Elevator Access Control System


Figure 1: Elevator Access Control

Description and Purpose

Elevator Access Control systems allow people access to certain floors within a scheduled time frame. The system can control one or more elevator controllers in a system. It provides a range of system authority for users.

The maximum number of elevators on the system depends on the control panel you choose.

By issuing an identification device to each person in the facility, you can use the system to limit access to certain floors to authorized people. By integrating the elevator access system with CCTV Cameras, you can view activity as users disarm and gain access to floors in the building.

Elevator access can depend on the userís classification, the time of day, which elevator is being approached, and the armed state of a department. In addition, changes to the status of a zone can either cause elevator to grant access to a floor, or cause the elevator to deny access. By using one or more of these attributes, you can create elevator access control policies that are extremely flexible and secure. By using an elevator access control system, you can separate the general public and unauthorized users, from users, from authorized users.

Connections and Considerations

The table below refers to the drawing in Figure 1. If you are using this document on line, click the model number in the table below to see more information.


Model No.


Mounting Options




Relay: Addressable with zone input


I/O Module



VistaKey Access Control


Single door with power supply



V-Plexô Data Bus


Connects to addressable devices, zone input devices and relay modules.



2-wire, 18 AWG, Fire rated, Non-shielded

Use Genesis 1118 for Non-Fire Applications

This part number is an example. See your building and electrical codes for actual jacketing requirements.

Solving Access Control Issues

A facilities staff changes frequently. Lost keys and keys of employees who fail to return them at termination dramatically, reduce the effective security of Elevator locks. By assigning each person an electronic identification device, such as a proximity card or key fob, the identification device can be removed from the system, disabling it from being used. In this case, human resources would simply replace the identification device instead of changing the locks on every Elevator in the facility.

Many facilities require that a supervisor be on site prior to allowing other personnel into the building. The system can be configured so only supervisors can disarm and enable access to elevators by other personnel.

Different departments operate according to various schedules for different elevators. The system allows you to individually schedule elevators to allow access to personnel based on the userís authority in the department.

Keeping the general public outside of restricted areas is a challenge, especially through elevators that employees must frequently use. The system is the most flexible way to achieve this goal. Automatically locking and unlocking Lobby Elevators can increase safety outside of normal business hours. This can also minimize overtime costs related to last-minute customers. The system can hold an elevator open, or lock it according to a schedule.

The cost of a guard service is significant. By using access control, intercoms, and cameras, you can minimize the manpower requirements and quickly reduce the high cost of guard service.


Your design may impact cabling between the control room and the car: Your application may require installing devices or connecting to devices located inside of the car. This may require use of conductors within, or replacement of the traveling elevator control cable. Contact the elevator manufacturer or service company to coordinate connections to devices located inside of the car.