Installation for Cinema Halls and Public event Halls

Published Sept 17, 2021( 5 min read )

Access to Cinema Halls and other public event halls are made easy and convenient with WiFiSecureAccess access control system. The current systems using tickets and manual checking can be eliminated by our syste. With our system installed, customers (public) can enter the hall by scanning the QRCode or NFC tag at the entry using their smart phone. Booking can also be enabled. Entry fee can be configured. Entry fee is charged to the credit card of the customer using Stripe system and the amount charged minus Strope fee is automatically credited to the owner of the cinema hall of the public event hall or organizer.

The WiFiSecureAccess controller is an inexpensive unit that is installed at the entry and exit gates. It gets cabled to the electric strike or the acuator installed on the door/gate. A scanner is installed at the entry door/gate for the customers to scan.

This blog explains how to install and configure WiFiSecureAccess Controller in cinema halls and public event halls.

We provide special installation support for those who want to install our Access Control Systems. Contact us by clicking the 'Contact' button on the top menu bar of this page.

Things we need

  1. WifiSecure Access Smart device - One unit at every gate
  2. Connecting cables and screw drivers
WiFiSecureAccess smart device can be purchased from eBay or Amazon.

Fig 1: WiFi Secure Access Smart Device

Step 1

Install Smart device at every entry and exit gate of the cinema hall or public event hall. These devices do not have to be exposed to the public and, therefore, they can be installed at a convenient safe location near the door/gate where WiFi is available. The smart device has two outputs - the solid state switch P0 and a relay output connector. Depending on the specification of the electric strike or actuator installed at the door/gate, either of these can be connected to it. If it is a door, install an electric strike on the door. If it is a gate, it must be having a manual pushbutton to open or close the gate. Connect the relay terminals COM and NO of the smart device to those push button terminals. It is assumed that the gate controller will close the gate automatically after opening.

Fig 2: Cabling External 12V loads to Smart device

Fig 2A: Cabling gates to Smart device

Fig 2B: Cabling Smart device to Gate/Shutter Door

Depending on what is conveniently available at this location, connect either 12V DC power or 240/110V AC power to the appropriate connectors of the device as marked in Fig 2B above. Make sure to put the power selector jumper on PJ1 depending on whether you have connected 12V power or 240/110 AC power to the device. These steps are also explained in section 2.2 of the Access Control documentation.

Once the cabling is completed successfully, power on the device. Then, follow the steps given in Section 2 (Installation) of the Access Control documentation to set its WiFi and to assign its ownership.

Do the above steps of installation for all the gates (entry as well as exit) of this parking lot. There should be one device at every entry gate and one device at every exit gate.

Step 2

Once the installation of the device at every door/gate is completed, we need to fix a QR code label or NFC Tags at every gate. Few QR code labels come with the device when you purchase these devices. Every device has its own unique QR code. You should not mix them up. If you need additional QR Code labels, you can print them. To print additional QR Code labels, click on 'Show QRCode Label' under Device Admin in the sidebar menu in the Dashboard. Then select the device. It will show that device's QRCode label. Save that image to your computer and then print that to the size you like. With appropriate printer, you can print them on any type of paper or material or laminate them.

If you are interested in using NFC Tags instead of QRCodes, refer to section 3.9 of the Access Control documentation.

Fix these QR Code labels or NFC Tags at every gate at a convenient location that can be accessed by motorists at the gate. If this location is outside and is exposed to rain, make sure to print QRCode on waterproof materials before installing. The drivers will be scanning this QRCode to open the boom gate or shutter door.

Step 3

Next steps are to configure Public Place and to configure devices. These steps are explained in setion 5 'Public access Places and Public Parking Lots' of the Access Control documentation. Make sure to select 'People Access' for Access Type when registering your public place or cinema halls.

Once the configuration is successdully completed, the access control system is ready to be commissioned. Public can see all registered cinema halls and public even halls in the WiFiSecureAccess app on their mobile phone and clicking the 'Show All Public Pl/Parking Lots on Map'. They will be able to see your cinema hall/Public Event hall on the google map and by clicking the marker on that hall, they can see current availability of seats. They can, then, either book a seat, hold a seat, or get directions to drive to that hall. At the entry door/gate, they scan the QR code or NFC Tag. They are prompted to enter their credit card details if this hall has an entry fee. If Stripe already has the credit card details of the customer, they will not be pronpted, but, instead, they will be shown the entry fee and Stripe charges that to their credit card. The amount minus the Stripe's fees is credited to the account of the owner of the parking lot immediately.

WifiSecureAccess provides several features that will help the owner of the cinema hall/public event hall to conveniently manage their parking. Most of these are explained in section 5 the Access Control documentation.

WifiSecureaccess keeps records of parking for 30 days and the owner of the parking lot can see that online by clicking 'Access/Parking records' button in Public Pl/Parking lot admin page. Section 10.4 of the documentaion also provides a way for the owner of the hall to copy entry records to their local machine for keeping records for longer time as well as for any detailed analysis with their dedicated software.

We provide special installation support for those who want to install our access control system. Contact us by clicking the 'Contact' button on the top menu bar of this page.