Self-Resetting Emergency Exits are very similar to any other traditional ‘Press to Escape’ button.
However the difference with a self-resetting device is that after activation, the device ‘self-resets’ after a defined period of time.
This means that, unlike a traditional ‘Press to Escape’ button, the device is never ‘out-of-action’, waiting to be manually reset, and so building security is never compromised.
As a result, installing Self-Resetting Emergency Exits on site is now a requirement for buildings that are aiming for Secured by Design sign off.
Definable Self-Reset Times
RAL6016 Green Colour Finish
Event & Threshold Logging
Secured by Design Requirement
How does it work?
To use the ‘Press to Exit’ feature, the user simply presses the green mushroom head button on the RTE-EES.
The door will then unlock, and will remain open for a definable period of time (so you don’t have to hold the button down whilst opening the door!)
If the Access Control system that is connected to the RTE-EES went offline, this would be detected, and the RTE-EES will automatically, mechanically break the power to the door release, so the door can still be opened.
To use the ‘Press to Escape’ feature, the user simply presses the illuminated stainless steel button.
However for our Self-Resetting devices, once this button is pressed, it triggers the timing circuit within the device, and it will ‘self-reset’ and re-lock the door after a defined period of time (1, 6,12 or 24 minutes).
During this defined door open time, a built-in alarm sounder will be activated.
Both the RTE-EES & BGU-EES can integrate with our IP Access Control system ‘IPassan’, to provide additional functionality such as event logging, definable thresholds & CCTV integration.
For example, you can set a threshold on the Access Control management software that says…
‘If the ‘Press to Exit’ button is pressed more than 20 times in 24 hours, send the building manager an email’
So, each time the ‘Press to Exit’ button is pressed, an event will be logged in the Access Control management software, and if the defined threshold is reached, an email will be sent to the Building Manager.
You can even integrate each event with the CCTV camera that covers the exit system, so each time an event is logged, the Access Control management software will automatically pair that event with the associated CCTV recording, for later viewing.
How is it different to traditional BGU’s or PTE’s?
You know by now that with a traditional Break Glass Unit, once you’ve smashed the glass, the door connection is permanently broken, until someone is called out, and the unit is manually reset.
This can sometimes take days, during which time the door is left unlocked, and the building is not secured.
However with our Self-Resetting Exit devices, once the ‘Press to Escape’ button is pressed, the device self-resets and re-locks the door after a defined period of time (1, 6, 12 or 24 minutes).
This saves your client money in the long run (no call out costs), and ensures that the building is secure in the event of activation, or misuse.
Check out our Self-Resetting Emergency Exit system (RTE-EES) in action, in the video across…
So you know how our Self Resetting Emergency Exit devices stack up against traditional Break Glass Units, but what about the traditional, combined ‘Press to Exit’ & ‘Press to Escape’ devices, are our Self Resetting devices any better?
Across is a traditional, combined ‘Press to Exit’ & ‘Press to Escape’ button, and underneath the button, it says…
‘In emergency press and hold exit button while opening door’
Which means that when escaping, you have to press & hold the button whilst simultaneously trying to open the door.
But what if the exit switch is out of reach of the door, and the resident’s can’t reach both at the same time…
How do they escape?
Another factor to consider is DDA Compliance, could a resident with a disability realistically be expected to press the button, whilst simultaneously trying to open the door?
However with our Self-Resetting Emergency Exit devices, you don’t have to worry about this, as when the escape button is pressed, the door stays open for a pre-defined period of time (1, 6, 12 or 24 minutes), & once this time has elapsed, the device ‘self-resets’ and the door re-locks.
So, in an emergency, the resident only needs to press the escape button once, without holding it down, and the door will be unlocked for the defined period of time.
So, even if the exit switch was out of reach of the door, the resident could press the escape button on the device, get to the door & escape, all within the defined period of time, before the device automatically resets, and the door re-locks.
Just press & go, our Self-Resetting Emergency Exit devices help to keep all residents safe during an emergency.