Published on 9 June, 2016
|System Galaxy Software delivers greater control of systems and enhanced situational awareness
Galaxy Control Systems, a provider of integrated access control and security solutions, is highlighting the many advanced features of its popular System Galaxy Software at ESX 2016. Among the capabilities the company is demonstrating in its booth are two mobile apps and a number of advanced integration capabilities designed to provide users with greater control, increased situational awareness and stronger overall physical security.
Integrated access control
Galaxy’s migration to web-based software and hardware supports the creation and implementation of new access control solutions that offer advantages to both the user and the system integrator. As an open-source technology, access control has the capability to integrate with parking, video, time and attendance, identity management and a wide variety of other data sources and can further provide and share information to strengthen the overall physical security system.
“The advanced capabilities and integrations available with System Galaxy give users a tremendous advantage in meeting the challenges of safety and security, while also delivering time savings, cost-effectiveness and ease of use,” said Robert Laughlin, President, Galaxy Control Systems. “As a result, this powerful, comprehensive access control and management system improves situational awareness and delivers a more proactive solution to help prevent threats and incidents.”
System Galaxy software
System Galaxy provides traditional thick client, mobile device applications, and web-based thin client user interfaces on a SQL-based, virtual/host or client/server architecture. The software enables active directory support for real-time identity management, individualised identity-based door access, and audit reports for each screen view or credential holder. In addition to support for third-party integrations, System Galaxy is further enhanced by PoE and wireless lock support and intelligent elevator control. Additionally, the software supports all legacy Galaxy hardware and infrastructure, ensuring customers continue to benefit from their investment in legacy solutions.
The software supports all legacy Galaxy hardware and infrastructure, ensuring customers continue to benefit from their investment in legacy solutions
A recent enhancement that Galaxy is highlighting is the Advanced Port Filtering feature within System Galaxy. Because there is a media access control address (also known as a MAC address) for every Wi-Fi-enabled device on the network, the advent of the Internet of Things and the rapid growth of connected devices is causing a tremendous surge to the amount of traffic that is seen by the network. The new Advanced Port Filtering combats this problem, ensuring that not all devices are continuously monitored by the security network.
Access control mobile apps
Also being shown at ESX Galaxy Systems’ two mobile apps that enhance the unique capabilities of System Galaxy and provide users with greater control capabilities for common functions related to facilities and people from anywhere and at any time.
The DoorPoint app provides authorised security personnel with the ability to manage a facility’s doors to enhance security. Through the app, users can remotely lock, unlock and pulse doors, view door status and view activity report data from the System Galaxy access control software. In an emergency situation, the app also allows security personnel to activate and reset crisis modes if necessary and to view current crisis mode status.
The PersonPoint allows authorised users to activate and de-activate cardholders remotely, with the added benefit of viewing e-mail activity reports provided by System Galaxy. Users can search for cardholders by name, department or other data fields, further enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of access control software.