Suprema Xpass S2 multi-smartcard reader and controller contains enhanced features for IP access control
Suprema Xpass S2 multi-smartcard reader and controller contains enhanced features for IP access control

Suprema, Inc., a leading global provider of technology in biometrics and security, recently announced the launch of a new model of IP access control multi-smartcard reader and controller, ‘Xpass S2’. Compared to its predecessor Xpass Slim, Xpass S2 is remarkably enhanced in RF performance as it now supports reading of various more card technology standards including MiFare, DESFire, ISO14443A/B, ISO15693 and FeliCa, as well as NFC. It also reads and writes data on the card sectors. In addition, with IP65 ingress protection rating, Xpass S2 is equipped with built-in adaptive heater and works under a harsh environment at a wide operational temperate range of -35°C to 65°C. It also supports expanded capacity, up to 50,000 user badges and 100,000 event logs for enterprise level organisations as well as small and medium sized businesses. Xpass S2 comes not only with TCP/IP interface, but also more traditional interfaces such as RS485 and Wiegand to provide higher flexibility and multiple installation options for different environments. A built-in relay and a configurable Wiegand interface enable Xpass S2 to be used as a standalone controller with other 3rd party readers. The device is designed by focusing on satisfying both aesthetic and practical aspects, featuring multi-colour LED indicator and extra slim profile of 11.4 mm. Measuring 80 mm of height and 120 mm of width, it perfectly fits switchboxes for most US, EU and APAC countries to provide easier installation. “The Xpass S2 is the latest addition to our growing access control lineup and provides extra flexibility for our customers in designing their access control systems with or without biometric solutions,” said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema Inc. “Along with our biometric access control system, the Xpass S2 is expected to set Suprema as a leader in IP access control, meeting various needs for flexibility, complexity and scalability”

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HID releases the industry’s first self-contained long range contactless smart card reader
HID releases the industry’s first self-contained long range contactless smart card reader

HID Corporation, the premier manufacturer of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry, has released the industry’s first, self-contained long range contactless smart card reader that meets multiple international regulatory requirements.  The R90 is ideal for installations incorporating parking and long read range applications with access control and represents an expansion of HID’s iCLASS® 13.56 MHz contactless smart card reader family.  The R90 combines a longer read range with enhanced security through encryption and mutual authentication standard with HID iCLASS 13.56 MHz contactless smart card products.  International regulatory standards and certifications include CE Mark (Europe), and c-Tick (Australia) and FCC (United States).With read range distances up to 45 centimetres or 18 inches, the R90 comes complete with auto- tuning enabling more consistent read ranges and a “Parking Hold” function that allows connection to a loop detector to ensure accurate detection of vehicles in parking lanes.  Featuring a tamper switch, all electronics are packaged in a single, rugged, indoor/outdoor, easy-to-install housing that mounts on metal with minimal read range impact.  In addition, two R90s can operate simultaneously at one metre apart for “HI-LO” truck and car installations.  Audio indicators include tone sequences to signify access granted, access denied, power up and diagnostics, while a multicolour LED flashes from red to green with a beeper sound when a valid card is presented to the reader.The R90 read-only contactless smart card long range reader is based on a 13.56 MHz technology platform that meets the ISO 15693 standard and includes a highly secure, 64-bit diversified key format for mutual authentication.  The R90 Long Range Reader is programmable with a command card, enabling it to be field-configurable and customizable.  The R90 reads HID iCLASS 13.56 MHz contactless smart cards, any ISO 15693 card serial number (CSN) and is compatible with industry standard Wiegand protocol access control panels.  The R90 is mountable indoors or out, includes a factory or field-configurable LED and speaker for the visually and hearing impaired, and to signify status, power up and diagnostics.  The R90 measures 30.48 x 30.48 x 3.18 centimetres (12 x 12 x 1.25 inches) and comes with a lifetime warranty.The iCLASS contactless smart card readers are available from HID’s network of distributors, OEMs, and system integrators worldwide.    

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IP Intelligence at the door with integrated HID multiCLASS™ reader for host systems
IP Intelligence at the door with integrated HID multiCLASS™ reader for host systems

The HID EdgeReader ERP40 IP Access Solution puts control and host interface at the door - right inside the HID multi-technology contactless smart card reader.  The HID EdgeReader ERP40 is a unique multiCLASS reader with an IP-enabled intelligent access control processor and host interface solution in a single unit.  With the same footprint as traditional reader solutions, the EdgeReader ERP40 provides a complete and full-featured access control hardware/software infrastructure and contactless smart card read/write capability at "the edge" of the network for OEM software host systems.  A perfect solution for new building installations, the EdgeReader ERP40 requires less wiring, and controls every control function at the door.The EdgeReader ERP40 is cost-effective and ideally suited for today's IT-centric security environment, addressing the requirements for an IP-based solution incorporating PoE capability that takes advantage of existing CAT-5 cable infrastructure.The EdgeReader ERP40 can be fully integrated into any host system utilizing an IP network.  As with all Edge IP Access Solutions, the ERP40 incorporates the HID OPIN Technology and TCP/IP API with an available Windows® DLL tool.  And it includes an RS-232 serial port for optional back-up via modem. Key features:Provides multi-technology card processing.  Reads HID Prox, iCLASS®, DESFire® • ISO 15693 CSN (MyD, I Code, Tag It), ISO14443A CSN (MIFARE®), FeliCa™ CSN, Simple Migration from HID Proximity to iCLASS Network access is CAT-5 for communications and Power over Ethernet (PoE). Eliminates the need for separate power supplies Built on the HID OPIN™ platform and managed from a host application.  Ideally suited for today's IT-centric security environment

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HID Global expands FlexSmart® Series
HID Global expands FlexSmart® Series

HID Global, a leading manufacturer in the access control industry, today announced the addition of several products to its FlexSmart® Series of MIFARE® and DESFire® contactless smart card readers and credentials.  Expanding on the existing family, the new offerings include heavy-duty keypad readers for high traffic use, and diverse, application-enabling credentials in various multi-technology form factors.The interoperable, ISO 14443A-compliant family of contactless smart card products provides customers a totally flexible platform - from the simplicity and security of HID Format MIFARE readers to completely customizable (keys and format) secure MIFARE and DESFire reader solutions.  The addition to this new, open architecture reader line augments HID's market leading, flexible, open iCLASS® product line, clearly asserting the company's commitment to support 13.56 MHz technologies.  Taken together, the company's offerings comprise the Industry's broadest range of open standard contactless smart card products, available from over 40,000 resellers worldwide.The flexible, highly secure and stylish contactless smart card keypad reader models now available include the FlexSmart MIFARE HID Format Secure Keypad Reader (Model Number: 6071), FlexSmart MIFARE Custom Keypad Reader (Model Number: 6072) and FlexSmart DESFire Custom Keypad Reader (Model Number: 6073).FlexSmart Keypad Readers:Two-Factor, Highly Secure Access Control Readers - Ideal for access control system users with MIFARE or DESFire contactless smart card credentials.Multiple Models for Custom Configurations - Feature open architecture format control and key management support for HID MIFARE, standard and custom MIFARE, and custom DESFire credentials.Lifetime Warranty - Unlike typical membrane keypads, HID's heavy duty keypad design ensures reliable operation over millions of PIN entries.Complementing the FlexSmart Reader family, HID Global provides a wide variety of 13.56 MHz credentials including cards, tags and keyfobs.  Some credentials also include combination technology, used in upgrading end-users from 125 kHz proximity to the benefits of MIFARE/DESFire smart card technology.  These multiple technology credentials are ideal for companies preparing to transition from proximity technology to the additional speed and applications of 13.56 MHz smart card solutions.FlexSmart Credentials:Programming Flexibility - Both MIFARE and DESFIRE cards, keyfobs, and tags are programmable with existing formats, which allows for seamless integration into legacy installations.  Cards are also programmable with custom formats and security keys.Combination Cards - MIFARE and DESFIRE credentials are available with HID or Indala Prox for easy site migration.Multiple Form Factors - Available in ISO credit card thin card, keyfob and adhesive tag styles for any application.Custom Graphics and Anti-Counterfeiting Card Options - Provide an additional level of security.HID's release of this new, highly secure contactless smart card series adds to the superior range of 13.56 MHz solutions from "The Trusted Advisor".  The entire FlexSmart line includes HID's standard lifetime warranty.

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New product line from HID - SmartID™ S10, SK10, SW100 and SWK100 13.56MHz contactless reader / writer family
New product line from HID - SmartID™ S10, SK10, SW100 and SWK100 13.56MHz contactless reader / writer family

SmartID offers a flexible High Frequency Solution to help users migrate at their own pace.  SmartID ISO 14443 readers offer the ultimate choice in interoperability and programmability.  Its unique capabilities, such as reading any MIFARE® and/or MIFARE DESFire® sector or application data file, helps to meet any access control solution's needs.  Designed for a wide variety of applications from entry level access control to secure ID management, the SmartID family is completely configurable for every access control application challenge.SmartID readers offer one of the broadest ranges of card compatibility in the industry and can be configured as a specific solution for each project.SmartID reader is available with or without PIN pad, adding an extra layer of protection for higher security installations making it an ideal solution for customers that require a customizable reader for new or existing installations.Within the SmartID family of products, HID Global also offers a biometric reader, an intelligent combination of the SmartID mullion reader and fingerprint verification.Key features:Completely configurable for every access control application challenge.Open Architecture Design - ISO 14443A MIFARE®/MIFARE DESFire® contactless smart card, compatible for broad card interoperability.Read Flexibility - Reads data from any MIFARE® sector or MIFARE DESFire® application file on the card.Data Security - Secure data transmission with 3DES encryption.GSA-approved - Included in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) FIPS 201 Approved Product List

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New OmniAssure™ contactless smart card readers from Honeywell
New OmniAssure™ contactless smart card readers from Honeywell

The OmniAssure biometric reader, part of the OmniAssure contactless smartcard reader range from Honeywell, provides a fingerprint solution for up to two fingerprints on a 1k Mifare card. Containing proven Bioscrypt fingerprint sensors, the fingerprint smart card reader is easy to install. Enrolment is easy without software.  Just use the enrolment card supplied with the reader to store the fingerprint template on the user's card.  Up to two fingerprints can be stored on the standard Mifare card.  There is no need for extra RS485 data lines to connect multiple fingerprint readers for fingerprint template database sharing - saving costs and installation time.The reader communicates via Wiegand interface and is applicable on virtually any access control panel using Wiegand.Because of the flash-on-card design, OmniAssure readers are the easiest to use in today's market.  With flash-on-card, the reader's flash firmware can be easily updated to support changing needs in security without removing the readers from the wall.Product references:MIFARE BIOMETRICS READER FOR HONEYWELL SECTOR AND FINGERPRINT:OT70HONAM: Mifare fingerprint readerOT75HONAM: Mifare fingerprint reader with keypadOFP1N26:       1k Mifare Classic PVC card, pre-programmed                            26 bit number in Honeywell sector MIFARE BIOMETRICS READER FOR CARD SERIAL NUMBER AND FINGERPRINT:OT70HONAS: Mifare fingerprint readerOT75HONAS: Mifare fingerprint reader with keypadOFP1N00:       1k Mifare Classic PVC card, un-programmed

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Access control readers - Expert commentary

The EU called for a ban on police use of facial recognition but not commercial use. Why?
The EU called for a ban on police use of facial recognition but not commercial use. Why?

Recently, the European Parliament called for a ban on police use of facial recognition. In the US, too, some cities have restricted police use of facial recognition. The first question that comes to mind is - why ban police from using technology that is allowed to private companies? Point of difference The key difference between the way police use facial recognition and the way commercial facial recognition products work is that: The police get a picture of a suspect from a crime scene and want to find out: "Who is the person in the picture?" That requires as wide a database as possible. Optimally - photos and identities of all the people in the world. Commercial facial recognition products such as those used by supermarkets, football stadiums, or casinos answer different questions: "Is the person in the picture on the employees' list? Is the person in the picture on a watch-list of known shoplifters?" To answer these questions doesn't require a broad database but rather a defined list of employees or a watch-list of specific people against whom there is an arrest warrant or a restraining order. Use of facial recognition AnyVision helps organisations leverage facial recognition ethically to identify known persons of interest "Facial Recognition Apps Should Be Provided to the Police with an Empty Database". This is exactly the subject of the open letter sent by AnyVision, to the British Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Prof. Fraser Sampson, titled: "Facial Recognition Apps Should Be Provided to the Police with an Empty Database". AnyVision recently raised $235M from Softbank and another leading VCs is a visual AI platform company that helps organisations across the globe leverage facial recognition ethically to identify known persons of interest, including shoplifters, felons, and security threats. Ethical use of facial recognition AnyVision CEO Avi Golan wrote, "The ethical use of facial recognition is a thorny one and requires a nuanced discussion. Part of that discussion has to explain how facial recognition works, but, just as important, the discussion must also involve how the technology is used by police departments and what checks and balances are built into their processes.” “We recommend building their watchlists from the ground up based on known felons, persons of interest, and missing persons. Some facial recognition solution providers have scrapped billions of photos and identities of people from social networks, usually without their consent." "Unfortunately, this method of facial recognition has justifiably angered privacy groups and data protection agencies around the globe and damaged the public trust in accuracy and reliability of facial recognition systems.” Preventing invasion of citizen’s privacy We believe an unjustified invasion of citizens' privacy can be prevented, false arrests can be reduced" “We believe that lists of suspects should be limited and justified. In this way, unjustified invasion of citizens' privacy can be prevented, false arrests can be reduced and public confidence in technology can be increased.” Golan added: "AnyVision is willing to share its industry insights and best practices from our vast research experience with leading global players, including name-brand retailers, global hospitality and entertainment companies, and law enforcement agencies from around the world.” Balancing public order and crime prevention “If the regulations set forth by Surveillance Camera Code of Practice are committed to the principles outlined above, then law enforcement agencies can strike the right balance between the need to maintain public order and prevent crime with the rights of every person to privacy and non-discrimination before the law." Recently Clearview AI CEO told Wired; the company has scraped 10 billion photos from the web - 3 times more than was previously known.

Access the right areas - Making a smart home genius with biometrics
Access the right areas - Making a smart home genius with biometrics

Household adoption of smart home systems currently sits at 12.1% and is set to grow to 21.4% by 2025, expanding the market from US$ 78.3 billion to US$ 135 billion, in the same period. Although closely linked to the growth of connectivity technologies, including 5G, tech-savvy consumers are also recognising the benefits of next-generation security systems, to protect and secure their domestic lives. Biometric technologies are already commonplace in our smartphones, PCs and payment cards, enhancing security without compromising convenience. Consequently, manufacturers and developers are taking note of biometric solutions, as a way of levelling-up their smart home solutions. Biometrics offer enhanced security As with any home, security starts at the front door and the first opportunity for biometrics to make a smart home genius lies within the smart lock. Why? Relying on inconvenient unsecure PINs and codes takes the ‘smart’ out of smart locks. As the number of connected systems in our homes increase, we cannot expect consumers to create, remember and use an ever-expanding list of unique passwords and PINs. Indeed, 60% of consumers feel they have too many to remember and the number can be as high as 85 for all personal and private accounts. Biometric solutions strengthen home access control Biometric solutions have a real opportunity to strengthen the security and convenience of home access control Doing this risks consumers becoming apathetic with security, as 41% of consumers admit to re-using the same password or introducing simple minor variations, increasing the risk of hacks and breaches from weak or stolen passwords. Furthermore, continually updating and refreshing passwords, and PINs is unappealing and inconvenient. Consequently, biometric solutions have a real opportunity to strengthen the security and convenience of home access control. Positives of on-device biometric storage Biometric authentication, such as fingerprint recognition uses personally identifiable information, which is stored securely on-device. By using on-device biometric storage, manufacturers are supporting the 38% of consumers, who are worried about privacy and biometrics, and potentially winning over the 17% of people, who don’t use smart home devices for this very reason. Compared to conventional security, such as passwords, PINs or even keys, which can be spoofed, stolen, forgotten or lost, biometrics is difficult to hack and near impossible to spoof. Consequently, homes secured with biometric smart locks are made safer in a significantly more seamless and convenient way for the user. Biometric smart locks Physical access in our domestic lives doesn’t end at the front door with smart locks. Biometrics has endless opportunities to ease our daily lives, replacing passwords and PINs in all devices. Biometric smart locks provide personalised access control to sensitive and hazardous areas, such as medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, safes, kitchen appliances and bike locks. They offer effective security with a touch or glance. Multi-tenanted sites, such as apartment blocks and student halls, can also become smarter and more secure. With hundreds of people occupying the same building, maintaining high levels of security is the responsibility for every individual occupant. Biometric smart locks limit entry to authorised tenants and eliminate the impact of lost or stolen keys, and passcodes. Furthermore, there’s no need for costly lock replacements and when people leave the building permanently, their data is easily removed from the device. Authorised building access Like biometric smart locks in general, the benefits extend beyond the front door Like biometric smart locks in general, the benefits extend beyond the front door, but also throughout the entire building, such as washing rooms, mail rooms, bike rooms and community spaces, such as gyms. Different people might have different levels of access to these areas, depending on their contracts, creating an access control headache. But, by having biometric smart locks, security teams can ensure that only authorised people have access to the right combination of rooms and areas. Convenience of biometric access cards Additionally, if building owners have options. The biometric sensors can be integrated into the doors themselves, thereby allowing users to touch the sensor, to unlock the door and enter. Furthermore, the latest technology allows biometric access cards to be used. This embeds the sensor into a contactless keycard, allowing the user to place their thumb on the sensor and tap the card to unlock the door. This may be preferable in circumstances where contactless keycards are already in use and can be upgraded. Smarter and seamless security In tandem with the growth of the smart home ecosystem, biometrics has real potential to enhance our daily lives, by delivering smarter, seamless and more convenient security. Significant innovation has made biometrics access control faster, more accurate and secure. Furthermore, today’s sensors are durable and energy efficient. With the capacity for over 10 million touches and ultra-low power consumption, smart home system developers no longer have to worry about added power demands. As consumers continue to invest in their homes and explore new ways to secure and access them, biometrics offers a golden opportunity for market players, to differentiate and make smart homes even smarter.

Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) – what you need to know about modern and future proof access control security?
Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) – what you need to know about modern and future proof access control security?

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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