Doors represent points of entry into a facility. In the Kisi dashboard, doors are configured by assigning Kisi Controller inputs and outputs. Additionally, Kisi Readers can be assigned to doors to allow authorized users to present cards, phones and other credentials to unlock doors.
Doors are the Kisi representation of physical doors. Each door is wired to up to four relays on the Kisi Controller Pro. On the admin dashboard, doors need to be associated with their corresponding controller, relay and reader, so they can be managed properly. The number of doors to be created in the admin dashboard will vary depending on how many controllers are in the system and if there are other devices such as elevators, gates, and turnstiles.
Electric strike locks
Electric strikes block a door's latch. They are installed at the level of a door handle and are by far the most common electric lock you will find on metal or wooden doors.
Electric strikes can be fail safe or fail secure:
- Fail safe: the lock remains unlocked without power
- Fail secure: the lock remains locked without power
Read our Fail Safe vs Fail Secure article for more details about these methods.
You may also check the Kisi Academy article on how to install an electric strike.
Magnetic locks have two main parts that are installed on the frame and the door so that their magnetic sides are facing each other. They need to be wired to the access controller to know when they are being prompted to open.
As magnetic locks are fail safe, when triggered they cut their power to unlock. So when the access control readers send an impulse to the lock, the power will be temporarily cut and the door will open.
You may also check the Kisi Academy article on How to Install and Unlock a Magnetic Door Lock.
Kisi is a wireless lock ("smart lock"). It needs the lock and the key to work.
Wireless locks are hardwired directly into a door frame. This requires the installation of a reader and a controller to communicate with an access control system.
In contrast to a traditional lock-and-key system, here the key is not a physical one, but a smartphone or a special fob/card configured explicitly for this purpose. It wirelessly performs the authentication needed to automatically unlock the door. Also, it supports automatic locking when the user is on a distance level where the signal transmission is exceeded. Another benefit of wireless locks is that they allow to monitor and track who is entering and leaving a facility.
To know more about wireless locks, check the Kisi Academy article on How to Install a Wireless Door Lock.
To have more control over how and when users can access a door, Kisi offers configurable door restrictions. For more information, please read our article on restrictions.