[sudo-access] RFID & Auto Door Opener?

Maureen Muldavin muldavin.m at gmail.com
Mon Jan 16 00:20:11 PST 2017

If you are working on RFID cards any possibility that the entrance to
sudo/ccl could get a card reader? Been wanting access control for

On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 11:46 PM, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:
> i brought in a wheelchair motor a while ago that I think could be made into
> a
> power door-opener pretty well.
> I can work on a proof-of-concept for that and then be able to show you what
> I
> mean, and then we can see if it will be good enough for our needs as opposed
> to
> spending $2800 on a "proper" door opener.
> as for the RFID cards, Alex and I have been working on implementing the card
> reader thing for a little while and I think I can add it to the front door
> pretty relatively easily.., and I guess i'll do that first, rather than
> trying
> to do a storage closet first?
> as always, if anyone wants to participate in this process they should
> definitely jump in, otherwise it's subject to my chaotic schedule.
> technical questions about making this happen should be sent to the access
> list
> and possibly the sudoroom list, but probably not the building list as it
> will
> be a major distraction if we get into the weeds of microcontroller boards
> and
> door server code...
> also, yes I do have the box of RFID stuff you ordered and i've been working
> on
> it~
> -jake
> On Sun, 15 Jan 2017, David Keenan wrote:
>> Hi Jake / access control folks -
>> So now that our front door is publicly labelled as accessible, we need to
>> install an automatic door opener & remote button (kickplate & hand-height
>> or a long bar) to make it legal.
>> Reason I bring this up to you guys is, the opener system will need to
>> integrate into our existing/future access control somehow. The quote I got
>> is $2800 (50% parts, 50% labor) for a package including the Open Sesame
>> Model 233 (brochure
>> <http://www.opensesamedoor.com/index_htm_files/open_sesame_brochure.pdf>,
>> spec
>> sheet <http://www.opensesamedoor.com/index_htm_files/specs_model233.pdf>),
>> made in San Leandro.
>> Also, some of us met last week re: sketching out Omni's accessibility
>> plan,
>> and Yar suggested this might be a good time to also implement RFID system
>> for the front door, if that was possible? In part because, proximity to an
>> RFID fob is more accessible than a card swipe which (after thinking about
>> it) I realized requires a pincing motion that is likely not ADA... because
>> of the excessive door opening pressure and iffy slope on the front
>> landing,
>> we need an RFID & auto-opener.
>> So -- I'm not sure if any more work has been done on the RFID systems I
>> put
>> in sudo a little while ago (stashed in under-stair storage area), might it
>> be possible to integrate these into the door opener? I note in the
>> brochure
>> they offer a keypad access option - perhaps an opportunity for 2-factor
>> authentication like Marc had talked about? Anyhow what do you guys think?
>> I apologize for not helping y'all more with a better access control system
>> (helping spaces post-ghostship consumed my bandwidth), but as there is now
>> renewed pressure I want to help as I can. Would installing a trial
>> RFID/throw on the Omni Office for example still be helpful towards getting
>> this nailed down? Lmk
>> Fwiw - I see the opener as pressing at this point not just 'cause its long
>> overdue, but because every day our front door is labelled as accessible
>> when it's technically not, is actually a not-insignificant liability issue
>> (accessibility lawsuit). Plus of course, we are still under scrutiny by
>> the
>> city, nimby neighbors trying to call us out for bogus reasons, etc etc.
>> And
>> per building code the front door must be made fully accessible before any
>> other accessibility work starts on the rest of the building - at some
>> point
>> an inspector's gonna notice since they all go through that door..anyhow.
>> Let me know how myself & those of us working on accessibility might be
>> able
>> to help -
>> Best,
>> David

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