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Smartair Software

The TS1000 software is the heart of the Smartair system where all user and door functions are programmed into the database. The software is easy to follow and icon driven. Clicking an icon launches the appropriate function window.

The software is licensed to the system. There are various security measures built into the system to stop unauthorised users gaining access to important functions.

Here we can see some screen shots of the software and an explanation of its relevant function.

 

Home Screen

This is the main home screen of the TS1000 software. Here an operator can select the functions that they have access to.

Each function is represented by an icon so that the user can easily find their way around the software.

It is recommended that the PC that contains the database is left on at all times so that any Updaters in the system have access to the most up to date details of the system. If the PC is switched off for any reason then the Updaters will operate from a copy of the database that is stored locally on the Updater. This will then synchronize with the Smartair software again once the link is re-established.

 

User Screen

This is the screen where users are added to the system. Several functions can be selected from here.

A user tree is created on the left of the screen and users are added into groups where they can share common access rights with similar users.

Cards can be given an activation and expiry date too so if I card needs to be issued in advance then this can be done easily.

In the options tab of the window, users can be selected as "disabled users" where on opening a door in the system, the lock open time doubles (2 seconds goes to 4) for that user to allow them more time to get through a door.

Finally, a card can have a validity period whereby if a card is not used at an Update reader, it will cease to work in the system until this has been done. This is an excellent way of ensuring that Updaters are used by every user and in turn, audit reports are passed back to the PC and any changes in access rights can programmed to the card.

 

 

Doors Screen

The doors screen is where doors are added to the system. In this screen, doors can be added and put into groups to help differentiate them into areas of the system (e.g. staff only, all users etc).

Here we also tell the system what type of technology is being used at the door. This could be a Smartair Lock, Offline Wall Reader or Online (Updater) reader. We can also set the lock open time for all doors from here.

Another feature of this screen is the "Door States" drop down box. Here, using the "Hours" screen, we can configure a time profile where a door can automatically unlock. This is an especially useful feature for the entrance to a school or nursery where a lot of people need access through a door at one time to get children in. In this way, the door would automatically unlock for a period to allow access for all and go back to its standard locked mode outside of this period.

 

 

Hours Screen

This screen allows the operator to configure all timed options in the software.

Firstly, timezones can be defined. Each timezone can have up to 5 time periods within it over 7 days. A timezone restricts the access of users within that zone to the time defined by the zone. For example, a user could be added to a timezone that only allows them access through the Main Entrance between the hours of 09.00-17.00 Monday to Friday.

The "State Table" tab allows the operator to define the times and days where the automatic functions of the lock will operate. A lock can potentially have up to 10 automatic unlock periods during a day.

Finally, there is a "Calendar" tab where holidays and daylight savings dates can be defined. The timezones function allows for access times to be defined on a holiday so this can be useful for some staff.

 

 

Matrix Screen

The matrix is the screen that brings users, doors and timezones together.

All users and all doors are displayed as an X & Y matrix. Where a user crosses a doors, this box can be doubled clicked by the mouse to define whether the user can access the door. If a box is left blank then the user will not have access through the door.

If a user is given unlimited access to a door, the box turns green. When a user is given access based on a timezone then a colour is selected to represent that the user is in a timezone.

In the matrix, a user can also be given the right to leave a door open. This is done by presenting the user card twice to the reader in quick succession and reset by the same action.

A nice feature of this screen is the ability to define the access of 1 person and then apply that to a number of users or a group who share the same access rights.

 

 

 

Portable Programmer Screen

After adding users, doors and defining hours. This information needs to be passed to the doors themselves. This is the screen where data defined in the system is passed to the portable programmer which in turn is connected to the locks in the system.

In a working system, there is no need to transfer new users via the portable programmer as cards issued from the PC will automatically work. However, at the commissioning stage the door details need to be passed to the doors using the portable programmer and also if a change is made to a timezone or how a door is to operate then an update is required.

As a security measure, the data stored on the portable programmer is deleted after 24 hours. This helps stop the portable programmer from being used unless it is initiated from the software. This expiration time for the programmer can be defined here.

 

Openings Screen

The openings screen is the ideal place to view reports of movements around the system.

The screen reports all the most events as they are passed back to the software either via an Updater or via the Portable Programmer.

The screen shows all events, including those where access was denied to a user as Smartair not only reports where you have been granted access but also where a person has tried to gain access and failed. This is useful if you suspect a user and can help build an audit trail of their behavior.

The screen also allows you to completely filter events by users, doors, dates and times. Almost any report can be gained using the filter.

These reports can be either saved as a text file or printed out directly.

 

 

Operators Screen

This screen allows a user to define the permissions that a system operator has access to.

Almost every function of the Smartair software can be controlled from this point and the screen allows system operators to be created.

A system operator can have control over all actions or can be restricted to certain functions.

For example, one system operator may have permission to add users, delete users, add doors and run reports while another system operator may have the permission to only run reports and all other functions will be disabled.

 

Reports Screen

This screen offers quick access to several reports without have to use the filter function of the openings screen.

These reports can be either saved as a text file or printed out directly.

 

Auditor Screen

This screen is another reporting facility but with the very specific job of reporting every action and event that a system operator had done.

There are no door transaction or access events in this screen but every system change or added user is recorded.

Importantly, this is recorded by operator which is why it is important for system operators to have their own identity.

This screen can be used to see exactly how operators are using the system and it will give others the ability to see if the system is being used correctly.

 

System Setup Screen

This screen allows the user to control the "back office" of the software.

The screen controls basic settings such as where the database is stored, how often it is backed up, system language and ports that devices are connected to on the PC.

Several special features are available through this screen. One such feature is the ability to create a blocking card. A blocking card is a card that can be used to effectively lock off a door from all users. This is useful if an incident has happened in an area and you want the room to be left alone until the incident is investigated. Users able to cancel a blocked door are given this permission in "Options" tab of the user screen.

The screen allows the user to define the actions that are given to Operators when a specific level is selected.

Another very important function is the ability to configure the Mifare setup of a card. This feature allows the user to select the sectors on the Mifare card that will be used to store data from the system. a reason why this level of configuration may be used would be if the system was using a Mifare card which already has another use for cash less vending etc. This function would tell the system not to use conflicting sectors and designate where Smartair information is to be stored.

 

 
 
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