Biometric Access Control Made Simple…


The Dark Crystal Reader is a passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) reader for use with the Progeny P4 controllers.  The crystal credential (card or Fob) is encoded with an encrypted identification number.  This encrypted number is communicated to the P4 controller when credential is presented to the reader.  The P4 controller uses this information together with the time date and location to decide if access should be granted. Whatever the outcome the controller will log the transaction for reporting later.

Dark Crystal Switch Plate Reader

Internal Fingerprint Reader

The Dark Crystal Biometric Reader is both a Fingerprint Recognition Reader and a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) proximity reader.

The biometric features are integrated with the Progeny P4 systems with controller firmware V4.5 and later. This reader is intended for indoor use.

Up to 1000 users can enrol two fingerprints each. These are recorded in the controller and (if online) in the server database.

The Dark Crystal range uses a simple 4 wire interface for all power, data and signalling between Controller and Reader.

The Dark Crystal Biometric reader can be fitted directly to a standard UK light switch back box (with 60mm fixing centres). It is supplied with M3.5 screws for this purpose.

Always use a screened cable (minimum 6 core 7/0.2 non-twisted) and connect the screen to earth at the controller. Maximum cable distance 50m.

Features

  • Crystal Proximity Reader included
  • Brightness Control
  • Volume Control
  • Internal Use
  • UK Pattress Box Fitting
  • Terminal Block Connection
  • Dimensions (mm) W90 x H 90 x D19

External Fingerprint Reader

The external Biometric Reader is also both a Fingerprint Recognition Reader and a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) proximity reader.
The external reader has a pigtail cable for termination. This version of the reader is weather and temperature protected.
Always use a screened cable (minimum 6 core 7/0.2 non-twisted) and connect the screen to earth at the controller. Maximum cable distance 50m.

Features


  • Crystal Proximity Cards & Fobs
  • Brightness Control
  • Volume Control
  • External Use (IP 66 rated)
  • Narrow Mullion Design
  • Pigtail Connection
  • Dimensions (mm) W50 x H 120 x D20
Dark Crystal Mullion Reader

Anatomy of a Dark Crystal Biometric Reader


A Fingerprint Reader compares the fingerprint of the person themselves with a template. If the comparison is successful, an ID number associated with that person is then processed by the access control system.  Biometric authentication can work in one of two main ways:

  • Identification, one to many (1:N), fingerprint only for instance.
  • Verification one to one (1:1) working with another factor (Code or Card).

Fully Integrated

Add Biometric access control quickly and simply with our new Fingerprint Reader.  With a simple 4 wire interface and full integration with the P4 system, the Reader can be fitted without Network duplication.

The Reader is also user-friendly – with intuitive light and sound feedback and an optical sensor which allows reliable and easy operation. There is also the option to use Gesture Sensing to enrol users at the door for convenience.  A Desktop Reader is also available for enrolment via a PC.

Call: 01254 883348 to order.

Simple to Install

  • Fingerprint Templates are distributed using the existing P4 system architecture – no need for network duplication.
  • The Reader fits a standard UK single gang back box – making it ideal for 2nd fix installation – and uses the simple Crystal 4 wire interface.

Scalable

  • Up to 1000 users can be added, with 2 templates per user.

Flexible

  • Built-in RFID included in the Reader for 2 factor identification as standard –  Fingerprint & Card/Fob, simply add a Keypad for Code/PIN as a 3rd factor.  Tailor the authentication sequence eg. Card first, then Fingerprint, then Code etc.
  • 3 Enrolment methods – Enrol online using the Reader and Doors Enterprise software, at the Reader using the unique ‘Gesture Sensor’ feature or via a Keypad to access the advanced programming features.

Data Security

  • Actual Fingerprints not stored – the Reader converts the Fingerprint to a Template (similar to a card number), so users Fingerprints cannot be stolen.
  • Templates are first encrypted and then stored on the Reader, Controller & in the Software – to prevent access by tampering with or removing the Reader. This is also a backup if the Controller or Reader ever need replacing.

User Friendly

  • Sound & Light Indication – gives feedback on correct use. Control the brightness and volume

Specification

Users (2 Templates each)                  1000

Minutiae points                                     ≥ 19

FAR (1:1)                                               0.001%

FRR                                                        0.1%

Processing Time (1:2000)                  <1.5 s

Processing Time (1:1)                         <1.0 s

Anatomy of Biometric Reader diagram

Dark Crystal Features


Dark Crystal readers take full advantage of the two-way communication in the P4 reader interface. Saving connections and installation time this feature also provides for a much richer and more informative user experience from the access control system.

Brightness

The stand by illumination of a reader is helpful in most poorly lit situations. However, this, can make the reader at target when in an unsupervised vandal vulnerable location.

Brightness Control

Dark crystal readers introduce, for the first time, programmable brightness of the standby status indication. Adjustable is 10 steps from off to full brightness.

P4 Manual for detail...

Volume

There are occasions when, the normally useful, user feedback beep sounds form a reader can be; inconvenient, distracting or just annoying.

Volume Control

Dark crystal readers introduce, for the first time, programmable Volume of user feedback sounds. Adjustable is 16 steps from off to full volume.

P4 Manual for detail...

Alarm

Alarm indication at a door can be very useful. Normally this would mean fitting additional hardware to give that Alarm Notification.

Integrated Alarm

Dark Crystal readers have a built in alarm sounder and strobe light.

P4 Manual for detail...


Indication

Status indication is very useful to users of the access control system. Lock status, Interlock with another door etc.

Full Colour Light Bar

Dark Crystal Readers have a rich colour light bar and a bright strobe light.

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