MTECC Access Solo: ‘Easy to install and operate’

The Access Solo is an easy to operate and easy to install door access control system from MTECC. Its single door architecture and modular nature make it ideal for small to large scale installations, able to adapt to both with ease. The system can manage 128 doors and 4000 users, over 1200 metres of cabling.

The basic system build requires only four components:

  • “SOLO-USB” PC connection lead

This lead connects the computer to all 128 door control units.

  • “DCU2” Single Door Access Control Unit

One required for each door needing access control

  • “MPROX” proximity reader

One reader per door is needed, but two can be fitted to control both entry and exit.

  • “MFLEX” proximity tags and cards

ET1 proximity tags or EC2 proximity cards can be used.

It is worth noting that the system requires very little time to set up. During a demonstration I watched, a functional system that would be used to control the access for one entrance was set up in under five minutes. That included placing the door into the security management programme.  The system is modular and can have doors added as required. It is very much a copy/paste approach, whereby each door access control unit is connected to the previous door control unit. Running them in parallel makes extending the system quick, simple, and allows for a maximum range of 1200 metres.

The system is design with the idea of “distributed intelligence” in mind. What this means is that all access permissions are stored locally at each access controller. The advantage of this setup is that you no longer having to rely on a persistent server to manage your access rights. It is entirely possible to use a workstation to configure access parameters and then turn it off, with the controllers remembering any setting you made. The software itself takes from download to installation about two minutes and can run on any operating system from windows XP to windows 8; both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported.  The software operates as three applications in one. Included in the package is the desktop Windows software, the web server and the mobile WAP server.

The software suite is very easy to navigate and its many functions are clearly labelled. You can create access groups such as users, operators and administrators, and groups with specific access rights to specific doors. For instance, the operators are able to change to mechanics of the system by adding or removing doors, administrators can add or remove users.

Its other functions, such as the ability to produce a roll call, are neatly laid out on the left hand side. When you click an option a brief description appears underneath letting you know what this tab is for and what data it displays. It is a very simple system to use that allows for some very complex commands. Something I found particularly interesting is the ability to set “access levels”.  This option allows you to assign a number to users and individual doors.  If you were to assign someone the access level of 7, doors assigned to 8 and above would be denied. These parameters are easy to set up through the interface, and their presence means that complex access management found on larger sites is easily set up in a very short space of time. There really are a lot of options here, even something as simple as having the ability to unlock all doors is just a button click away.

MTECC will allow you to access this program via a mobile device, so long as an internet connected workstation with the software is installed. The design is very similar to viewing online bank accounts. It has the same simplicity and openness. However, web and mobile access are restricted from certain functions, such as removing doors, for security reasons.

This versatility combined with the low cost of this product makes it a very strong contender in the realms of access control. We are certain you will be impressed with its simplicity which has not comes as the expense of complexity.

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