Due to global changes in energy supply, electricity and gas prices have risen significantly this year. Many people are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption, and smart security systems can be a useful tool to achieve this.
The international security technology manufacturer, Paxton, has created an installer guide that includes tricks and tips on how their access control systems can help users save energy. Installers can now book to learn in depth about Paxton products’ energy-saving functionality in their free-of-charge training sessions.
Andy Waller, Paxton’s UK Training Manager, explains: “The key to our training is introducing our products’ features to installers, and guiding them to explore the functionality that helps their customers in real-world situations.
“Our systems can help Paxton users to save energy, and we want to help our installers relay that message.”
Net2 is Paxton’s flagship IP networked access control software, whilst Paxton10 is a next-generation access and video management solution. Both systems have the potential to limit energy usage. In the training sessions, installers will have a chance to get one-on-one guidance on installing the products and configuring systems.
Powerful Triggers and Actions
Triggers and Actions are a feature of Net2 and Paxton10 that enables automated actions in a building. These can be set to help increase site functionality and allow integration of other building systems. An example could be when the last person leaves the site at the end of the day; the systems can be set to register this and turn off lights and heating or provide air conditioning control as desired. Installers get to set up Triggers and Actions during training and receive personal assistance from the Paxton trainers.
Andy said: “Triggers and Actions is powerful, but a sometimes underused feature. I often get feedback from installers saying that they are surprised by how much the systems can do.
“This is a great example of how our training raises awareness of the full potential of the systems.”
Paxton Connect to Save Unnecessary Journeys
Another energy-saving tool that is covered in Paxton’s training is their Paxton Connect app. It enables system administrators to manage sites remotely from a smartphone or tablet. Building managers can log in to the app and turn it off if the lights or any energy-consuming appliances are left on after working hours.
Andy said: “The Paxton Connect app gives system administrators the ultimate convenience in managing sites. It helps minimise unnecessary site visits to save time and fuel. Most importantly, there is no cost to use the app.”
Using Paxton Hardware
In addition to software, Paxton offers physical products that can be used to help reduce energy consumption. One is their cleverly designed Net2 Energy Saving Readers, which require users to insert an access card and act like a power switch. When a valid access card is inserted, the appliance turns on. When the user leaves and takes the card, it then switches off all connected devices.
Andy explains: “The energy-saving readers were considered originally for controlling lights and electricity in settings like hotels. Using them now in different ways, they can be used to manage access to appliances and machinery, which can help limit energy consumption and increase personal safety on a site.”
The PaxLock Pro series is Paxton’s smart wireless door handles, which are powered by a battery and will enter sleep mode when not in use. The built-in capacitive sensors will wake the unit when a user’s token is presented and operation is required. This makes PaxLock Pro a low-energy yet powerful security door handle.
Andy says: “When a large site has many doors, PaxLock Pro is a cost-effective product to keep a building safe and secure. It does not consume mains power and only uses minimal battery power when in sleep mode.”
It’s not too early to plan for training next year. Andy says: “If you have installations coming up in the new year, it’s good to refresh the product knowledge before going out to sites and installing new equipment.”