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Finally and Australian Electronic Access Control Standard confirmed

Standards Australia has finalised the adoption of the IEC 60839-11-1:2013 & 60839-11-2: 2014 series for Alarm and electronic security systems and it will be known as:

AS/NZS IEC 60839.11.1:2019 Part 11.1: Electronic access control systems –
System and components

AS/NZS IEC 60839.11.2:2019 Part 11.2: Electronic access control systems –
Application Guidelines

The International Electrotechnical Commission is an international standards
organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical,
electronic, and related technologies; of which EL-031/TC79/WG11 activity
participates in.

To promote international uniformity, the Australian/New Zealand standard is
transparent to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 60839-11-1:2013
& 60839-11-2:2014.

Standards are voluntary documents that set out specifications, procedures and
guidelines that aim to ensure products, services, and systems are safe, consistent,
and reliable.

The Australia/New Zealand standard was approved by the joint technical committee
EL-031/TC79 on the 12th of November 2019 and published 20 December 2019.

The EL-031/TC79 aim and goal is to boost confidence in our Australian
manufacturers by ensuring the products are safe, reliable and fit-for-purpose, to
enhance innovation by creating a launch pad for new ideas that reflect the latest
technology and innovations.

To give Australian manufacturers a competitive advantage here and abroad; by
complying with international standards consumers know the product is safe and
reliable. This competitive edge is valuable to manufacturers to reduce their barriers to
international trade. Standards reduce red tape by offering an alternative to other
regulations, but still providing a safe and reliable product that can help businesses
grow by assisting with risk mitigation and compliance.

Australian EL-031/TC79/WG 11 continue to work with and collaborate with the IEC
on new standards including OSDP and Internet Connectivity that may also be
adopted by AS/NZS standards in the future.

AS/NZS IEC 60839 11.1:2019, describes the general requirements and
functionalities of electronic access control systems (EACS) for use in security

An electronic access control system consists of one or more components that when
interconnected meet the functionality criteria stated in this standard.
This standard defines different security grades and the functionalities of the access
control system associated with each of these grades. It includes also the minimum
environmental and EMC compliance criteria as applicable for components of the
electronic access control system in every grade.
When a part of an electronic access control system forms a part of an alarm system
that part shall also fulfil the relevant requirements of the applicable IEC standards.
Functions additional to the mandatory functions specified in this standard may be

included in the electronic access control system providing they do not prevent the
requirements of this standard from being met.
This international standard also applies to access control systems sharing means of
recognition, detection, triggering, interconnection, control, communication, alert
signalling and power supplies with other applications. The operation of an access
control system should not be adversely influenced by other applications.
An electronic access control system may consist of any number of access points.
This standard addresses the security grade classification of each access point.
Compliance of the individual component parts of the electronic access control system
can be assessed to this standard provided all relevant requirements are applied.

AS/NZS IEC 60839-11-2: Application Guidelines:

This standard describes the general requirements for planning, installation,
operation, maintenance, and documentation for the application of electronic access
control systems. (EACS)

The performance of the EACS is determined by the security grades allocated to the
access points. A risk assessment that identifies the risks and perceived threats
should first be carried out to establish the appropriate security grades.
Four security grades are available based upon the knowledge and tools available to
a person intent upon gaining unauthorised access and the type of application,
considering specific organisational aspects and the value of the assets.

Separate guidance is provided for each activity along with recommendations for the
documentation needed. A brief description of each section covering the activities is
provided below:

System planning: this section is intended to assist the designer with the selection of
an electronic access control system (EACS) that provides the control of access and security integrity commensurate with the value of the assets requiring protection and the associated risks.

System design: should minimise potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited to
circumvent the access control measures. It is recommended that safeguards are
incorporated to give early warning of attempts to circumvent the access control

System Installation: this section is intended to help those responsible for installing
the EACS by identifying issues which should be considered prior to commencing the
installation and during the installation of the system in order to ensure the EACS is
correctly implemented as specified during the system planning.

Commissioning and System Handover: this section provides guidance to ensure
the level of performance required in the system planning is obtained and that the end
user is provided with the necessary documentation, records and operating
instructions during the handover of the EACS.

System Operation and Maintenance includes information regarding the
responsibilities of the end user of the EACS to ensure the system is operated
correctly and adequately maintained.

It covers inspection, service, and the use of remote diagnostics in order that the level of performance determined during the system planning stages can be maintained.

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