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Hikvision is launching its new 2-Wire modular IP Intercom for retrofitting in multi apartment buildings. This is an extension solution to already successful 2-Wire kits that are mainly used for small residential houses, using the same housing and components from the recently launched 2nd Generation IP intercom technology, also ‘inheriting’ it’s modular nature, which makes it flexible for any scenario. The Intercom delivers all the benefits of IP surveillance through just two wires – data and power. This makes it simple to install, saving time and cost - great for retrofitting and modernising large residential and office building projects. Full HD images give a clear picture of the door area on your indoor station. IR provides excellent night vision, and the inclusion of WDR (wide dynamic range) means there’s no problem if the camera is faced with direct light from outside. All in all, your indoor station screen will give you a clear overview of your doorstep, and a mobile app means you can manage entry from anywhere you like. The modular nature of the Intercom gives the system massive flexibility, with a range of modules to choose to build the right system for the scenario. This can also be integrated with video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems so it can be a seamless part of any total security solution. The 2-Wire system can be combined with IP intercoms through a network that is connected to power and data distributors while also sharing common accessories and modules. Other features include: Great looking image from camera that can be recorded in Video Surveillance system High quality of audio even on noisy streets Remote control via common mobile application Simplified configuration Optional wall or flush mounting installation Common Hikvision software and application Up to 16 additional cameras can be observed at the indoor station. Typical applications for this new product will be in modernization of residential apartment buildings, school buildings and office buildings. “This extension to our intercom range is a great example of Hikvision as a smart home security solution provider, combining intercoms with Video Surveillance, Access control and intrusion”, says Cenek Maly, EU Channel Product Manager at Hikvision, “It brings a variety of modern functions such as mobile app control, high resolution images delivered at high speed, and audio quality to bring residential intercom systems to the next level.”
Style, intelligence and robustness come together in the new SMARTair® Knob Cylinder from ASSA ABLOY. Part of the SMARTair® access control system, this intelligent device with integrated RFID reader is now more resistant to attack. It comes in elegant, contemporary finishes and colours, upgrading aesthetics and functionality in equal measure. It quickly upgrades almost any existing regular door to an access-controlled door — without any drilling. The new Knob Cylinder fits seamlessly and flexibly into a SMARTair® system, providing advanced, user-friendly access management designed to make any workplace work better. If you need to monitor and control who goes where, and when, you need the new SMARTair® Knob Cylinder. The Knob Cylinder is battery-powered and works with every SMARTair® access management option, so you can choose between online (“real-time”), offline, update-on-card and standalone management — or combine more than one system at the same site with the same software interface. Upgrading to the new Knob Cylinder is simple: just replace an existing mechanical cylinder with the new device. No complex installation or drilling stands between you and safe, reliable, flexible SMARTair® access control. Glass, wooden or aluminium doors — Scandinavian, Euro and many other profiles — present no problem. A modern, mobile solution The Knob Cylinder works with all standard proximity technologies, including MIFARE®, DESFire and iCLASS®, and also offers another new way to open your doors — with the SMARTair® Openow™ mobile app. With Openow™, users no longer carry separate credentials; just their smartphone with secure virtual keys stored inside. There’s no longer any need to collect or validate an access card to open authorized doors locked with the new SMARTair® Knob Cylinder. With Openow™, if you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys. Modern and mobile-ready, the SMARTair® Knob Cylinder is built to make your building smarter. Its robust design, redefined aesthetics and easy installation are perfect for securing offices, business headquarters, conference and meeting rooms.
True to their commitment to make the best technology available to the mainstream market, FERMAX launched DUOX VEO WiFi and DUOX VEO-XS WiFi door entry monitors with integrated Internet connectivity, which allows calls at home to be diverted to the user's smartphone or tablet. All you need is a DUOX VEO or VEO-XS WiFi monitor installed in the house, then download the free BLUE app and pair it to your mobile device. Comfortable and easy communication, whether you are at home or not. And for individual homes, the DUOX VEO WiFi and DUOX VEO-XS WiFi monitors are also available as KITS: all-in-one solutions with all the necessary elements for the installation.
The newest device in the Aperio® wireless access control portfolio spent 2018 collecting awards — for innovation, operation and design. The Aperio® H100 electronic handle received Detektor International’s Innovative Achievement Award and Intersec’s Access Control Product of the Year. The new Aperio® H100 packs the power, flexibility and functionality of wireless access control into a simple door handle. With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door, broad RFID compatibility via an inbuilt credential reader, and simple integration with third-party access systems, the H100 handle makes it cost-effective to extend your access control to many more internal doors. No wiring is needed, and the H100 works with an online access control system or offline. A standard battery fits inside the H100’s slim handle, ensuring a minimal footprint and a discreet look suited to any door style. “The new H100’s stylish and robust design has proven a perfect fit for high-traffic office and facility doors,” says Murtaza Husaini, ASSA ABLOY Marketing Director for the Middle East, where Intersec named the Aperio® H100 their Access Control Product of the Year. “You still use the existing mechanical cylinder; the handle adds powerful access control functionality without wires — simply.” In recognizing the H100’s Innovation Achievement in ID and Access Control, the Detektor International jury also commented: “Smooth and smart — the Aperio® H100 access control door handle is a brilliant example of excellent product design.” “We are especially thrilled the jury recognized the design,” says Magnus Bæckström, Aperio® Unit Manager at ASSA ABLOY EMEA, who accepted Detektor’s award during the SECTECH Expo. “It benefits from our digital handle expertise, building on the successful Code Handle® Door device”. “This is just one innovative new product, but also part of a much broader approach you will increasingly see from ASSA ABLOY Group designs.” The new Aperio® H100 broadens the range of Aperio® wireless access control devices. The portfolio already includes online and offline cylinders (C100) and escutcheons (E100); an online and offline security lock (L100); and a wireless lock for data centre storage (KS100), to integrate it into the same access control system as doors.
You can work smarter and more sustainably when electronic locks and keys power your security. An electronic locking solution minimizes security risks when keys go missing. With an eCLIQ system from ASSA ABLOY, you can manage everyone’s access from anywhere, at any time — electronically, securely and wirelessly. Based on award-winning CLIQ® access control technology, the eCLIQ system is built around precise locking mechanics and high-end microelectronics. A battery inside each programmable key powers the wide range of programmable cylinders and padlocks — and secures every data transfer. An eCLIQ system is also convenient. Thanks to multiple software options, you manage users’ access rights in a way that suits you best. Authorised key-holders carry a single, battery-powered key programmed with only their cleared access permissions. Low maintenance for technical components you can trust Robust and durable, eCLIQ cylinders are available for a wide range of doors, cabinets, lifts, alarm boxes, machines and entrance gates. Looking after your eCLIQ components is easy: an integrated lubricant reservoir ensures cylinders remain maintenance-free for up to 200,000 cycles. eCLIQ keys are durable, compact, and waterproof (IP67). They are easy to reprogram, enabling temporary and time-limited access permissions for every employee or contractor. AES encryption, rapid processing, and efficient energy management is built into the chip. When a key’s battery runs out, it is easily replaced without tools. Mechanical and encrypted electronic elements work together to make an eCLIQ installation highly resistant to both physical and electronic attack. Easy installation — simple, secure management Managing eCLIQ is straightforward. You can program keys with easy-to-use eCLIQ Manager software: choose between a local software installation or our secure web-based software which manages access rights from anywhere, in the cloud. Security managers can host the Web Manager software on their own or use ASSA ABLOY’s Software as a Service solution. Users can also update their own keys with a range of programming devices, including wall-mounted units. With eCLIQ, missing keys are quickly de-authorised, cutting risks associated with key loss or theft. At any time, facility managers can generate a full audit trail to discover who has accessed which locks. Unlike other electronic access control systems, eCLIQ uses no mains electricity. The microelectronics inside an eCLIQ lock are powered by a standard battery inside every key. Energy-efficient and sustainable, battery power also minimizes disruption when you switch to eCLIQ. Because there is no cabling around the door, you don’t need to schedule invasive, expensive electrical wiring. eCLIQ in action “eCLIQ is more durable, more secure and more efficient than conventional locking systems,” says Stephan Schulz, CLIQ® Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY EMEA. “This evolution of our award-winning CLIQ® technology is already protecting businesses and public services across Europe. A range of sectors and building types — from banks and hospitals to shops and warehouses — have learned eCLIQ provides the control and flexibility their premises need.” For an access control overhaul at University Hospital Frankfurt, managers sought a secure locking system for a new building: 1,100 eCLIQ cylinders and keys provided the solution. Now, with eCLIQ installed, nurses update access rights every morning for the day ahead. This new workflow minimizes security vulnerabilities and keeps everyone safer. Retail banking combines high security with complex workflows. Staff need efficient access. Facility managers need the flexibility to design access permissions around individual needs and clearances. Creval’s bank doors across Italy’s Lombardy region are now locked with more than 30 eCLIQ cylinders, putting managers in total control of entrance security. In the unlikely event a key is misplaced, Creval administrators simply delete it from the system. In Germany, eCLIQ locks AMPELMANN GmbH branches and their 2,200 m2 logistics centre, meeting the needs of their decentralized branch organization. Its 8 Berlin branches are staffed by several permanent employees. External service providers like cleaners need access. eCLIQ provides it — safely, securely and without major key-management workload.
The new DSC1500 portable beam barricade sets up quickly and temporarily to block vehicles and secure locations during short-term events and anywhere a beam barricade is needed for interim security. With a clear opening of 16 feet (4.8 m), the DSC1500 is M30 certified, able to stop a 15,000 pound (66.7 kN) vehicle going 30 mph (48 kph). Many organisations have the need for easy to install, temporary drop-arm barriers that can install within 10 minutes to transitorily close down a roadway to one or two lanes or block parking lot exits to deter thefts. Previous beam barriers had to be filled with sand, gravel or cement to be operable. To remove the DSC1500 from its temporary site, it is simply repacked in ten (10) minutes. No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once positioned, the mobile barricades unpack themselves using manual hydraulics to raise and lower the barriers off their wheels. A self-deploying trailer with integrated lifting device facilitates rapid installation. The process is simply reversed when the event is over or the time comes to deploy the beam barrier at another location. From a purchasing standpoint, it can be easier to buy portable beam barricades than permanent solutions. The latter are oftentimes placed into an organisation’s real assets budget because they are permanently installed into the ground, becoming part of the property. Such budgets can often create complex purchasing scenarios for law enforcement or public safety departments. However, purchasing portable beam barricades is no different than buying protective vests for personnel or new sets of wrenches for the maintenance department. For one time uses, a lease plan has been created where organisations can simply lease the portable barriers, use them, pack them up and return them. Delta always keeps an inventory for purchase and quick delivery at their manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. That’s because, in many cases, they are needed for events that come up quickly, such as emergency road or bridge construction or unexpected parking lot requirements.
Gallagher Command Centre is a powerful access and control solution designed to give you complete site control. Fully configurable to suit the unique needs of your site, Command Centre allows you to define, manage and report on all aspects of your system. Everything that happens on-site is relayed to your Command Centre operators in real time, enabling a swift and appropriate response to security threats. Seamless integration with complimentary security and site management solutions means Command Centre delivers on its promise. You’re in command. Command Centre v8 introduces new Site Plan functionality for greater situational awareness and responsiveness; Broadcast notifications to Mobile Connect for better communication in emergency situations; and Status and Overrides REST APIs for increased integration flexibility.
Human face images, fingerprints, cards and passwords can be recorded to the face recognition access standalone. With face detection box; the largest face among faces that appear at the same time is recognised first; the maximum face size can be configured on the web. Face recognition distance is 0.3m–2m , human height range is 1.1m–2.4m. Face verification accuracy>99%; face comparison speed ≤0.5s per person; false recognition rate<0.1%. Profile faces can be recognised; face recognition angle can be adjusted, the range is 0°–90°. Supports 30,000 users, 30,000 cards, 30,000 passwords, and 50 administrators. Support liveness detection. Supports duress alarm, tamper alarm, intrusion alarm, door contact timeout alarm, and illegal card exceeding time alarm. Has six user levels: general users, patrol users, blacklist users, VIP users, guests, and disabled users. Attendance records can be uploaded to the management platform
Climax’s Voice Recognition Emergency Voice Call Point with Wi-Fi capability, adopts advanced speech recognition technology that recognises preset vocal commands and triggers specified actions. When combined with a monitoring system, it will activate an emergency call to a professional monitoring centre, allowing users to receive emergency attention even in situations which they are unable to seek help physically. In addition to voice activation, the VRCP-WiFi features a large button for users to summon help during an emergency. In critical situations such as falls, medical problems, or emergencies, users can quickly activate the device to report an alarm. VRCP-WiFi can work with routers that support Wi-Fi network, providing network connection for making outgoing voice calls and receiving incoming calls for two-way voice communication. It has a powerful speaker and microphone built-in and can be easily mounted or placed anywhere in the premises. Having multiple VRCP-WiFi placed at strategic locations throughout the home can create an extra network of safety. When an emergency happens, users can simply use the nearest Voice Call Point to summon help. It is suitable for seniors and medical care and ideal for multi-story homes and larger premises. Knowing that senior users can quickly and easily speak with a CMS operator from anywhere in the home provides an extra layer of protection and peace of mind. The VRCP-WiFi also transmits supervisory and low battery signals to the medical alarm panels to ensure its proper operation at all times. Emergency Voice Extender with Wi-Fi capability Voice Recognition to activate emergency call by preset vocal commands Single-button design for making calls to summon help Provide high-clarity, hands-free, two-way communication through Wi-Fi networks Automatically picks up incoming call without button press Excellent voice quality allows users to answer within 10m range from VRCP-WiFi Built-in microphone and speaker Large ALARM button for easy identification Wall-mount or table-top placement Sleek, Modern Design Regular supervision signals to check system integrity Ideal for multi-story homes and larger premises
Thanks to WIT door entry monitor touch interface the user is able to take calls to the home, manage missed calls, view captured images, read messages sent by the administrator, visualise aerial camera images, activate external relays, get notifications about alarms on the monitor and guard unit, and even manage the home automation system. WIT's exclusive aesthetics are underpinned by an innovative technology that allows the installation of APPs (APPs have to be FERMAX certified and configured by authorised installers). For simplicity of installation, WIT monitors allow PoE power supply, this means that it makes use of PoE switch power and no dedicated power supply is required. WIT 10" monitor is specially designed for home automation integration, since it is the only monitor that incorporates 2 RJ-45 network interfaces to be able to connect to both the community IP network and the apartment's local network, maintaining both the isolation between networks and flexibility in connectivity. Its surface or embedded installation allows it to adapt to the most demanding architectural designs.
Vanderbilt’s ACTpro 1500 PoE Ultra controllers were launched in March 2019. What is it? The ACTpro 1500 is a single door IP Controller and includes a dual-port Ethernet switch. The controller supports 60,000 users and includes a rich set of advanced features, including voltage monitoring and break glass monitoring. These controllers are ideal for a single door system or systems that need to grow up to 4,000 doors. How does it work? The PoE Ultra hardware in the controllers ensures support for all power requirements. This includes local door accessories and components such as card readers, door locks and request to exit buttons. PoE Ultra ensures that all of this is accomplished without the need for additional Power Supply Units (PSUs). Essentially, this saves the system user time and money. Moreover, as this is all powered over the Ethernet, it translates to less cabling and more convenience for installers too. Why does it matter? This is an important feature for installers because when a system is fast to install and more straightforward to set-up and quote, it removes the complexity from access control and allows installers to get more done, more efficiently, and in less time. This ultimately benefits their business and their bottom line.
Dahua Technology, a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, has launched a new apartment outdoor station VTO9341D, providing new access control solutions to fence and lobby entrance with the cutting-edge face recognition technology. The apartment outdoor station elevates the safety and convenience of resident security system to a new level with the fashionable non-touch face-recognition entry, while conventional unlocking ways are preserved in case of emergency. The product’s working temperature is between -20°C to 60°C, meaning it can operate smoothly across a variety of weather conditions and geographical areas. With a shell made of aluminium alloy plate, it meets IP55 standard for water and dust resistance, and IK07 standard for impact resistance. Further enhanced by the Intrusion Prevention System, the product will offer ideal ingress protection to property owners and facilitate the work of security guards. Face recognition Once a person steps into the 0.5-metre distance within VTO9341D that triggers its approaching induction, the 2MP CMOS image sensor will capture the face in high-definition colour image for identification. In as quick as 0.5 second, it can complete recognition and open the door for the residents. With strong capacity to store up to 20000 faces, the system would suffice the demand of large housing estates or commercial lots. The Auto Gain Control supplements white light to cope with poorly-lighted conditions, enabling night vision for the outdoor station. Multiple unlocking approaches VTO9341D is also equipped with Mifare Card reader, fingerprint recognition (with a memory of 3000 fingerprints), and touch screen key pad, which provide multiple unlocking approaches via card, fingerprint and password. Working together with VTS5240B Master Station that can forward image to mobile devices, owners can even enjoy the remote unlock function while away from home. Additionally, the audio system supports bidirectional talk, which assists visitors and owners in dual-way communication as an auxiliary to face identification. As a high-end product with unique features and full market potential, VTO9341D will benefit both Dahua dealers and system integrators. With DSS EXPRESS monitoring access control & other Dahua exclusive technologies, the apartment outdoor station would lower the time cost of integration and maintenance.
With Openow™, facility managers and security administrators have more control and no longer need to administer physical credentials. And it’s fast and easy to upgrade an existing SMARTair® system to work with Openow™ or to install mobile-ready, wireless SMARTair® access control from scratch. The new Openow™ app has been designed around convenience, security and user experience with virtual keys. Information transfer between administration software, smartphone app and the SMARTair® device is protected by end-to-end encryption. “Right from set-up — involving simple, secure email subscription — users find the Openow™ app a joy to operate. Tap a SMARTair® lock with your phone carrying a valid virtual key, and the door unlocks. The device you carry everywhere — the smartphone — now replaces a separate RFID card with MIFARE®, DESFire, iCLASS® and other proximity technologies.” explains Félix Morán SMARTair® Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY. Openow™ also adds further layers of security to every premises Facility managers find life a lot simpler when managing access rights with the Openow™ mobile solution. Change the validation time in the administration software to automatically update a user’s virtual key (when the phone has a signal). Cancel a virtual key and it vanishes immediately from a user’s app. Facility managers can check and amend the validity of each virtual key whenever they want, and wherever they are. The complete mobile solution includes the SMARTair® device range, with wireless escutcheons and cylinders plus wall readers; the intuitive SMARTair® TS1000 software; user credentials, e.g. cards and the new Openow™ app. Business owners and directors project the right image for their premises when they offer mobile credentials via Openow™. Phones replace plastic key-cards, so there’s no need for a card activation terminal on reception or elsewhere. Users also save time, because there’s no longer any need to collect or validate an access card: your key is already on your smartphone. Openow™ makes it easy to organise virtual keys inside the app, check how long they are valid, and protect them further with an individual PIN. If you have virtual keys from multiple sites or premises, Openow™ easily handles those, too. No more key-card, or wondering where you left it; no more appointments to pick one up or have it revalidated. With Openow™, if you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys. The SMARTair® Openow™ app is free to download now from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. For more information, see www.tesa.es/discoverwireless Across the EMEA region ASSA ABLOY offers SMARTair® under several trusted security brands, including TESA, Mul-T-Lock, ASSA, JPM, KESO, RUKO and TRIOVING.
The H4 Video Intercom integrates a 3 MP camera with a high-performance intercom and features exceptional wide dynamic range, low-light, noise reduction and echo-cancelling technologies for clear viewing and two-way communication with visitors. Combined with Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software, this secured entry system enables operators to quickly and easily identify and communicate with a visitor before remotely granting access.
The PoE Ultra hardware in Vanderbilt’s ACT controllers ensures support for all power requirements. This includes local door accessories and components such as card readers, door locks and request to exit buttons. PoE Ultra ensures that all of this is accomplished without the need for additional Power Supply Units (PSUs). Essentially, this saves the system user time and money. Moreover, as this is all powered over the Ethernet, it translates to less cabling and more convenience for installers too. This is an important feature for installers because when a system is fast to install and more straightforward to set-up and quote, it removes the complexity from access control and allows installers to get more done, more efficiently, and in less time. This ultimately benefits their business and their bottom line. The new PoE Ultra feature, alongside the ACT access control software’s existing integration with Vanderbilt’s award-winning SPC intrusion system, a rules mapping engine, and a smartphone app, simply adds to this concept. Vanderbilt’s core aim has always been to put customers first. We believe PoE Ultra controller has a firm grip on this mantra, as it plays to pain points of both system users and installers. As we continue to develop and evolve new generations of security products, our focus will remain on striving to be a partner that is flexible to customer requirements and adaptable to meet the ever-changing needs of the market.
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Today’s security industry technology standards create a common framework for achieving predictable performance. Systems are made more secure and easier to install, use and integrate with other devices. Standards are also intended to be living documents, open to continual refinements to benefit manufacturers, integrators and end users. An excellent example is the Open Supervised Data Protocol (OSDP), which is now the industry’s gold standard for physical access control installations. It was designed to offer a higher level of security with more flexible options than the aging defacto Weigand wiring standard. Updating OSDP-readers simultaneously One recent addition enables end users to push firmware and software updates to thousands of OSDP-enabled card readers simultaneouslyOSDP, first introduced in 2011 by the Security Industry Association (SIA), continues to evolve with significant manufacturer input. One recent addition enables end users to push firmware and/or software updates to a few or thousands of OSDP-enabled card readers simultaneously. Weigand technology requires updates to be made one at a time at each reader. Regularly changing reader encryption keys is an excellent way to enhance facility security. It’s easy using the OSDP file transfer capability and the latest DESFire EV2 credentials containing multiple encryption keys. You can transfer the next code on the card to all readers and the job is done. And there’s no need to create a new card for each user or reprogram each individual reader. AES-128 encryption ensures cybersecurity It’s time to migrate entirely away from Weigand technology. If greater security, convenience and reduced labour from the latest OSDP updates isn’t reason enough, here are a few more things to consider. The 40-year-old Weigand protocol provides no signal encryption, making it easy for hackers to capture the raw data transmitted between cards and readers. OSDP readers support AES-128 encryption while providing continuous monitoring of wires to guard against cybercriminals. Weigand reader installations require homerun cable pulls from the control panel to each peripheral device. OSDP readers can be daisy chained, providing additional savings on cabling and installation time. Weigand technology is simply too slow to work with today’s most versatile and secure card technologies. OSDP readers work with virtually all modern access control cards. The OSDP standard also works with biometric devices; Weigand does not. Meeting requirements of FICAM guidelines SIA is pushing to make the latest OSDP version a standard recognised by the ANSI, a move to enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. security businessesAlso, OSDP is becoming a must-have standard for organisations demanding the highest security levels. The standard meets requirements of the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) guidelines that affect how the access control industry does business with the federal government. SIA is pushing to make the latest OSDP version a standard recognised by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), a move to enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. security businesses. There’s still a large worldwide reader installation base that works solely with the Weigand protocol. Admittedly, changing them all at one time may be prohibitively expensive; however, standards should be viewed as a journey, not a destination. That’s why a measured migration is the right choice for many organisations. Begin by securing the perimeter. Replace only the outside-facing Weigand readers. As long as the walls are secured, the inside can remain a softer target until OSDP-compatible readers can be added indoors. The case for moving to OSDP as a standard is compelling. It offers our industry the opportunity to design access control software and products that provide what end users want most – greater security, flexibility and convenience.
It’s not surprising that people are nervous about the security of newer technologies, many of which are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). While they offer greater efficiency and connectivity, some people still hesitate. After all, there seems to be a constant stream of news stories about multinational corporations being breached or hackers taking control of smart home devices. Both of these scenarios can feel personal. No one likes the idea of their data falling into criminal hands. And we especially don’t like the thought that someone can, even virtually, come into our private spaces. The reality, though, is that, when you choose the right technology and undertake the proper procedures, IoT devices are incredibly secure. That said, one of the spaces where we see continued confusion is around access control systems (ACS) that are deployed over networks, particularly in relation to mobile access, smartcards, and electronic locks. These technologies are often perceived as being less secure and therefore more vulnerable to attacks than older ACS systems or devices. In the interest of clearing up any confusion, it is important to provide good, reliable information. With this in mind, there are some myths out there about the security of ACS that need to be debunked. The fact that these devices communicate with an ACS via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) leads to one of the main myths we encounter Myth #1: Mobile credentials are not secure The first myth we have to look at exists around mobile credentials. Mobile credentials allow cardholders to access secured doors and areas with their mobile devices. The fact that these devices communicate with an ACS via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) leads to one of the main myths we encounter about the security of credentialed information. There is a persistent belief that Bluetooth is not secure. In particular, people seem to be concerned that using mobile credentials makes your organisation more vulnerable to skimming attacks. While focusing on the medium of communication is an important consideration when an organisation deploys a mobile credentialing system, the concerns about Bluetooth miss the mark. Bluetooth and NFC are simply channels over which information is transmitted. Believing that Bluetooth is not secure would be the same as suggesting that the internet is not secure. In both cases, the security of your communication depends on the technology, protocols, and safeguards we all have in place. So, instead of wondering about Bluetooth or NFC, users should be focused on the security of the devices themselves. Before deploying mobile credentials, ask your vendor (1) how the credential is generated, stored, and secured on the device, (2) how the device communicates with the reader, and (3) how the reader securely accesses the credential information. When you deploy smartcard technology as part of your ACS, you should choose the latest generation, such as MiFARE DesFIRE EV1 or EV2 and HID iCLASS SEOS Myth #2: All smartcards are equally secure The question “how secure are my smartcards?” is a serious one. And the answer can depend on the generation of the cards themselves. For example, while older smartcards like MiFARE CLASSIC and HID iCLASS Classic offer better encryption than proxy cards and magstripe credentials, they have been compromised. Using these older technologies can make your organisation vulnerable. As a result, when you deploy smartcard technology as part of your ACS, you should choose the latest generation, such as MiFARE DesFIRE EV1 or EV2 and HID iCLASS SEOS. In this way, you will be protecting your system as well as your buildings or facilities. Some traditional readers and controllers can also pose a serious risk to your organisation if they use the Wiegand protocol, which offers no security. While you can upgrade to a more secure protocol like OSDP version 2, electronic locks are a very secure alternative worth considering. It is also important to understand that not all smartcard readers are compatible with all smartcard types. When they are not compatible, the built-in security designed to keep your system safe will not match up and you will essentially forego security as your smartcard-reader will not read the credentials at all. Instead, it will simply read the non-secure portion—the Card Serial Number (CSN) —of the smartcard that is accessible to everyone. While some manufacturers suggest that this is an advantage because their readers can work with any smartcard, the truth is that they are not reading from the secure part of the card, which can put your system and premises at risk. Using electronic locks can help protect facilities and networks through various security protocols, including encryption and authentication Myth #3: Electronic locks are more vulnerable These days, there are still many who believe that electronic locks, especially wireless locks, are more vulnerable to cybercriminal activity as compared to traditional readers and controllers. The concern here is that electronic locks can allow cybercriminals to both access your network to get data and intercept commands from the gateway or nodes over the air that would allow them access to your buildings or facilities. The reality is that using electronic locks can help protect facilities and networks through various security protocols, including encryption and authentication. Additionally, because many of these locks remain operational regardless of network status, they provide real-time door monitoring. This means that many electronic locks not only prevent unauthorised access but also keep operators informed about their status at all times, even if a network goes down. Outdated technology and old analogue systems are more vulnerable to attacks When it comes to deploying electronic locks, it is important to remember that, like any device on your network, they must have built-in security features that will allow you to keep your information, people, and facilities safe. Be prepared to unlock future benefits Ultimately, the information in your IP-based ACS is at no greater risk than any other information being transmitted over the network. We just have to be smart about how we connect, transmit, and store our data. In the end, maintaining the status quo and refusing to move away from old technology is not a viable option. Outdated technology and old analogue systems are more vulnerable to attacks. The reason it is so important to debunk myths around ACS and, at the same time, get people thinking about network security in the right way is that network-based systems can offer an ever-increasing number of benefits. When we deploy new technology using industry best practices and purchase devices from trusted vendors, we put ourselves and our networks in the best possible position to take full advantage of all that our increasingly connected world has to offer.
The basic principles of access control are well established: only authorised people should have access to secure areas, only at times that can be defined in advance, and only within a system that can identify exactly who went where, and when. Traditional mechanical lock-and-key systems cannot accomplish this — at least, not without loading a huge admin burden onto security staff. But modern, electronic wireless access control has the flexibility to achieve it. What criteria determine the right sort of access control for your organisation? It makes sense to assess what is desirable against what is affordable or available in the electronic access control market today. Asking yourself these 5 questions will lead to a wise investment in the right technology: Wireless locks like Aperio work seamlessly with existing systems from over 100 different access control providersDo you want to extend your existing system, or begin from scratch? You are not stuck with locks chosen by a previous management team. Security needs change. Wireless locks like Aperio, for example, work seamlessly with existing systems from over 100 different access control providers, integrated online or offline. You will save time and money extending your current system with a technology like Aperio and users can continue with their existing credentials. Going forward, it makes sense to choose locks built using open architecture, for added flexibility and to future-proof your next investment. Who are the site users and what kind of credentials suit their needs? In many industries, access to premises is required by permanent staff and short-term contractors: your access system needs to be flexible. Different systems offer credentials stored on cards and fobs, or on programmable, battery-powered keys. For example, the new Openow app for SMARTair wireless locking converts a user’s smartphone into a virtual key. You issue and revoke user keys using the intuitive software, an efficient, flexible mobile management solution. What is the structure of the site (or sites) you protect? You will need different locks for high-traffic and low-traffic doors, indoor and outdoor use. Almost everywhere, wireless locks are much easier to install and to maintain than traditional wired magnetic locks — and more cost-effective to run. Certified wireless security locks provide extra protection for sensitive areas needing stringent standards. If you have a mobile workforce or manage dispersed sites, consider the credential management practicalities. For example, programmable keys that are easy to update with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app — like ASSA ABLOY’s CLIQ Connect solution — will save your staff time and money. For outdoor access points, you will need gate locks or padlocks certified for operation in extreme conditions Do you want to secure more than just doors? Some wireless systems have locks for cabinets, machines, windows and even server racks (handy if you want an extra layer of control over co-located servers). There will be workflow advantages in monitoring these ‘non-doors’ — medicine stores, for example, or car parks or lifts — from the same admin interface as your doors. Site users will appreciate the convenience of carrying one credential for every access need. For outdoor access points, you will need gate locks or padlocks certified for operation in extreme conditions. For example, CLIQ mechatronic padlocks are currently deployed outdoors at utility sites in Scandinavia and supermarkets in East Africa. Do you need real-time capabilities? Choose an Online system and you can manage and amend access control doors at any time and from anywhere, using the admin software. You can monitor sensitive areas like medicine stores remotely and in real time, and can revoke access rights if a user credential gets lost. In an emergency, remote locking or unlocking of an entrance could be critical. Aperio wireless locks, for example, are integrated with online electronic access and real-time monitoring systems in hospitals, manufacturing plants and student halls of residence. With some systems, including SMARTair, you can combine ‘Update on Card’ and Online updating for different doors within the same installation. The CLIQ Connect app and programmable keys make real-time control over remote sites or teams possible. Wireless access control offers a compelling mix of audit compliance, easy installation, cost efficiency, and seamless integration. It makes life easier for security managers, and is deployed in premises as diverse as power plants and co-working spaces; museums and care homes; banks, schools and skyscrapers.
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Nortech exhibits Nedap UPASS Reach reader for efficient, cost-saving vehicle access control for parking applications
Castel IP video entry systems installed by Protec Fire & Security Group on University of Northampton campus
- Nortech exhibits Nedap UPASS Reach reader for efficient, cost-saving vehicle access control for parking applications
- Castel IP video entry systems installed by Protec Fire & Security Group on University of Northampton campus
- Gallagher secures Port of Tauranga with its access control solution
- Gallagher secures Wintec’s campus with its access control systems and intruder alarm systems