AlphaEntry™ V.2.5 - Alpha Communications

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Alpha Communications® and Alpha Media®, Inc.
AlphaEntry™ V.2.5
Installation & Configuration Manual
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Phone: 631-777-5500 Fax: 631-777-5599
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AE2.5 Manual (03/09)
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Table of Contents
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CHAPTER 1 – The Software
Introduction
System Requirements
Installing AlphaEntry™ Software
What is A Dongle?
Starting AlphaEntry™
Exiting AlphaEntry™
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CHAPTER 2 – Basic Operation
The Visitor Touchscreen Interface
The Concierge/Doorman Touchscreen Interface
Administrator Shortcuts
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CHAPTER 3 – The Editor – System Configuration
The AlphaEntry™ Editor V2.5
Programming and System Configuration
Explanation of Editor On Screen Buttons
Configuring Entries and Masters (Main Screen)
Entry Setup Settings
(1st Tab)
Modem & Port Settings
(2nd Tab)
Relay Board(s)
(3rd Tab)
Welcome Screen Settings
(4th Tab)
Holiday Themed Welcome Screen
DTMF Phone Code Settings
(5th Tab)
Option Settings
(6th Tab)
Tenant Access Settings
(7th Tab)
Switch Console Configuration
(8th Tab)
Camera Configuration
(9th Tab)
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Package Tracking Configuration – The MailRoom Tab
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CHAPTER 4 - The Editor – Data Entry
Entering Contact Information
Adding, Editing, Deleting Contact Data
Adding a New Tenant
Selecting Display Locations for a Tenant
Assigning Tenant Access Codes
Entering Tenant Notes
Entering Tenant Pictures
Entering Tenant Email addresses
Hiding a Listing
Priority Listings
Assigning Call Buttons
Entering Resident Phone Numbers
Entering Resident No Phone Bill Codes
Entering Resident “No Phone Service” Information
Entering Resident Intercom Relay Information
Entering Emergency Contact Information
Entering Off Premises Information
CHAPTER 5 – Wiring Diagrams
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Lobby Configurations
Handset - Standard Dialer
Handset - Standard Dialer w/ N.P.S.
Handset - No Phone Bill
Handset - No Phone Bill w/ Outside Dialing
Open Voice - Standard Dialer
Open Voice - Standard Dialer w/ N.P.S.
Open Voice - No Phone Bill
Open Voice - No Phone Bill w/ Outside Dialing
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Concierge Configurations
Standard Dialer – Various Configurations
No Phone Bill - Unrestricted Outside Dialing
No Phone Bill - Limited Outside Dialing
Information on Open Voice Configurations
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Appendices
Creating Your Own Custom Graphics
The Event Log
Open Voice Module Adjustments
Accessing the AlphaEntry™ Database by Internet
Concierge – QwikID Caller Identification Feature
Concierge – Call Forwarding
Concierge – Package Tracking Feature
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Chapter
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Introduction
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lphaEntry™ is a computerized directory display system that provides tenant information
and communication ability literally at your fingertips. There are different ways to
configure AlphaEntry™ depending on your building's specific needs.
As a lobby panel, AlphaEntry™ provides features for visitors to call a resident or commercial
tenant through an interactive touch screen panel and can be buzzed in by the tenant. Visitors are
assisted through multi-lingual voice and screen prompts. AlphaEntry™ will also allow quick tenant
access with personal entry codes.
When used by a Concierge, AlphaEntry™ adds additional features to allow a Concierge or
Doorman to easily obtain contact information and place a call to the desired tenant’s intercom,
telephone, cell phone, or work number using either a touchscreen or a conventional flat screen
monitor and mouse. In this version, emergency and frequently called numbers at off premises
locations can also be immediately accessed.
Also included in a concierge application, is the ability to control lobby lights, taxi lights,
gates, elevator calls, cameras, or any other device that uses a momentary or latching dry contact
closure to operate (for safety considerations this feature is not recommended for unsupervised
garage door opening or closing). Calls to the concierge telephone (if equipped with caller ID and a
CID capable modem) features on-screen QwikID™, which not only displays the calling number,
but also will search the resident database to show the tenants name and apartment. QwikID™
allows handy one touch call back and automatic received call logging.
AlphaEntry™ also enables you to manage your tenant’s package deliveries, logging both
delivery and pick up time/date, and notifying your tenants at the lobby panels, and/or by email or
text messaging, depending on configuration. AlphaEntry™ MailRoom™ is an optional add-on
which will allow you to have displays in your mailroom(s) to let your tenants know they have
received packages as well as view building announcements, local weather forecasts, and more.
All these available features can be enabled or disabled in the AlphaEntry™ 2.5 Editor to
customize the application to suit your facility’s unique needs and security issues.
With a simple network and/or internet connection, AlphaEntry™ 2.5 is now multi-building
capable, and allows a virtually unlimited number of buildings, entrances, concierges, and tenants all
working from a common database so that information updates and resident changes can be
accomplished quickly from any location!
AlphaEntry™2.5 software can be used as a standard dialer telephone entry
system, “No Phone Bill” type telephone entry system, and interface to virtually
any new or existing intercom system, ALL AT THE SAME TIME, giving you the
best of all worlds and ultimate connectivity!!
AlphaEntry™…. The future of building communications, today!!!
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System Requirements
The following system requirements must be met to run the AlphaEntry™ 2.5 application correctly.
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A Windows compatible PC with mouse, hard drive, CD or DVD player
Pentium 4 Processor or Higher
Your operating system must be Windows 2000/2003 Server/XP or Vista
Color monitor or color touchscreen monitor (standard or widescreen format)
128 Megs of Ram (minimum)
One Available USB port (for USB Dongle)
USB Dongle (provided with AlphaEntry™ software)
Requirements for optional features:
• One additional USB port (if Touchscreen is being used)
• One available serial port or additional USB port with serial adapter (if relay boards
will be used).
• Modem, Dedicated Phone Line, and Concierge Handset, Lobby Handset, or Lobby
Open Voice Module are required to call to Suites.
• Camera for Optional Event Log Still pictures
• USB Grabber if using a coax type camera
• Additional equipment may be required for special customized applications. Please
contact Alpha Communications for more information.
• Internet or LAN connection for remote updating and multiple entrance applications.
For additional requirement information for the optional AlphaEntry™ MailRoom™ add-on, please
refer to the AlphaEntry™ MailRoom™ manual.
IMPORTANT SYSTEM NOTES
To prevent conflicts between AlphaEntry™ and other installed software, it is highly
recommended that the computer be used exclusively for AlphaEntry™ and not loaded with any
additional software or used for any other purposes, with the exception of additional Alpha Media
products designed to work in conjunction with AlphaEntry™. In addition, all screen savers and
system power management/ hibernation options should be disabled.
To ensure system reliability and longevity, please check that all hardware is installed and configured
as per manufacturer’s recommendations and manufacturer’s distance limitations and cabling
requirements are observed.
When planning your installation, consider distance limitations, and potential electromagnetic
interference (EMI) sources.
It is recommended that a quality Battery back up/surge protector/ power filter be used for all
devices and components connected to 110VAC power.
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Installing AlphaEntry™2.5 Software
Do not insert the USB Dongle until the software setup is complete!!
To begin the installation of AlphaEntry™, please insert
the CD into a CD-Rom drive. The installation wizard will
guide you through the process of installation.
Alpha Media, Inc. recommends that AlphaEntry™ be installed in
the default directory (C:\Program Files\AlphaEntry\).
Check the box for each component you will be installing at this
Entry/Master.
□ AlphaEntry™
□ Editor
□ Log Viewer
□ Database
Entry/Master Software
For Configuring and Data entry
To view real time event information
This machine will be the System Server
This password will be needed whenever making a new
connection to the AlphaEntry database.
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Once the software has completed the installation process, click the “Finish” button to close the
installation program.
On the initial start of AlphaEntry™, You will be asked if you wish to use the demo database or start
with a clean database. In a facility installation, you will want to start with a clean database and enter
real information for that facility but if using a computer for a demo, you may wish to use and/or
modify the provided demo database.
After the installation is complete, you will be instructed to insert the USB Dongle into any one of
the USB ports on that computer. The dongle is not required for use of the Editor, Log Viewer, or
Database.
Do not insert the USB Dongle until the software setup is complete!!
What is a Dongle?
A Dongle (pronounced DONG-uhl) is a mechanism for ensuring that only
authorized users can use specific software applications. This is your software key that plugs
into an available USB port on your computer. Like a key, no two Dongles are alike.
The AlphaEntry™ program accesses this key for verification while running.
Removing this key while using AlphaEntry™ will not allow the program to run, but will
allow you to use the AlphaEntry™ Editor.
If for any reason your Dongle is lost or damaged you must obtain another from
Alpha Communications®.
If a dongle is not installed, AlphaEntry™ will operate in Demo Mode which will allow full
functionality for a period of 30 minutes and then require a restart. The Demo Mode is only
allowed 200 starts.
When in Demo Mode, the main screen will show DEMO Mode in the upper right corner
and indicate the number of starts used.
Starting AlphaEntry™
To start AlphaEntry™, Double Click on the AlphaEntry icon on the screen desktop.
Exiting AlphaEntry™
To exit AlphaEntry™, use the keyboard to spell out the word EXIT, then click the Reset button.
If a password has been set, you will be prompted to enter the four digit password.
Enter the password and click “submit”. This will bring you to the Windows desktop.
To restart AlphaEntry™, double click the desktop icon.
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AlphaEntry™ User Operation
The Visitor Touchscreen Interface
AlphaEntry™ has many available options. The administrator’s configuration determines which options
are to be used at each entry. The description below assumes all available options are set on.
When a visitor approaches the entrance panel, they will see a welcome message displaying the
building name and address. Centered on the welcome screen is a prompt that reads: “Touch
Screen to View Directory” in the default language. Below the prompt, buttons listing the other
available languages are displayed. If the visitor wishes to see and hear the prompts in one of the
other languages they can touch one of the language option buttons and the welcome screen will
immediately change to the language of their choice. At the end of their session, the screen will revert
to the default language predetermined by the administrator.
AlphaEntry™ comes with English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish languages installed to
accommodate different markets. Other language modules are available at additional cost.
After touching the screen to initialize a session, the directory screen will display accompanied by
onscreen and voice prompts in the requested language. Residents and/or commercial tenants will
display in alphabetical order; residents by last name, companies by special order determined by the
administrator (ex: Dr. William Gold D.D.S. could be alphabetized by “G”). The up and down arrow
buttons can be used to scroll the listing, or the visitor can touch letters or numbers to search. All
listings of the last name, company, or suite number that match the enter letter(s) will display. If a
match is not found, the screen will reset and the visitor can try again.
When a name is selected, the call box will display and list the available contact method(s). At this
time the visitor can press the call button to call the tenant or press the Cancel button to return to the
Directory screen. After a predetermined time, the directory will close and revert back to the screen
saver/ slideshow image(s).
When the call is placed, a countdown timer is displayed to inform the visitor how much time they
have before the call is automatically ended. This call duration is determined by the administrator. In
a large system with multiple entries and heavy traffic, this call time can be made shorter to reduce
wait time. In a small single entry system a call timer may not be required. All visitors that are waiting
at any entry panel for a call to go through are put in a first come - first served queue and given an
indication of approximate wait time for the system to be available. In the event of a Standard Dial
Telephone Entry configuration, a heavy traffic system can use separate C.O. lines for each panel to
reduce or eliminate wait time.
When the call is answered, the tenant has the capability to “buzz” the door by pressing a single
touchtone digit on their phone, or pressing the door release button on their intercom after which
time the AlphaEntry™ session will end automatically.
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The Doorman/ Concierge Interface
AlphaEntry™ has many available options. The administrator’s configuration determines which options will
be available to the Doorman/ Concierge. The description below assumes all available options are set on.
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As in the preceding section, the Doorman/Concierge can place a call to a tenant and operate the
interface the same as a visitor, using a touch screen or a standard flat screen monitor with mouse. A
keyboard is not required unless data editing will be done at this location (an on-screen keyboard
utility is available for minor changes when in the Editor). The following features are available to the
Concierge at the discretion of the administrator.
In addition to the regular directory screen, tabs can be turned on for emergency phone contacts and
off premises listings enabling the Concierge to place calls from AlphaEntry™ as easily as contacting
tenants. Additional tenant call buttons can be made visible to allow the Concierge to contact the
tenant through a cell phone, home number, or work number in the event of an emergency. If there
are notes specific to the tenant, a note icon will be displayed in the call box as well. Clicking this icon
will display any stored notes pertaining to this tenant. These notes are read only and can only be
changed in the Editor. All calls made by the Concierge through AlphaEntry™ are logged and the
numbers are not displayed on screen to maintain tenant privacy. The Concierge can be equipped
with a phone that can dial out for calls not listed, or restricted to calls in AlphaEntry™.
Also available for Concierge use is the Switch Console which enables AlphaEntry™ to control
lighting, taxi lights, doors, cameras. Each switch can be configured to operate a controlling relay as
either a latching On/Off switch ( Push On, Push Off), or a timed momentary contact switch ( Push
On, Shuts off automatically after a specified time from 0.1 seconds to more than 24 hours).
Qwik-ID Caller Identification has been included in AlphaEntry™ V. 2.5. For detailed instructions
on usage please see Appendix E on Pg. 51.
Call Forwarding/ Interception has also been included in AlphaEntry™ V. 2.5. For detailed
instructions on usage please see Appendix G on Pg. 52.
Package Tracking has also been included in AlphaEntry™ V. 2.5. For detailed instructions on
usage please see Appendix G on Pg. 53.
Administrator Shortcuts
Type these 4 letter codes in at an entry or master, and then click the RESET button to shut down
the entry to access other AlphaEntry™ components.
EDIT
Shuts down the entry and invokes the Editor (at this entry only, the rest of the system
will be fully functional) if the Editor Software is installed
ZONE
Change this Entry/ Master to another Entry/ Master or change to another database
VIEW or
LOGS
Shuts down the entry and invokes the Log Viewer.
EXIT
Shuts down the entry and returns control to Windows.
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AlphaEntry™ Editor V2.5
Editor Introduction
The AlphaEntry™ Editor allows persons with administrative access to configure all entries/
masters as needed to fit your specific facility. It also allows access to the resident database to add,
delete, and modify your resident records.
Because AlphaEntry™ 2.5 can be used with multiple entries or masters, and since each
system is different in it needs, the editor is set up to allow each entry to be configured as required by
the physical location and facility layout. Two examples of this follow:
A simple application:
123 West 73rd Avenue is an apartment building with a front and side entrance. There is no
concierge or attendant. This scenario would require the following:
Location
Front Entry
Side Entry
Will Display
All tenants
All tenants
A more complex application:
Miami Luxury Towers is a gated community consisting of 4 separate buildings. There are
2 concierges located in Building 1 and there are 3 gate entrances to the facility. Gate 1 is
exclusive to Bldg 1. Bldg 1 and Bldg 2 have one entrance and share a second common
entrance at the rear. Bldg 3 and Bldg 4 have one entrance each. The breakdown of this
scenario would be:
Location
Gate 1
Gate 2
Gate 3
Bldg 1 Front
Bldg 2 Front
Bldg 1 & 2 Rear
Bldg 3
Concierge 1
Concierge 2
Will Display
All tenants in Bldg 1 and the concierges
All tenants in Bldgs 1,2,3, 4 and the concierges
All tenants in Bldgs 1,2,3, 4 and the concierges
All tenants in Bldg 1 and the concierges
All tenants in Bldg 2 and the concierges
All tenants in Bldg 1, Bldg 2 and the concierges
All tenants in Bldg 3 and the concierges
All tenants in Bldgs 1,2,3, and 4 with additional concierge features
All tenants in Bldgs 1,2,3, and 4 with additional concierge features
The versatility of AlphaEntry™ 2.5 enables you to configure difficult facilities in the easiest way
possible.
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Programming and System Configuration
The information that is displayed in the AlphaEntry™ application is maintained in a
database file. This file stores resident and business names, locations, and necessary contact
information. Alpha Media, Inc. has developed the AlphaEntry™ Editor to allow the administrator
to input names, locations, and phone numbers as well as set administrative options easily.
To access the Editor exit the AlphaEntry™ screen if necessary (see Pg. 4 – Exit
procedure) then click the “AlphaEntry Editor” Icon on your desktop.
At this point you will be asked for your security code if you have previously entered one. Once your
code is entered the Main editor screen will appear. Although it is not required for system operation,
we recommend creating a security code, if you have not already done so, to prevent unauthorized
changes or viewing of data and system configuration settings (see Pg. 10 – Security Code).
Main Entries Editor Screen – Full View
The Entries Editor is comprised of 10 tabbed screens. Depending on initial configuration
some of these tabs may not be active. The following pages are descriptions of each screen, and
information on all the questions related to them.
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Explanation of Editor On-Screen Buttons
The Residents button at the upper left corner of the Editor screen will access the
AlphaEntry™ tenant database to allow additions, deletions, and editing of tenant,
emergency, and off premises information to be displayed. This button is visible from
all Editor tabs. See Page 26 “Entering Contact Information” for further editing
information.
The Change Database button allows you to change to a different database for editing and
configuration. This is usually done when editing several different systems from a remote
location by internet access. Pressing this button will open the window below.
Database Selector Window
Enter your user name, password, server address, and the port number of the system you wish to modify,
then click on the Connect to Database Button.
Click this button to add a new entry to the system. You will be prompted to enter the new
building or entry/master name. When completed, the name will be added to the list of
system entries on the left of Main Editor screen. See Page 7 for more detailed information
regarding configuring of entry/ masters.
Click this button to remove a highlighted entry from the system. You will be asked to
confirm before the entry/master is deleted.
Clicking this button enables a pop up keyboard. This is helpful when making minor
changes to the system from one of the touch screen entries when no standard keyboard is
available.
The Close Button will exit the Editor program and prompt you to launch
AlphaEntry™. This button is visible from all Editor tabs.
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In AlphaEntry™ 2.5 configuring your system to your application must start by answering
basic setup questions. The first two questions relate to all entries/ masters for the system. As a point
of clarification, “ Entry “ is generally a public access screen at an entrance lobby or gate and a
“Master” is either a Concierge, Doorman, or Administrative access screen. Other than these labels,
they are synonymous and all function in the same manner dependent on individual settings.
Enter Location Name or Address
Use this field to enter the name or address of the building (if one location) or complex. This
will be displayed on the welcome screen and the top of the main user screen(s). (i.e. “161 Street &
River Avenue” or “Miami Luxury Towers”).
Security Code
Since the data contained in AlphaEntry™ is personal contact information of the tenants, it is
highly recommended that the system administrator enter a 4 digit numeric code here to prevent
unauthorized access and changes to the data or system configuration. After your choice of code is
entered, the code will be required to enter the Editor or exit the program. An existing security code
can be changed, if necessary, in this field. All access, whether at any entry or by Internet, will be
protected by this code. The code will display as you enter it, but will change to **** after you leave
the field for security reasons.
Configuring Entries/ Masters
Each entry/master may have different settings depending on your application so the editor is
designed to allow separate configurations for each location. To set up your first entry/master
location, click the button
. The box below will open.
The Entry/Master Name Box
Enter an appropriate descriptive name for the location (i.e. Front Lobby, Main Gate, Building 2,
Concierge) and then hit Enter. The name you have chosen will now appear in the list box of Entries
and Masters to the left. Clicking on the name will enable the configuration boxes to the right for that
specific location. The location name will be displayed at the top of the main screen for that entry.
All entries will be sharing one phone line ? (Telephone Entry/ Multiple Entry systems)
Check this box if all entries will share the same telephone line. If a Telephone Entry/
multiple entry system will be used, the different entries can share the same telephone line or each
have their own dedicated line. If the facility has several entrances and high visitor traffic, then it is
recommended to use separate lines. If shared, when one entry is in use, the other entries, when
placing a call, will display a system busy indication with an approximate waiting time. All calls placed
through AlphaEntry™ will be put in a first come-first served queue and will be processed in order
as soon as the system is available for the next call. If a system has one or more concierge stations
then separate lines should always be used.
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Entry Setup - (1st Tab)
Entry or Building Name:
The name for this specific location will be placed in this field automatically however, if you
choose to rename this location now or at a later date, you can edit it here and it will be updated in
the system immediately.
Select items to display in directory:
Each entry/master will display just the resident/company name by default however you can
list additional information for each resident if desired. The Suite number can be listed or omitted
depending on your security issues or special configuration needs. The Floor number can also be
listed. If you are using this entry point for communication to several buildings, the building numbers
can be listed. Please check the appropriate boxes for your needs at this entry/master.
Directory Display Options
On Screen Keyboard type:
The Keyboard can be set to Alphabetical or “QWERTY” keyboard style depending on
preference. Default is Alphabetical. With multiple entries, each entry is configured individually.
Idle Seconds before clearing call box:
Determines how long a call box will display. When a name is selected, a call box will pop up.
If a call is not initialized within this specified time (between 5 to 999 seconds) the call box will
automatically close and control will revert to the main directory. A recommended setting for this
time is between 5-15 seconds. If a duration is specified that exceeds the “Idle Settings before redisplaying Welcome Screen” value, a warning box will appear after entering that value.
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Entry Setup - (1st Tab) –continued
Buttons to display for this Entry:
Because AlphaEntry™ can interface with so many different communication devices, the
buttons can be used to connect to a tenant’s intercom, telephone, dummy phone, cell phone, or
work phone. Up to three buttons can be programmed for each tenant.
With a Concierge station, usually all three buttons would be available to call the tenant. So
even if the tenant was not at home (1st button) you could reach him on his cell phone (2nd button) or
even a work number (3rd button) in the event of an emergency or situation that would require
immediate contact. On an entry panel used by visitors you might want to display the 1st button for
his suite phone only. Each Entry/Master can be configured to show one, two or all three buttons, or
even no buttons if you want to use that particular entry as a directory without contact capabilities.
Every effort has been made to make AlphaEntry™ flexible enough to be easily configured to your
facilities needs.
To configure the buttons that show at this entry, check the boxes for the buttons you want visible.
Default Language:
AlphaEntry™ prompts can be displayed in English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish.
You can even use a different language at each entrance if you wish. Simply select your languages of
choice from the drop down menu shown below.
Language Display Options
Buttons will appear on the main screen to allow visitors to select their preferred language
during their session with AlphaEntry™. When their call is done, the entry will return to the default
language which must be selected in the default language dropdown box.
Play Voice Prompts:
Checking the Play Voice Prompts checkbox will enable audio prompts as well as visual
prompts in the chosen language. This is a valuable tool for those who may be visually impaired.
Your entry must be equipped with speakers for this feature.
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Entry Setup - (1st Tab) –continued
Adding Residents automatically:
If you have already entered residents into the database, this feature enables you to
automatically add them to the entry/master that you are currently configuring. In some applications,
such as two entrances in one building where all residents would be listed, this saves data entry time
by automatically marking all resident records for inclusion in the display using the Add all
EXISTING Residents button rather then having to change each record manually. If you have a
situation where most of your residents will be listed but not all, you may still want to mark all for
inclusion and then override the individual resident records by removing them from a specific
entry/master using the display check boxes (shown below). Obviously, this global change must be
used cautiously because it will change all the records and is an irreversible action. A warning box to
this effect will appear when this button is selected.
Automatic Adding of Residents Features
Include all NEW Residents by default: This check box will automatically mark a new
resident record to display at this entry/master as they are added to the database to save data entry
time. Individual records can be changed at anytime through the resident record editor.
Where an individual resident is displayed can be seen at anytime by accessing the
individual resident record where all entry/masters in the system will be displayed. The picture
below shows the portion of the Resident record where these changes are applied. Note in this
example that this particular resident will display on the Building 1 entry screen as well as the
Main Gate and Concierge screens but not display in the Building 2 or Building 3 entries.
Resident Record Display List
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Modem & Port Setup - (2nd Tab)
Modem Screen Detail
Will this Entry be using a Modem to dial out?
If your system will use a dedicated phone line or “no phone bill” equipment, the computer will
require a modem to interface to those connections. Please refer to System Requirements on Pg.2 to
determine the correct modem type. If the Yes radio button is selected, the following questions will
need to be answered. If the No radio button is selected, the following questions will be grayed out
and not required for this entry.
Specify the modem to dial out: You will most likely have only one choice available unless your
computer is equipped with multiple modems. If using an external modem, you may enter a Comm
Port number.
Select the type of device you will use to Talk/Listen when dialing out:
Choices are Open Voice Lobby, Handset Lobby, or Concierge Telephone. Each entry/
master can be configured independently
Display “Emergency” and “Off Premises” tabs
If this check box is checked, the additional tabs on the Information screen will be visible and
enabled. This is usually done for a Concierge or Doorman operated system if you wish your
concierge to have access to these features. It is rarely done when used as a lobby panel for tenant
and visitor use but is available if your application should require it for special applications.
Enter the Serial Comm Port used to connect the open-voice interface board
If Open-Voice speaking has been selected above, you must specify which serial port will be
connected to the open voice interface boards. Otherwise, this field will be grayed out.
Maximum number of seconds a call can last:
At an open-voice entry, the call will end when the tenant buzzes the visitor in. If the visitor
is not buzzed in, there must be a way for the program to end the call. This has been done by limiting
the amount of time the call will stay active before reverting back to a ready state for the next visitor.
Usual suggested time is 45 seconds but you can specify 10 to 999 seconds for this function. The
screen will display a “countdown bar” to the visitor to indicate when the call will be ending. The call
can also be canceled by pressing the “Cancel Call” button that will appear on screen.
Both a “No Phone Bill” AND an outside phone line will be connected at this Entry
Check this box if this Entry will use this configuration.
What is the Phone Number for this entry?
If your system will use the call forwarding option, the phone number of this entry is required.
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Relay Board Setup - (3rd Tab)
Relay Board Detail
Will you be using a Serial Comm Port to connect to external relay boards?
AlphaEntry™ can be used as a telephone entry type system and may not require use of relay
boards. However if AlphaEntry™ is interfaced to a conventional intercom system or requires door
strike control or special functions such as on screen concierge building controls (Switch Console) or
other special applications then one or more relay boards will be required.
If Yes is selected, then you will be required to answer the remaining four questions on this tab.
If No is selected, the remaining answers are not required and will be grayed out.
Enter the Serial Comm Port to use to activate the relays:
If the radio button “Yes” is selected then you must assign which serial port will be used to
connect to the relay boards. More information on available Ports can be found on your PC by :
2000, 2003 Server, XP
Click Start button
Right Click on My Computer
Select Properties
Select Hardware Tab
Select Device Manager
Expand (+) Ports
Vista
Click Start button
Click Computer
Select Properties
Select Device Manager
Expand (+) Ports
Display “Switch Console”
The Switch Console is used for Concierge control of lights, gates, cameras, elevator calls, etc.
If this feature is used by your application, it will control relays providing either momentary or
latching dry contact closures. Checking this box enables the Switch Console configuration tab in the
Editor and the Switch Console tab on the AlphaEntry™ directory screen. This feature is usually
used for Concierge controls however; it can be enabled for any entrance if special needs require it.
Default number of Seconds a relay is activated for:
When AlphaEntry™ is interfaced to a conventional intercom system the program presses
the apartment call button using the relay board(s). To make AlphaEntry™ as adaptable to your
requirements as possible, the amount of time the relay will be energized is determined here. Default
time is 3 seconds. Duration can be set from .1 seconds to 999 seconds.
The relay boards used to call the residents will be using Multiple Common Wires
Some intercom systems use a matrix based wiring scheme and may require multiple
commons. If your existing system uses this method, then this box must be checked. This will add a
common wire field to the resident button fields to allow proper system configuration.
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Welcome Screen Settings - (4th Tab)
Welcome Screen Detail
Idle Seconds before displaying Welcome Screen
This field controls the amount of time in seconds that the active window will revert back to the
Welcome screen picture(s).
Slide Show Welcome Screen
The Welcome Screen settings allow the administrator full customization of pictures and text.
By checking the “Welcome Screen is a slide show” box, the screen background will automatically
change pictures at the interval chosen in the “Change Slide every” field. (5 –999 seconds)
When you put a check mark in the box next to “Hide Welcome Text” it will take out the
text overlay leaving the Welcome Screen just with the background image. This allows the
administrator to make any custom graphics with their own Welcome Screen text. The graphics file
default location is C:\Program Files\AlphaEntry\SlideShowPics
Display Minimize Button
This checkbox allows the minimize and close button to be visible on a concierge screen to allow
the PC to be used for other functions without exiting AlphaEntry™ or to close AlphaEntry™
without the “EXIT” code. The pass code is still necessary to be able to exit the program in this
fashion.
Installer Message:
These fields allow the installer or maintenance company to display contact information at the
administrator’s discretion. The message will appear in the bottom left corner of the welcome screen.
As a convenience to the installer, clicking on the
the installer information to all existing entries automatically.
button will copy
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Welcome Screen Settings - (4th Tab) – continued
Scheduled Welcome Screens
The Scheduled Welcome Screens, when enabled, allows the AlphaEntry™ Welcome Screen
to display alternate special images. This feature is generally used when AlphaEntry™ is used as a
lobby panel for public and resident use. It allows the administrator to display a background image
relating to a holiday greeting, special event, or announcement during a programmed date range.
Checking the “Use Scheduled Welcome Screens” box will automatically enable the special messages
to activate when the current date is within the administrator’s determined date range.
Placing a check mark in the box next to “Hide Welcome Text” leaves the Welcome Screen images
only.
Clicking/Touching the
will open the screen where the administrator can
input and delete scheduled welcome screens and adjust date ranges.
Please Note: The Define Schedule & Images button is grayed out if the “Use Scheduled Welcome
Screen” is not checked.
To add a special welcome screen, click the “Add
New Schedule” button. A window will open
where you can specify the starting and ending
dates. The administrator will also specify the
image name. A thumbnail of the selected image
will appear on the lower right.
The graphic can be created in any graphic
program in .jpg, .gif, .bmp, or .png format.
Scheduled Welcome Editing Screen
To delete a scheduled entry, highlight from the
list on the left, and click the “Delete Selected
Schedule” button.
When scheduled screens are used it will automatically suspend the slideshow during the date range
associated with the scheduled screen.
The scheduled graphics file default location is
C:\Program Files\AlphaEntry\SchedulePics
For more information on custom graphic requirements, see Creating Your Own Custom Graphics
on Page A of the Appendix
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DTMF Phone Code Settings - (5th Tab)
If you are using AlphaEntry™ as a telephone entry type system, the phone codes tab will be
enabled. This screen is used to configure relays to respond to DTMF tones produced by the tenant
telephones. This allows the tenants to operate door releases or control other necessary devices.
Phone Codes Screen
To Add a phone code:
Enter the phone key you wish to control the device in the Phone Code field (0-9, *, or #).
Enter the Relay you will be using to control the device. You can have up to 16 boards of 8 relays
each depending on your application so you must enter the board number and then the relay number
in their respective fields.
Enter the duration in seconds that the relay will be activated. The Editor will insert the previously
specified global default relay time, but this can be overwritten. The duration of activation can be
from
1 – 999 seconds.
It is recommended that you enter a description to document what the relay usage will be.
To Delete a phone code:
Highlight the line of the relay you wish to remove by clicking on it.
Press the “Remove Selected Phone Code” button to the right.
Note: Only one relay line can be removed at a time to prevent accidental deletions.
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Phone Code Settings - (5th Tab) continued
To Edit a phone code:
Highlight the line of the relay you wish to edit by clicking on it.
The information for that line will appear in the Add/Edit fields below and can then be modified as
needed.
When editing is finished for that relay press the “Add Phone Code” button and the information will
be added into a new line. When you are sure your listing is correct, highlight the old line and click
the “Remove Selected Phone Code” button.
A few notes regarding phone codes and relays:
The relays provided on the RY008AE boards are factory set to be Normally Open but can
be individually changed to a Normally Closed state if needed, by changing the relay’s jumper on the
board.
Setting one number to operate more than one relay:
In the example below, pressing the 7 key will release the door for 3 seconds on one relay,
turn on the inside lobby lighting for 180 seconds on a second relay, and call an elevator to the lobby
with a third relay set for a 2 second duration (wired in parallel with the lobby elevator call button).
Setting more than one number to activate a relay:
Using the same example, the first relay will also activate by pressing the 9 key to release
the door, but this will not turn on the light or call the elevator, as the other two relays will not be
activated. This scenario is illustrated below.
Relay Setting Example
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Option Settings - - (6th Tab)
Options Screen
The options screen allows an entry or concierge screen to display the Tenant listing by Suite
number instead of alphabetically by Tenant Name by checking the Sort Residents by Suite Box.
“Show Tenant Notes in Call Box” will display any notes pertaining to the tenant. This is usually a
concierge option and not used on a visitors entry panel.
“Show Tenant Photo in Call Box” will display a picture of the tenant. This is usually a concierge
option and not used on a visitor entry panel.
“Package Delivery & Pickup can be done from this entry” allows processing of tenant packages
through this entry/master. This procedure is done through the tenant call box by clicking on the
package icon.
For further information on the Package Tracking options please refer to Appendix G on Pg. 54
“This Entry can Forward it’s Calls to another Entry” will enable all calls to be sent to the
second named station in the drop box (in this example “Concierge”). The second location will have
a switch that will toggle the Call Forwarding feature On & Off. When this feature is on, all visitors
contacting a tenant at the first panel will be forwarded to the second location (Concierge) instead.
The information of who they are trying to contact will be displayed at the Concierge station so that
the Concierge can screen visitors for their tenants when required.
For further information on the Call Forwarding option please refer to Appendix F on Pg. 53
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Tenant Access - (7th Tab)
Tenant Access Configuration Screen
Do you want to allow tenants to be able to enter the building with an access code?
If external relay boards are being used in your application (see Pg.15), tenants can let
themselves in by entering a personal password. This screen is used to connect the relay that you will
use to release the door. The program must know which relay on which board will be activated when
a tenant’s password is entered on the lobby screen. Each tenant will have, at the administrator’s
discretion, an individual password with the option to have an additional password for special usage
(refer to Page 28 - Assigning Tenant Access Codes). Specify the Board number, relay number, and
duration of closure in the fields provided. If a Normally Closed relay is required for a Magnetic
Lock or other special device, a jumper on the relay board for that specific relay can be moved to
make the relay operate as Normally Closed. Please be sure to check that amperage and voltage
requirements do not exceed relay tolerances.
Important Postal or Service Personnel Access information
If your application requires access for a mail carrier, and you wish to allow entry through the
lobby touchscreen you must answer this question yes and follow these steps.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Make a new commercial listing putting “Mailman” in the Business Name field
Make a non-existent Suite # (Example: “M”)
Check the Hide Listing Box so “Mailman” does not show in the tenant listings.
Enter a Tenant Access Code of your choice (Example: 123)
The Mail Carrier will now be able to release the door by entering “M123” at the lobby panel.
NOTE: A standard Postal Lock can be interfaced with the system however there will be no
record of access in the event log.
This procedure can be used for other service personnel that require building entry on a regular
basis. By listing each service person and their pass code separately, the event log will display time
and date of access for each person.
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Switch Console Configuration (8th Tab)
Switch Console Configuration Screen
If external relay boards are used (see Pg.15 ), another available feature AlphaEntry™ includes is the
ability to control lobby lights, taxi lights, gates, elevator calls, cameras, ADA automatic doors, or any
other device that uses a momentary or latching dry contact closure to operate (for safety
considerations this feature is not recommended for unsupervised garage door opening or closing).
These features are usually used only for concierge or building management masters.
Each of the RY008AE boards contain eight programmable relays. Some of the relays are
reserved for system use, dependent on configuration, but others are available to be programmed to
respond to DTMF tones sent by the tenant telephones (when configured as a telephone entry
system) or concierge operated switches. Up to a total of (8) RY008AE boards (64 relays total) can be
chained on the same serial cable run if your application requires additional switches.
The relays provided on the RY008AE boards are factory set to be Normally Open but can
be individually changed to Normally Closed state if needed, by changing the relay’s jumper on the
board.
NOTE: Please be sure to check that amperage and voltage requirements do not exceed relay tolerances,
and be sure to use isolation relays for 110 VAC applications to prevent possible system damage.
All these available features can be enabled or disabled in the AlphaEntry™ Editor to
customize the application to suit your building’s unique needs and security issues.
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Switch Console Configuration (8th Tab) - continued
To Add a switch console activated relay:
1. Switch Label.
Using the appropriate fields below the main box, enter a label to identify the switch function.
This label will be displayed on the button.
2. Relay Board Number.
Enter the Relay Board Number for the relay to be used. (1 – 16)
3. Relay Number.
Enter the Relay position on the board (1-8)
4. Relay Type.
Specify if this relay will be used as a latching/toggled switch (Push ON, Push OFF), or a Timed
switch (after pressing the switch the relay will remain active for a specified amount of seconds).
If the switch is timed, enter the time duration the relay will remain active (between 0.1 – 999
seconds).
5. Add Switch.
When finished, press the “Add Switch” button.
To Delete a switch console activated relay:
1. Highlight the switch to be deleted.
2. Press the “ Remove Selected Switch” button
To Edit a switch console activated relay:
1.Highlight the switch to be edited.
2.Edit the switch information in the fields provided below, and then press the “Add Switch” button.
When a switch is activated on screen, its pilot light will
glow red to indicate the switch is on.
There is also a pilot light indicator that will illuminate on
the Switch Console tab. If the Switch Console is
minimized, this will illuminate if any of the switches are
active.
On Screen Switch Console
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Camera Configuration (9th Tab)
PLEASE NOTE: In some jurisdictions there are laws regulating video camera recording and
this feature may not be permitted in some states or localities. Please check with local authorities
to determine if this function can be used.
Camera Configuration Screen
AlphaEntry ™ keeps an event log whenever the lobby panel is used. If a camera is
connected to this entry, it will take a snapshot to be included in the event log . This camera should
be mounted in the panel, or elsewhere in the lobby area in such a way as to see the visitor or tenant
using the lobby panel. For camera set up convenience, the live feed from the camera will display in
the lower right side of the box if it has been connected and enabled.
Clicking on the Camera Properties button will
open the window shown to the right. This window
will vary with the camera and device driver that is
chosen, but can be used to optimize and adjust the
camera for the best picture results. With most
cameras, a live window will open so you can view
your adjustment results.
Camera Properties Screen
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Package Tracking Configuration
MailRooms Configuration Screen
When the MailRooms tab is selected in the editor, the above screen will display. AlphaEntry
provides the more commonly used delivery types and related images but you can provide your own
types and related images or remove unnecessary types if you like.
The related images are included in the information but will only show on the optional AlphaEntry™
MailRoom™ displays.
For more information on Package Tracking, see Appendix G on Pg. 53
Show a Package Icon in Tenant
listing… Check this box so this
entry can display a package icon
for each tenant with a package in
the system.
MailRoom display check box
Package Delivery and Pickup
can be done…
Checking this box will allow this
entry to process Delivery and
Pickup information for Package
tracking features.
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Chapter
AlphaEntry™ Editor
4
Entering Resident/ Tenant/ Contact Information
5. Adding, Editing, and Deleting Record Information
From the Main Editor Screen, touch/click on
open.
TENANT LISTINGS
SECTION
TENANT INFO
SECTION
The Resident Editor Screen will
BUTTON CONFIGURATION
SECTION
Resident Record Editing Screen
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The Main Information Screen is divided into three sections.
The leftmost section is a scrolling list of all tenants in the database. From here you can highlight any
tenant to modify or delete their related information.
The middle section displays the highlighted tenants suite, name, photo, email, and access code
information.
The rightmost section is information used by the program to associate the phone numbers to call, or
relays that will activate when the tenant’s call buttons are pressed. AlphaEntry™ allows up to three
call buttons to be listed for each tenant
Adding a New Tenant
(Residential or Commercial)
Select the New button near the bottom of the window. This will create a new blank tenant record.
Using the Radio Buttons, select whether the entry is a Residential or Commercial Listing.
At the top of the window you may enter the “Suite/ Apartment” number or location within the
building if you wish it to be listed on the Directory Screen, or leave the suite number empty so that
the number will not show for privacy and security reasons.
RESIDENTIAL
COMMERCIAL
Enter the first name of the resident.
Enter the last name of the resident.
Residents are alphabetized automatically by Last
Name, then First Name or Initial.
( Residents can be listed by Suite Number also
see Option Settings on Pg. 20)
Enter the Business name as you want it displayed
Enter the Start sort position (for Alphabetizing)
The “Start Sort Position” allows the administrator
to determine the sort position of the business
name. In the example “Dr. William Gold DDS”.
If the administrator wishes to sort the name
under “G” that would be the 13th character, so 13
would be entered in the “Start Sort Position:” text
box.
Please Note: Spaces and punctuation are included in the number of characters.
Selecting Locations to Display Tenant
In a large facility or multiple building scenario, you may
want to list the tenant only at a main gate, the Concierge’s
screen, and the tenant’s specific building entrance.
To do this, check the boxes for all the locations that you
wish the tenant to be displayed. All available locations will
be shown in the list box.
Enter the Floor number or name, and the Building if
applicable. All buildings in the complex will be available in
the drop down box.
If the system is equipped with AlphaEntry™MailRoom™,
the mailroom drop down box will list all available Mail
Rooms in the facility for display purposes.
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Assigning Tenant Access Codes
Tenant Access codes are used to allow tenants to “buzz” themselves in when AlphaEntry™
controls locked entry door(s). The administrator can assign access codes, or tenants can
choose their own and have the administrator enter them into the database. The
administrator must enable this feature (see Page 21– TENANT ACCESS).
AlphaEntry™ can store an unlimited amount of access codes per resident record. The
additional codes can be used for a visitor or service personnel that would need access to the
tenants apartment on a temporary basis. Access can be limited to specific days, date ranges
and times by checking the appropriate boxes and setting the parameters in the Access Codes
tab.
Access codes can be 3 to 15 characters consisting of numbers 0-9 and letters A-Z. By
allowing combinations of 36 alphanumeric characters and requiring matching of the suite
number, AlphaEntry™ provides a very high level of security. A log is kept for each system
event including which access code was used, and a picture of the visitor, if equipped with a
camera, for additional security/tracking ability. These logs can be found in your AlphaEntry
folder.
This box shows the access codes form.
This example already has two pass codes stored for
this tenant.
To remove or edit an existing code, highlight the code
in the list box, then make necessary changes or hit the
Remove button to delete the code entirely.
To add an additional code, Press the New Code
button.
This example shows a pass code being created for a
housekeeper. The code, 4242, has been labeled
Housekeeper Access and is a restricted code in that the
code will only allow entry on Tuesdays between the
hours of 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.
If the access should only be allowed for a specific date
range, then the dates checkbox would be checked and
the date range entered into the two adjacent fields.
After the parameters have been set, hit the Add Code
button to save the information.
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Entering Tenant Notes
This feature is used in concierge applications to
store needed information regarding a tenant. If
there are notes in this field, the concierge will see
a clipboard icon on the right of the tenant’s call
box. Clicking that icon will display the notes.
Emergency Notes are only used with the soon to
be released optional AE emergency call system
and will display only when an emergency call is
received from the tenant. These notes will be
instructions to the concierge regarding
notifications and/or other health related
information pertinent to the tenant.
If the Clipboard Icon is
visible it indicates notes are
available regarding this
tenant.
Both of these memo fields are only editable with
administrator access through the editor.
Entering Tenant Pictures
The Photo tab allows you to display a picture of the
tenant to assist in identification by the concierge or
other personnel with access to this program. Photos
could be displayed at a visitor entrance but it is not
recommended for security reasons.
You may insert tenant pictures, in jpeg, bmp, or gif
format. Select the picture by clicking the browse
button. A copy will automatically be stored in the
AlphaEntry™ database.
Although the program will resize the picture, it is
recommended that you do not exceed a picture size
of 400 wide by 300 high for best results.
If this icon is visible it
indicates a tenant
picture is available.
If a picture is available, the concierge will see a
clipboard icon in the tenant’s call box. Clicking that
icon will display the photo.
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Entering Tenant Email information
Tenants email addresses and/or mobile device
contact information can be stored in AlphaEntry™
to enable automatic notifications of package arrivals.
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Hiding a Listing
Hiding a listing enables you to store information that is not displayed at any of the lobby or
concierge screens. Why would you want to do this?
If you create a resident record “MAILMAN” and give that record an access code of MAIL123,
the mailman can buzz himself in to deliver and pickup mail. Then hide the listing so MAILMAN
does not show up on the tenant directory.
Creating non-displayed listings for any service personnel that come to the building frequently gives
them easy access and also logs all their arrival times in the AlphaEntry™ event log.
Priority Listings
All priority listings will display at the beginning of the AlphaEntry™ directory in Yellow on Black.
You may wish to list the building super or the management office here for easy visitor access. The
listing will also appear in its usual alphabetized location unless the Hide Listing is also checked in
that resident record.
Assigning Call Buttons to Tenant Contacting Choices
Up to three different phone numbers or relay codes can be entered for each resident or business. A
suite can be listed but not have a call button, or a button only visible to the concierge.
On systems that interface with “No Phone Bill” hardware, the necessary information passed
to the N.P.B. equipment will be dependent on the manufacturer of the equipment and their code
requirements. The necessary string for the relay equipment is entered in the “Dial Num.” field (as
shown on Button 2).
Dependant on configuration, available connections are:
Regular C.O. Telephone Number
Dial Num
No Phone Bill Telephone Number
Dial Num
No Phone Service- Dummy Phone
NPS Tel
Intercom connection
Relay
NOTE: NPS Available on 1st button only
The Hide check box will make that button position invisible, preventing calling to that
number or intercom. but will leave the information available for system use.
Which buttons are displayed at the lobby panel(s) is determined during each lobby panel
configuration.
Any combination of Phones and Relays can be combined. For instance, a suite with an open voice
or handset intercom would use a relay, but a work phone or cell phone number for that resident
could be assigned to the other buttons. (telephone line is required for telephone contact options).
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Entering Phone Numbers (Standard Dialer type Telephone Entry)
For each phone number entered, add the location and
comments as needed. For example, you can enter the phone
number for that suite, the cell phone number for that
person, and a work number as well. In the comments, you
can specify the times when each phone number should be
used or other pertinent information.
As a good rule to follow, always make Button 1 the number
that the visitors will use. In your system you may make a
global decision to only allow visitors to see Button 1 and
your concierge to view 1 & 2 or all 3.... This is variable at
each entrance/master which allows for maximum versatility
to configure to your facility.
To add a phone number:
1. Choose button 1 ,2, or 3, click the radio button “Dial Num”
2. Enter the Number (999-9999 or 999-999-9999 format). If the phone number requires a “1”
before dialing, the program will provide it automatically.
3. Enter a Label (such as: Suite, Cell phone, Work, Conference Room, etc.) if no label is given the
button will just say CALL
4. Enter Comments for Button (such as: No Calls after 10:00 pm., Call here 8:00 – 5:00, etc.)
These comments are very important because they make AlphaEntry™ even more powerful
and personal to a concierge as well as better communication to the visitors.
Entering N.P.B. Codes (No Phone Bill type Telephone Entry)
For each N.P.B. code, add the location and comments as
needed.
As a good rule to follow, always make Button 1 the number
that the visitors will use. In your system you may make a global
decision to only allow visitors to see Button 1 and your
concierge to view 1 & 2 or all 3.... This is variable at each
entrance/master which allows for maximum versatility to
configure to your facility.
To add a No Phone Bill code:
1. Choose button 1 ,2, or 3, click the radio button “Dial Num”
2. Enter the No Phone Bill Equipment code in the Number field.
3. Enter a Label (such as: Suite, Cell phone, Work, Conference Room, etc.) if no label is given the
button will just say CALL
4. Enter Comments for Button (such as: No Calls after 10:00 pm., Call here 8:00 – 5:00, etc.)
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Entering No Phone Service Information (Dummy or N.P.S. Phone)
AlphaEntry™ can be used to give you a Standard Dialer
system that can access tenants that have no telephone
service. The tenant must have a telephone jack in their
suite with wiring accessible to the system. This method
assigns a relay to control a “dummy” phone in the
apartment.
NOTE: This feature is only available in the #1 button
location however, other buttons can be assigned to the
tenants cell, work, or intercom.
To add a No Phone Service Relay:
1. Click the radio button “NPS Tel” on Button # 1( After this is selected, the relay fields will
appear. )
2. Enter the Board number in the first field .
3. Enter the Relay number on that board in the second field.
4. Enter a Label (such as a Suite number or location.)
5. Enter Comments for Button (such as: No Calls after 10:00 pm., Call here 8:00 – 5:00, etc.)
Entering Relay Information (system must be equipped with Relay Boards)
Optional relay boards are used to interface with an
in-house intercom system. AlphaEntry™ can be used
with most any intercom system that requires a dry
contact to initiate a call.
To enter information tying a relay to a button:
Click the radio button “Activate Relay”. (After this is selected, the relay fields will appear.)
Enter the Board number in the first field
Enter the Relay number on that board in the second field.
The Length field, which determines the duration in seconds of relay activation, is set to the
system default, but is adjustable here for each relay and it's special applications.
5. Enter a Label (such as a Suite number or location.)
6. Enter Comments for Button (such as: No Calls after 10:00 pm., Call here 8:00 – 5:00, etc.)
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Entering Emergency Contacts
This section is used for what is considered Emergency contacts only (i.e.: Police numbers, Fire
Department, and Medical numbers). You may have some emergency numbers for building issues
(i.e. Elevator Emergency Repair or plumber) that you would prefer to enter in here as well.
Select the Emergency tab.
Press the New button near the bottom of the screen.
Enter the name of the contact, phone number, button label, and related comments in the
appropriate fields as shown in the previous section.
When all the information is entered and verified, Press the Add button to save the contact to the
database.
Entering Off Premises Contacts - (Frequently called Phone numbers in other locations)
This section is used for Phone numbers at other locations that the concierge would call on a regular
basis such as, Parking Garage, Restaurants, Drug Stores, off site Building Manager, etc.
By entering these types of numbers here, the concierge will have quick access to important phone
numbers.
Press the New button near the bottom of the screen.
Enter the name of the contact, phone number, button label, and related comments in the
appropriate fields as shown in the previous section.
When all the information is entered and verified, Press the Add button to save the contact to the
database.
Editing contacts
To edit a contact of any type, highlight the selected entry from the appropriate list on the left of the
Contacts Editor Screen, and make your changes to the fields as needed.
The changes will be saved to the database automatically, as typed.
Deleting contacts
To remove a contact of any type, highlight the selected entry from the appropriate list, and press the
“Remove” button.
Enter the Security code to complete the deletion.
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Save Settings
When exiting the Editor program, AlphaEntry™ will ask if you would like to launch the application.
Choosing “Yes” will automatically launch the AlphaEntry™ application.
Choosing “No” will bring you back to Windows.
NOTES:
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5
AlphaEntry™ Wiring Diagrams
Wiring of AlphaEntry™ systems vary depending on application so these wiring diagram examples
have been included to insure proper connections and ease of installation. Once the determination
has been made on specific facility requirements, please refer to the appropriate diagram(s) in this
section.
Please remember that facilities using multiple entrances/masters may likely require several different
wiring configurations depending on the functions and capabilities required at each entrance/master.
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Handset
Lobby Panel
Open Voice
Handset
Concierge
Open Voice
Standard Dialer
Standard Dialer w/ N.P.S.
No Phone Bill
No Phone Bill w/ Outside Dialing
Standard Dialer
Standard Dialer w/ N.P.S.
No Phone Bill
No Phone Bill w/ Outside Dialing
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Standard Dialer – Unrestricted Outside Dialing.
Standard Dialer – Limited Outside Dialing
Standard Dialer w/ N.P.S.
No Phone Bill - Unrestricted Outside Dialing
No Phone Bill - Limited Outside Dialing
Information on Open Voice Configurations
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N.P.S. = No Phone Service ( Dummy Phone Options)
O.D. = Outside Dialing (connectivity to a dedicated telephone line)
Assistance on additional information or custom requirements can be obtained from:
Alpha Communications
Technical Support
Monday through Friday
8:30am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time.
1 (800) 666-4800
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Lobby Panel w/Handset - Std. Dialer
When installing a handset for use with an AlphaEntry™ lobby panel use this wiring guide to
properly attach the handset and control unit to the RY008AE Board.
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Lobby Panel w/Handset - Std. Dialer
w/ N.P.S.* Option
When installing a handset on an AlphaEntry™ lobby panel or concierge system, use this wiring
guide to properly attach the handset and control unit to the RY008AE Board.
Additional RY008AE boards are added as needed for No Phone Service tenants. One board
controls eight Dummy Phones. Spare relays on the first board can be used as well to control
dummy phones if they are not needed for other controls/functions.
* No Phone Service
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Lobby Panel w/Handset – No Phone Bill
When installing a handset for use with an AlphaEntry™ lobby panel use this wiring guide to
properly attach the handset and control unit to the RY008AE Board.
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Lobby Panel w/Handset –No Phone Bill
w/Outside Dialing Capability
When installing a handset for use with an AlphaEntry™ lobby panel use this wiring guide to
properly attach the handset and control unit to the RY008AE Board.
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Lobby Panel w/Open Voice - Std. Dialer
When installing an AEMDFB open voice module on an AlphaEntry™ lobby panel, use this wiring
guide to properly attach the module to the RY008AE Board and the VVDTMF/VV100D decoder.
Note that the incoming C.O. telephone line connects to the computer’s modem Line IN
connection first and from there connects into the RY008AE board.
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Lobby Panel w/Open Voice - Std. Dialer
w/ N.P.S.* Option
This wiring diagram shows the proper hookup when connecting No Phone Service dummy
phones to AlphaEntry™. There may be 2 to 4 relays available for dummy phones on the existing
RY008A ( Board #1). Each dummy phone requires one relay. Up to 15 additional RY008A
boards can be chained on the same serial/power cable.
(15 x 8 = 120 maximum + available relays on Board #1)
* N.P.S. = No Phone Service
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Lobby Panel w/Open Voice – No Phone Bill
When installing an AEMDFB open voice module on an AlphaEntry™ lobby panel, use this wiring
guide to properly attach the module to the RY008AE Board and the VVDTMF/VV100D decoder.
Note that the incoming C.O. telephone line connects to the computer’s modem Line IN
connection first and from there connects into the RY008AE board.
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Lobby Open Voice - No Phone Bill w/
Outside Dialing Capability
This wiring diagram shows the proper hookup when connecting AlphaEntry™ to an in building
No Phone Bill system. In this configuration, calls can be made by either No Phone Bill
equipment or a dedicated telephone company line. Outside calls are limited by the programming
of the system.
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Concierge Handset Installations
STANDARD DIALER CONFIGURATION –Unrestricted Outside Dialing
If AlphaEntry™ will be used by a concierge, the Standard Dialer configuration allows the
concierge outside phone call capabilities as well as calls placed through AlphaEntry™ by simply
dialing from the attached telephone. The RY008AE Relay Board may not be required for this
application unless door release or switch console options will be used.
Calls placed to the concierge on this phone line will show up on the AlphaEntry™ display as
incoming calls. If the C.O. line has optional Caller ID capabilities then QwikID™ will display the
incoming phone number. If the calling phone is contained in the AlphaEntry™ database, the
incoming phone number will be displayed along with the Name and Suite number provided in
the contact's record. For more information on QwikID™ refer to Page 6.
STANDARD DIALER CONFIGURATION – Limited Outside Dialing
If the concierge is not to be allowed outside dialing except for phone numbers listed in the
AlphaEntry™ database, then the Lobby Panel w/Handset - Std. Dialer method on Page 33 is
recommended.
Please note that the RY008AE Relay Board will be required for this application.
STANDARD DIALER CONFIGURATION – w/ N.P.S. option
If the concierge is not to be allowed outside dialing except for phone numbers listed in the
AlphaEntry™ database, then the Lobby Panel w/Handset - Std. Dialer w/ N.P.S. method on
Page 34 is recommended. This will allow communication with all contacts listed in AlphaEntry™
including dummy phones for tenants with No Phone Service.
A conventional Phone may be used instead of the Alpha handset but will still be controlled ( to
prevent unauthorized dialing) by AlphaEntry™ if connected to the wires going to the Alpha
handset from relays 1 & 2. If the concierge requires unrestricted outside dialing then connect the
conventional phone to the Phone OUT jack of the modem. This would also allow incoming calls
to the concierge (ring down).
Please note that the RY008AE Relay Board will be required for this application.
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NO PHONE BILL CONFIGURATION – w/ Unlimited Outside Dialing
If the concierge is allowed to dial out to any number as well as phone numbers listed in the
AlphaEntry™ database, then the Lobby Panel w/Handset – No Phone Bill w/ Outside Dialing
Capability method on Page 36 is recommended.
Modifications to this wiring for concierge use would be to disregard wiring to relays 1 and 2
and connect the concierge full feature telephone to the Phone OUT jack of the modem. This
would allow regular use of the C.O. Line without intervention from AlphaEntry™ unless a No
Phone Bill call is made at which point AlphaEntry™ would take command of the phone. Ring
down to the concierge would be available by the tenants regular telephone dialing to the
concierge’s telephone number. A dedicated C.O. Phone line is required for this configuration.
The RY008AE Relay Board is required for this application
NO PHONE BILL CONFIGURATION – w/ Regulated Outside Dialing
If the concierge is not to be allowed outside dialing except for phone numbers listed in the
AlphaEntry™ database, then the Lobby Panel w/Handset – No Phone Bill w/ Outside Dialing
Capability method on Page 36 is recommended. A dedicated C.O. Phone line is required for this
configuration.
If ring down to the concierge is needed, then a separate phone without dialing capabilities
would be hooked to the incoming C.O. Lines before the RY008AE board.
The RY008AE Relay Board is required for this application
Concierge Stations with Open Voice Configurations
In the event of a Doorman or Concierge station that requires Open Voice configuration,
please refer to the wiring diagrams for Lobby Panels in the desired format. All Concierge
functions can be easily configured into the station by the software. Although outside dialing
through AlphaEntry™ is easily accomplished, unrestricted outside dialing would only be
available through a standard telephone connected into the system and controlled through the
Switch Console. For more information on this or other possible configurations please contact:
Alpha Communications – Technical Support
Monday through Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time
1 (800) 666-4800
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Appendices
Appendix A
Creating Your Own Custom Graphics
AlphaEntry™ allows you to add your own graphics as a background for your Welcome Screen.
Whether you want pictures of your building, a neighborhood map, a text message announcing an
event, rental information telephone numbers, advertising, or other ideas you may have, this can be
done quite easily following these guidelines.
A picture size of 1024 by 768 pixels or 800 by 600 pixels will fill the screen nicely and is the best size
for the display. AlphaEntry™ 2.5 now features automatic scaling of pictures for both 4:3 standard
and 16:9 wide screen format monitors making slideshow designing maintenance even simpler. If the
size you have chosen is not these exact dimensions, the image will be automatically adjusted for best
fit to your screen resolution.
When your pictures have been properly formatted, save them to the SlideShowPics Folder.
The graphics file default location is C:\Program Files\AlphaEntry\SlideShowPics.
If your “ Welcome Screen is a slide show” box is checked, all the images in that folder will rotate
in alphabetical order. If it is not checked only the picture that is first in the folder alphabetically will
be displayed.
You may wish to move images that you do not want to show into a new folder such as: C:\Program
Files\AlphaEntry\SavedPics
Image files with .bmp, .jpg, or .gif extensions can be used.
Use these same rules to create your scheduled welcome screens for holidays, events, or
announcements and then save them to C:\Program Files\AlphaEntry\SchedulePics.
When scheduled screens are used it will automatically suspend the slideshow during the date range
associated with the scheduled screen.
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Appendix B
The Event Log Viewer
Any activity on AlphaEntry™ creates a date/time stamp and stores it in the system event log. The
contact and event information is also saved at this time as you can see in the picture below. If a
camera is connected to an entry it will also store a still frame taken during any visitor initiated
session or tenant entry access attempt.
If AlphaEntry™ MailRoom™ is an installed option, package delivery and tenant pick-up times will
also be logged and viewable here.
The Event Log Viewer is a separate software application that can be installed in any computer that
has the ability to access the server, to enable authorized persons to view the calls placed at all entries.
If an entry is equipped with a connected camera, still shots of all visitors will also be included.
The Event Log Viewer software does not require a Dongle for operation which would enable a
security guards PC to monitor real time, or review previous, entry activities. When an event is
highlighted in red it indicates a failed access attempt. If an event with a still picture is selected, the
picture will display to the right of the log viewer in a larger format. Events are displayed in time
order and filtered by date. The count indicator displays the amount of events recorded on the
particular date.
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Appendix C
Open Voice Module Adjustments
There is a gain control on the back of the AEMDFB in the bottom left corner that can be adjusted
with a small screwdriver.
If the volume is too low turn the screw clockwise, if the volume is too high or if you hear a
pulsing volume level turn the screw counterclockwise until the pulsing stops.
The pulsing is caused by the switching of the VOX electronics between speaking and
listening and when the gain is set too high, the mic will hear the speaker and cut back and then not
hear the speaker and raise the level causing the pulsing. Because the acoustic and ambient noise of
each installation is different this “threshold level” will usually need to be adjusted for best operation.
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Appendix D
Accessing the AlphaEntry™ Database via Internet
If the computer that contains your AlphaEntry™ database has Internet access, you can allow your
database to be accessed over the Internet. This is useful for remotely updating the AlphaEntry™
database with new resident information, for allowing multiple entries to connect to a database from
outside of your local network, or for viewing the logs from a remote location.
To setup your network so you can access your SQL Server database from the Internet through you
need to have the following:
1) A network that has a public IP address that you can use on the Internet
2) Access to go into your firewall/router settings
Whenever you try to connect to your AlphaEntry™ database from any location on the Internet you
will need to enter your public IP address in the database login screen. If you do not know what your
public IP address is just go to the computer that you have your database on and open up the
following URL: http://www.alphamedia.net/cgi-bin2/ip.exe
NOTE: There is a difference between the IP address that you use to connect to your database on
your local network and the public IP address that you need to use on the Internet. If you try to login
to your database from the Internet (outside of your local network) with the IP address you use on
your local network, it will not work.
Once you know what you public IP address is you will then need to go into your firewall/router,
that you have your database behind and setup port forwarding. Basically what needs to be done is
any traffic that comes into your firewall/router on port 1433 (the default port number used by the
SQL Server) needs to be forwarded to the local IP that you have your SQL Server database running
on. For example, if the local IP address of your database is "192.168.1.100", then in your
firewall/router settings you will need to specify that any incoming traffic on port 1433 be forwarded
to "192.168.1.100".
IMPORTANT: the machine that the SQL Server database is located on may also have its own
personal firewall software on it for more security in addition to your hardware firewall. Many
different types of anti-virus packages have a software firewall in them that block any outside access
to the computer. Also, any versions of Microsoft Windows since XP(SP2) have the Windows
Firewall built into them. To allow access to your machine you will need to configure the personal
firewall software to allow traffic for the SQL Server database to be allowed to enter that machine.
Normally these settings are listed in an area called “Exceptions” in the personal firewall settings.
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Appendix E
Concierge – QwikID™ Caller Identification Feature
When the concierge is equipped as a standard dialer system and the dedicated phone line is equipped
with Caller ID and a CID capable modem, any call placed from a tenant (ring down) or outside
caller to the concierge will display on screen with QwikID™ unless this feature has been disabled in
the editor. If the caller has blocked the CID information from displaying, then QwikID™ will
indicate that the information was not available.
The feature works similarly to Caller ID, displaying the number and name of the calling party (if
available through the caller ID information). First, QwikID™ searches the AlphaEntry™ database
and if the calling number matches a tenant phone number in the database, the tenant name and suite
information is added. The actual tenant phone number is not displayed for privacy reasons. In
addition the call is time and date stamped. All incoming calls are added to an on-screen list which
can be viewed by the concierge (to remind him of the call in case follow-up is necessary). The calls
are also added to the system log. If an incoming number is not in the AlphaEntry™ database, the
phone number will be displayed and recorded as well.
Clicking on the green call button will automatically redial the calling number unless the Caller ID
information was unavailable.
Clicking on the red “X” button will remove the call from the list. A record of the call will remain in
the log.
If the tenant calling in has an associated picture in the system, the picture will pop up on the screen
as well to aid in concierge recognition of the tenant..
NOTE: It is recommended that if a tenant has blocked their outgoing Caller ID information and
uses a speed dial to call the concierge, they preface the number with *82 to temporarily unblock
their Caller ID information so their identity will be available to the system.
To disable this feature, check the Disable QwikID box located on the Editor’s Modem tab.
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Appendix F
Concierge – Call Forward Feature
This AlphaEntry™ feature allows a concierge to intercept calls from an entrance when they are
either screening visitors or wish to prevent calls from the entries to the tenants at a time when their
tenants would not want to be disturbed.
If this feature has been enabled by the administrator, There will be a tab near the top right of the
concierge screen which when clicked will alternate between ON or OFF
When this feature is on, all entries that have been enabled by this feature will operate in this manner:
Visitor selects tenant he wishes to call.
The call is automatically routed to the concierge.
The information pops up on the concierge screen identifying the calling entry as well as the
information for the tenant that the visitor wishes to contact.
At this point the concierge can speak with the visitor, contact the tenant for instructions if
necessary, and can open the door through the switch console to allow the visitor access.
AlphaEntry™ will operate in it’s normal fashion with visitors calling directly to the tenants with no
intervention from the concierge.
If a tenant wishes to always have his calls go to the concierge, then his contact button in his
record should contain the concierge’s phone number and the concierge can contact the tenant
for instructions through a second button on the concierge screen. The concierge will not have
an indication of who the visitor wishes to contact though and must obtain this information
from the visitor.
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Appendix G
Concierge –Package Tracking Feature
One of the many headaches of building management, is keeping track of incoming deliveries
to your tenants, notifying them, and keeping track of which packages have not been picked up yet.
AlphaEntry™ allows your doorman, concierge, or shipment receiver to manage resident
packages from their AlphaEntry™ station, and maintains a log of when deliveries are received in, as
well as when your tenant picks up their packages .
This feature gives your designated employee(s) the ability to display package arrivals to
residents through the entry panels, or at a concierge station depending on the needs of your facility.
AlphaEntry™ will even send emails and/or text messages automatically to your tenants when a
package arrives for them!
PACKAGE TRACKING EDITOR CONFIGURATION
All delivery types are selectable by the administrator in the Editor.
AlphaEntry™ comes with the
more common delivery types
installed already, however
additional custom types can be
added easily by the
administrator using the
package tracking Editor.
Please Note: If you have the
optional MailRoom™ display
monitor add-on, this Editor
page will be different and you
should refer to the
AlphaEntry™MailRoom™
manual supplied with the
additional program.
To add a new delivery type, click on
, enter the new name, and assign a new graphic
image to it. You may choose one of the included graphics or create your own. The requirements for
additional delivery type icons are that they are .png files sized 100 pixels wide by 100 pixels high.
If you see default delivery types that you do not see as being needed you may delete them using the
button, however, it may be a good idea to retain them for possible future needs.
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USING PACKAGE TRACKING FROM YOUR ALPHAENTRY™ STATION
The screen to the left shows a
typical entrance panel. Note the
package icon indicating that the
tenant has a package in the system
that needs to be picked up.
This icon can be configured to
display or not, depending on your
facilities needs.
With optional AlphaEntry™
MailRoom™ software, detailed
package information can be
displayed, along with local weather,
time and building announcements,
on additional monitors in your mail
room or common areas.
To Access Package Tracking through AlphaEntry™
Select the tenants name from the AlphaEntry™ call screen.
On the right side of the tenant’s call box, you will see a
package icon. If the tenant has packages in the system to be
picked up, the icon will display in color as shown to the left
with the number of packages shown below.
If there are currently no packages waiting for pickup, the
package icon will be gray but still clickable to add packages.
To Display Packages in the System for the Tenant
When the package icon is clicked on, a listing of current
packages for this tenant is displayed as shown to the left,
giving information on when the package was received and
from which carrier with the most recent package at the top.
The delivery time will display just the time if the package
was delivered today, show time and date if on a previous
date of the current year, or just the date if received in a
previous year.
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To ADD a Package
Select the delivery type from the drop down box as shown
to the left, then click the Add Package Button.
The system will immediately post the new package,
timestamp it, and log the transaction in the AlphaEntry™
Log file.
To close the package tracking window click on any other
part of the call box, or click cancel to close the entire call
box.
To DELETE a Package
In the event that a mistake is made when adding a package,
click on the line for the package you wish to Delete. Once it
is highlighted, two buttons will appear at the bottom of the
box.
Click the pink “Delete Selected Item” button. This will
remove the package from the list.
To Mark a Package as Picked Up
When a tenant receives his package(s), click on the line
for the package you wish to mark as picked up. Once it is
highlighted, two buttons will appear at the bottom of the
box.
Click the orange “Selected Item Picked Up”. This will
remove the package from the list and log when the
package was picked up.
If the tenant picks up all their packages, click the green
“Package Picked Up” button. This will remove all the
packages from the list, and log when the packages were
picked up.
AlphaEntry™ MailRoom™ is an optional add on module designed to seamlessly integrate with
your AlphaEntry™ products to provide display monitors in your mailrooms or other locations to alert
the tenants that they have packages awaiting pickup. AlphaEntry™ MailRoom™ is fully customizable
to suit the unique requirements and security concerns of your facility.
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