Opening Up About Access Control Installations

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Opening Up About Access Control Installations - Quiz


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Define a distributed access control system.

  • 2. 

    The Code requires your installation be done in a “neat and workmanlike manner.” The best way to accomplish this is to ______.

    • A.

      A. run all access control cables parallel to existing Class 1 circuits

    • B.

      B. mechanically protect exposed wires where necessary and properly strap cables

    • C.

      C. run all cables in conduit

    • D.

      D. neatly zip-tie your wires to existing conduit

    Correct Answer
    B. B. mechanically protect exposed wires where necessary and properly strap cables
    Explanation
    Running all access control cables parallel to existing Class 1 circuits (option a) may not necessarily ensure a neat and workmanlike installation. Option c, running all cables in conduit, may be excessive and unnecessary for achieving a neat installation. Option d, neatly zip-tying wires to existing conduit, may not provide adequate protection for exposed wires. Option b, mechanically protecting exposed wires where necessary and properly strapping cables, is the best way to ensure a neat and workmanlike installation by providing both protection for the wires and ensuring they are properly secured.

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  • 3. 

    You are replacing an antiquated access control system with wiring that is not NRTL listed. What must you do with the old wiring? 

    • A.

      A. remove all abandoned cable

    • B.

      B. label any wiring left in place for future use

    • C.

      C. either A or B

    • D.

      D. both A and B

    Correct Answer
    A. A. remove all abandoned cable
    Explanation
    a — non-listed wire should be removed and replaced with appropriate wiring. Leaving it for future use is not acceptable.

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  • 4. 

    Access control system wiring does not have to abide by the conduit fill requirements of the National Electrical Code because it is low voltage.

    • A.

      A. True

    • B.

      B. False

    Correct Answer
    B. B. False
    Explanation
    b — wiring for access control systems are not required to be in conduit, but when wires are installed in conduit, the -rules for conduit fill must be followed.

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  • 5. 

    The design of an access control system cannot include the integration of cameras due to privacy concerns.

    • A.

      A. True

    • B.

      B. False

    Correct Answer
    B. B. False
    Explanation
    The statement that the design of an access control system cannot include the integration of cameras due to privacy concerns is false. Access control systems can indeed include the integration of cameras, as this allows for enhanced security and monitoring of individuals entering and exiting a facility. While privacy concerns should be taken into consideration, proper protocols and regulations can be put in place to ensure that the use of cameras in the access control system is done in a responsible and lawful manner.

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  • 6. 

    Electric strikes are considered “fail secure” because they ______.

    • A.

      A. require a manual release only

    • B.

      B. keep everyone safe during an emergency

    • C.

      C. do not allow egress under any circumstances without power applied

    • D.

      D. remain locked when power fails

    Correct Answer
    D. D. remain locked when power fails
    Explanation
    d — the strike will stay locked but allows egress by use of the door handle

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  • 7. 

    The ______ specifies the requirements for Special Locking Arrangements.

    • A.

      A. National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

    • B.

      B. authority having jurisdiction

    • C.

      C. Life Safety Code

    • D.

      D. National Electrical Code

    Correct Answer
    C. C. Life Safety Code
    Explanation
    c — NFPA 101

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  • 8. 

    A shear lock is a lock ______. 

    • A.

      A. designed for applications where the strike plate travels past the magnet during normal door operation

    • B.

      B. that uses a special pin for security called a sheer pin

    • C.

      C. that stops the door at a predetermined location, preventing it from swinging in both directions

    • D.

      D. only on glass doors

    Correct Answer
    A. A. designed for applications where the strike plate travels past the magnet during normal door operation
    Explanation
    A shear lock is a lock designed for applications where the strike plate travels past the magnet during normal door operation. This means that when the door is closed, the strike plate moves towards the magnet, creating a secure lock. This type of lock is commonly used in commercial settings where high security is required.

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  • 9. 

    Delayed egress locks are permitted on occupancies considered ______.  

    • A.

      A. no hazard

    • B.

      B. high hazard

    • C.

      C. low and ordinary hazard

    • D.

      D. both B and C

    Correct Answer
    C. C. low and ordinary hazard
    Explanation
    Delayed egress locks are permitted on occupancies considered low and ordinary hazard. This means that in buildings or areas with minimal risks or hazards, delayed egress locks can be used. These locks are designed to delay the unlocking of an exit door for a certain period of time, providing additional security and preventing unauthorized access. They are commonly used in hospitals, schools, and other public buildings where the safety of occupants is a priority. By allowing the use of delayed egress locks in low and ordinary hazard occupancies, the code balances the need for security with the need for quick and safe evacuation in case of an emergency.

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  • 10. 

    Doors shall unlock upon actuation of which of the following:

    • A.

      A. approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system

    • B.

      B. a heat detector of a fire alarm system

    • C.

      C. smoke detectors of an approved fire alarm system

    • D.

      D. any of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. D. any of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is d. any of the above. This means that the doors can unlock upon actuation of either an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system, a heat detector of a fire alarm system, or smoke detectors of an approved fire alarm system. This allows for flexibility in the unlocking mechanism, as any of these systems can trigger the unlocking of the doors in case of an emergency.

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  • 11. 

    Loss of power to the part of the access control system that locks fail secure strikes shall automatically unlock the doors in the direction of egress

    • A.

      A. True

    • B.

      B. False

    Correct Answer
    B. B. False
    Explanation
    If there is a loss of power to the part of the access control system that locks fail secure strikes, the doors will not automatically unlock in the direction of egress. This means that in case of a power failure, the doors will remain locked and individuals will not be able to exit through those doors. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 12. 

    Access control systems do not provide for subscription services to generate additional RMR.

    • A.

      A. True

    • B.

      B. False

    Correct Answer
    B. B. False
    Explanation
    Access control systems do provide for subscription services to generate additional RMR. This means that access control systems can offer subscription-based services that generate recurring monthly revenue for the provider. Therefore, the statement that access control systems do not provide for subscription services to generate additional RMR is false.

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  • 13. 

    Delayed egress access control means:

    • A.

      A. hunker down in place until advised to leave

    • B.

      B. emergency personnel withhold response until a situation has been verified

    • C.

      C. fire alarms do not release door automatically

    • D.

      D. doors will open after a preset time when pressure is applied to the exit device

    Correct Answer
    D. D. doors will open after a preset time when pressure is applied to the exit device
    Explanation
    Delayed egress access control refers to a security measure where doors will open after a certain amount of time when pressure is applied to the exit device. This is typically used in situations where there is a need to control the flow of people exiting a building, such as in a hospital or a high-security facility. It allows for a delay in the opening of the doors to prevent unauthorized access or to give security personnel time to respond to a potential threat. This ensures that only authorized individuals can exit the building and adds an extra layer of security.

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  • 14. 

    PoE is now a perfectly reliable installation method for access control equipment.

    • A.

      A. True

    • B.

      B. False

    Correct Answer
    A. A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that Power over Ethernet (PoE) is now a reliable method for installing access control equipment. This means that PoE can effectively provide power and data connectivity to access control devices, eliminating the need for separate power cables. The use of PoE simplifies the installation process and reduces costs, making it a preferred choice for many organizations. Therefore, the answer "True" indicates that PoE is indeed a dependable installation method for access control equipment.

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  • 15. 

    The architect designing an access control system for a Class I, Division 1 facility refused to allow the installation of an electric strike. Why?

    • A.

      A. the AHJ said it would prevent free egress from the facility

    • B.

      B. the strike was noisy and consumed more power than a maglock

    • C.

      C. a spark from the solenoid activation could cause an explosion

    • D.

      D. All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. C. a spark from the solenoid activation could cause an explosion
    Explanation
    The architect refused to allow the installation of an electric strike because a spark from the solenoid activation could cause an explosion in a Class I, Division 1 facility.

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  • 16. 

    It is unacceptable to install an access control system that is connected to and part of the client’s IT infrastructure.

    • A.

      A. True

    • B.

      B. False

    Correct Answer
    B. B. False
    Explanation
    Installing an access control system that is connected to and part of the client's IT infrastructure is not unacceptable. In fact, it is common practice to integrate access control systems with the client's IT infrastructure to ensure seamless communication and data sharing between systems. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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