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Vanderbilt recently launched the latest updates to VCredential, their cloud-based credential management platform that offers users the ability to create and manage Bluetooth credentials independent of the access control platform. What is VCredential? VCredential represents Bluetooth access control technology that is easy to use, simple to navigate, and offers the added benefit of mobility for users. Originally launched in September 2020, VCredential was developed in response to the growing trend of virtualization, a shift in the market to touchless door access, and the ever-evolving landscape of added security threats. Now, 10 months on from that first release, VCredential has been developed further. The key feature of this new release is the simplification of the authorization process that allows customers to use a Bluetooth credential. What’s New? VCredential was proving such an intriguing option for customers that this latest release now means that the process of creating and managing Bluetooth credentials is even faster. The process has been reduced to a simple two-step program now. Admin sends out an email invitation to the user. This email contains instructions for the user on downloading the VI Mobile ID app alongside a 6-digit alphanumeric activation code. The end-user downloads the VI Mobile ID Bluetooth app enters the activation code. The credential is now ready for use. It is as simple as that. Why Use VCredential? All the original benefits of VCredential still remain. Smartphone credentials are time and cost-effective alternatives to managing physical credentials that enable mobile phones to be used just like a traditional access control card or tag. The addition of mobile credential functionality is critical in today’s threat landscape as more users demand touch-free flexibility and a streamlined approach to visitor management and access control. VCredential is a one-off license purchase as opposed to a subscription-based model that would include annual charges per virtual credential. With this latest version, now credentials on lost, stolen, or old phones can be deactivated and transferred over to a customer’s new device meaning there are truly no hidden or extra costs, allowing for big savings in the long-term. Greater Control Moreover, thanks to additional integration functions, the creation, and management of Bluetooth credentials can now be carried out directly by the administrator within ACTpro and SiPass integrated systems for easier management and greater control. Meanwhile, the integration with the award-winning ACTpro reduces the workload on the operator by automating the issuing of Bluetooth credentials to cardholders from within the ACTpro software. It also enables the customer to manage credential allocation through this single interface.
Highly secure – Like all Seos credentials, Seos Essential is Secure Identity Object® (SIO)-enabled, which allows for multi-layered security beyond card technology and the protection of identity data from unauthorized access Simplified, cost-effective migration – Support for read/write identification is provided using 125 kHz contactless technology to enable migration from legacy 125 kHz credential technologies Convenient – Fully supported by HID Signo, iCLASS SE®, multiCLASS® SE, HID Prox and Indala reader platforms Heightened privacy protection – Seos Essential offers best-in-class data and privacy protection by incorporating mutual authentication and secure messaging mechanisms into stringent best practices for data protection
Secu365 is built specifically for small and medium business owners, simplifying security interactions for property managers, tenants, employees and visitors. Regardless of what type of service you provide, if you have a brick-and-mortar business, a well-rounded and easy-to-use security system is not just important—it's essential. Just take a look at a few of the benefits that you might be concerned about and get from the business security system Monitor customers and employees with video surveillance in case of any accidents that happen Help prevent theft, vandalism, and other crimes With a mobile device, remotely control your business from anywhere Furthermore, as businesses continue to maintain a mostly remote workforce, the drive towards adopting cloud-based and hybrid solutions has grown as well.Thus, with 24/7 video monitoring, indoor and outdoor cameras, integrated with biometric or mobile access—Secu365 system is the perfect way to protect your small business. It enables visual multi-validation of alarm events and real-time remote control.
Remote access control from anywhere Built on a cybersecure web platform, the Software House C•CURE 9000 Web-Base client lets you manage personnel and monitor alarms from anywhere in the world on any PC with an internet browser. With an adaptive interface, you get the information that you need when you need it. The C•CURE 9000 Web-Base client allows you to easily perform tasks such as configuring, editing, and viewing personnel records and user credentials, and assigning clearances and roles. Alarm monitoring is also made easy with color-coded bubble images for a visually dynamic user experience. Along with the Event Viewer, manual actions and intrusion zones have been designed to handle core alarm management functions for critical infrastructure projects. Balancing security responsibilities Customize what employees can view based on their roles within an organization using Web Views. This allows you to streamline productivity and balance both responsibility and workload. Corporate security administrators can delegate control to individual department managers allowing them to grant access in the physical areas for which they are responsible. Customization for enhanced user experience With the C•CURE 9000 web-based client, you can dynamically change the appearance of personnel screens, customizing the user interface to show different tabs, columns, and fields based on a user’s role within the organization. Simply drag and drop from a list of more than 100 fields to show only the fields you need to see, streamlining and enhancing the user experience. A responsive layout automatically adjusts and adapts to device screen size and orientation.
Anviz CrossChex is a personnel identity verification, access control and time attendance management system. The system facilitates management of personnel information by biometric technology and helps meet customer's time attendance and access control requirements. CrossChex Cloud is a cloud-based time attendance software and can be used to access data anywhere, anytime, from any browser. You can schedule attendance requirements for a specific employee and create shifts for their work period within one click. During this global pandemic, CrossChex Cloud can work with Anviz biometric time clocks to enable users to check whether their employees are wearing a mask or not, and get timely reports on - employee attendance record, entrance record, and temperature record.
HID Global, the worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, has announced the most feature-rich implementation of the latest MIFARE DESFire EV3 credential. This new access control credential based on NXP MIFARE DESFire EV3 delivers this technology’s full range of advanced security and privacy capabilities and reinforces them with HID’s powerful model for identity data protection. This HID credential provides AES128 encryption, a secure channel for protecting card data from man-in-the-middle attacks, and a random unique identifier (UID) for protecting user privacy. The credential works with readers based on MIFARE DESFire EV1 and EV2 products and is interoperable with HID® Signo™, iCLASS SE®, and multiCLASS SE® readers. In addition to choosing standard or custom security profiles to meet their specific needs, users can take advantage of HID’s Secure Identity Object™ (SIO®) model that protects a credential’s identity data through key diversification, authentication signatures, and encryption. Users can create multi-technology cards with HID’s credential based on NXP MIFARE DESFire EV3 to provide a smooth migration path from vulnerable legacy, low-frequency 125 kHz-based systems to modern and secure credential technology. What are the benefits of HID Global’s MIFARE DESFire EV3 credential solution? Feature-rich security that offers profile choices to fit your needs Advanced security features that aren’t available elsewhere, such as modern encryption, mutual authentication and secure messaging and SIOs Key management and card formatting that adhere to the highest standards of data protection and governance Click here for more information.
Symmetry Mobile is a web credential application designed to be used with AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Bluetooth readers. Symmetry Mobile is a convenient solution for organizations using mobile devices or in conjunction with physical credentials for users who are transitioning to a mobile system to gain access to secured doors. It works with AMAG’s Symmetry Access Control system, as well as other access control systems, providing a seamless, efficient and cost-effective solution for enterprise users deploying more than one system. The touchless solution supports multi-factor authentication when used with a PIN or biometric (fingerprint or facial recognition) on both Android and Apple iOS devices. Users can type their PIN or use a biometric on their phone, eliminating the need to touch the reader and in support of COVID-19 guidelines. The frictionless setup of a credential eliminates the need to physically interact with the security team. Organizations can centrally issue and manage mobile credentials, photos and devices to their entire user base from a remote location, eliminating the need to buy and carry a physical credential and come into the badge office. The virtual credential in Symmetry Mobile displays a person’s name and photo. An unlimited number of credentials can be stored within their digital wallet, allowing people who need to access multiple sites using different access control systems to use the same mobile device. In an effort to support businesses that required employees to be on-site and ensure the health and safety of the labor force, AMAG developed a customizable health screening questionnaire to help reduce the risk of potentially infected employees from entering a building. Upon successful completion of the questionnaire, an employee’s physical access card or mobile credential will be enabled for a specified period of time, for example, one day. If the form is not completed successfully, the access card will expire and the employee will be denied access to the building. The system will send email notifications to managers for visibility. The questionnaire’s functionality operates independently and can be used on virtually any existing Symmetry Access Control system installation — and without any local infrastructure changes. Symmetry Mobile data is highly secure, as all of the data is encrypted when sent to the reader or stored on the phone, ensuring the mobile solution is completely secure. Users can customize the signal strength and read range on a per device and/or per person basis, increasing security and accommodating those who may need a longer read range, such as a person in a wheelchair, to open a door. Door read and unlock time is less than 1.2 seconds. Symmetry Mobile is available as a hosted or on-premise solution. The app is available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic, and is available now in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Incedo™ Business Cloud access management from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions is created for businesses on the move, who need a flexible security solution which grows with them. Now, security managers managing an Incedo Business solution can work remotely too – while maintaining complete control over their building’s access points. Incedo connects security software and hardware within a single, seamless platform. To accommodate the restless change and disruption of modern business life, Incedo enables scaling up or down on demand. And now, the new Incedo Business Cloud management keeps security and facility managers in control of their premises from wherever they happen to be right now. Incedo Business Cloud solves many pressing daily challenges of access management, Managers no longer need to be on-site to handle day-to-day security. It operates securely 24/7 from any PC with an internet connection. Installing the system is easy, with no complex integrations needed. Software updates are regular and automatic, with real-time reports and analytics available with a few clicks.
HID® Signo™ Readers bring today’s organizations into the future of access control. Beyond its sleek, modern design, this cutting-edge reader platform provides flexible, reliable performance with support for an unmatched range of credential technologies. HID Signo extends the leadership position of HID Global in the access control industry while providing unrivaled security and powerful performance with the addition of new features to better fortify facilities and beyond. Upgrading your access control readers to HID Signo ensures convenience and security today while preparing you for whatever comes tomorrow—this is the signature promise of Signo. Key Features Highly Versatile - Support for the widest range of credential technologies, including HID Mobile Access via native Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC) capability. Also features Apple’s Enhanced Contactless Polling (ECP) to support credentials in the Apple Wallet. Unparalleled Performance - Ultra secure storage of cryptographic keys on certified secure element hardware, plus a new surface detection feature that allows the reader to automatically recalibrate and optimize read range performance. Connected to the Future - All readers include out-of-the-box support for Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) for secure bidirectional communication. Each reader is also designed to be connected and managed remotely without “sneakernet” or the need to be physically touched.
With the SMARTair® Openow™ app, security managers enjoy Update-on-Card functionality and a touchless credential handling process. Openow brings online benefits to existing offline devices in a SMARTair access control system, so management tasks are completed more efficiently. Powerful features usually only available in online mode are now enabled for SMARTair offline locks — without any need to fit dedicated wall updaters or communications HUBs. This means no cabling at all; and faster, less invasive installation. Now, every time a user opens a SMARTair door with Openow, the event and entire door history are reported in the SMARTair software, alerting security managers about low battery status, access denied, out of time zone and more. Openow is the convenient mobile solution for SMARTair wireless access control systems. Users store validated digital keys securely in their own Openow app. To open a SMARTair lock, they simply tap their phone against its inbuilt BLE reader. An encrypted Bluetooth connection connects the phone and locking device to quickly approve or deny a unlock request. With Openow, if you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys. Facility managers get through their access management workload faster when they replace traditional card and tag credentials with Openow. Because Openow and the intuitive SMARTair TS1000 software handle everything, virtual keys may be securely deployed over-the-air to anywhere in the world and security managers can easily and quickly update access plans. Delays in issuing or revoking keys for sensitive doors no longer jeopardize site security or business efficiency. There are no physical credentials to handle or track; no card encoders to buy; and no queues at reception for staff or visitors awaiting credentials being issued. The entire credential handling process — for both building users and security managers — is touchless.
With resistance to attack and extreme weather, wire-free installation and battery-powered operation, the new SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock is built for use almost anywhere. This new device in the SMARTair wireless access control range enables facility managers to add real-time control to non-electrified gates, cupboards, cabinets, closets, crates and more — wherever they are and whatever the climate. Security and access needs do not stop at the perimeter door. Yet finding reliable locking devices which are easy to operate with an electronic access system can be difficult. Gates and outbuildings are hard to reach with cabling. Access devices may not have the resilience required for operation outdoors. The i-gate meets all these challenges. The SMARTair i-gate padlock is robust enough for almost any climate. It has a watertight cover (IP68 rating) and an internal cylinder with Durability EN 15684 Class 6 Certification. It is battery powered and works with all standard proximity credential technologies, including MIFARE®, DESFire and iCLASS®, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy. Upgrading an existing padlocked closure involves simply swapping the devices and integrating the i-gate Padlock into an existing or new SMARTair wireless access control system. No drilling or wiring is required. Exterior and interior openings previously unsuited to electronic access control can now be controlled and monitored from the SMARTair TS1000 or Web Manager. An i-gate is compatible with any SMARTair system management option, including mobile management via the Openowä app.
Another large survey confirms the growing importance of integration across building security functions. According to the Wireless Access Control Report 2021, “95% [of security professionals] cited system integration [of access control] with other building/security management functions to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ important” for the coming five years. Extensive expertise in the security sector made Plexus’ procurement team aware of this growing need for connectivity across functions — including access control. Plexus managers sought a more flexible access system for their own head office in Swansea, Wales. Alongside integrated control, Plexus prioritized modern access control with lower maintenance costs than their current system, as well as the potential to be operated securely from the cloud. Any new installation should offer the option to further scale — in any direction — in the future. They require a broad choice of wireless and wired door devices and readers for multiple types of opening — and of course a straightforward upgrade path for both hardware and software. ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions’ Incedo™ Business platform is now running at Plexus. Installing wireless locks, readers and controllers from the broad ASSA ABLOY range was fast and simple, streamlining their switch to Incedo Business. “Hardware architecture is well manufactured, and this goes hand-in-hand with software that has fantastic ease of use,” says Marcus Elphick, Operations Director at Plexus Fire and Security. Coming soon: fully featured cloud management With keyless locking and Incedo Business management software, Plexus managers control exactly who goes where around their offices. They can set times when defined user groups may open specific doors. It keeps staff moving and safe without the hassle of physical keys. The “new software has been seamless, much simpler and [with a] common sense approach to structure,” says Marcus Elphick. Incedo Business software is intuitive to operate from any PC. The entire Incedo platform is fully flexible and modular, allowing Plexus to add more locks or change management software options whenever they need. They are already planning to extend control: remote sites, entrance gates and warehouse access control will be covered, too. “We have been so pleased with the system and its capabilities,” he adds. Plexus aim to quickly upgrade to new Incedo Business Cloud management, which offers them real-time 24/7 access from anywhere, and for a greater number of doors, as they look to expand coverage to more sites. “Incedo’s integrated access control platform already delivers connectivity and convenience,” says Stephanie Ordan, VP Digital and Access Solutions at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “Now it delivers in the cloud, too. Incedo keeps premises secure and filters access intelligently, to manage the ever-changing movement of people — from anywhere.” “Your business is not static, and there is no reason why your security should be.” “Incedo’s system management options scale from entry level up to cloud-based administration,” adds Kevin Hoare, Incedo Product Unit Director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “You can manage multiple sites and third-party integrations, including security solutions like CCTV. Scale up and down, add or remove hardware and credentials on demand — or switch system management options — all within your single environment. Migration between local and cloud management is always seamless in any direction, ensuring total flexibility for your business.” Whatever the 2020s bring next, Incedo gives security the flexibility to adapt.
Identification Modes: Face, card, password multiple ways to choose, convenient, flexible and safe to use Attendance Status: User-defined function keys to switch attendance state, meeting multiple identification needs Card: Standard EM, Optional Mifare Open the Door Remotely: Remote opening through network and software management Security: Security incident monitoring and alarm Access Control Interface: Support Relay Output, Wiegand26/34 Input and output, magnetic, etc. Infrared Sensing: Infrared sensor activation U Disk Download: Support U disk, user information record backup And firmware upgrade Multi-language: Support Global Multilingual Display
Add instant feedback to any door security system with the Aperio® Sensor AS100. The new sensor from ASSA ABLOY maintains the integrity of a security system by detecting and transmitting door status information. The latest addition to the Aperio® range of security solutions displays the current status of a door - open or closed - and notifies the control system wirelessly via the Aperio® 1-to-8 Communication Hub. The AS100 works as a standalone wireless device - fully compatible with already installed doors equipped with electronic Aperio cylinders and escutcheons - or in tandem with other products from the ASSA ABLOY Aperio® range, if required. Aperio® wireless door sensors are battery operated and can be positioned up to 25 metres away from an Aperio 1-to-8 Communication Hub, which integrates the door with the computerised access control system. They blend unobtrusively into the environment, thanks to small dimensions and wireless design.About Aperio®: Available on the global market place, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio® Technology now enables a wide range of access control providers to cost-effectively integrate non-wired doors with mechanical locks into access control systems.Add to Compare
The LNL-400X-CE220 is power-limited supply/charger that converts a 230 VAC, 60Hz input into a power limited 12 VDC or 24 VDC output. Includes tamper switch and short circuit protection. Dimensions including enclosure: 610x 457 x 114. Can accommodate up to 6 Lenel Access Control Modules. Surge protected outputs. Thermal overload protection and short circuit protection.Add to Compare
The Vanderbilt Industries VI-16IN 16 Input Monitor Module is capable of supporting 16 general purpose inputs which can be individually set for normally-open or normally-closed operations and can be declared supervised or non-supervised. The VI-16IN communicates directly to Vanderbilt VRCNX-M Reader Controller.Add to Compare
Live View Video Camera designed for taking live video portraits using Vanderbilt Badging application (included in SMS Software). Kit includes a high intensity photo flash, zoom lens, and a tripod. Requires a USB port. Also, available for use with SMS Guest Pass.Add to Compare
Includes high resolution CCD camera with software zoom capabilities for capturing badgeholder images. Built-in flash, tripod system. Rapid images download. USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 compliant) PAL or NTSC available.Add to Compare
The CT500 closers are ideal for lightweight aluminum doors and PVC solution. This aerial articulated arm closers noted for its compact size. Its mechanism under control closes doors up to 950mm wide and weighing about 60kg . It has two control valves to control the closing speed and final speed.Add to Compare
The CT2300 closers model is the most compact slide . The model offers control over closing doors with a leaf width up to 950mm and is certified for use on fire doors . It also has control over the closing speed and the final blow. Also this has two separate closers for speed control valve closes and final blow .Add to Compare
The arquitectural grade closer offering superior performance and aesthetics with sliding guide rail. Size is continously adjustable EN1-EN4 The symmetric CAM MOTION mechanism provides universal versatility, allowing all mounting possibilitites with a single model. Designed to work with GD300F (or GD3000) guide rails for superior aesthetics. Independent valve adjustment for closing and latching speeds. Extendable height spindle (14 mm.) Internal safety valve with pressure relief action. Optional flat mounting plate which is concealed after completing installation: APCT4500HZ Compatible for use with the GD15EM, GD25SC and GD25EM guide rail system for the widest solutions range in single or double Fire Door equipment.Add to Compare
TEX703 is the basic yet reliable concealed door closer for wooden doors. TEB703 model is ideal for door width of 95 cms. and can be used in Fire Doors. Same body dimensions and door machining for both models. Minimum thickness in wooden doors: 40 mm. The closer body and guide rail are supplied together in a single package. Optional Hold Open function can be ontained ordering the MR2000 Hold Open module. (Max. 120º)Add to Compare
Slide track closer for large doors.Certification: UNE-EN 1154:1996 + A1: 2003 Classification: 4 8 5/7 1 1 4 Continuous size adjustment from 5 to 7. Double mechanism acting over one spindle. Able to control the motion of doors weighing up to 400 kg. Including pre-installation over steel mounting plate and custom stainless steel cover. Two separate valves for closing and latching speeds. To be installed with the GD300F slide track, which is ordered separately. Fully reversible. Finishes: BL, BR, NE, OR, PL, IM.Add to Compare
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From analogue to digital, from stand-alone to interlinked, building systems are in a state of transition. Moreover, the rate of change shows no sign of slowing, which can make it difficult to keep up to date with all the latest developments. If asked to pinpoint the single biggest driver of this revolution, one could point out the growing clamour for platform convergence. A security guard in a building doesn’t want to use different systems to check video cameras, fire alarms or if someone has entered a restricted area: – it simply isn’t efficient. For similar reasons, a building manager wants a single interface to control heating and lighting to match fluctuating occupancy levels, particularly in a hybrid working model. Applying the digital glue The demand from end-users for system convergence is growing, but to achieve full interoperability you still need to apply some ‘digital glue’ and that requires expertise. Yet bringing together disparate systems from different manufacturers can be problematic. Just as you get things to work, someone upgrades their solution and your carefully implemented convergence can start to come unstuck. Managing an implementation can quickly become more complicated, today’s quick-fix can become tomorrow’s headache This is one of the principal issues with all types of new technology; not everyone will choose the same path to reach the desired goal – it’s the old VHS/Betamax argument updated for building management and security systems. Managing and maintaining an implementation can quickly become more complicated than it first appears and without proper oversight, today’s quick-fix can become tomorrow’s technical headache. Effective support for a hybrid workforce Today’s hybrid workforce is a response to the pandemic that looks set to become an established part of working life for many companies across the world. Security systems have a massive role to play in facilitating this transformation that goes beyond simple intrusion detection, access control, and video monitoring. They can identify the most densely populated areas in a building to comply with social distancing guidelines and provide efficient use of space. The insights gathered from a security system can also be used to identify patterns of behaviour, which can then be used for planning and directing the use of building space to help create the best possible working environment while also minimising heating, lighting, and air conditioning expenditures. Identity credentials can help manage compliance with industry regulations by limiting access to certain areas Similarly, identity credentials – either biometric or mobile-based – can help manage compliance to industry regulations by limiting access to certain areas only to approved employees. Creating and maintaining the appropriate level of functionality requires a combination of innovative solutions and industry experience. The complete security package It’s not just physical security that’s important – cybersecurity is a major focus, too. Bringing together both the physical security and cybersecurity realms is increasingly becoming a ‘must have’ capability. What is evident is that the pace of technological change is faster than ever. Today’s functionality simply wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago, while today’s leading-edge developments may seem commonplace in five years.
Ensuring employee health and safety remains a key priority for organisations this year, especially as we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise in different areas of the world. As an ongoing challenge, COVID-19 has shifted the priorities of many organisations. In fact, “improving health and safety for employees” is the top strategic goal this year of manufacturing and logistics organisations in the U.S. and U.K., according to research conducted by Forrester on behalf of STANLEY Security. But as we think about reopening and as hybrid workforce models and “workspace-on-demand” approaches rise in popularity, leaders need to consider implementing the right technologies to help ensure a safe return to the office. This means investing in health, safety, and security solutions that can help leaders protect their people. The intersection of security technology and health and safety There’s no doubt that the scope of security has expanded in the wake of the global pandemic. What was once an area governed by a select few security or IT professionals within a business has now become a crucial company investment involving many key stakeholders. The role of security has expanded to encompass a broader range of health and safety challenges for businesses Additionally, the role of security has expanded to encompass a broader range of health and safety challenges for businesses. Fortunately, security technologies have made significant strides and many solutions, both existing and new, have been thrust forward to address today’s biggest business challenges. Investment in security technology It’s important to note that businesses are eager to adopt tech that can help them protect their people. Nearly half (46%) of organisations surveyed by Forrester report that they’re considering an increasing investment in technology solutions that ensure employee safety. Technologies like touchless access control, visitor management systems, occupancy monitoring, and installed/wearable proximity sensors are among some of the many security technologies these organisations have implemented or are planning to implement yet this year. Facilitating a safe return to work But what does the future look like? When it comes to the post-pandemic workplace, organisations are taking a hard look at their return-to-work strategy. Flexible or hybrid workforce models require a suite of security solutions to help ensure a safer, healthier environment More than half (53%) of organisations surveyed by Forrester are looking to introduce a flexible work schedule for their employees as they make decisions about returning to work and keeping employees safe post-pandemic. Such flexible – or hybrid – workforce models require a suite of security solutions to help ensure a safer, healthier environment for all who traverse a facility or work on-site. One of the central safety and security challenges raised by these hybrid models is tracking who is present in the building at any one time – and where or how they interact. Leveraging security technology With staggered schedules and what may seem like a steady stream of people passing through, it can be difficult to know who’s an employee and who’s a visitor. Access control will be key to monitoring and managing the flow of people on-site and preventing unauthorised access. When access control systems are properly integrated with visitor management solutions, businesses can unlock further benefits and efficiencies. For instance, integrated visitor management systems can allow for pre-registration of visitors and employees – granting mobile credentials before people arrive on-site – and automated health screening surveys can be sent out in advance to help mitigate risk. Once someone reaches the premises, these systems can also be used to detect the person’s temperature and scan for a face mask, if needed. We will likely see these types of visitor management and advanced screening solutions continue to rise in popularity, as 47% of organisations surveyed by Forrester report that they’re considering requiring employee health screening post-pandemic. Defining the office of the future A modern, dynamic workforce model will require an agile approach to office management. It’s imperative to strike the right balance between making people feel welcome and reassuring Businesses want to create an environment in which people feel comfortable and confident – a space where employees can collaborate and be creative. It’s imperative to strike the right balance between making people feel welcome and reassuring them that the necessary security measures are in place to ensure not only their safety but also their health. In many cases, this balancing act has created an unintended consequence: Everyone now feels like a visitor to a building. Protocols and processes With employees required to undergo the same screening processes and protocols as a guest, we’ve seen a transformation in the on-site experience. This further underscores the need for seamless, automated, and tightly integrated security solutions that can improve the employee and visitor experience, while helping to ensure health and safety. Ultimately, the future of the office is not about what a space looks like, but how people feel in it. This means adopting a “safety-always” culture, underpinned by the right technology, to ensure people that their safety remains a business’ top priority.
Access control and management of trusted identities are the building blocks of security, safety, and site management policies for many businesses and organisations. The current pandemic has compounded this with the introduction of new policies and regulations, particularly around social distancing and contact tracing. Most organisations will have some form of legacy access control in place, ranging from the most simplistic options, such as locks and keys, to technology-based systems. The issue with legacy systems of any type is that risks, just like technology, evolve. What was secure, convenient, and efficient a few years ago is often found wanting as the threat landscape changes. The standards governing the development and testing of physical access control systems (PACS) have also evolved to improve security and product interoperability. An example is the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), introduced 10 years ago as an alternative to the antiquated and vulnerable Clock-and-Data and Wiegand protocols. However, when it comes to planning infrastructure upgrades or implementing new tools, businesses must carry out due diligence to ensure the solutions are future-proof and deliver the expected level of security. Vulnerabilities and challenges In the early 1980s, Clock-and-Data and Wiegand protocols were widely adopted as the de-facto standard for interoperability between access control readers and physical access controllers. Those de-facto standards were later formalised and adopted into industry standards by the Security Industry Association in the 1990s. Wiegand is unencrypted and unable to protect from “man in the middle” attacks and vulnerabilities There were weaknesses, though, Wiegand is unencrypted and unable to protect from “man in the middle” attacks and vulnerabilities from the reader to the controller. Not only that, but Wiegand delivers limited range options and is operationally inefficient. It is also easy to target via its learnable language and a host of hacking devices available via online sources. Furthermore, the retrofitting installation alongside a legacy system is complicated for integrators and expensive for organisations, as most readers require dedicated home-run wiring. Extensive wiring on a large-scale project, such as a school or corporate campus, results in considerable — often prohibitive — costs for the installation of a PACS. Legacy access control protocol Despite the well-publicised vulnerabilities and weaknesses, Wiegand is still one of the most common protocols in legacy access control, with estimates indicating it is used in more than 90 percent of installed systems. This not only presents issues about physical security but also raises concerns relating to the protection of personal data. Access control systems not only contain information about who can and cannot use certain doors. OSDP is a communication standard Modern systems include a wide range of personal data, ranging from qualifications and certifications of individuals, home contact details, and even medical conditions or HR and employment information. With the potential fines associated with GDPR breaches, companies need to take this concern seriously. These weaknesses pushed the security industry to adopt a new protocol: Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP). This access control communications standard was developed by Mercury Security (now part of HID Global) and HID Global in 2008, and donated, free of intellectual property, to the Security Industry Association (SIA) to improve interoperability among access control and security products. Since then, it has been adopted as a standard by SIA, becoming the first secure, bidirectional reader/controller protocol to be governed by a major standards body in the security industry. In 2020 OSDP reached an additional milestone in becoming an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard. Why implement OSDP as a standard? OSDP is the only protocol that is secure and open for communication between readers and controllers The growth of networked devices, such as video and access control products, has led to an increased demand for converged solutions. Businesses and organisations recognise the value of implementing an integrated solution to enhance security and add value to technology investment. OSDP is the only protocol that is secure and open for communication between readers and controllers and is also being widely adopted by industry-leading reader and controller manufacturers. It is an evolving, ‘living standard,’ making it a safer, more robust, future-proof option for governing physical access control systems. OSDP offers important benefits: 1) Increased security Implementing OSDP standards can increase security, as OSDP with Secure Channel Protocol (SCP) supports AES-128 encryption that is required in U.S. federal government applications. Additionally, OSDP constantly monitors wiring to protect against tampering, removing the guesswork since the encryption and authentication are predefined. 2) Bidirectional communication Early on, communication protocols such as Wiegand were unidirectional, with external card readers sending information one way to a centralized access control platform. OSDP has transformed the ability for information to be collected, shared, and acted upon with the addition of bidirectional communication for configuration, status monitoring, tampering, and malfunction detection, and other valuable functions. In fact, OSDP is the only open, non-proprietary, bidirectional, secure protocol for communication between card reader and physical access controller. 3) Open and interoperable OSDP adds new technology that enhances its ability to protect incoming and outgoing data collection OSDP supports IP communications and point-to-point serial interfaces, enabling customers to flexibly enhance system functionality as needs change and new threats emerge. They also can proactively add new technology that enhances their ability to protect incoming and outgoing data collection through a physical access control system. 4) Reduced installation costs OSDP’s use of two wires (as compared to a potential of 11 wires with Wiegand) allows for multi-drop installation, supervised connections to indicate reader malfunctions, and scalability to connect more field devices. Daisy-chaining accommodates many readers connected to a single controller, eliminating the need to run home-run wiring for each reader, and the use of a four-conductor cable achieves up to 10x longer distances between reader and controller than Wiegand while also powering the reader and sending/receiving data. 5) User friendly OSDP gives credential holders greater ease of use, with audio and visual feedback such as coloured lights, audible beeps, and the ability to display alerts on the reader. For security administrators, managing and servicing OSDP-enabled readers also becomes increasingly convenient, as OSDP-enabled readers can be remotely configured from network-connected locations. Users can poll and query readers from a central location, eliminating the cost and time to physically visit and diagnose malfunctioning devices. Unlimited application enhancements OSDP streamlines installations and upgrades while saving organisations the expense of replacing readers OSDP supports advanced smartcard technology applications, including PKI/FICAM and biometrics, and other enhanced authentication protocols used in applications that require Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) compliance and interactive terminal capabilities. Audio-visual user feedback mechanisms provide a rich, user-centric access control environment. OSDP offers advantages for users, administrators, and integrators, alike. It adds security and real-world efficiencies, and its interoperability ensures that organisations can use systems from numerous manufacturers as they invest in infrastructure that maximises the protection of critical data. For our part, HID Global’s range of HID Signo readers is OSDP verified, ensuring they offer the intended interoperability and security for secure bidirectional communication and provide an easy migration from Wiegand devices. In a campus environment, OSDP streamlines installations and upgrades while saving organisations the expense of replacing readers if a new access control solution is implemented. There are also service and maintenance benefits as OSDP encourages continuous monitoring of system uptime and allows for remote configuration of -- or upgrades to -- a reader. Cost savings upon system upgrade Integrators can also capitalise on the introduction of OSDP by encouraging open standards, which can, in turn, help them build new customer relationships and win more projects. Although upgrading to access control systems that adhere to OSDP standards is a significant initiative, the range of benefits outweighs the cost of upgrading. Increased security coupled with business efficiencies adds value for those administering the system and a high level of interoperability ensures users can deploy systems from numerous third-party manufacturers. Integrators who understand the benefits of OSDP can also help their customers support both current and future technology requirements. When a site’s needs change, OSDP offers significant cost savings as the open functionality makes adding new devices easier and reduces the expense of requiring all readers to be replaced if a new solution is installed. Businesses and organisations transitioning to OSDP will also enhance value in terms of operational costs such as servicing and maintenance.
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