Programming areas determines the different access rooms that will be controlled by the ATRIUM system. Once
defined, an area can be assigned to an access level, which can in turn be assigned to one or more users/card holders.
Areas are an important concept in the ATRIUM system. Instead of giving access to doors, ATRIUM gives access
to areas. Thus, if a user has access to an area, they can enter the area using any door that
gives direct access to that area. This avoids having to configure the access for each door individually for this
The ATRIUM Access Control System differs from all
the other access control system on the market
today. Other systems
determine access levels based on a door-to-d
oor basis, while ATRIUM determines access
levels based on areas delimited by doors. This
new method greatly simplifies the programming
of the system.
Since an area (room) can consist
of many doors, with ATRIUM, you only need to
tell the system that a group of users has access
to this room (area) or not, rather than each individual door
. In some installations, some rooms
can have 10 or more access points (doors).
With ATRIUM, as soon as you tell the system
that a group of users (access levels) have access
to this room, all the doors leading to this room
are added automatically. This is also a great innovation when
adding a new door between two rooms (areas).
Since you have already defined the access levels
based on areas (rooms), when you add a new
door between two existing areas, you do not
need to modify any of the access levels. The
programming is already done; no need to add
this door to the access level. Adding a door thus
becomes very simple and very efficient.
The ATRIUM system then decides to grant
access (or not) to a door only if the destination
room (area) is accessible to this user (defined
in their access level), within the defined access
schedule (also defined in the access level). This
principle is similar to crossing borders between
countries. The country decides if you are allowed
to enter its borders or not; the same applies to the ATRIUM access control system which decides if you
are allowed to enter in the room (area) or not based on access levels, access schedules, and other conditions.
Dashboard tab, click on the
Areas tab. From this page, areas may be added, edited, and deleted.
one Area per door is defined.
Adding an Area
Hardware tab, click on the
System Overview icon. Under the master controller menu list, select
Areas then click on the Add button.
- Display Name: Identifies the area throughout the ATRIUM software. We recommend using a name that is representative of the area.
You can use anti-passback to closely monitor the movements of users and prevent any tailgating. Tailgating occurs
when a user does not use a card at the reader and enters through the door opened by another user who has
already used their card. To use this feature, each door of the selected area must have readers on each side. When
a user presents their card to an Entry Reader, the system labels the user as in. The next time the user presents their card,
it must be presented to an Exit Reader, in which case user will be labeled as out. Two subsequent Entries or two
subsequent Exits will cause the system to generate the appropriate Access Denied - Anti-Passback violation event.
- Enabled: When selected, indicates that the anti-passback is active.
- Schedule: Select the period of time at which anti-passback will be operational.
- Anti-passback delay (minutes): Anti-passback delay prevents user from entering the same area twice during a set time duration. This is useful where there is an exit button or turnstile and no Exit Reader. It would prevent a user being able to enter an area and hand their card immediately to a friend or colleague to also gain entry.
- Type: There are two anti-passback modes: soft and hard. The soft mode will generate an event and access will be granted, while hard mode will generate an event but the access will be denied.
- Reset Time: The reset time is the time at which the anti-passback of the selected area will be reset and each user that are within the sector will be given to unknown.
- Lockdown: When selected, indicates lockdown will be enabled for the area.
These settings are for the intrusion integration feature and allows each card readers or keypads associated
within the area, to arm and/or disarm an intrusion alarm panel.
These settings will apply only if the “Intrusion (Alarm) Integration” feature has been enabled.
to learn how to activate this feature.
- Enabled: Check to activate this area to arm and disarm the intrusion alarm panel.
- Arm Status Input: Select the input that will be used to monitored the Arm Status.
- Alarm Status Input: Select the input that will be used to monitored the Alarm Status.
- System Control Output: Select the relay output that will be used to arm or disarm the intrusion alarm panel.
- Output Type: Select the relay output type. Typically, momentary output is used for key switch arming input (Refer to the intrusion alarm panel manual for output options).
- Pulse Time: Enter the relay output pulse delay (in seconds) that you need for the key switch arming input. Typically, 1 second.
The Events tab lists in real-time the selected area events. Refer to
for more information on
Notes text field to record any additional notes that may be required. We recommend that you keep a
log of what settings were changed and when they were changed.
Save button to save changes.
Cancel button to ignore changes.
Modifying an Area
Select an area from the list and click on the Properties button. See the
Adding an Area section for more
Deleting an Area
To delete an existing area, select the area from the list and click on the
Delete button. A dialogue box will
appear requesting confirmation.
Managing access levels in the ATRIUM software
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