DSX System Design Guide

Software Overview

The WinDSX Access Control Software is the latest in Windows™ applications. The software was created to be feature loaded and still maintain the ease of use that DSX has always provided. It combines the standard features you expect from DSX with many new features, more power and added flexibility.

The WinDSX System is scalable from a single PC to an Enterprise solution. A single PC and single Controller can grow into 999 PCs with thousands of Controllers. With its wide variety of features the WinDSX system is flexible enough to fit almost any application.

PC Requirements details the minimum hardware requirements of the PCs used to run WinDSX and WinDSX SQL. This document details the Operating Systems and and Server Platforms that DSX will work with. Click here for more info.

WinStart and WinStart SQL are the software starter kits. Unlike the upgrade version of software these starter kits come with the 3 ring technical binder and separately bound copies of the User Manual and quick reference cards. Click here for more info.

Standard Features

This section covers in detail the standard features of WinDSX and WinDSX-SQL versions of software.

WinDSX Standard Features List. Click here for the list of features inherit to the WinDSX System.

Anti-Passback allows the system to track the in and out status of the card holders. When implemented - if an access code is In, it will only be granted access at an Out device. When an access code is Out, it will only be granted access at an In device. WinDSX provides all three forms of Anti-Passback; Hard, Soft, and Timed. Click here for more information.

Building Automation - The WinDSX Software is capable of controlling a number of Building functions. Equipped with time, date, day of week, user, and event driven relay outputs the system can virtually control anything that is electrical in nature or can be controlled with a switch or timer. Most buildings have a vast electrical system that supports lights, signs, fountains, HVAC, Elevators and more. All of these can be controlled by DSX. Click here for more information.

Photo ID Badging is an integral part of the WinDSX System. WinDSX has full badge capabilities without any additional hardware. The system allows for all Card Holder pictures to be captured by virtually any source and imported into the system. The system will print to any Windows compatible card printer. Click here for more information. Click here for a features list. Click here for the CamKit specification.

Backup SQL Server accommodation is now an inherit feature of WinDSX SQL. Two different SQL Servers can be defined along with their respective Shared Folders. Click here for more information.

The Custom Card Holder Report Writer can create a number of reports listing the system card holders and their information. The reports can include all card holder information as well as all code / card data. The
card holders included in the report can be obtained by an almost endless number of searches and search criteria. The data contained in the report is user selected as well as the output of the report which can be
printed, viewed and exported.  Click here for more information.

Custom History Reports provide the ability for the customer to run reports based on time, date, event, door, person and more. There is an extensive amount of criteria that can be used to include and exclude historical data to and from this report. Reports can be saved and scheduled to run and can even be emailed. Click here for more information.

WinDSX was designed and engineered for the Central Monitoring of multiple Locations using dial-up modems, direct serial port connections, and/or TCP/IP communications. Click here for more information.

Floor Select Elevator Control is fully supported in WinDSX and is capable of providing full elevator security. Whether you want to secure the Car Call buttons on each floor and/or the Floor Select Buttons in each Cab, WinDSX is the right solution. Click here for more information.

The Guard Tour feature is a great addition to any proprietary guard service. It allows the user to define specific routes, or tours, for the guard to take with time restrictions. The guard, in making his rounds, must check-in at predetermined Tour Stations within specified times. If the guard fails to check-in at the specified time, an alarm is generated at the PC. All activity is automatically logged to the computer's hard disk for later reporting. Click here for more information.

HVAC After Hours Zone Control feature can be used in multi-tenant buildings to control and monitor the after hours use of heating and cooling systems in each tenant space. Click here for more information.

Incremental Downloads are just a normal part of the WinDSX Software. Changes are automatically downloaded to the field controllers. Click here for more information.

Key Tracking provides the ability to create a database that catalogs each key in the location. (We are referring to the conventional metal keys used to unlock doors). Each Key has a name, door description, key type, pinning, and notes field. Click here for more information.

Controllers can perform Local (within a controller) as well as Global (throughout a Location) I/O Linking. Linking is very flexible with many capabilities. Inputs can link to other inputs, outputs and/or to time zones. Outputs can link to other outputs, inputs and/or to time zones. Codes can link to inputs, outputs, and/or time zones to control their armed and on/off states. Click here for more information. 

WinDSX Time and Attendance gathers clock “In” and “Out” times for each user. The operator can then run reports based on the clock “In” and “Out” times of each employee. These reports provide the total number of hours worked per day for each employee and a total number of hours Worked for the report period. Reports can be printed or saved to a file. Click here for more information.

Administration of Visitors is a seamless feature of the WinDSX System. Visitors can be added to the system and tracked through the secure premises. Reports can be generated showing the Visitors card use and who they came to visit. Just as with most features in WinDSX, Visitor Management can be implemented and deployed in a number of different ways. Click here for more information.

“Who is In” is an extremely important piece of data in a critical life safety situation. Knowing “Who is In” has become a requirement for more and more systems in the past few years. Easy to use, the report requires
just a click of the mouse on the “Who is In” icon located on the database toolbar or from an input trip of a field controller. Click here for more information.

Advanced Features

Advanced Features may require additional setup and configuration. Some of the Advanced Features must be enabled in the USB Features Key prior to using. If you already have a USB Features Key, new features can be added to it over the phone by DSX Technical Support

Active Directory Authentication WinDSX SQL can now utilize complex logins and passwords facilitated by Active Directory in Windows™. Click here for more information.

WinDSX can now be secured using AES 256-bit Encryption. The encryption can be implemented between the communication server and the field controllers and between communication server and workstations. Click here for more information.

Alarm Email and Text Message Notification. Alarms can now be emailed using an SMTP Server. Location, Device, and Inputs can be individually selected to send notification to Email Groups on Alarm. Email Groups can be one or multiple people each with a Time Zone that determines when the alarm can be emailed to that person. Click here for more information.

Alarm Echo and Remote Control are two very powerful features of WinDSX. One allows offsite monitoring of alarms and the other allows remote login and control. Alarm Echo is started automatically by Time Zone for a time of day and day of week scheduled operation. Once the Time Zone that enables Alarm Echo becomes active the Comm Server PC at the Remote site will forward selected alarms to a WinDSX Comm Server at a DSX Central Monitoring Site. Click here for more information.

Hot Swap Comm Servers is an application that is enabled in the USB Features Key. It is a means of having a backup comm server configured and running. When the primary Comm Server fails the backup Comm Server takes over and communicate to all field controllers as well as the Client PCs. Click here for more information on HSCS. Click here for the UL1076 document.

Image ReCall and Card Control is a feature where Card Holder image can be displayed automatically by a card read at a predetermined reader. It can be displayed manually by clicking on the card read event. Once the Image is displayed it can be used to start a search on that person or it can be used to enable or disable their card. Click here for more information.

Startup Map is a new feature that allows Workstation to display a map at startup. This can be used where the Map is to always be displayed such as on large monitors in a security office. Click here for more information.

Accountability Tools / Reports is a complete list of the accountability reporting features that are in the WinDSDX SQL software package. These tools include Device Locator, All Devices Per Card Holder, Access Level Audit, High Security Area Logging. Click here for more information.

WinDSX on a WAN or WWW is a diagram of one way to use a WAN or the Internet as an integral part of the communications backbone from the Comm Server PC to the location field controllers. Click here for more information.