Suprema presents new Xpass smart IP access reader
Suprema presents new Xpass smart IP access reader

Suprema launches Xpass access controller, an IP based RF reader/controller. Packed in a sleek and compact black body, the Xpass features PoE (Power over Ethernet), waterproof, network interfaces and built-in controller functions bring significant cost savings in installation & maintenance by leveraging existing network. Xpass provides easy installation and network connectivity by TCP/IP (or RS485) interface, Wiegand as well as an internal relay for direct lock interface. By adopting PoE, the Xpass completes true IP-to-the-door access control which means only single CAT5/6 cable is required for both network and power.The design of Xpass is focused on satisfying both aesthetic and practical aspects. It features rounded edges and straight lines with silver finish with the body covered in black. Weighing less than 160 grams, its extra slim 45mm width make Xpass to easily fit in most of door frames. Xpass also features IP65 certified water and dust protection which make it ideal for outdoor installation, and also offers greater durability in indoors than ordinary access controllers.See the key features of the Xpass access control reader In addition, Xpass is fully compatible with the BioStar, SUPREMA's IP based distributed access control management system. "The Xpass is the latest addition to our growing access control lineup and provides extra flexibility for our customers in designing their access control system with or without biometric solutions. With no compromise in level of security and performance, we will continue to execute our strategy of meeting the needs from the diverse and growing security market," said Brian Song, CTO at Suprema.Suprema is increasingly focusing on developing "IP enabled distributed access control system" to answer trends and needs from the security industry. Along with its biometric access control system, the Xpass will set Suprema as a leader in access control, especially for fast-growing IP based security system market.

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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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ACTsmart2 1070PM (Panel Mount Proximity Reader / Controller) for the ACTsmart2 range
ACTsmart2 1070PM (Panel Mount Proximity Reader / Controller) for the ACTsmart2 range

The ACTsmart2 1070PM is a panel mount proximity card reader / controller. It can be mounted on a single gang electrical back box using the ACT PM Flush Plate or it can be mounted into an ACTentry V-IP or suitable third party audio video door entry system. The unit will operate standalone or as part of an ACTsmart2 system (master slave or networked).FeaturesProximity reader / controller 1,000 users Standalone / master slave / networkable Programmable inputs/outputs: push to exit, door monitoring / door contact, door alarm (ajar / forced), fire alarm override, interlock Tamper output 5 amp, 30 Volt DC relay Smartlock option for added security Robust polycarbonate front plate and potted electronics Indoor / outdoor (IP67) Panel mount Mounts on standard single gang electrical back box with ACT PM Flush Plate Mounts into ACTentry V-IP and other industry standard audio video panels Can be programmed using      - a programming card (standalone)      - the master keypad (master slave)      - ACTWin smart software (network)The ACTsmart2 range has established itself as a popular choice for access control in small to medium sized commercial properties.  The ACTsmart2 also provides an ideal solution for gate entry / barrier control when used in conjunction with the ACT 433RX long-range receiver.  Its popularity is driven by its power, low cost and flexibility as well as its proven quality and reliability.In addition to the ACTsmart2 1070PM the ACTsmart2 range has pin and proximity and pin only reader / controllers.  These can handle up to 1,000 users (500 for pin and proximity option.  The ACTsmart2 readers operate with the ACTProx RFID cards and fobs however a HID compatible version is also available.

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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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Suprema BioStation 2 IP fingerprint terminal: New standard in biometric access control and time & attendance
Suprema BioStation 2 IP fingerprint terminal: New standard in biometric access control and time & attendance

Along with the launch of new web based open security platform BioStar 2, Suprema has released BioStation 2 to set a new standard in biometric access control and time & attendance. The terminal embeds an all new optical sensor, powerful hardware, and a new exterior to enable ultra-performance in any environment. Combined with the latest innovative features from Suprema, the device offers unmatched benefits to customers looking for a biometric access control and time & attendance solution. Superior biometrics under any conditions The new optical sensor can scan and produce clear and accurate fingerprint images in any condition leveraging the new sensor architecture and innovative features. Conditions that may affect fingerprint capture range from wet or dry fingers to external light getting into the sensor. The new sensor incorporates the Adaptive Gain Control feature along with a new sensor architecture for optimal results. The new exterior of the BioStation 2 is exquisite and crafted with an eye for the detail and will act as a centrepiece to wherever it is installed. The device features full touch capacitive buttons for easy navigation, and the already intuitive UI is further supported with Voice Feedback. An IP65 rating will protect the device from environmental elements such as dust and rain and ensure the device will function in outdoor installations as well as indoors. Ultra-performance and compatibility The hardware features a powerful processor and revised memory handling processes. The device provides Instant Matching through which it can match and authenticate fingerprints 3 times faster than previous generation devices. BioStation 2 also provides maximum user capacity of 500,000 with staggering 3,000,000 logs. Furthermore, the large user database associated with the biometric system can now be transferred 30 times faster between server and device using Rapid Data Transfer technology incorporated into BioStar 2 and BioStation 2. The terminal also supports extensive line-up of smart card technology with support for 125KHz EM and HID Prox, and 13.56MHz MiFare/DesFire/DesFire EV1/Felica/NFC and HID iClass SE. Along with the built-in Wi-Fi and PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) give flexible installation options for the device.

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Suprema presents its D-Station’s Multi-Biometric Fusion Technology™
Suprema presents its D-Station’s Multi-Biometric Fusion Technology™

D-Station’s Multi-Biometric Fusion Technology™ is a perfect blend of fingerprint and face recognition technologies which delivers incredible matching accuracy and speed that no other biometric devices have ever achieved. Bursting with a loads of innovative features like touch screen LCD, dual finger sensors, megapixel camera and powerful tri-CPU parallel processing, it offers extreme performance with extra usability. The new D-Station, it opens a whole new generation of biometric access control.Authentication modes of D-StationD-Station offers 3 distinct authentication modes which provides a balance between level of security and processing speed. D-Station manages to adjust biometric authentication methods and provides optimal performance according to the user's requirements of accuracy, speed and high traffic.Fusion Mode - extreme accuracyFast Mode - ultra speedTwin Mode - enhanced usabilityWatch a demo of the new D-Station Multi-biometric access control reader Multi-Biometric Fusion Technology ™Multi-Biometric Fusion Technology™ (MBFT) is Suprema’s patented breakthrough technology offering exceptional performance that far outperforms today’s biometric technologies. MBFT synthesizes and processes minutiae gathered from multiple biometric sensors, delivers superior result over current single-mode biometric technologies. The new D-Station, using MBFT, provides incredible biometric recognition performance with 0.001% EER by incorporating fingerprint & face recognition technology. The D-Station, equipped with two high-precision fingerprint sensors and a camera for face recognition, offers various recognition modes to accommodate individual user’s requirements. Between the different fusion modes which D-Station offers, more biometric input delivers better accuracy.FeaturesPowerful Tri-CPU Parallel Processing SystemUltra-wide Touch Screen LCD with Intuitive GUIIP Access Control with PoE & WiFiBuilt-in Camera for Image and Video InterlaceUnique Features and Extra Functions

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Suprema touchscreen IP access control terminal with face detection feature
Suprema touchscreen IP access control terminal with face detection feature

Suprema, a leading provider of biometrics and ID solution, launches X-Station, an RFID-based IP access control terminal with 3.5 inch touchscreen LCD and a built-in camera for face detection feature.X-Station offers RFID & keypad reader/controller functions with array of cutting-edge technologies. The 3.5 inch heavy-duty touchscreen LCD with smart phone-style graphic user interface provides extreme usability and convenience. On the hardware side, the device offers loads of innovative features including a built-in camera for face detection, powerful 667 MHz processor for Windows CE based device operation, TCP/IP interface and time & attendance hot keys.   The face detection technology in X-Station provides increased level of security and effective workforce management solution. With its built-in camera, X-Station detects and captures human face images after card/PIN authorisation. This can avoid unauthorised access attempts and prevent possible payroll fraud like buddy-punching. The device can store up to 5,000 face image logs in its internal flash memory and it can also send image logs to the server with its TCP/IP interface.   In addition, X-Station is fully compatible with the BioStar, Suprema's IP based distributed access control management system. The device offers intelligent controller functions with its network interfaces and powerful 667 MHz CPU, and the IP-based system concept brings significant cost saving in installation and maintenance by leveraging existing network. The device offers comprehensive communication interfaces including TCP/IP, 2-channel RS485, Wiegand interfaces, and relays. Available in 13.56 MHz Mifare or 125KHz EM card version, it provides greater flexibility for users in designing their own access control systems.   With the introduction of X-Station IP access terminal, Suprema now offers extensive line-up of biometrics and RFID products from simple IP readers to industry-leading multimodal (fingerprint & face) biometric terminals. For more information, please visit Suprema's homepage.

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Access control readers - Expert commentary

Smart access control is essential to the future of smart cities
Smart access control is essential to the future of smart cities

Throughout the UK there are many examples of smart city transformation, with key industries including transport, energy, water and waste becoming increasingly ‘smart’. A smart city is a one that uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and resident welfare. Smart access is an important step forward in providing technologically advanced security management and access solutions to support the ambitions of smart cities and their respectively smart industries. Explaining smart access If we used the standard definition of smart, it would be to use technology to monitor, control and manage access, but the technology must be adapted to both the physical and management characteristics of smart cities. Smart access is an important step forward in providing advanced security management and access solutions to support the ambitions of smart cities For example, it would not make sense to install an iris biometric sensor at an isolated water storage tank, which is out in the open and may not even have electrical power. Nor would a permissions management system work, one that does not let you update permissions simply and easily and cannot be customised. With high volumes of people entering and exiting different areas of the city, it is important to be able to trace who has been where, when and for how long. Advanced software suites can provide access to all operations performed by users, including a complete audit trail. This information is often used by business owners or managers for audits, improvements or compliance. When initiating a new access control system it is important that the supplier and customer work together to understand: Who can enter a secure area Where in the building each individual has access to When an individual can enter a secure area How an individual will gain access to a secure area This information can be crucial in the event of a security breach, enabling investigators to find out who was the last known key holder in the building and what their movements were whilst there. Installing an electronic lock does not require electrical power or batteries, much less a connection to send information Modernising locks and keys Installing an electronic lock does not require electrical power or batteries, much less a connection to send information, which means that it can be installed on any door as you would a mechanical lock without maintenance requirements. Permissions are stored within an intelligent key. If you have authorisation for that lock, it will open. If you don’t, you won’t be allowed to enter and all of the activity carried out by the key will be recorded. You can update permissions from a computer or using an app on a mobile phone at the time of access, which will update the key's permissions via Bluetooth. This allows shortened validity periods, constrains movements to be in line with company access policy and removes travel and fixed authoriser costs. This then delivers increased flexibility and higher levels of security. Remote access control utilities Access rights can be set at any time and on any day, and if required can allow access on just one specific occasion Using an app improves access control by updating access rights in real time with the Bluetooth key. It also provides notification of lost keys, joint management of access schedules, protection of isolated workers and much more. Combined with new technological solutions, an app allows contextual information to be sent, such as on-site presence, duration of an operation, authorisations and reporting of anomalies. Access rights can be set at any time and on any day, and if required can allow access on just one specific occasion, for example to repair a failure. Access can be restricted to enable entry only during working hours, for example. Permissions can be granted for the amount of time required, which means that if permission is requested to access a site using a mobile app, the company should be able to access it, for example, in the next five minutes. Once this time has passed, the permission expires and, if a key is lost or it is stolen, they will not be able to access the site. The rules for granting permissions are infinite and easily customisable, and the system is very efficient when they are applied; as a result, the system is flexible and adapted to suit company processes and infrastructures. Using an app improves access control by updating access rights in real time with the Bluetooth key Finding applications to create solutions In many cases, companies themselves find new applications for the solution, such as the need to obtain access using two different keys simultaneously to prevent a lone worker from accessing a dangerous area. The software that manages access makes it smart. It can be used from a web-based access manager or through personalised software that is integrated within a company's existing software solution, to automatically include information, such as the employee's contractual status, occupational risk prevention and the existence of work orders. In some companies, the access management system will help to further improve service levels by integrating it with the customer information system, allowing to link it for instance with alarms managers, intrusion managers or HR processes. With over one million access points currently secured worldwide, this simple and flexible solution will play a strategic role in the future of security.

Losing the one-size-fits-all mentality surrounding entrance control systems in 2018
Losing the one-size-fits-all mentality surrounding entrance control systems in 2018

The optical speed lane and turnstile sector of the security market has had a very busy 2017. Growth in commercial construction has provided more opportunity.  Innovations in technology have given speed lane manufacturers an opportunity to deliver a better product. Orion sales increase and company growth Orion Entrance Control, Inc., had a great 2017 as sales increased and our company grew. We attribute our success to the unique approach we have taken since day one: providing customised products that offer customers more than a “one-size-fits-all” solution. We offer the line of turnstiles that you would expect from any reputable manufacturer in the marketplace, but we know that when dealing with lobby security or entrance control, one size definitely does not fit all. By providing various options to supplement our core line, we give our customers a solution that best suits their needs.The ability for security technologies and their manufacturers to work together is becoming increasingly more important to our customers One area that we will continue to build upon in the development of our products is in technology integrations. The ability for security technologies and their manufacturers to work together is becoming increasingly more important to our customers. The manufacturers that can future proof their products to allow the addition of new technologies and to protect a client’s investment from obsolescence will be the big winners in 2018 and beyond. Integration in entrance control Orion ECI’s products are built with technology and designs that have this vision for the future. For example, we work with the leaders in biometrics and Point of Sale (POS) solutions to integrate these systems into our entrance control products. Oftentimes, with just a wave of the hand or the right credential, approved users can enter with no hassle or even ring up a purchase. From a business standpoint, Orion ECI experienced a year of continued process improvement and design in 2017. We reached record sales revenues as we continued to receive orders from our existing enterprise clients and new customers. For 2018, we plan to add personnel in key growth areas. This will include additional inside and outside sales positions and product production and engineering roles.

Top 10 mergers and acquisitions in the security industry for 2017
Top 10 mergers and acquisitions in the security industry for 2017

Rapid changes in the physical security market this year have largely overshadowed one arena where change has slowed down in 2017 – mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Although there were no “mega-mergers” as in years past (such as Axis-Canon and Johnson Controls-Tyco, M&A activity still made headlines last year on SourceSecurity.com. In 2017, we wrote about M&A news involving companies such as HID Global, Eagle Eye Networks, ADT, and Honeywell.    Here’s a look at the Top 10 M&A stories in 2016, as reported by SourceSecurity.com: 1. HID Global acquires Mercury Security HID Global, a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY specialising in trusted identity solutions, agreed in 2017 to acquire Mercury Security, an OEM supplier of controllers for physical access control. Mercury Security has over three million controllers installed at tens of thousands of sites worldwide, including at more than 90 of the Fortune 100 companies. Mercury’s intelligent controllers, interface boards and software complement HID Global’s readers, smart cards and mobile IDs for opening doors.  2. ASSA ABLOY acquires August Home Smart Locks ASSA ABLOY signed an agreement to acquire August Home, a leading smart lock business in the United States, reinforcing the company’s position in the residential smart door market. The acquisition includes expansion into complementary smart locks, video doorbells and comprehensive solutions for home delivery. August was founded in 2013. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California. 3. Eagle Eye Networks buys Panasonic CameraManager One of the largest companies in the cloud video sector, Eagle Eye Networks, aggressively expanded its offerings to the fast-growing market, and its geographic reach, with acquisition this year of Panasonic’s cloud-based video business, including the CameraManager and NuboCam brands. The acquisition expands Eagle Eye Networks’ coverage in the European region, where the CameraManager system is popular, and will include two additional data centres, to be added to EagleEye Network’s existing global network of seven data centres. The acquisition also includes existing CameraManager coverage in Latin America and Asia. 4. dormakaba acquires Stanley Black & Decker’s Mechanical Security Stanley Black & Decker agreed to sell the majority of its Mechanical Security businesses to dormakaba for $725 million in cash. The sale included the commercial hardware brands of BEST Access, phi Precision and GMT. The remaining part of the Mechanical Security businesses, Sargent and Greenleaf, was not included in the sale. 5. ADT Acquisitions include cybersecurity firm ADT, provider of security and automation solutions for homes and businesses in North America, announced the acquisition of DATASHIELD, one of the country’s fastest growing cybersecurity companies. Now operating under the brand ADT Cybersecurity, this service is positioned to provide Enterprise and Mid-Market businesses with Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services to combat advanced cyber threats in real time. The acquisition in November closed out a busy year for ADT on the M&A front, including acquisition of commercial security systems integrators Protec in the Pacific Northwest, Gaston Security in Emporia, Va., and MSE Corporate Security in Branchburg, N.J. 6. Honeywell acquires Nextnine Another big player making a move in the cybersecurity sector was Honeywell, which completed acquisition of Nextnine Ltd., a privately held provider of industrial cyber security solutions. The business is being integrated into Honeywell’s Industrial Cyber Security group and will strengthen Honeywell’s capability to offer multi-vendor, multi-site secure remote access, monitoring and support to protect industrial control systems and critical infrastructure against a growing threat of cyber-attacks. 7. HID Global buys Arjo Systems In addition to buying Mercury Security, HID Global also expanded its business in physical and digital identity solutions for secure government ID applications in 2017 with the acquisition of Arjo Systems. The move gives HID Global broader capabilities to deploy electronic identification (eID) and ePassport solutions for government programs. The acquisition also brings together complementary strategies, customer bases and offerings that have strong synergies to support continued innovation for government-to-citizen ID customers. 8. Allied Universal acquires ALERT Protective Services Allied Universal further expanded its footprint in North America with the acquisition of ALERT Protective Services, a residential community security firm based in Sarasota, Florida. Like Allied Universal, ALERT Protective Services offers integrated security systems and uniformed security professionals to work in tandem with a complete security program at community gatehouses, concierge desks, or security command centres.  9. Veracity buys iComply software company Veracity, a provider of transmission, storage, and display solutions for IP video, announced in 2017 the acquisition of iComply, a software provider of integrated command and control security solutions. The agreement includes all operational staff, software, intellectual property, ongoing business, and also iComply’s sales and support subsidiary in India. Veracity will maintain iComply as a separate business and expand its operations. Veracity planned to sell software based on icomply’s technology under the Veracity brand in the U.S. market, but will keep the separate brands in the United Kingdom, where icomply is better known. 10. Robotic Assistance Devices acquired by On the Move Systems Robots came on the security scene in a high-profile way in 2017. On the M&A front, Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), north American master distributor for SMP featuring exclusive power and other special technology, and a North American distributor for SMP Robotics, announced its acquisition by On the Move Systems (OMVS). The merger with OMVS allows RAD access to capital to scale its product portfolio and further increase its market position as a leader in the robotic guard market.