Card Access System - Common Terms

Common terms pertaining to card access security systems:

  • Armed State – A programmed state of a security component which allows the generation of an alarm in the event of a security breach. Armed state times are subject to the University Standard Card Access Arming and Disarming Policy as stated below.
  • Disarmed State – A programmed state of a security component which ignores events that may or may not be related to a security breach. While in a disarmed state, no alarms are presented to alarm monitoring stations. Disarmed state times are subject to the University Standard Card Access Arming and Disarming Policy as stated below.
  • Alarm Shunt – a pre-defined programmable period of time when alarms are NOT sent to the monitoring station due to a legitimate, authorized entry into or exit from an area which is in an armed state. Shunt times are subject to the University Standard Shunt Time Policy as stated below.
  • Door Forced Open Condition – A condition which, when a door is armed, generates a security breach alarm to the FSUPD alarm monitoring station. This condition will occur at a monitored door if it is opened without presentation of a valid authorized card, such as through the use of a key or an actual breaking and entering.
  • Door Held Open Condition – A condition which, when a door is armed, generates a security breach alarm to the FSUPD alarm monitoring station. This condition will occur at a monitored door if the door is left open for a period which exceeds the programmed alarm shunt time.
  • Clearance Codes – Software programming which defines where and when a card may be used to access a given area. Clearance Codes are assigned to individuals based on need as defined by the department, and assignment to a cardholder is requested through a Department authorized Security Representative.
  • False Alarms – Alarms which are generated due to misuse of card access systems rather than by actual security breaches of areas. 8. Excessive false alarms – Alarms generated due to misuse of systems which result in an on-site visit by the FSUPD or its representative, and occur in excess of 5 times in any 90-day period of time.
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