This Section is
compilation of the questions and answers that our Customers ask.
related to the use of the TR40xx series Time Recorders as Access Control
related to the use of the built-in Floppy Disk Drive:
related to the use of the TR40xx
series Time Recorders as Access Control Terminals
I use the TR40xx Time Recorder as an Access Control Terminal?
|The TR40xx has a built-in lock control
relay, so it can be used as an Access Control Terminal, right? Well,
"Yes" and "No". It is true, the TR40xx can control the
electric lock, but this fact alone doesn't make it a full-featured
Access Control Terminal. Firstly, the TR40xx housing is intended for
hanging on the wall screws or placing on the table- an easy-to-install
but no-security solution- anybody can just take the Terminal away.
Secondly, the TR40xx's current firmware doesn't support a User ID-card
database. This means that individual User's access rights cannot be
defined separately like on most Access Control Terminals. These two
reasons eliminate the use of the TR40xx as a "serious" Access
Control Terminal. However, the TR40xx provides some features of an Access
Control Terminal that, in conjunction with the primary Terminal's function
as a Time Recorder, provide significant functionality enhancements. By
using the Terminal in conjunction with an electric turnstiles or gate, you
can ensure the User registration: no card swipe- no access. By default,
the TR40xx activates the lock relay every time the ID-card is read. You
can further restrict the range of accepted ID-cards by using the Prefix
Setting of the Terminal. With the prefix code set, the Terminal will only
accept the ID-cards and activate the lock relay for the cards whose ID
begins with the code matching that of a Prefix.
related to the use of the built-in Floppy Disk Drive
if somebody steals the Floppy Disk out of the TR40xx's Floppy Disk Drive?
Can't he just alter the data on a disk (modify all "late"
punches) and put the disk back as if nothing happened?
|This won't happen simply because the Disk is not there!
There is a popular misunderstanding about where the TR40xx stores its
data. The TR40xx initially accumulates the data into its internal memory.
The Disk need not be inserted for normal machine operation! Only when the
authorized person needs to copy the Time and Attendance data from the TR40xx's internal memory onto the disk that he will insert the disk, copy
the data and take the disk away. And this action will require entering a
Programming Mode which is protected by the Master ID-Card and (optionally)
a Master Password. Top.
|What if somebody tries to
destroy the Floppy Disk Drive, say, stick a chewing gum into its slot?
|Indeed, this is a valid concern. Some of the Time Recorder
installations receive a lot of "punishments" from unhappy
employees trying to destroy the much hated machine. We have addressed this
problem by the introduction of a so-called Floppy Lock. This simple
accessory is included with every TR40xx shipped. The Floppy Lock is
inserted into the Floppy Disk Drive just like a Floppy Disk. It is then
secured inside the Drive with a turn of a key. When installed, the Floppy
Lock completely protects the slot of the Floppy Disk Drive against the
vandalism or elements. Top.
|What if I saved the data onto
the Floppy Disk drive but cannot access the data on my PC later (because
the disk is damaged or lost, or the disk data gets accidentally erased)?
|After you save the data onto the Floppy Disk, the
asks you whether or not you would like to still keep the saved data in the
TR40xx's internal memory. Opt for "Yes"- this will allow you to
save this data again in the future. For your convenience, the
"saved" data is kept in a separate memory. Next time you will be
saving the data onto the disk, the old data will not be saved again unless
you specifically choose to do so. Top.
|What if the Floppy Disk Drive
fails (for whatever reason) and I still have some Time/Attendance data
"stuck" in the TR40xx?
|Our terminals come equipped with a highly reliable
Floppy Disk Drives from Mitsumi. Experience shows that these
exceptionally reliable devices are very unlikely to fail during the TR40xx
lifetime. Should this happen, you will still be able to access you data
through the online communications interface- RS-232 for the TR4020 and
Ethernet for the TR4030.