Managing Interlock

Role: Core Administrator

Interlock is the electronic “lock” that controls a user’s access to a piece of equipment within the core. Interlock must be used in conjunction with kiosk , and is not a stand alone product. The initial interlock set up will require close collaboration between the core, the iLab team, and the institution IT members. After the initial set up process, interlock is managed by core administrators. For more background information, see Kiosk and Interlock Overview‍ . 

Accessing Interlock

To set up and manage your interlock, click on the "More" button on the Schedule Equipment tab. 

The interlock tool displays. From here, you can add new interlock devices and/or edit existing devices.

  1. Search: Allows you to search via the IP address or equipment name for a specific interlock device.
  2. Default to On: To be turned on in the event of a network outage.
  3. Add New Interlock: To add a new interlock, click on the "Add New Interlock" button and follow the directions below for adding a hardware or software interlock.

Adding a New Hardware Interlock

To add a hardware interlock, click on the "Add New Interlock" button as described above. Then, select the type of interlock box you have purchased from the pull down menu. 

Additional fields will display depending on the hardware selected. You will be asked to enter a nickname (a way to quickly identify this interlock), the interlock IP address, the iLab bridge, a username and a password.

After the new interlock is added, use the blue plus icon and select from the drop down menu to assign a resource to the device. When your instrument it selected, click on the blue arrow to save.

Interlock connection can be turned on or off per instrument by sliding the blue toggle switch.

Adding a New Software Interlock

Software interlock requires the use of Sassafras, third-party software that allows controlling application access. Documentation on how to set up Sassafras for use with iLab can be found in iLab/Sassafras set-up documentation

Once Sassafras is set up and configured, a new software interlock can be added by selecting "Software Interlock" from the pull down menu.

Enter a nickname for the device, the sassafras server IP address, and bridge. 

Click "Save".

Sassafras software will be installed by the institution, which will generate an individual Computer ID per instrument. You will need to provide these Computer IDs to your IA to be entered on the iLab side. Entering the Computer IDs into iLab will generate a Scope ID (not displayed below). This scope ID will be given to the institution's IT Department who will complete the set-up.

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