Many gyms are rapidly growing nationwide - With 24/7 fitness centre's opening regularly. Most gym's boast of convenience, freedom and value, with members being offered access to all gyms around Australia via their single access card. These dynamic companies are stretching the boundaries of the fitness industry faster than we can say 'whey protein'. As a 24/7 fitness centre, many hours of operation are unstaffed. Gym's require a highly sophisticated security and access control system to ensure the safety and confidence of their members. The suggested system needed to offer advanced integration options, a flexible modular design, building automation control and support for hundreds of thousands of members across hundreds of sites internationally. Also essential to the exercise was the ability for the access control system to interface to the gym membership software. This interface would enable membersâ€™ details and card numbers to be entered into the gym membership software, with this information automatically populating to the master Control Module on each site, providing the member access.
With the Inner Range system it is perfectly balanced solution to meet their immediate and future requirements. With a tick next to each goal, all of the versatility and advanced controls called for were met without breaking a sweat. All sites are connected permanently to a central Insight System Management server via the internet. The Dynamic User Import Module within Insight enables outside platforms, such as the gym membership software, to export their user database into Insight including adding new and deleting expired members.
Virtual Panel within Insight provides a mechanism whereby a user needs only to be programmed once and that user will be automatically propagated down to each Concept 4000 Control Module, granting access for that user. Virtual Panel effortlessly enables members to access all gyms through their single access card. The Active User Rotation Module within Insight allows expansion to hundreds of thousands of users through a rolling cache method, far exceeding the 50,000 user limit per Concept 4000 Control Module.
In terms of hardware integration, each Control Module on site provides intruder detection, building automation, duress alarm and access control. Mobile and fixed duress buttons are used to notify the monitoring station of an issue. The monitoring station can see and communicate with the member via the camera system which includes built in microphones and speakers. The PA system is also interfaced with Concept for automated announcements. For example, if the front door is left open too long, or if a duress button is pressed, Concept provides the logic control to stop the music, continually play the associated announcement, and then return to playing music when the alarm has been acknowledged (e.g. closing the door). The Inner Range solution is a healthy fit for the job.