Properly connect the IRM and IOM Slave Panel(s)
Once all of the IOM Slave Panels are configured, return the Digi to the ICM and connect all of the IOM Slave Panels to the ICM using the RCO Communications board making sure to connect them in the correct order.
NOTE: If the RTUs were "virtualized", please remember to "unvirtualize" them at this time.
Now we can define the access levels for the outputs on the IOM Slave Panels and assign them to cardholders.
Create RCO groups to define ICM Reader and IOM Output Relationships:
Just like Readers on Doors fire relays to open the door, the ICM must be configured to fire the correct output relay. In fact, more than one relay can fire at a time. Which outputs fire is defined in an RCO Group for the ICM. Each ICM will have its own set of RCO groups. An RCO group is not directly assigned to a cardholder. The RCO group is associated with an Access Level which is assigned to cardholders via Access Groups and Access Sets. The RCO group tells the Reader which outputs to fire when a valid card read occurs. To define an RCO group we need to have:
- An ICM Reader for an elevator
- An Access Level (which requires a Time Code)
- A list of Outputs that will be triggered on a valid read. These outputs provide access to the various floors.
When a cardholder who has been assigned an Access Set that contains the specified Access Level scans his/her card during the appropriate time period, he/she has access to the floors associated with the outputs in the list defined in the RCO group. In reality, this is exactly the same behavior for an IRM or ICM. The only difference is to what the outputs are wired: a door or a floor.
Before an RCO Group can be created, any time codes and access levels associated must be defined. For example, some elevator passengers have access to the top two floors during regular business hours. We need a time code for "Regular Business Hours" and an Access Level for the ICM for the "Regular Business Hours" so the ICM knows what Access Level to look for when a card is read. The place to add Time Codes, Access Levels, and RCO Groups can be found by expanding the ICM in the tree.
- Add time codes to the ICM as needed.
- Create access levels as appropriate for your site.
- Create RCO groups:
- Right-click on "RCO Groups" under the ICM in the tree and select "Add Node and Edit...".
- Drag and drop the specific Access Level into the "Panel Access Level:" dropbox
- Drag and drop the correct ICM Panel Reader into the "Reader:" dropbox
- Select the target outputs in the "Available Outputs:" list and move them to the "Assigned Outputs:" list.
NOTE: As always, it is good practice to name objects logically so that you know exactly which object it is, what it controls, and where it is located on your site. Name the RCO Group appropriately and name the outputs appropriately as well. To name the outputs you must bring up the Properties... for each of them. We suggest you name them to match the cab and floor.
Grant Cardholders Access:
Now that the ICM and IOMs are configured and the RCO Groups have been defined, it is time to grant cardholders access to the elevator cars and floors. A cardholder is assigned an Access Set. An Access Set contains one or more Access Groups. Access Groups combine one or more Access Levels. Therefore we need to:
- Create an Access Group with the Panel Access Level that you used above in the RCO Group.
- Create an Access Set that contains this Access Group
- Assign that Access Set to cardholders in Card Management.
- Locate the desired cardholder.
- Click Edit
- Switch to the Access tab.
- Highlight the desired Access Set and move it to the list box on the right.
Congratulations, you have configured your IRM and IOM Slave Panels to control an elevator and have granted cardholder access.