SiPass Entro

SiPass Entro - an introduction

SiPass Entro is a very scalable, flexible, and user-friendly access control system that can monitor and control access to facilities up to 512 doors and 40,000 cardholders. It enables customized access rights by categories and offers a complete range of reports. System configuration is simple and an extensive range of readers and cards options are available.

SiPass Entro struktura sistema

A security system you can count on

Due to our focus on providing customers with a complete and integrated security portfolio, SiPass Entro is designed with interoperability and scalability as key characteristics of the systems.

As a result, SiPass Entro provides a full set of standard access control features along with connectivity both to Siemens' own SISTORE DVR range and to virtually any intrusion alarm system. It also provides a seamless upgrade path to our advanced access control system, SiPass integrated.

Access rights can be easily customized and managed by categories. The system provides a complete range of reports and can handle a large number of external controls, including elevator control, alarm outputs, machine control and fire alarm inputs. The user-friendly software includes a visual template design tool for designing and printing photo ID cards. Integration with video surveillance and intrusion detection systems is also possible, and there is an open TCP/ IP interface to communicate with other systems, such as accounting and time and attendance.

Access control that's as easy as 1-2-3

The easy and quick installation as well as the quality of the system makes SiPass Entro a cost-effective choice by any installer.


  • Cost-efficient and reliable system
  • Wide range of compatible readers
  • Photo ID card design and printing
  • Anti-passback and roll call
  • Extensive range of external controls
  • Intrusion detection system management
  • Integration with SISTORE DVRs
  • Easy to integrate with third-party systems


SiPass Entro is a cost-efficient and reliable access control system. Once it is up and running, the system administrator only has to add and delete cards/tags as employees come and go. The system runs on its own without the need for a server or PC, which makes it very low-maintenance and therefore perfect for organizations that don't have dedicated security personnel on site.

SiPass Entro is well suited both for small and medium-sized businesses in sectors such as retail, manufacturing and services, as well as for larger, multi-site companies. It is also a popular choice in office buildings, schools, hospitals and residential complexes. Since the system was launched in 1997, approximately 10,000 systems have been installed, monitoring more than 100,000 doors around the world.
SiPass Entro interfaces towards almost any intrusion detection system via the use of hard-wired inputs and outputs. When the two systems are connected, SiPass Entro manages the arming and disarming of the intrusion detection system and stores comprehensive feedback about these activities in its event log.

SiPass Entro provides a unique and very smart video recording capability when used in combination with Siemens' SISTORE digital video recorders. Up to 16 SISTORE DVRs and 128 cameras can be connected to SiPass Entro without the need for an additional PC or a server.
SiPass Entro supports Windows Terminal Server (TS) 2003/2008, which enables multi-site card management from a central location. This arrangement is ideal for distributed organizations such as retail chains.

The integrated room reservation function in SiPass Entro works via the Internet and/ or one or more InfoPoint terminals. The doors to the bookable facilities or rooms are kept locked and will only unlock when a cardholder with a valid booking presents his or her card.

Software and system functions

The following features are the ones that customers tend to find the most interesting:


SiPass Entro includes easy-to-use,Windows-based software. Simplicity and clear operation principles virtually eliminate the chance of mistakes, thereby improving security. If an organisation only has one site, it may choose to simply install the SiPass Entro software on a standard PC. Organisations with multiple sites, however, will likely prefer to install the software on Windows Server 2003/2008.

The PC can be connected to the SiPass Entro system via direct cable, LAN, the Internet or a modem, which means that SiPass Entro can fit any infrastructure and even be managed remotely from any location.

The PC connection is required only for adding, modifying or deactivating cards and producing reports. In all other respects SiPass Entro is a fully autonomous system with all the data needed for operation stored in the segment controllers.

SiPass Entro supports various operating authorisations � for example, reception personnel may be authorised only to handle card activation while administrators are authorised to implement basic modifications of the system.
SiPass integrated offers system operators the opportunity to create multiple audit-trail windows to filter events. The audit-trail logging also ensures that all database changes are logged in full detail. The exact changes are both logged and displayed on screen, including a record of the operator who made them. This functionality makes SiPass integrated very well suited for market segments in which there are strict requirements for traceability. SiPass integrated versions since MP2.4 can be used to build access control systems that are compliant with 21 CRF Part 11.

The advanced interlocking functionality in SiPass Entro enables you to set up an interlocking zone which will ensure that when one door in the zone is unlocked or open, the other door(s) in that zone remain locked and closed. This functionality is particularly useful in cashier rooms, for example, where all doors to the area should remain locked when the safe is open.

SiPass Entro is invaluable in an emergency such as a fire alarm. The system administrator can specify in advance which doors to unlock when the emergency exit input is activated, rather than simply unlocking all doors and risking the theft of unprotected assets.
Alarm bypass and alarm control functions are particular advantages of SiPass Entro. It's easy to define alarm zones using the SiPass Entro software. At each reader or door assigned to an alarm zone, the intrusion detection system can be armed or disarmed via the use of dual-purpose readers for both access control and intrusion detection. SiPass Entro's Alarm Status Feedback (ASF) function can indicate the status (armed/disarmed) of the zone at any reader in the zone (via the red reader LED) and adjust the security levels accordingly.

In applications that include SISTORE DVRs, the SiPass Entro software fully integrates the DVRs into the access control system, which makes eventtriggered recording very easy. Up to 16 SISTORE DVRs and 128 cameras can be connected to SiPass Entro without the need for an additional PC or a server.

SiPass Entro also includes an open TCP/IP interface to communicate with other systems, such as accounting and time and attendance.

Hardware components and architecture

The following features are the ones that customers tend to find the most interesting:


The segment controller is the heart of the SiPass Entro system. It processes all the information in the system and stores the complete database. As a result, the system is robust, easy to maintain and able to operate without a connected PC or server, even when SISTORE DVRs are connected to the SiPass Entro system. The integrated Web server and flash memory port provide the basis for additional online functions, such as facility reservation, which can be customised for specific customer requirements. The integrated dual port switch makes network installation a simple matter.

SiPass Entro segment controller units can communicate using a wide variety of methods, such as standard RS-485, TCP/ IP networks, modems or WLAN. These communication channels can also be combined as required. Regardless of the physical network used, 128-bit encryption is always applied.
The DC12 door controller is used to connect all elements of a door. It supports all standard modes from the basic one entry reader to two readers (one entry and one exit) for an anti-passback system. In addition to Siemens readers, it is also possible to connect most thirdparty readers that support Wiegand and Clock&Data standards.

The DC22 door controller has all of the features of the DC12 and also supports alarm status feedback in conjunction with alarm systems. It also has two outputs for electric locks (day/night lock) as well as two relays for implementing alarm controls.

Both door controllers have an integrated status display, which facilitates simple installation and service.
SiPass Entro includes a reservation function that works via the Internet and/or via one or more InfoPoint reservation terminals. An InfoPoint terminal can be mounted at the entrance to a facility or room so that users can view and edit their reservations directly in the terminal. InfoPoint has an integrated function to transfer information to and from the segment controller (which acts as a Web server).
The full range of SiPass Entro readers, cards and tags are available for use. By using a combination of magnetic stripe and proximity card readers (with or without keypads), it is possible to create a "tailor-made" Entro system to suit the specific security needs of any organisation.
SiPass Entro can handle a large number of external controls via its IOR6 input/ output controllers. Typical examples are elevator control, alarm outputs, machine control and fire alarm inputs.
Each segment controller in a SiPass Entro system can be connected to a SISTORE digital video recorder. In total, up to 16 DVRs and 128 cameras can be integrated into a SiPass Entro system. Depending upon the type of DVR chosen, the configuration of the recording rules can be set using the SiPass Entro software. Direct links to video recordings are stored in the SiPass Entro event memory and can be recalled and played at the touch of a button.
It is easy to integrate SiPass Entro with a number of third-party systems � such as those for accounting or for tracking time and attendance � via BAPSI open interface technology.

Both door controllers have an integrated status display, which facilitates simple installation and service.

SiPass Entro system architecture

Typical applications

SiPass Entro's flexibility, scalability and user-friendliness have made it the obvious choice for companies in a wide range of business sectors, including industrial manufacturing, services, healthcare and retail, as well as public agencies and residential complexes.


SiPass Entro provides the ideal solution for both small and large retailers. It is easy to install and use and ensures that only authorized personnel have access to stock and cashier rooms. It is easy to connect video surveillance equipment and intrusion detection systems to create an integrated security system.
Whether large or small, most manufacturers and distributors must manage access to warehouses, halls, garages and other kinds of facilities. They also need fast and easy access to accurate information about the location of employees in high-risk or critical plant areas in order to respond appropriately in emergencies.

SiPass Entro provides a variety of features that improve security in an industrial environment, including the anti-passback function, time and attendance monitoring (via BAPSI) and hands-free and/or long-range reading technology.
More and more, the modern office environment is characterised by shared facilities, mobile work spaces and temporary employees. If security is not to be achieved at the expense of unacceptable limitations on people's freedom of movement, a flexible and user-friendly access control system is a must. SiPass Entro enables you to classify people at a location as employees, customers, service providers, temporary employees, and so on, and assign them different access privileges and/or time restrictions. The system can be combined with one of Siemens� door-entry phone systems for additional convenience and security.
SiPass Entro is ideally suited to increasing the level of security, service and comfort of residential complexes, without the risk of lost keys and the hassle of managing checkout and usage lists. It can secure all outer doors and garage entrances, provide access to service providers and manage residents� facility reservations.
SiPass Entro offers affordable systems for smaller sports and leisure facilities, such as tennis courts and tanning salons, which often have limited personnel. SiPass Entro's reservation function in combination with the open interface makes it possible to book these facilities via the Internet. SiPass Entro ensures a better overview of the use of facilities and at the same time reduces the risk of misuse.