Glossary for Otis Compass - Otis Compass 3.2

Otis Compass Destination Dispatch Plugin Guide 3.2

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access control unit

An access control unit entity represents an intelligent access control device, such as a Synergis™ appliance or an HID network controller, that communicates directly with the Access Manager over an IP network. An access control unit operates autonomously when it is disconnected from the Access Manager.
Also known as: door controller

access rule

An access rule entity defines a list of cardholders to whom access is either granted or denied based on a schedule. Access rules can be applied to secured areas and doors for entries and exits, or to intrusion detection areas for arming and disarming.


In Security Center, an area entity represents a concept or a physical location (room, floor, building, site, and so on) used for grouping other entities in the system.

Area activities

The Area activities task is an investigation task that reports on access control events pertaining to selected areas.


A cardholder entity represents a person who can enter and exit secured areas by virtue of their credentials (typically access cards) and whose activities can be tracked.

Cardholder activities

The Cardholder activities task is an investigation task that reports on cardholder activities, such as access denied, first person in, last person out, antipassback violation, and so on.

cardholder group

A cardholder group is an entity that defines the common access rights of a group of cardholders.

Destination Entry Computer

A Destination Entry Computer (DEC), also known as a terminal, is a point of entry in a destination dispatch system. A cardholder gains access to an elevator from a DEC, which is located at an elevator landing.

Destination Entry Computer (DEC)

Acronym: DEC

Destination entry devices

A destination entry device refers to the devices in an Otis CompassPlus™ Destination Management system related to entry; including the Destination Entry Computers (DEC) and the Destination Entry Redirectors (DER).

Destination entry devices (DED)

Acronym: DED

Destination Entry Redirector

The Destination Entry Redirector (DER) is a redirector that manages the network routes of the Otis CompassPlus™ Destination Management system.

Destination Entry Redirector (DER)

Acronym: DER

Destination Entry Server

A Destination Entry Server (DES) is a server that controls a group of Destination Entry Computers (DECs) in the Otis CompassPlus™ Destination Management system. For failover purposes, the CompassPlus™ system might also have standby servers.

Destination Entry Server (DES)

Acronym: DES


An elevator is an entity that provides access control properties to elevators. For an elevator, each floor is considered an access point.

Elevator activities

The Elevator activities task is an investigation task that reports on elevator related activities, such as access denied, floor accessed, unit is offline, hardware tamper, and so on.

Federation™ host

The Federation™ host is the Security Center system that runs Federation™ roles. Users on the Federation™ host can view and control entities that belong to federated systems directly from their local system.

Global Destination Entry Computer

A Global Destination Entry Computer (DEC), is a point of entry in the Otis CompassPlus™ Destination Management system that can manage the elevator dispatch settings of multiple elevator groups. Global DECs are located at elevator landings where cardholders can access different groups of elevators, such as a lobby. Global DECs send elevator dispatch requests to a Destination Entry Redirector (DER), which forwards the request to the correct elevator group.

Otis Compass activities

The Otis Compass activities task is an investigation task that reports on the entities and events related to the Otis CompassPlus™ Destination Management system.


A reader is a sensor that reads the credential for an access control system. For example, this can be a card reader, or a biometrics scanner.


A schedule is and entity that defines a set of time constraints that can be applied to a multitude of situations in the system. Each time constraint is defined by a date coverage (daily, weekly, ordinal, or specific) and a time coverage (all day, fixed range, daytime, and nighttime).

Security Center

Security Center is a truly unified platform that blends IP video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition, intrusion detection, and communications within one intuitive and modular solution. By taking advantage of a unified approach to security, your organization becomes more efficient, makes better decisions, and responds to situations and threats with greater confidence.

Schindler PORT Elevator

The Schindler PORT Elevator plugin integrates the Schindler PORT Technology destination dispatch system into Security Center. Using this plugin, you can manage and monitor your elevator systems and cardholders in Security Center.