First Person In

First Person In

1.0 Introduction

First Person In (FPI) allows you to determine if a door should automatically open at the automatic unlock time, or if it should remain closed until a person has presented a card and entered the facility. The default setting is for FPI to be disabled.

FPI can be used wherever employees may be delayed in arriving at a secured site (perhaps due to inclement weather). FPI ensures that at least one access-granted employee is in the building before the automatic unlock time.

Implementation of First Person In varies depending on the hardware type being used:

  • Mercury and NXT Mercury Powered Controllers - Allow FPI to be set to any cardholder or a cardholder assigned a certain user group. Once enabled, the door will only auto-unlock once a cardholder has gained access AFTER the programmed start time for the auto-unlock time schedule.

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  • Standard NXT Controllers have the following 7 options:

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  • PXL Controllers support these 5 FPI options:

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The Immediate value simply enables FPI at the beginning of the auto unlock time. The door will not automatically open but will stay open when someone gets access granted at that door. The door will then start to follow its Auto Unlock/Lock schedule. 

The 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hour and 3 hour values allows the controller to determine if the door should automatically unlock or not.

Example: If the FPI value for the door is 15 minutes and someone gains access 10 minutes before the door is scheduled to automatically open, the door will unlock and allow that employee access (and will then automatically unlock at the scheduled unlock time). This allows for an employee to arrive to work early. If this feature is used you should select a time that best suits the security needs of the site.

If the FPI value for the door is 15 minutes and no one gains access within 15 minutes of the scheduled automatic unlock time the door will not automatically open. It will only start to follow the AUL schedule once someone has gained access.



  1. When considering applying FPI to a door, remember the unlock/lock time schedule associated with the door may have more than one start/end time period (up to a maximum of the limit supported by the hardware type). If FPI is applied to a door, it applies to each start/end time period defined within the time schedule.
  2. If the auto unlock/lock time schedule has been suspended (see "Suspend/Restore Auto Unlock/Lock Schedules) First Person In is disabled.


2.0 Enable First Person In

  • To set FPI to a door highlight a reader in the door status grid or from the hardware tree (Setup >> Hardware Setup).

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  • You will see the reader/door properties on the right.

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  • Select an Auto Unlock Schedule (other than Always or Never) then save.
  • Select an FPI value, then save.

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  • The controllers will automatically be updated if they are online so there will be not need to perform an update.

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