to use access controls. So we've had to either work with them
to install an island, or to reroute traffic."
And as Brûlé points out, every application
is different.
"It really depends on the customer's wants
and needs-more the needs than the wants,"
he says.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - July/August 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
VMA
Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Blue Ribbon Companies
The Right Gate for the Job
CLFMI
New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
New Members
All About I-9s
Calendar
Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Minding Your Business
Fencesense
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Intro
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover1
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Editor’s Note
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 18
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 22
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 23
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 24
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - VMA
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 27
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Blue Ribbon Companies
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - The Right Gate for the Job
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 32
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - CLFMI
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 34
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 36
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 38
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - All About I-9s
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 41
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 42
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Calendar
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Good Fences and Good Neighbors
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 47
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 48
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Minding Your Business
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Fencesense
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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