HID Global provides Beijing Metro with top-to-bottom access control management /Global/Press-and-News/News/2012/beijing_%20metro_524x224.jpg An online access control system from HID Global enables the Beijing Metro to centrally monitor all stations of the Fangshan line, fulfilling the need for a top-to-bottom management approach to access control. In operation since the end of December 2010, the Fangshan Line of the Beijing metro is 24.79 km long with 11 stations. A backup control center is located at the Yan Village line. Line sections and stations are the core management areas in the metro’s operating system, most of which are operated remotely. To ensure the metro is running safely, it is necessary to prevent unauthorized access and closely manage access to all stations, electrical substations, parking lots and major facilities at metro line sections. The new access control system also had to safeguard the equipment and staff at key locations such as fixed plants, offices, equipment areas, the machine room, the automatic fare collection system management office and central station, communication equipment rooms and public areas. Thanks to solutions provided by HID Global, the administrator at the central station can now track and manage the door access in all metro stations, offering greater flexibility and faster response to network failures. The HID Global VertX V1000 controller and partner software offered a centralized, web-based access control system to monitor all stations and site equipment in real-time. The system manually controls the access of high-risk zones, creates access rights settings and performs database management. At the same time, each station control center can independently operate using an HID V100 reader interface when communication is lost with the host. HID iCLASS R10 readers were also installed at the entry points of the offices, equipment and mechanical rooms, automatic fare collection system management office and central station and other locations. All iCLASS R10 readers were connected to a VertX network controller for central access management and report generation. Finally, the metro’s network includes complicated installations and functions under extreme operating environments, in which the small footprint of iCLASS R10 readers for mullion-mounted door installations and the VertX controller featuring an average MTBF of over 1 million hours and water-resistance to damp environments were ideally suited for the project. The products are also UL94-certified with fire-resistant capability.