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Night Access Control System
Limit After Hours Access To Your Wicket Users


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Control Kit

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Model NACS-SA Overview
The "Stand-Alone" Night Access Control System provides a door-mounted Wicket Reader so your Wicket carrying customers can use their Wickets to open your locked business doors after your attendant has gone for the day.

While operators typically experience a 15% - 25% increase in revenue when going to a 24 hour operation, many are either reluctant to pay for an attendant 24 hours a day or are concerned for vandalism when their business is unattended. With the Night Access Control System you can limit access to only your Wicket carrying customers.  This is the ideal situation for On-Premises Laundries where Wicket distribution is controlled by the management.

As can be seen from the block diagram above, no special computers or networks are needed. The Wicket Reader itself authenticates the Wicket, then checks to see if the SiteID is correct and then produces an 2.5 second output pulse to activate the electric strike and release the door latch.

An electric strike is an access control device for doors that replaces the fixed strike faceplate that presents a ramped surface to the locking latch. An electric strike's ramped surface can, upon command, pivot out of the way of the latch allowing the door to be pushed open without the latch being retracted. The Night Access Control System uses electric strikes of the "fail-secured" configuration where applying an electric current to the strike causes it to open. If there is a power failure the door will remain locked, but  a knob or lever is provided to open the door from the inside in case of emergency.

Control Kit
The Control Kit consists of the below pictured items:


Night Access Controller 
(SA = Stand Alone)

Night Access Reader Box

Universal AC Adapter

Electric Strike Wire
4The Night Access Controller module provides regulated 6VDC to the Wicket Reader and switches 12VDC at up to 330mA to drive the electric strike. It also connects the Wicket Reader serial port to the Turbo Accessories Computer serial port and receives a control line from the Turbo Accessories Computer to control power switching to the electric strike. Typically mounted in the ceiling above the door.

4The Night Access Reader Box  mounts on the outside door frame with no visible mounting screws and includes the Wicket Reader with a 15 foot cable. Its Model WR88 Wicket Reader is shipped from the factory in its "virgin state" and must be programmed by reading data from a Reader Programming Wicket set up with the Wickets Administrator software utility to have your assigned SiteID and programmed to be in Coin Pulse Output mode, have a Pulse Time of 2500ms (2.5 seconds) and have the Start Up Value and Increment Value set to 0.00  (unless you actually want to debit some value from the Wicket to open the door). Any later field re-programming of the WR88 (to accept another SiteID for example) must also ensure these settings are retained.

4The Universal AC Adapter provides power to the Night Access Controller, Night Access Reader Box, and the electric strike. It takes 90VAC to 264VAC power and produces 12VDC @500mA.

4The Electric Strike Wire provides 15 feet of wire to connect your electric strike to the screw terminal connector of the Night Access Controller. Wire polarity is unimportant.

Door Kit
The components of the Door Kit are generally as pictured below, but will depend on the particular dimensions and configuration of your door and its frame. Please review this page, then gather the information requested in the list below entitled "Information You Will Need", then contact us to work through the details of determining the exact parts needed for your door. 

Typical Components For Single Doors


         Electric Strike
- may require lip extension
- uses 12VDC 330mA max.
- operates in "fail secure" mode
auxiliary bolt deadlocks latch to prevent "loading" or case-knife entry.
Mortise Cylinder
- 1-5/32" diameter
- 5-pin tumbler
- keyed alike pairs
    Exit Paddle
-emergency exit
-right/left, push/pull
field configurable

Typical Add
itional Components For Double Doors

Keyed Flushbolt
Ensures inactive door stays locked at night.

Door Power Loop
Inactive door armored wiring path for electric strike.

Information You Will Need

After reviewing the above information, please click this link to view and/or print a list of information you will need to gather about your doors and frames so that we can identify the specific model numbers and appropriate options required to put together a door kit that will work for you. You will need to measure various dimensions of the door and its frame and identify hardware already present on the door and frame.

Installation will require the tools and ability to a) drill holes, b) pull wires through the door frame, c) modify the door frame for mounting the electric strike, and other similar tasks.

4The Night Access Controller module is typically mounted in the ceiling above the door. Use appropriate fasteners on the enclosure mounting tabs to hold it in place. Choose a location that is within wiring range of the 15 foot length wire provided for the Night Access Reader Box and the electric strike.

4The Night Access Reader Box  mounts on the outside door frame typically at height of 60" from the ground.  1.) Prepare the frame by drilling three holes as specified in the sketch to the right. 2.) Unscrew the box cover and use the provided screws and nuts to fasten the box bottom to the door frame. 3.) Run the Wicket Reader cable up through the door frame and up into the ceiling to plug it into the Night Access Controller. 4.) Replace the cover with its attached Wicket Reader onto the box bottom and fasten it with the cover screws. 5.) Peal the release paper from the back of the cover label, align its central hole with the Wicket Reader and press it carefully onto the cover making sure it is well centered and aligned with the edge of the box. The cover label will hide the cover screws and provide a professional looking finish.  

 4The Deadlatch, Exit Paddle, and Mortise Cylinder Lock come with their own specific installation instructions for installation on the door. You will only need these if your door has only a keyed deadbolt, which is generally much too large to fit in an the latch retainer of an electric strike. You may wish to keep the keyed deadbolt in its current location and add the deadlatch above or below it on the door.

4The Electric Strike comes with its own specific installation instructions for door frame preparation.

4The Electric Strike Wire must be run up through the door frame and up into the ceiling to the Night Access Controller. Wire polarity is not important. The wires are connected to the electric strike using the provided wire nuts. A pluggable connector with two screw terminals is provided with the Night Access Controller as pictured to the right. Fasten the two wires to the screw terminals as shown and plug the connector into the Night Access Controller.

4For Double Door Installations the electric strike must actually be installed in the edge of the door that remains locked and inactive at night. The electric strike wire must then be routed from the door frame through the Door Power Loop into the door and to the electric strike. The  Door Power Loop provides protection for these wires which may otherwise chafe or be physically damaged by large objects passing through the opened door. A Keyed Flushbolt installed on the inactive door is important for ensuring that the security of this door is not compromised by a late night customer whom may for any reason manually unlock the door from the inside.

4The Universal AC Adapter is powered from a standard AC power wall outlet. Presuming that there is not one already present in the ceiling above the door, then one must be installed. Plug the Universal AC Adapter into the outlet and plug its small circular low voltage power connector into the Night Access Controller. If power is on, the STATUS LED on the Night Access Controller will turn green.

4Test The Installation by pressing the TEST OUTPUT button and confirming that the STATUS LED turns yellow and the electric strike is activated. Also, observe the Wicket Reader and confirm that its face is illuminated purple to indicate power is on but it is receiving no communication from the computer. When the computer is eventually connected you will observe the DATA LED on the Night Access Controller blinking red and green and the face of the Wicket Reader will turn blue to indicate it is ready and idle.

Daytime Operation:  During normal business hours you will unlock any deadbolts and use the key to lock the latch in a retracted position. This is probably no different than daytime operation before installing the Night Access Control System. If a customer reads in his Wicket at the door-mounted Wicket Reader the electric strike will still activate, but it will be irrelevant as the door latch has been locked in the retracted position.

Nighttime Operation: After normal business hours your attendant must do the following to properly set the system for nighttime operation: 1.) Lock all inactive doors using their keyed deadbolts or keyed flushbolts. 2.) Use the key to release the latch on all active doors so that it operates normally. 3.) Use a Wicket at the door-mounted Wicket Reader to verify that access will be provided after hours for your Wicket carrying customers. When a valid Wicket is read, the Wicket Reader will blink green and activate the electric strike. If the Wicket is invalid, the Wicket Reader will blink red.

Diagnostic Operation: The face illumination of the Wicket Reader, the LED indicator on the Night Access Controller mounted above the ceiling, and the TEST OUTPUT button on the Night Access Controller are your primary diagnostic tools. Here are the most important things to check:

  1. If the Wicket Reader has no illumination, it most likely has no power being provided to it from the Night Access Controller. a.) Check to see if the Night Access Controller power LED is green. If not, check the AC adapter and the outlet it is plugged into. b.) Check to see if the Wicket Reader connector has come loose from the Night Access Controller. If one of these does not solve the problem then either the Wicket Reader or the Night Access Controller may be malfunctioning.

  2. If the Wicket Reader face illumination is not blue or does not respond to a known good Wicket by blinking green, then it is likely that the Wicket Reader needs replacement.

  3. If the electric strike does not activate as expected when the Wicket Reader blinks green, then watch the STATUS LED and see if it turns yellow when you expect the electric strike to activate. If it does, then there is probably a broken wire/connection to the electric strike. If the LED does not turn yellow then it may be a loose connector/wire problem with the Wicket Reader. Press the TEST OUTPUT button to see if you can activate the electric strike manually without the Wicket Reader.