Access Control Cards, Tags & Fobs(627)
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.
Delta Scientific's new bolt down DSC7090 beam barricade has passed its crash test garnering an ASTM M30/P1 rating. That means the DSC7090 will stop a 15,000 pound (6800 kg) truck going 30 mph (50 kph) with negative 6.3 feet (1.9 m) of penetration. Raising in only five seconds and lowering in merely two seconds yields a fast cycle rate of over 100 vehicles in and out per hour, making the new DSC7090 ideal for higher traffic and population locations. The dual beam design provides coverage of 12 to 24 feet (3.7 to 7.3 m) of roadway with a full 90 degree opening. The new DSC7090 will be used in locations where wide roadways need to be secured from attacking vehicles and in larger parking areas where security systems are needed to deter theft. To meet these heightened demands, the DSC7090 deploys sophisticated touch screen controls and the same logic as used by key government organizations. This includes an LED light package with traffic lights. Also available is a strobe light and audible alarm package. The DSC7090 operates remotely by means of an integral Hydraulic Pumping Unit (HPU) that is buttress enclosed. The HPU can be powered from a local single or three-phase power source. Alternative power options are also available.
Openow™, the new complete mobile solution for SMARTair® wireless access control, makes life easier and more secure for everyone. Users of a SMARTair® access control system can open doors with their mobile phone and the Openow™ app. Facility managers can send, revoke and update virtual keys from anywhere. For security staff, business owners and every user of a site — from nurses on a ward, to mobile workers in a co-working space, to students in an accommodation block — Openow™ takes mobile credentials to the next level. 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 https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/openow?utm_campaign=smartair-openow&utm_source=PR
Vanderbilt’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) readers work in conjunction with the company’s ACT Enterprise 2.10 access control software. The new range includes Wiegand and OSDP readers, a contactless door release button, virtual credentials available through an ACT Enterprise license, and a free end-user app for Android™ and iOS™. Vanderbilt’s BLE readers remove the need for a physical credential and replace it with a virtual credential for smartphone devices that will provide customers with a far greater and smoother user experience. Designed with a customer-first mindset, mobile credentials are also extensively secure and are protected with the same grade of data encryption used by banks and hospitals. Customer-first Focus A strong indicator of Vanderbilt’s dedicated customer-focused approach to releasing this progressive technology is, in comparison to other brands in this area, the company is offering a one-off license purchase as opposed to a subscription-based model that would include annual charges per virtual credential. Instead, Vanderbilt’s license models means its customers won’t have any hidden or extra costs and can make significant savings in the long-term. Ease of Use In addition, making use of the BLE readers couldn’t be easier. The end-user simply downloads the Vanderbilt Bluetooth app, and registers for a credential with the system administrator. Here, authorization can be granted both offline and online. The system administrator then reviews and processes the request. This in turn sends the end-user a QR code that they save to their smartphone and link to their app to generate their credential. Then all the end-user has to do is use the credential through the app on their phone when approaching doors with Vanderbilt BLE readers to gain access. Vanderbilt’s BLE readers aim to give a unique user experience with four identification modes for easy management: “Shake to Go”, “Show to Go”, “Manual Button Mode”, and “Hands Free Mode”. They’re also IP65 water-resistant with waterproof electronics, and easy to install and use with enrolment software in ACT Enterprise.
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Traffic access control professionals can now set up Delta Scientific MP5000 portable barriers on concrete, asphalt, compacted soils or vegetation in 15 minutes or less to provide certified M50 stopping power. Original models provide M40 protection while the new models stop 15,000 pound (6804 kg) medium-duty trucks traveling at 50 mph (80.4 kph). Significantly, Delta are releasing the first M50 rated portable barrier system to the world at a time when military grade portable protection is imperative. With over 2,000 working units in the field over the past decade, this portable barrier has proven its capabilities to clients throughout the world. Especially important to our government customers and select commercial clients, high security professional can now protect assets that have traditionally required an M50 rating with a portable product. The MP5000 is available in 12-, 16- and 20-foot openings. It is easily towed behind a truck or other vehicle to its location where it sets up in less than fifteen minutes. Once it has performed its duty, it is quickly packed up and towed to its next project. The MP5000 is self contained and battery powered. It has been seen at G20 meetings, presidential inaugurations, papal parades, international embassies, municipal parades, Mardi Gras, stadiums and other civilian locales from the United States to Australia and is especially popular at forward operating military bases from Afghanistan through the rest of the world.
Featuring a 7” full-colour, high-resolution touchscreen, TSP-3 provides quick and secure access to arm/disarm/home arm the system and an intuitive way to operate the security system. Connected to the control panel via Wi-Fi network, TSP-3 displays an overview of the system with its intuitive graphic user interface. By gaining control over security and home automation sensors in the system, TSP-3 enhances convenience and comfort level of living. Built-in 2 megapixel front camera is able to take photos, providing with the basis for algorithm analysis to detect and prevent potential harms. With adjustable privacy shutter in front of the camera, TSP-3 offers another layer of peace of mind for users. In addition, TSP-3 can be wall-mounted or placed on the table with its stand. With its flexibility of installation and the capabilities of security and home automation control, TSP-3 provides an effortless way for users to gain access control, as well as an easier, smarter way of living. Features 7” high resolution colour graphic touchscreen to control devices in the system User-friendly and intuitive interface Built-in 2 megapixel camera Adjustable privacy shutter Built-in microphone and speaker Home automation capabilities Take photos for algorithm analysis to detect and prevent potential harms Flexible installation options of wall mounting or desktop deployment Compatibility with video doorphone for live answer (available soon) Suitable for residential and commercial premises Specifications Display: 7” LCD Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Power Source: 5V/1.4A, USB adapter Backup Battery: 3.7V 2500mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery Backup Battery Life: 4 hours* Camera: 2 megapixel camera Audio: Built-in microphone and speaker Operating Temperature: -10°C to 45°C (14°F to 113°F) Operating Humidity: Up to 85% non-condensing Dimensions: 195 mm x 114 mm x 17 mm *Note: Actual battery life may vary due to product settings, operating environment and usage.
ASSA ABLOY access control software can do the hard work, while you benefit from upgraded IT infrastructure, high availability and total management flexibility. The CLIQ® Software as a Service (SaaS) solution gives your access system the highest levels of security and scalability, saving you time, money and stress in the process. That’s why so many companies with sensitive assets trust CLIQ® SaaS. CLIQ® is a mechatronic locking system which combines the strengths of high-end mechanical and electronic security. Physical security is maximised with a range of electromechanical cylinders and padlocks, operated with intelligent, programmable, battery-powered keys. The intuitive CLIQ® Web Manager software supports efficient workflow management, enabling you to filter access to specific locks according to your precise needs. You can create individual schedules for users, doors or audit trails. With a few clicks, a CLIQ® key or system can require regular key revalidation, making it much safer to issue time-limited access to contractors or visitors. The software works securely to help you administer access control in the most efficient way for your site, in a self-managed IT environment or with ASSA ABLOY’s CLIQ® SaaS offering. “We designed our SaaS offering to remove the added strain of managing IT infrastructure at the CLIQ customer’s side,” says EMEA DAS Technical Support & operations Director, Thomas Akerberg. “Knowing our flexible, secure architecture has you covered leaves you free to concentrate on security management, rather than IT. “Our SaaS solution makes budgeting more predictable and removes the need to hire additional in-house IT support and maintenance teams. You always know ahead of time how much resource to allocate and you can scale infrastructure up or down instantly.” With ASSA ABLOY’s CLIQ® SaaS solution, you benefit from complete redundancy in data storage, meaning you meet compliance requirements without stress. We offer round-the-clock support, maintenance and incident reporting as standard, with Service Level Agreements delivering up to 99.5% availability. Your CLIQ® software is always up to date — a major benefit for cyber-security resilience, according to one recent market study*. Customers also rate SaaS above internal cloud or server solutions for flexibility, scalability, cost-effectiveness and suitability for managing access control in SMEs, according to survey data quoted in the same report. “Because they spend less on server hardware, less on staff and fewer hours ensuring software is up-to-date, our CLIQ® SaaS customers save time and money,” adds Thomas Akerberg. *: see https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/wacreport2018
Making business more sustainable is a growing challenge for us all — and made even tougher for any business with dispersed sites or a mobile workforce. Mileage mounts up when workers return to base to collect keys or update their access rights. Car and van use eat into budgets and produce harmful carbon emissions. Fortunately, there is a solution. Despite advances in car engine efficiency, mobile workers use more fuel and increase your company’s carbon footprint. You will make a business more sustainable quickly if you reduce the mileage they travel. Yet reducing miles while maintaining security is not easy, if you rely on mechanical keys to lock remote sites. CLIQ® Connect eliminates the need for workers to return to headquarters to collect or return a mechanical key. With CLIQ® Connect, everyone carries their own programmable CLIQ® key and keeps its access rights up-to-date on the move with just a smartphone — meaning fewer miles driven and less money wasted on unnecessary fuel. It’s an easy solution to becoming more sustainable. Security meets sustainability Part of the trusted CLIQ® access control ecosystem, CLIQ® Connect makes an immediate operational impact. The wire-free locking system is based on multiple mechatronic cylinder formats and programmable electronic keys. With CLIQ® Connect, a key-holder no longer updates their access rights physically in person by returning to base, nor even moves to the nearest programming device. All they need is the CLIQ® Connect app and a Bluetooth connection. It’s simple, agile and more sustainable. It saves fuel and cuts emissions instantly. The app pairs your programmable CLIQ® Connect key, via an encrypted connection, with the CLIQ® Web Manager. To change a key-holder’s access rights or key validity, a system administrator accesses the CLIQ® Web Manager — from anywhere — and updates it. The system is managed easily by secure cloud-based software interfaced with the app. A key-holder makes a Bluetooth connection between their CLIQ® Connect key and the app to instantly update access permissions or key validity securely. There is no travel involved and zero fuel consumption. A recent Future of Fuels report concludes: “Fuels create many sustainability impacts and addressing them should be a high priority for companies.”* CLIQ® Connect keeps your business moving in the right direction. How much wasted fuel and unnecessary energy use could you save by switching to CLIQ® Connect? To find out, download a free Environmental Friendly Checker at https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/cliq-sustainability
When we say Code Handle is an easy way to add PIN security to any interior door, we mean it. From the minute you open the box, Code Handle makes upgrading internal door security simple. Code Handle is a secure handle with a built-in PIN keypad. It adds reliable electronic security to any sensitive interior door. With Code Handle, you don’t need an expensive access control system. There are no cumbersome keys to carry or track. Its secure PIN code makes sure only authorised people can unlock your door. Press a PIN code on the handle’s keypad and the door opens. Close the door and your Code Handle locks itself automatically behind you. Best of all, Code Handle is simple even for the inexperienced to install. Easy installation, easy PIN change, easy security Fitting your Code Handle is easy. There’s no wiring, no specialist tools, and no need to drill any new holes. All it takes is two screws to fit your new Code Handle to almost any interior door, from 35mm to 80mm thick. An optional distance ring enables installation on even thinner doors. With Code Handle, there is no need to cable the door or connect it to the mains. Code Handle adds electronic security without an access control system. You don’t even need to change your door cylinder. Just slot in two standard batteries, secure your Code Handle on the existing cylinder, and your security is upgraded. When you install Code Handle, you set your own Master Code and can choose up to 9 additional user PINs (4–6 digits). Don’t worry if an employee leaves or changes jobs: you can amend or remove their PIN in seconds, without removing your Code Handle from the door. Code Handle keeps sensitive files, personal belongings and valuable stock separated and secure from the public — and from the moment you open the box. Why did we make the Code Handle so simple to install? Because nobody wants a straightforward security upgrade that needs an expert to fit. Visit https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/codehandle to learn more.
As building security becomes smarter, the need for electronic access control systems spreads further. Wired access points and security doors have long been the backbone. Yet at the same time, even buildings with extensive electronic systems leave mechanically locked doors unmonitored and unguarded — and certainly not “smart”. Mechanical locks cannot be connected. Thankfully, the latest generation of wireless locks can replace them easily and integrate them seamlessly within almost any access system. A recent industry survey — cited in the “Wireless Access Control Report 2018”, from ASSA ABLOY and IFSEC Global — finds integration is an increasing concern. Over 90% of industry professionals polled for the report suggest integrating security systems with each other (and with other smart building systems) has increased in importance in the last few years. Integration is a recurring theme in conversations among professionals. For 53% of survey respondents, easy integration with CCTV, alarms, time and attendance, lighting and HVAC would make them interested in upgrading to a particular product — more than any other factor. Forty-three percent said easier integration with existing access control systems would make them more likely to upgrade. But why the focus on integration? What are the advantages? Why integrate? Fewer security interfaces are easier to support and so require less training. Integration can also enhance the experience of building occupants. One credential opens the car park, then the building, and accesses their laptop and buys lunch in the café. Integration across the business also means security systems — and security teams — contribute to business efficiency, not just the protection of people, premises and other assets. Integrate HR systems with your access control system, for instance, and smart access cards can be automatically revoked when people leave the organisation, reducing overheads and even headcount. A majority of those polled for the “Wireless Access Control Report 2018” believe it very important (58%) that access control supports open standards in order to be flexible and future-proofed. A huge majority (91%) consider it at least somewhat important. Future-proofing is high on any list of procurement criteria. Will your system accommodate a changing business and the evolution of functions within it? Can you extend access control with components that contribute to, rather than detract from, the flexibility of all your building systems? The solution to extend access control Expanding the coverage of traditional locks can be expensive and intrusive. But one fast, easy and cost-effective alternative enables you to forget about keys and the hassles of key management: wireless devices like Aperio®, battery-powered locks with integrated RFID-readers. The aforementioned report cites growth forecasts for the wireless access control market of around 8% annually through 2025. The ease and cost-efficient integration wireless offers is surely driving this growth. Because Aperio® has an open architecture, it is flexible and modular, so those who already have wired access control and want to add more doors to their existing system find wireless is the solution. Aperio® wireless locks integrate with security systems from over 100 different OEMs worldwide, for new installations or to upgrade an existing system. Integration is seamless, extending the reach of an existing system with future-proofed devices. Security administrators operate the new Aperio®-equipped doors from the same interface as the installed system. Site users carry a single smart access card for all doors, and other functions like canteen payments or library loans are just as easy to integrate. What if your security system uses mechanical keys, without electronic access control? Wireless locks like Aperio® can also be the right solution. Battery-powered Aperio® RFID-equipped cylinders, escutcheons, handles and locks can be fitted as a new access control system, or extend an existing installation by linking new doors to the same system wirelessly. There’s no need for staff to swap their key-cards, nor for anyone to carry more than one credential. Aperio® locks work within almost every major access control ecosystem on the planet, from over 100 different manufacturers. They are energy-efficient, with batteries lasting an average of 40,000 cycles (typically 2 years) before they need replacing. “It’s easy to start the upgrade process,” says Matthias Weiß, Aperio® Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY EMEA. “Your security or facilities manager only needs to contact their regular access control provider to find out if they offer Aperio®. We can upgrade nearly any system.” Aperio® integrates access control — quickly and painlessly Installing wireless locks is also more cost-effective than hard-wiring more doors, because there’s no cabling or invasive building work around the door. Changing door hardware is unnecessary. For example, it’s fast and easy to switch a mechanical handle for an Aperio® wireless handle with integrated RFID reader, to bring more doors into an access system. (Installation takes mere minutes: see https://youtu.be/lr6Sw95qqm8) Aperio® devices with built-in RFID readers fit almost any opening or security level. Aperio® locks protect both exterior and interior doors, from fire and escape route doors to meeting rooms, labs and offices; wooden, glass or aluminium doors are no obstacle. The portfolio includes cylinders, escutcheons and complete locks for security doors, plus a revolutionary new wireless handle with integrated RFID reader, which recently won Intersec’s Access Control Product of the Year. Aperio® locks are compatible with all common door profiles: Euro, French, Finnish, Scandinavian and Swiss. Integration with your existing system can be Online or Offline, or both. Learn more about Aperio®, visit https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/aperio
Fermax proposal is called Wi-Box, a small device (80 x 80 x 20 mm) that allows any old VDS equipment to connect to the home’s WiFi and transfer its functions to a mobile phone. Wi-Box is added to the existing installation and allows the VDS equipment to connect to the home WiFi network through the home router. Security, comfort and mobility for the user. And for professionals, a new business opportunity. According to Fermax’s calculations, there are currently more than three and a half million VDS equipment installed in the world. VDS is a reliable, successful and stable technology because of its characteristics and for a long time, it has been the favourite of installation companies. Today, the VDS installations continue to offer the final customer excellent performance. That is why Fermax proposes to give a new digitalized life to the old VDS equipment thanks to Wi-Box. For families who already have a VDS terminal at home, the advantages are more than obvious: extra comfort, security and mobility that are very much appreciated by today's digital citizens. For installation companies, Wi-Box means the opportunity for a new business, allowing them to return to customers' homes and offer new solutions to property owners. It is offered at a very attractive price and it works with the VDS audio and video door entry models that Fermax has put on the market over the last few years.
Akuvox is the leading IP Door Entry Phone (DEP) solution within the Vanderbilt portfolio tailored to support both standalone and Vanderbilt’s access control system support scenarios. The Akuvox portfolio has a range of solutions to cover needs for single occupancy buildings, or multi-tenant office and residential buildings. With cloud and mobile apps, Akuvox offers a cloud intercom system that allows for smartphone video calling and unlocking, the issuing of temporary keys via QR Code (R29 Only), and a centralized remote property maintenance system. Akuvox: Convenience By being able to easily monitor door and gate entrances, Akuvox increases security on residential and commercial premises. Cloud and mobile apps also add to the product’s ease of use and convenience, while overall the solution setup can free up the productivity of personal by no longer needing them to be stationed at entrances. More importantly, you can speed up your response time to visitors and deliveries that require access. Installer USP's From an installer’s point of view, Akuvox’s solutions are straightforward to install. Simply buy one door station, one internal monitor, and a POE switch, and you have an intercom solution for your building! In addition, with every Akuvox product, wiring is made easy thanks to their Screwless Terminal Blocks. Moreover, installers and property managers can utilize the Akuvox cloud for multiple sites from the online platform. The Vanderbilt Akuvox portfolio contains: The R29 smart IP video doorphone The R27 video doorphone The R20a video doorphone The IT82W audio and video communication interface The C315 audio and video communication interface Simply shop online on Vanderbilt's new webshop to discover more about each of these top-of-the-range products.
Increasingly, access control is viewed as a wireless technology, as one recent market report* shows. Based on a 2018 survey of senior security professionals, the “Wireless Access Control Report” reveals almost 4 in 10 access control systems include wireless technology in their set-up. At places without wireless devices protecting their doors, twice as many already plan to add wireless locks as do not. The myth that wireless technology is not adapted to access control is rapidly fading away. Wireless access control upgrades security without breaking the bank. Wireless RFID locks are much cheaper to install than hard-wired doors, because there’s no cabling around the door. They are also cheaper to operate, because they use no mains electricity. Wireless devices easily accommodate modern credential solutions such as virtual keys on smartphones, too. Now available globally for a decade, Aperio wireless devices from ASSA ABLOY protect both exterior and interior doors, from fire doors to meeting rooms, labs and offices. Ten years of innovation investment have enhanced the security and usability of Aperio® hardware and firmware — and the range of applications Aperio® finds in businesses across Europe. The Aperio® product range includes battery-powered cylinders, escutcheons and complete locks for security doors which transmit door status. An Aperio® server cabinet lock protects servers onsite or in a co-located data centre. Product design has also become a focus for refinement, with the new Aperio® H100 Electronic Handle. It packs the flexibility of Aperio® wireless access control into a slim door handle — “a brilliant example of product design,” one awards panel judged. Aperio® integration can be Online or Offline, depending on your needs. Whichever you choose, a single interface controls any existing hard-wired doors as well as the Aperio® devices. Online integration is via Wiegand, RS485 or IP communication hubs which connect up to 16 Aperio® devices to the admin software. Aperio® also supports the leading industry standard for Offline integration, OSS Standard Offline. Aperio® locks are compatible with all major door profiles, including Euro, French, Finnish, Scandinavian and Swiss. Ten years of trust... in all kinds of industries and security systems Businesses and buildings serving many different industries turn to Aperio® to expand the reach of their access control — wire-free. Universities in Birmingham (UK), Lund (Sweden), Hamburg (Germany) and many other cities remove the expense and hassle of lost keys when they control access with Aperio® devices instead of mechanical locks. Hospitals and health centres from Ghent to Grenoble protect patients, confidential records, drug storerooms and more with Aperio® wireless devices. At H-Farm, a campus-style business innovation centre in northern Italy, Aperio® handles, security locks and escutcheons integrate seamlessly with an AXIS access control system. To serve customers better with the best wireless locking devices available, over 100 different access control and security manufacturers now integrate Aperio® locks seamlessly with their systems. The fast-growing list of Aperio® partners includes market leaders like Nedap, Gallagher, AXIS, Genetec, Lenel, ACS and many, many more. Because it is built on an open platform and compatible with all standard RFID technologies, Aperio® also streamlines building management. At student accommodation provider CROUS Montpellier, Aperio® integrates with payment systems as well as access control, for example. It offers a single-card solution to replace mechanical keys. A decade since launch, Aperio® access control technology continues to provide flexible, future-proofed, wireless security in diverse industries and premises. At schools and universities; hospitals, health centres and care homes; warehouses, factories and corporate headquarters; sports venues and concert halls, Aperio® makes buildings (and the people who use them) safer. What could the next 10 years bring? Learn more about Aperio®, visit campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/aperio *: see https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/wacreport2018
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The statistics are staggering. The death tolls are rising. And those who now fear environments that were once thought to be safe zones like school campuses, factories, commercial businesses and government facilities, find themselves having to add the routine of active-shooter drills into their traditional fire drill protocols. The latest active shooter statistics released by the FBI earlier this year in their annual active-shooter report designated 27 events as active shooter incidents in 2018. The report reveals that 16 of the 27 incidents occurred in areas of commerce, seven incidents occurred in business environments, and five incidents occurred in education environments. Deadly active-shooter events Six of the 12 deadliest shootings in the country have taken place in the past five years Six of the 12 deadliest shootings in the country have taken place in the past five years, including Sutherland Springs church, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the San Bernardino regional center, the Walmart in El Paso and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which have all occurred since 2015. Although these incidents occurred in facilities with designated entry points common to churches, schools and businesses, the two most deadly active-shooter events since 2015 were the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and the Pulse nightclub killings in Orlando where 49 perished. As Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in San Antonio, Texas, said during a news conference following the August 31 mass shooting in Odessa, Texas that claimed seven lives: “We are now at almost every two weeks seeing an active shooter in this country." Active shooter incidents Between December 2000 and December 2018, the FBI’s distribution of active shooter incidents by location looks like this: Businesses Open to Pedestrian Traffic (74) Businesses Closed to Pedestrian Traffic (43) K-12 Schools (39) Institutions of Higher Learning (16) Non-Military Government Properties (28) Military Properties—Restricted (5) Healthcare Facilities (11) Houses of Worship (10) Private Properties (12) Malls (6) What the majority of these venues have in common is they all have a front entrance or chokepoint for anyone entering the facilities, which is why any active-shooter plan must include a strategy to secure that entry point. Situational awareness in perimeter and door security Preventing people with the wrong intentions from entering the space is the goal" According to Paul Franco, an A&E with more than 28 years of experience as a consultant and systems integrator focusing on schools, healthcare and large public and private facilities, that while active shooter incidents continue to rise, the residual effect has been an increase in situational awareness in perimeter and door security. “Certainly, protecting people and assets is the number one goal of all our clients. There are multiple considerations in facilities like K-12 and Healthcare. Preventing people with the wrong intentions from entering the space is the goal. But a critical consideration to emphasise to your client is getting that person out of your facility and not creating a more dangerous situation by locking the person in your facility,” says Franco. High-security turnstiles “Schools today are creating a space for vetting visitors prior to allowing access into the main facility. Using technology properly like high-security turnstiles offer great benefits in existing schools where space constraints and renovation costs can be impractical.” What steps should they be taken when recommending the proper door security to ensure the building is safe As a consultant/integrator, when discussions are had with a client that has a facility in a public space like a corporate building, government centre or industrial facility, what steps should they be taken when recommending the proper door security to ensure the building is safe and can protect its people and assets? For Frank Pisciotta, President and CEO of Business Protection Specialists, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, a fundamental element of his security strategy is making appropriate recommendations that are broad-based and proactive. Properly identifying the adversaries “As a consultant, my recommendations must include properly identifying the adversaries who may show up at a client’s door, the likelihood of that event occurring, the consequences of that event occurring, determining if there are tripwires that can be set so an organisation can move their line of defence away from the door, educating employees to report potential threats and creating real-time actionable plans to respond to threats. A more reactionary posture might include such thing as target hardening such as ballistic resistant materials at entry access points to a facility,” Pisciotta says. Veteran consultant David Aggleton of Aggleton & Associates of Mission Viejo, California recommends that clients compartmentalise their higher security areas for limited access by adding multiple credential controls (card + keypad + biometric), along with ‘positive’ access systems that inhibit tailgating/piggybacking such as secure turnstiles, revolving door and mantrap if your entrances and security needs meet the required space and access throughput rates. Integrated solution of electronic access control Defining a single point of entry in some public facilities is becoming the new standard of care according to many A&Es and security consultants, especially in a school environment. This approach allows a concerted effort when it comes to staffing, visitor monitoring and an integrated technology solution. The bottom line remains: most buildings are vulnerable to a security breach A proactive stance to securing a door entryway will use an integrated solution of electronic access control, turnstiles, revolving doors and mantraps that can substantially improve a facility’s security profile. The bottom line remains: most buildings are vulnerable to a security breach, so it’s not a matter of if there will be a next active shooter tragedy, it’s only a matter of where. Enhancing access control assurance “There is no easy answer to this question,” says Pisciotta referring to how a secured entrance can deter an active shooter. “There have been at least two high-profile incidents of adversaries shooting their way into a facility through access control barriers. So, if the threat so dictates, a ballistic resistant might be required.” He concludes: “There is obviously no question that turnstiles, revolving doors and man traps enhance access control assurance. Electronic access control is easy to integrate with these devices and providing that credentials are secure, approval processes are in place, change management is properly managed and the appropriate auditing measures in place, access control objectives can be met.”
Rodrigue Zbinden, CEO at Morphean, discusses the business benefits from merging video surveillance and access control technologies as demand for ACaaS grows. The big question facing businesses today is how they will use the data that they possess to unlock new forms of value using emerging technologies such as the cloud, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. Some data is better utilised than others: financial services were quick to recognise the competitive advantages in exploiting technology to improve customer service, detect fraud and improve risk assessment. In the world of physical security, however, we’re only just beginning to understand the potential of the data that our systems gather as a part of their core function. Benefits of ‘Integrated access control’ The first thing to look for is how multiple sources of data can be used to improve physical security functionsWhat many businesses have yet to realise is that many emerging technologies come into their own when used across multiple sources of data. In physical security, for example, we’re moving from discussions about access control and CCTV as siloed functions, to platforms that combine information for analysis from any source, and applying machine learning algorithms to deliver intelligent insights back to the business. ‘Integrated access control’ then looks not just to images or building management, but to images, building management, HR databases and calendar information, all at the same time. And some of the benefits are only now starting to become clear. The first thing to look for, of course, is how multiple sources of data can be used to improve physical security functions. For example, by combining traditional access control data, such as when a swipe card is used, with a video processing platform capable of facial recognition, a second factor of authentication is provided without the need to install separate biometric sensors. CCTV cameras are already deployed in most sensitive areas, so if a card doesn’t match the user based on HR records, staff can be quickly alerted. Making the tools cost-effective In a similar vein, if an access card is used by an employee, who is supposed to be on holiday according to the HR record, then video data can be used to ensure the individual’s identity and that the card has not been stolen – all before a human operator becomes involved. This is driving growth in ‘access control as a service’ (ACaaS), and the end-to-end digitalisation of a vital business functionThese capabilities are not new. What is, however, is the way in which cloud-based computing platforms for security analytics, which absorb information from IP-connected cameras, make the tools much more cost effective, accessible and easier to manage than traditional on-site server applications. In turn, this is driving growth in ‘access control as a service’ (ACaaS), and the end-to-end digitalisation of a vital business function. With this system set up, only access control hardware systems are deployed on premise while the software and access control data are shifted to a remote location and provided as a service to users on a recurring monthly subscription. The benefits of such an arrangement are numerous but include avoiding large capital investments, greater flexibility to scale up and down, and shifting the onus of cybersecurity and firmware updates to the vendor. Simple installation and removal of endpoints What’s more, because modern video and access control systems transmit data via the IP network, installation and removal of endpoints are simple, requiring nothing more than PoE and Wi-Fi. Of all the advantages of the ‘as a service’ model, it’s the rich data acquired from ACaaS that makes it so valuable, and capable of delivering business benefits beyond physical security. Managers are constantly looking for better quality of information to inform decision making, and integrated access control systems know more about operations than you might think. Integrating lighting systems with video feeds and access control creates the ability to control the lightsRight now, many firms are experimenting with ways to find efficiencies and reduce costs. For example, lights that automatically turn off to save energy are common in offices today, but can be a distraction if employees have to constantly move around to trigger motion detectors. Integrating lighting systems with video feeds and access control creates the ability to control the lights depending on exactly who is in the room and where they are sitting. Tracking the movement of employees Camera data has been used in retail to track the movement of customers in stores, helping managers to optimise displays and position stocks. The same technology can be used to map out how employees move around a workspace, finding out where productivity gains can be made by moving furniture around or how many desks should be provisioned. Other potential uses of the same data could be to look for correlations between staff movement – say to a store room – and sales spikes, to better predict stock ordering. What makes ACaaS truly exciting is it is still a very new field, and we’re only just scratching the surface of the number of ways that it can be used to create new sources of value. As smart buildings and smart city technology evolves, more and more open systems will become available, offering more ways to combine, analyse and draw insights from data. Within a few years, it will become the rule, rather than the exception, and only grow in utility as it does.
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.
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