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DORMA TMS door management system now network-capable for even greater flexibility

Ennepetal, Germany. Public buildings such as airports, governmental and local authority premises, hospitals and other establishments represent a dual challenge for door system suppliers. On the one hand, these buildings have to satisfy very high security requirements in order to protect people and data against illegal access and attack, not to mention unauthorised access to safety-relevant equipment. On the other hand, the life and limb of employees and visitors alike must be properly safeguarded by fast, positive opening of emergency escape routes in the event of a fire, terrorist attack or similar emergency. As a further complication, public buildings are also expected to offer maximum freedom of movement and user convenience.

As an emergency escape management, exit security and access control system, the DORMA TMS door management system constitutes the optimum solution for such highly complex tasks, satisfying all the safety and security requirements. The system’s strengths are particularly apparent in the case of doors exposed to high user frequency.

DORMA TMS – the network-capable door management system
A further benefit of the DORMA TMS is that it is the first independent emergency exit security and access control system which, in addition to LON networking, can also be incorporated within the building automation system and local area networks (LAN). An LAN module connects the TMS with the in-house Ethernet, thus incorporating it into all the main building management and control networks. This integration reduces cost and enhances both safety and security, because the TMS can be monitored, controlled and programmed both centrally and from distributed positions.

The fourth TMS generation not only offers the usual interfaces such as OPC but also supports the ESPA 4.4.4 protocol for linking up with telecommunications systems such as that of DeTeWe. This means that all status and alarm signals relating to the TMS-protected emergency escape doors can be directly transmitted to the appropriate facility or security manager.

The proven OPC interface for integration within higher-level security control and building management systems has been expanded by DORMA to include a new tier of alarm and event-recording functions. And this solution has already been successfully implemented by ‘Kölnmesse’, the Cologne trade fair organisation.

DORMA TMS enabled to interact with other subsystems
As a particular customer-friendly feature, the TMS integrates not only the door systems from DORMA but also doors from other manufacturers, plus fire safety and security installations from many vendors. Thanks to this subsystem integration capability, highly specialised requirements relating to emergency exit release, access control and lock functions can be effectively satisfied. The integration of this extended door management capability within the building management and control hierarchy is also relatively simple.

By adding any DCW access reader from the DORMA or MBB Gelma range, the DORMA TMS system can be expanded to provide comprehensive access control and door management functionality. The TMS then also serves as the access control unit, with programming being performed via the TMS Soft and CODIC Card Soft packages.

Another advantage is the extensive flexibility common to DORMA’s solutions: through TMS, the new TEGO door sets can be reprogrammed, converted or modified within the shortest of time if requirements should change or the safety and security systems need to be upgraded.

Example: Munich Airport
The DORMA TMS has been operating successfully at Munich Airport since 2003. In Terminal 2, the system monitors and controls over 500 emergency escape doors as well as the various entrances and access routes. The air lock doors for arrivals and departures are likewise incorporated within the DORMA TMS system. In the event of a fire, the external doors also serve as vents for smoke extraction. The opening operation is effected through the action of pneumatic springs once the TMS system has unlocked and released the doors and/or shut down the power feed.

Ennepetal, 10 October 2006



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