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New enhanced Pro-Watch security management system from Honeywell

Published on 10 June, 2010

Honeywell upgrades Pro-Watch, its security management system
Organisations use Pro-Watch to integrate subsystems including access control, video surveillance, intrusion
Honeywell announced an enhancement for its widely used Pro-Watch security management system that will help organisations more easily comply with stringent U.S. government regulations.

By integrating Codebench Inc.'s PIVCheck software suite with Pro-Watch, Honeywell can help its customers validate digital certificates on access cards through an appropriate government authority and register those cards into Pro-Watch. This allows organisations to efficiently comply with requirements - such as TWIC, HSPD-12 and FIPS-201 - that require government facilities to maintain up-to-date employee identification records.

The integrated solution has already been implemented at sites such as Delaware's Port of Wilmington, the leading North American importation site for fresh fruit, bananas and juice concentrate. The system allows the port to comply with expanded TWIC regulations that require it to implement software that can read TWIC cards. It also allows port officials to access lists of unauthorised users and re-validate TWIC cards each day, once they are enrolled using the Honeywell system.

PIVCheck registers PIV, TWIC, CAC, and FRAC cards into security management systems

"The PIVCheck software suite from Codebench is the technological bridge between Pro-Watch and the federal networks that govern whether a TWIC or PIV card is valid," said Beth Thomas, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Honeywell Security Group. "We are very pleased to be working with Codebench to offer best-in-class solutions for physical security and government card validation."

Many organisations and corporations use the Pro-Watch platform to integrate various security subsystems, including visitor management, access control, video surveillance, intrusion and communications such as intercom and mass notification technology. The system - which interoperates with technology from several third-party vendors - can also integrate with existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

PIVCheck is an end-to-end card validation, authentication and registration solution that registers PIV, TWIC, CAC, and FRAC cards into security management systems. It uses three-factor identification to determine the cardholder's unique identifying data and biometric information, and verifies the validity of the card by checking with the appropriate card validation authority or other entity, such as the TSA hot list.

"As one of the major access control and security management solutions providers, Honeywell's broad presence in the market will give Codebench excellent additional exposure to new customers," said Geri B. Castaldo, Codebench CEO. "The solution from Codebench and Honeywell enables facilities to leverage their existing access control infrastructure for TWIC and HSPD-12 compliance during a time when every budget dollar counts."

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