Emergency Doors

Description and Purpose

In warehouses, banks, auditoriums, restaurants, and other facilities, fire door exits must be configured for free exit while barring entry of unauthorized people. While the door is designed for this purpose, this type of door can often become the escape route for a thief, or the unwelcome entry point for non-paying customers.

The system can integrate Emergency Fire Exits into a more centrally monitored and controlled system, and view alarms and status of the system from the system keypad.

Emergency Fire Exits can integrate with the fire alarm, intrusion, remote control, or panic system so in the event of a crisis, the system can sound a local alarm at doors to notify staff members of an unauthorized exit. In addition, the system can integrate door position sensors to verify the locked status of the door while closed. The maximum number of emergency doors on the system depends on the control panel you choose.

Figure 1: Emergency Door Exits

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



Contact: Surface Mount

Exposed on Door or window Frame

1.25” gap



Power Supply (DC Voltage indicated)

In enclosure

Selectable 12VDC or 24VDC operation when using XF30 transformer.



V-Plex™ 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 Emergency Door Issues

Typical emergency door hardware is an expensive stand-alone product that usually operates on a small battery for power.  The system can integrate emergency doors using equipment that is controlled by the main system. When integrating with the system, the system powers the door hardware, so the user will never need to replace a 9V battery at the door hardware.

When a typical emergency fire exit sounds, staff members are more likely to search for the reset key than to observe and report the direction of its unauthorized user. When integrating the emergency exit with the system, the user will be able to reset and silence the door from the familiar system keypad or other user interfaces. Users will not need to search for a seldom-used reset key.