ELMS – the final word on Exit Lane Breach Control

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Door Benefits

Protects each 48-inch opening in the closed position.
Exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirement for wheelchair access.

  • Door Benefits

    Door Benefits

    Protects each 48-inch opening in the closed position.
    Exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirement for wheelchair access.

  • Door Guide Control Device

    Door Guide Control Device

    Narrows the path a passenger can take and eliminates lateral movement.

  • Door Features

    Door Features

    Door immediately closes, locks and alarm sounds for wrong-way detection. Reports breach condition to to Operator Alarm Kiosk (oaks) for remote monitoring, action or response.

  • Multiple Embeded Sensors

    Multiple Embeded Sensors

    The door leaf, door frame and door mats all have multiple levels of detection providing self protection against multiple breach threats.

  • Audio/Visual Annunciation

    Audio/Visual Annunciation

    Electronic signs adapt to changing conditions. From normal to warning or alarm. Audible tones sound to alert intruder of detection.

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ELMS in action

ELMS in action

Controlling Access Today

Whether at an airport, in a government building or at a commercial/retail location, many organizations need to prevent access violations by people going the wrong way through exits — called Exit Lane Breach Control. Until now, averting this behavior typically relied on a patchwork of systems (door alarms to video monitoring) overlaid with constant security staffing to address every accidental or intended exit breach. Current systems can also be quickly compromised by the actions of a single person – whether a guard who loses focus or a person who accidently goes the wrong way – and almost all of today’s systems have one or more blind spots. Moreover, managing intrusion events with existing systems frequently stops all egress activity while the incident is investigated and resolved.

How ELMS is Different

The Exit Lane Monitoring System (ELMS, patent pending) is a new security detection and management system that can more effectively control physical portals of almost any type and of virtually any size, while permitting the unencumbered continued flow of people out of the ELMS-protected facility. Because ELMS never completely impedes facility egress, it continually ensures fire and life-safety standards. It also prevents blind spot intrusions and eliminates breaches caused by fatigued or distracted personnel. It maintains impact/hold/no-reverse requirements where someone is trying block a door from closing, and enables fewer security staff to more effectively address every individual exit breach.

How it works

ELMS uses a unique technology that ascertains the direction of ground movement, primarily but not solely via footsteps. When movement is sensed going in the wrong direction, the ELMS immediately starts a series of escalating actions to stop the attempted violation. Each ELMS module encompasses floor mats, wall control panels and detection devices in the door leaf and door frame. Because the entire exit area contains integrated sensors, there are no blind spots and the whole exit is protected so that any alarms can be addressed while allowing the unrestricted flow of outbound individuals. Moreover, each module can work independently of other ELMS modules to protect a larger opening, or can cover multiple exit lanes and/or doors. Monitoring for ELMS modules is provided via an Operator Alarm Kiosk System (OAKS, patent pending) that supports either local or remote security personnel supervision (or both). OAKS is included with ELMS, and can be deployed to manage a single exit or can be configured to handle multiple adjacent and/or geographically dispersed exits within a facility. With ELMS stopping each exit breach as it occurs while OAKS monitors every event, security personnel can more confidently and quickly address every incident appropriately without shutting down overall egress.