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AccessPoint is an equipment access control system that can be fitted to any electrically powered device, but is particularly well suited to stand-alone, mobile or remote plant equipment. Using Smartcard technology, AccessPoint physically prevents machinery from being used at the frontline by people who are not licensed and authorized to operate it.

To ensure accountability, AccessPoint records who accessed the equipment and when.

Why is this so important?

  • Hazardous Machinery will negatively impact the business if used inappropriately.
  • Failure to comply with OSHA legislation may result in legal action against your company.

AccessPoint can be fitted to any equipment powered from 5 to 415V, AC or DC. Therefore the same access control system can be used for all equipment on your site or in your plant and operators only need to carry one equipment access card. It is even compatible with some building access cards.

  • Storage of the last 200 users and their start/stop times, which can be downloaded wirelessly for continuous tracking.
  • The ability to set recertification/maintenance intervals, which can also optionally lock the equipment out if exceeded.
  • Works with any electrically powered equipment running on 5 to 415V, AC or DC.
  • Compatible with site access systems.
  • Seamless integration with various data logging products.
  • Simple tracking of user certification status and expiration dates.
  • See runhours of all AccessPoint devices within range from any Bluetooth device.
  • Software to manage user card administration via drag and drop operation is web-based and very simple to use.

AccessPoint Crane Kit - 1 (APP100)

Part No. APP100
Input Voltage 5-10VDC
Inputs E-Stop
Heartbeat Outputs 1 logic level 1 open collector (100mA)
Applications Battery powered equipment
Dimensions of interface board N/A - Wiring harness only

AccessPoint Crane Kit - 2 (APP101)

Part No. APP101
Input Voltage 5-10VDC
Inputs E-Stop
Heartbeat Outputs 1 logic level 1 open collector (100mA)
Applications HBC Spectrum Remote Control
Dimensions of interface board N/A - Wiring harness with E-Stop switch only

AccessPoint Pendant Kit (APP102)

Part No. APP102
Input Voltage 12-240 VAC/DC
Inputs E-Stop
Outputs 2 Relays (0.5A)- EStop and Start
Applications Crane Pendants
(Should only be used in approved insulated enclosures)
Interface board size
(L x W x H in mm)
54 x 40 x 25

Vehicle Kit (APP103)

Part No. APP103
Input Voltage 8-36 VDC
Inputs E-Stop Heartbeat
Outputs 1 relay, NO/NC (10A)
Applications Forklifts, Light vehicles, PLC based equipment
Interface board size
(L x W x H in mm)
66 x 49 x 36

Door Kit (APP105)

Part No. APP105
Input Voltage 7-24 VDC
Inputs None
Outputs Door Strike Interface
Applications Doors to store rooms, tool stores, hazardous equipment boxes etc (Lock supplied separately.)
Interface board size
(L x W x H in mm)
51 x 19 x 11

Fixed Equipment Kit (APP106)

Part No. APP106
Input Voltage 110-440VAC
Inputs EStop
Start Outputs 2 x 440V, 16A solid state relays
Applications 3-phase contactor started machines or single phase switched circuit equipment where the board can be mounted internally (Should only be used in approved insulated enclosures)
Interface board size
(L x W x H in mm)
89 x 60 x 43

Fixed Equipment Kit, Case Type 1 (APP107)

Part No. APP107
Input Voltage 110-440VAC
Inputs None (all prewired)
Outputs 2 x 440V, 16A solid state relays
Applications Single phase machines without an existing push-button E-Stop
Interface case size
(L x W x H in mm)
120 x 80 x 103

Fixed Equipment Kit, Case Type 2 (APP116)

Part No. APP116
Input Voltage 110-440VAC
Inputs None (all prewired)
Outputs 2 x 440V, 16A solid state relays
Applications 3-phase contactor started machines or single phase switched circuit equipment with separate start and E-Stop buttons (e.g. break out machines)
Interface case size
(L x W x H in mm)
105 x 74 x 40

PC Kit (APP108)

Part No. APP108
Input Voltage 5V (USB)
Inputs None
Outputs None
Applications Computers controlling other machinery. (AccessPoint enables the mouse and keyboard.)
Interface USB dongle size
(L x W x H in mm)
65 x 24 x 14

AccessPoint Manager Software Licence (APL100)

Reader kit is supplied with the first year's subscription.
Part No. APL100

AccessPoint Cards (APC100)

Programmable RFID card for use with AccessPoint.

Note: Custom artwork can be arranged at no additional cost although minimum order quantities apply.
Part No. APC100

Link-2 USB Bluetooth Modem (LINK2)

Long range USB Bluetooth modem for configuring Whiting Passport devices using a laptop computer (laptop not supplied).
Part No. Link-2

Dual Card Holder and Lanyard Set (APCH10)

AccessPoint Dual Card Holder and Lanyard Set (APCH10)

Card holder for 2-3 cards that are locked in place by a semi-removable tab. Comes with a lanyard.
Part No. APCH10


AccessPoint PUCK

The new AccessPoint Puck enclosure is made of glass filled nylon (Tested in accordance to UL94). Prior to May 2012, the enclosure was made from cast epoxy resin.

Dimensions of the AccessPoint PUCK are provided in the following diagram.

AccessPack PUCK

Interface Boards

 Length (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)
Crane radio No board - wiring harness only
Crane pendant board 54 40 25
Fixed equipment board (no case) 89 60 43
Fixed equipment board (case type 1) 120 85 103
Fixed equipment board (case type 2) 105 75 40
Vehicle board (in case) 66 49 36
Door board 51 19 11
PC Dongle 65 25 14
VFD No board - wiring harness only


Control Puck

V(in) Supply Voltage 4   8 VAC
L(in) Supply Current 6 7 90* mA
Start Up Button Output Current   10   mA
  Operating Temperature -40   85# °C

*only when communicating via Bluetooth
# Extended operation at maximum temperature will reduce device life.

Crane Pendant Board, APP102

V(in) Supply Voltage 18   55 VAC
Relay Output 1 Current     500 mA
Relay Output 1 Voltage     60 VAC
Relay Output 1 Power     10 W
Relay Output 2 Current     500 mA
Relay Output 2 Voltage     60 VAC
Relay Output 2 Power     10 W

Vehicle Board, APP103

V(in) Supply Voltage 8   36 VDC
Relay Output (NO) Current     10 A
Relay Output (NO) Voltage     36 VDC

Door Board, APP104

V(in) Supply Voltage 8   24 VDC
Relay Output Current     8 A
Relay Output (NO) Voltage     36 VDC

Fixed Equipment Board, APP106/APP107/APP116

V(in) Supply Voltage 32   240 VAC
Relay Output (NO) Current   8 A  
Relay Output (NO) Voltage 24   440 VAC

PC Dongle, APP108

V(in) Supply Voltage 4 5 6 VDC (USB)

AccessPoint on a Demag DRC-10

LockBox introduction

AccessPoint on a bench grinder

TagOut Demonstration


Basic configuration


Advanced configuration




Vehicle configuration


The fixed equipment board


Impact Testing


Upgrading Firmware

How does AccessPoint work?

An AccessPoint device is fitted to the machine and programmed with the machine's information and location. Machines will only work when the user swipes the AccessPoint with a valid RFID card. Users are automatically logged off when equipment is stationary, idle or stopped.

What sorts of equipment can I fit AccessPoint to?

Anything that runs or starts from electricity (including hydraulics) and has a start, stop, or power switch. This includes battery powered equipment and mobile machinery.

Is there anything I can’t fit AccessPoint to?

The minimum requirements for running an AccessPoint is 30mA at 5V. So some battery equipment that uses 2 x AA batteries (e.g. some small crane radios) can’t be fitted with AccessPoint, as there is not enough power to make a Bluetooth connection. Also, the batteries are depleted so quickly that it makes the device unusable. The good news is that in almost all circumstances, inexpensive alternatives are available that have bigger battery packs.

The device must also use some kind of electrical start.

How does AccessPoint differ from other access control systems?

Traditional access control hardware relies on communication between the access control point and a central management computer. AccessPoint, on the other hand, is a standalone system with all the information required to grant/deny access contained on the user’s RFID card. Thus, it also works on remote and mobile plant equipment for which it just isn’t feasible or possible to have a permanent connection (be it wireless or wired) to a central database.

We already have access cards for site access, can we use them with AccessPoint?

Yes, if your cards use the same technology as AccessPoint (MIFARE 14443 A/B) then we will work with your vendor to integrate AccessPoint. If your cards use different technology, then your existing vendor can supply you with dual technology cards that work seamlessly with both systems.

How does AccessPoint detect when someone has stopped using the equipment?

AccessPoint has programmable motion sensors and some very clever programming to tell when a human is no longer moving the equipment.

Additionally, AccessPoint can wire into Stop button pushes/floor pressure mats/light beams/seat switches etc... to detect when the operator has moved away from the equipment.

Can I use AccessPoint to manage recertification requirements?

Yes, all access permissions can have an associated expiration date. The AccessPoint hardware has a calendar chip and will reject a card if a permission has expired.

How easy is it to install?

AccessPoint has a standard 22mm threaded shank. It is a drop in replacement for most standard industrial switches. After that, you just give it power and connect it to whatever switch circuit you want to control.

Can I mount the AccessPoint outside?

Yes, the AccessPoint puck is rated to IP65. Everything else is located internally within the equipment being protected.

Do I need to know up front what equipment I might want to fit AccessPoint to?

No, but it helps. You can definitely order and commission units one at a time if you want to. Identifying as many potential AccessPoint candidates as possible when setting up the first AccessPoint can significantly reduce the time to commission future units. Identifying groups of equipment and users will make administration easier. You will need to know what type of equipment you are going to fit the AccessPoint to prior to delivery.

How do I know which model to order?

AccessPoint models vary only in the additional cable assembly or hardware board used to wire the device to the protected equipment’s power supply and control circuitry. Details of currently available models can be found on the AccessPoint webpage. You can also fill in the Configuration Sheet, email it to and we’ll advise you on which model suits your equipment. If none of these current models seem to suit, contact us. We almost certainly will be able to come up with a new variant that meets your requirements.

How do I configure AccessPoint devices?

AccessPoint can be configured wirelessly using a laptop fitted with a Link-2 long range Bluetooth modem and running our FSU application. We don’t recommend using existing Bluetooth modems in your PC or smart-phone as these aren’t sufficiently reliable for configuration purposes. The good news is that we supply one free Link-2 with your first order and the latest FSU software is always available for free download from the AccessPoint webpage.

How do I get information from the AccessPoint device?

Some information (e.g. run hours) is available by simply making a Bluetooth connection to the device from your smart-phone. To access the list of the last 200 users you currently need to connect to it with a laptop, connect to it using the Link-2 and FSU application and then download the data. Smart-phone apps for Android and Iphone will be coming soon to allow you to view and download data without a laptop.

How do I configure User cards?

You will need a license of the AccessPoint software manager (which comes with a card reader in your first year) and a computer connected to the internet. Programming cards is then simple, using drag and drop functionality.

What if I lose a card or it is stolen?

Programming a new card only takes a couple of minutes. However, we recommend that you always program an expiratiom date for every card so that it if it is lost or stolen, the card will eventually expire. When you replace a lost card that has not yet expired, you should give it a slightly different name so you can always differentiate between the original lost/stolen card and a new one. Many customers chose to print or attach the user’s photo to the card so that it is obvious when someone is using a stolen card.

Can I use AccessPoint in hazardous areas?

AccessPoint is not currently certified for use in hazardous areas. However, it can be installed in a suitable glass fronted enclosure and card swiping will still work.

What about system reliability?

We have tried to make AccessPoint as tough and reliable as possible. Check out our YouTube videos to see how we tested our prototypes.

But let’s be realistic. You will never improve reliability by adding complexity. However, the additional uptime gained by preventing access to untrained operators (and from general users taking greater care with the equipment) far outweighs any downtime due to failure of the AccessPoint. The failures we have seen tend to be caused by equipment being dropped violently or when the power supply is subjected to very large voltage spikes.

What frequencies does AccessPoint use?

The Bluetooth radio uses 2.4GHz and the RFID is at 13.5MHz (very short range).