The new DSC1500 portable beam barricade sets up quickly and temporarily to block vehicles and secure locations during short-term events and anywhere a beam barricade is needed for interim security. With a clear opening of 16 feet (4.8 m), the DSC1500 is M30 certified, able to stop a 15,000 pound (66.7 kN) vehicle going 30 mph (48 kph). Many organisations have the need for easy to install, temporary drop-arm barriers that can install within 10 minutes to transitorily close down a roadway to one or two lanes or block parking lot exits to deter thefts. Previous beam barriers had to be filled with sand, gravel or cement to be operable. To remove the DSC1500 from its temporary site, it is simply repacked in ten (10) minutes. No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once positioned, the mobile barricades unpack themselves using manual hydraulics to raise and lower the barriers off their wheels. A self-deploying trailer with integrated lifting device facilitates rapid installation. The process is simply reversed when the event is over or the time comes to deploy the beam barrier at another location. From a purchasing standpoint, it can be easier to buy portable beam barricades than permanent solutions. The latter are oftentimes placed into an organisation’s real assets budget because they are permanently installed into the ground, becoming part of the property. Such budgets can often create complex purchasing scenarios for law enforcement or public safety departments. However, purchasing portable beam barricades is no different than buying protective vests for personnel or new sets of wrenches for the maintenance department. For one time uses, a lease plan has been created where organisations can simply lease the portable barriers, use them, pack them up and return them. Delta always keeps an inventory for purchase and quick delivery at their manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. That’s because, in many cases, they are needed for events that come up quickly, such as emergency road or bridge construction or unexpected parking lot requirements.
Vanderbilt’s ACTpro 1500 PoE Ultra controllers were launched in March 2019. What is it? The ACTpro 1500 is a single door IP Controller and includes a dual-port Ethernet switch. The controller supports 60,000 users and includes a rich set of advanced features, including voltage monitoring and break glass monitoring. These controllers are ideal for a single door system or systems that need to grow up to 4,000 doors. How does it work? The PoE Ultra hardware in the controllers ensures support for all power requirements. This includes local door accessories and components such as card readers, door locks and request to exit buttons. PoE Ultra ensures that all of this is accomplished without the need for additional Power Supply Units (PSUs). Essentially, this saves the system user time and money. Moreover, as this is all powered over the Ethernet, it translates to less cabling and more convenience for installers too. Why does it matter? This is an important feature for installers because when a system is fast to install and more straightforward to set-up and quote, it removes the complexity from access control and allows installers to get more done, more efficiently, and in less time. This ultimately benefits their business and their bottom line.Add to Compare
8 onboard zones 8 Areas, 2 partitions for each Area 3 programmable outputs, including 1 relay output, 2 MOS outputs Outputs operation follows system events, zone events, Area, Link events and timer schedule 100 users with 8 authority levels for users(Supervisor, Manager, Master, User, Temporary, Duress, Patrol and Technician) 1000 events log 8 independent timers for automatic control Up to 8 keypads (ARK30C) 1 case tamper and 1 leave-wall tamper supported Supports more than 11 zone types 7 sorts of zone terminations, including NO, NC, EOL, 2EOL, 3EOL, Interial type and Impulse type EOL resistance configurable (2K7, 4K7 or 6K8) Built-in 10/100M self-adaptive Ethernet interface 2 RS485 ports can be used to connect with keypads and other modules 3 telephone numbers for monitor station(PSTN), 8 numbers for vocal message, 8 numbers for SMS Combined with additional PSTN modules (ARA58-P) for dialling to the digital receiver in the CMS, transmitting CID protocol Combined with additional GPRS/GSM modules (ARA58-G-EN or ARA58-G-IT) to receive SMS notifications and remotely control, as well as receiving voice event messaging and remotely control by full voice menu guide Cellular backup in case of IP network failure with GPRS/GSM Modules App DMSS to push alarm message and remotely control Firmware upgrade with a PC using Alarm Config softwareAdd to Compare
Dahua Technology, a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, has launched a new apartment outdoor station VTO9341D, providing new access control solutions to fence and lobby entrance with the cutting-edge face recognition technology. The apartment outdoor station elevates the safety and convenience of resident security system to a new level with the fashionable non-touch face-recognition entry, while conventional unlocking ways are preserved in case of emergency. The product’s working temperature is between -20°C to 60°C, meaning it can operate smoothly across a variety of weather conditions and geographical areas. With a shell made of aluminium alloy plate, it meets IP55 standard for water and dust resistance, and IK07 standard for impact resistance. Further enhanced by the Intrusion Prevention System, the product will offer ideal ingress protection to property owners and facilitate the work of security guards. Face recognition Once a person steps into the 0.5-metre distance within VTO9341D that triggers its approaching induction, the 2MP CMOS image sensor will capture the face in high-definition colour image for identification. In as quick as 0.5 second, it can complete recognition and open the door for the residents. With strong capacity to store up to 20000 faces, the system would suffice the demand of large housing estates or commercial lots. The Auto Gain Control supplements white light to cope with poorly-lighted conditions, enabling night vision for the outdoor station. Multiple unlocking approaches VTO9341D is also equipped with Mifare Card reader, fingerprint recognition (with a memory of 3000 fingerprints), and touch screen key pad, which provide multiple unlocking approaches via card, fingerprint and password. Working together with VTS5240B Master Station that can forward image to mobile devices, owners can even enjoy the remote unlock function while away from home. Additionally, the audio system supports bidirectional talk, which assists visitors and owners in dual-way communication as an auxiliary to face identification. As a high-end product with unique features and full market potential, VTO9341D will benefit both Dahua dealers and system integrators. With DSS EXPRESS monitoring access control & other Dahua exclusive technologies, the apartment outdoor station would lower the time cost of integration and maintenance.
With Openow™, facility managers and security administrators have more control and no longer need to administer physical credentials. And it’s fast and easy to upgrade an existing SMARTair® system to work with Openow™ or to install mobile-ready, wireless SMARTair® access control from scratch. The new Openow™ app has been designed around convenience, security and user experience with virtual keys. Information transfer between administration software, smartphone app and the SMARTair® device is protected by end-to-end encryption. “Right from set-up — involving simple, secure email subscription — users find the Openow™ app a joy to operate. Tap a SMARTair® lock with your phone carrying a valid virtual key, and the door unlocks. The device you carry everywhere — the smartphone — now replaces a separate RFID card with MIFARE®, DESFire, iCLASS® and other proximity technologies.” explains Félix Morán SMARTair® Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY. Openow™ also adds further layers of security to every premises Facility managers find life a lot simpler when managing access rights with the Openow™ mobile solution. Change the validation time in the administration software to automatically update a user’s virtual key (when the phone has a signal). Cancel a virtual key and it vanishes immediately from a user’s app. Facility managers can check and amend the validity of each virtual key whenever they want, and wherever they are. The complete mobile solution includes the SMARTair® device range, with wireless escutcheons and cylinders plus wall readers; the intuitive SMARTair® TS1000 software; user credentials, e.g. cards and the new Openow™ app. Business owners and directors project the right image for their premises when they offer mobile credentials via Openow™. Phones replace plastic key-cards, so there’s no need for a card activation terminal on reception or elsewhere. Users also save time, because there’s no longer any need to collect or validate an access card: your key is already on your smartphone. Openow™ makes it easy to organise virtual keys inside the app, check how long they are valid, and protect them further with an individual PIN. If you have virtual keys from multiple sites or premises, Openow™ easily handles those, too. No more key-card, or wondering where you left it; no more appointments to pick one up or have it revalidated. With Openow™, if you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys. The SMARTair® Openow™ app is free to download now from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. For more information, see www.tesa.es/discoverwireless Across the EMEA region ASSA ABLOY offers SMARTair® under several trusted security brands, including TESA, Mul-T-Lock, ASSA, JPM, KESO, RUKO and TRIOVING.
The new Aperio® H100 packs the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, cleverly designed door handle. With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door and comprehensive RFID compatibility, the new Aperio® H100 handle makes extending access control to more doors cost-effective by integrating with a vast range of third-party systems. The Aperio® H100’s stylish design is perfect for indoor office and facility doors. The Aperio® H100 can work within an online access control system or offline as a standalone device. A battery fits inside the handle, ensuring a minimal footprint and a discreet look to gel with any contemporary door style. The Aperio® H100 is easy to retrofit on existing doors, with no drilling and no wiring required. Any existing mechanical cylinder can still be used. The Aperio® H100 is specified with maximum flexibility and designed to fit almost any format of interior door. The Aperio® H100 is compatible with most common European (DIN) and Scandinavian mortise locks, in wooden, steel, tubular frame or glass doors with standard lock cases. It comes in left- and right-hand versions for a door between 35mm and 80mm thickness, with optional U-handle and USB adaptor. The Aperio® H100 is compatible with multiple RFID technologies, including iCLASS®/ISO14443B, iCLASS® SE, Seos®, MIFARE® Classic, Plus and EV1, and DESFire® SE. “Like all Aperio® devices, our new handle can upgrade site security for a very affordable price,” says Matthias Weiß, Product Manager Aperio® at ASSA ABLOY EMEA. “The Aperio® H100 further extends a range which adds access control wirelessly to exterior and interior doors, from fire and safety doors with regulatory requirements to meeting rooms, labs and offices.” The new Aperio® H100 handle completes a comprehensive range of Aperio® wireless access control devices that already includes online and offline Aperio® cylinders (C100/C900) and escutcheons (E100/E900); an online and offline lock (L100/L900); and a wireless lock for bringing server racks and cabinets (KS100) into the same access control system as doors.
The H4 Video Intercom integrates a 3 MP camera with a high-performance intercom and features exceptional wide dynamic range, low-light, noise reduction and echo-cancelling technologies for clear viewing and two-way communication with visitors. Combined with Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software, this secured entry system enables operators to quickly and easily identify and communicate with a visitor before remotely granting access.
The modern workplace never rests. People are always on the move and the environment is subject to constant change. As a result, the need for effective, flexible control and security is increasingly important. Every site has its own challenges and requirements; from the protection of files and documents to restricting access to sensitive areas in a medical centre or having real-time information about employee movements around a complex company. Intelligent online access control For every one of these needs and more, SMARTair™ Pro Wireless Online offers the ideal access control solution. This secure wireless system is quick and easy to install and provides cost-effectiveness by keeping energy use and maintenance costs to a minimum. The new SMARTair™ solution is an intelligent online access control system that uses bi-directional encrypted radio frequency communication to upgrade security and convenience for all building users. SMARTair™ wireless, battery-powered door devices communicate with the central control system via TCP/IP hubs. With SMARTair™, system administrators can now open secure doors from anywhere, configure a user’s access rights remotely, or obtain real-time audit trails for any access point within the organisation. Lost or stolen cards can be instantly cancelled. Simple and intuitive system software makes it easy for facility managers to receive active e-mail warnings and real-time reports, access real-time door updates, or modify the time and scheduling of access rights. Key components The system has a simple but effective architecture consisting of four key elements. Door and wall devices include wireless electronic escutcheons, cylinders and wall readers that can be installed at any type of exterior or interior door or access point. The SMARTair™ admin software is an intuitive management tool that offers flexibility and real-time control, accessible also from a secure portal that works inside almost any standard web browser. Communication hubs are the nexus between the management software server and the wireless online devices. Each can connect up to 30 access points at a distance of up to 30 metres. Finally, SMARTair™ supports all major RFID technologies, including iCLASS® by HID, MIFARE CLASSIC, DESFire and SKIDATA. It’s also compatible with multiple credentials for user convenience, including the SMARTair™ mobile phone app (Android, iOS, WinPho), cards, tags, bracelets and stickers. For more information visit www.tesa.es/discoverwireless
Mercury Security continues its commitment to open architecture access control with its intelligent controller platform that delivers extensive support for third-party applications, while offering advanced security and enhanced performance. Built on the Linux operating system, the new LP intelligent controllers offer the greatest flexibility for OEMs, channel partners and end customers to choose the controller configuration that best fits their needs. Key Highlights: Open Architecture: High performance, reliable platform enables use of hardware with Mercury OEM partners’ software solutions Device Integration: Supports a wide range of third-party integrations and applications Enhanced Security: Embedded crypto memory chip and data-at-rest encryption provides a secured layer of protection of sensitive data. OSDP Protocol: Secure channel security for reader connectivity and extended applications such as biometrics and high assurance credential authentication Versatile Interoperability: Same reliable interface and identical footprint as the EP controllers, enabling seamless upgrades for existing deployments For organisations seeking an open access control platform, the industry’s best reliability, cybersecurity, and an extensive device integration library, Mercury’s LP intelligent controllers are the clear choice.Add to Compare
Vanderbilt released the latest version of ACT Enterprise on 25 September at the 2018 Security Essen event. What is it? ACT Enterprise is the control software suite for ACTpro hardware and streamlines the installation, management, and monitoring of the ACTpro access control system. The latest ACT Enterprise features include integration with Vanderbilt’s award-winning SPC intrusion system, a rules mapping engine, and a smartphone app. Why does it matter? The ACT Enterprise Apple and Android compatible apps mean real-time monitoring, user management and administration from your smartphone. You can lock and unlock doors, authorise users and check who’s in and who’s out – wherever you are. The ability to integrate with SPC further highlights the depth that the new feature set brings to the product’s strength. Now on one screen you can have high-quality graphical maps showing all access and alarm points from both systems, and you can control all devices with the click of a button. How does it work? One of the key new features in this ACT Enterprise release is rules mapping. The rules mapping engine offers the customer an intuitive method to create rules based on access control events and Boolean logic. It does this by permitting the creation of logical relationships between system elements through a drag-and-drop interface. For the end user, this addition ensures that system interactions can be seamlessly introduced on a system-wide basis, thereby enabling a higher level of added value to be realized, both for security and business-based functionalities. The ACT Enterprise rules mapping engine ensures intuitive, easy-to-use I/O management for trigger detection with compatible devices. These devices are usually attached to a door or an automated electrical that closes the circuit on the I/O unit. When this circuit is closed, an alarm is sent over the network, and ACT Enterprise captures that.
Nedap’s new end-to-end security solution is the first to offer digital protection for access control by unifying best practices from both IT and physical security. Protecting access control systems Until now, the latest best practices protecting IT systems from digital threat haven’t been used for physical access control systems. This is an oversight that is leaving many companies vulnerable to cyber attacks. Nedap and AET Europe have worked together to overcome this by developing AEOS end-to-end security. Taking a forward-thinking new approach, they have combined the best practices of both IT and physical security in an all-in-one access control system. Albert Dercksen, Head of R&D at Nedap, explains why AEOS end-to-end security is needed: “IT and physical security have been following different rules to protect systems. But modern access control systems are, in fact, IT systems connected to corporate networks and should be treated as such. That’s why we’ve applied the digital security principles used in IT to AEOS, our physical access control system.” Communication secured from end-to-end In AEOS end-to-end security, Nedap and AET Europe have combined the IT principles of encryption and strong authentication. This ensures storage in every element of AEOS is secure, as is communication between all elements. Both DESFire keys and digital certificates are stored in a Secure Access Module (SAM) inside door controllers. This leaves card readers with no role in decrypting data, so secure communication between card and controller is guaranteed and, by storing digital certificates in the same SAM, strong authentication is achieved to ensure secure communication between controller and server. Protect critical infrastructure In this way, AEOS end-to-end security offers far higher protection against both physical and digital threats. It also enables keys to be updated securely and centrally, without having to physically attend each card reader. AEOS end-to-end security meets a stringent level of security requirements across Europe, and is already being used to protect critical infrastructures in several countries. In France, for example, it has gained CSPN certification from the French information security agency, ANSSI.
DSX Mobile Command brings the power of the DSX Workstation program to the convenience of a Smart Phone. This Smart Phone application enhances the daily operation of the DSX System. The Mobile Command feature allows the activation of custom predefined commands, the locking\unlocking of doors, control of alarm points and the monitoring of system events from a mobile but secure application. iOS™ and Android™ compatible. Global functions such as Building, Campus and District Lockdown, Incident Response Reconfiguration and even repetitive chores such as momentarily unlocking a door or granting access to a gate can be programmed into Command buttons for easy activation. An Administrator can lockdown any school in the district or every school from one Command button. Each building or an entire campus can be controlled quickly through this Smart Phone application using WiFi or mobile cell service. The DSX Mobile Command application is a great fit for school districts and universities and also for hospitals and commercial businesses. Each Mobile Operator is defined in WinDSX and assigned the appropriate commands and privileges that provide the convenient interaction, supervision and monitoring of all points of protection and doors under their responsibility.
HID Location Services platform addresses workplace optimisation, on a growing market need for accurate, real-time location awareness and analysis of your workplace. The system combines the power of Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE), Wi-Fi, and cloud-based technologies to provide a unique seamless user experience inside and outside of the workspace. Organisations receive increased visibility into the precise location of their workplace in a defined space (indoor positioning/outdoor positioning) and can use predictive analytics to quickly understand space usage and building operational efficiency.
Traditionally, an advanced access control system has consisted of several layers of hardware, with each layer comprised of multiple components. The LNL-2220 flattens this into a single layer, eliminating the separate controller layer entirely.The LNL-2220 revolutionises access control system architecture by allowing Ethernet connection directly from an entry location to the server. It provides the security, functionality, and modularity of Lenel's proven hardware platform, by combining an IP-enabled intelligent system controller with a full-featured, two-door reader interface module. It is a new class of device that makes access control simpler, more powerful and more reliable, and is the perfect solution to enable any reader to become an IP reader.Key features include:Native Ethernet for direct connection from its processor to the security LANUp to eight times the throughput of serial-to-Ethernet conversion used in previous generation devicesFaster downloads, a dramatic increase in performance, reduced installation time, and fewer connections-for greater reliabilityThe convenience of IP-to-the-edge with the security of dedicated reader wiring through the secure perimeterOn-board reader ports support D1/D0, Clock/Data, F2F, and the OSDP open standard for bi-directional communication with access readersComplete flexibility in choice of reader brand, technology and form factorBroadest support for biometric and smart card technologies in the industryDownstream RS-485 port connects up to 32 devices (64 doors), providing an inherent growth pathFault-tolerant, with the highest level of offline performance possibleAdd to Compare
Networkable, 1 doors/controller, 100,000 cardholders, Offline Capabilities, Networkable, TCP/IP Network Interface and RS-485 Interface, Universal / Wiegand Reader Interface, 12 V DC, 370 x 345 x 90, -20 ~ +65 C (-4 ~ +149 F), 10 ~ 90Add to Compare
The ACTpro 4000 two door controller from Access Control Technology (ACT) Ltd is the latest product to be added to the hugely popular ACTpro range of access control solutions. This two door controller has been designed to suit installations where the traffic volumes are large and changes to the card holder database are a daily occurrence. Networkable to up to 4,000 doors the ACTpro 4000 can manage up to 60,000 users and changes to large databases can be affected up to ten times faster than previously. Installation has been simplified by the inclusion of an auto-discovery button in the ACTWin 2.8 software. When this is pressed all the controllers and door stations on the network are located. The installer can view the controller configuration and verify network communications via a specially designed controller status web page. The ACTpro 4000 is a popular addition to the ACTpro range. This scalable card access control system has been designed to facilitate the most demanding requirements for any size of enterprise. Highly flexible and feature rich the ACTpro access control solution can currently be found in government sites, major educational facilities, pharmaceutical organisations, hospitals, prisons and retail chain stores.Add to Compare
Access Control Technology (ACT) Ltd. has launched a new access control solution that has been designed to suit all types of SME’s located in a single building and not requiring more than 32 protected doors. The ACTpro 1500 single door IP controller can be set-up and administered via its built-in web server or through the established ACTWin software application. Key features include voltage monitoring, break glass monitoring, status LEDs for fault indication and cable management improvements such as a raised PCB and more space in the enclosure. It is expandable to up to 32 doors via ACTpro door stations and supports 15,000 users. For sites with only one ACTpro 1500 the built-in web server is ideal for setting up and administrating the access control system. The web server reduces the potential for IT issues e.g. getting access to a PC, passwords, etc when installing applications. The simplicity of the web interface decreases the time spent on configuring and administering the system and on training the end user. The ACTpro 1500 system can be accessed, via a web browser, from any PC on the LAN The new ACTpro reader range combines ACT reliability with a modern and elegant design that will fit into any environment. These multi-format RFID readers are available as pin, pin & proximity or proximity only options. Suitable for both indoors or outdoors they have mullion, surface or flush mount options. Download ACTpro 1500 Access Control Solution BrochureAdd to Compare
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The access control industry tends to be more conservative when it comes to the adoption of new technology and services for end users, but that doesn't mean that 2019 won't provide a significant amount of progress through emerging trends taking shape in the industry. In addition to the increased adoption and acceptance of the cloud, mobile credentials and biometrics are becoming more mainstream, and integrations between manufacturers will take centre stage. Here, we take a look at these and other trends helping to shape the coming year. Cloud-based products We're continuing to see a demand by end-user customers for customised responses to certain actions within an access control system For many access control manufacturers, the core of the business is in more traditional products, with a high percentage of installs continuing to be these kinds of projects. However, over the last couple of years, cloud-based products have emerged as a viable option for customers. We've seen more of a willingness for end-user customers to inquire whether this is an option for them, citing ease of use, remote management, cybersecurity and more as part of their foray into this branch of access control. The cloud has established its reputation as being quicker to install, more flexible for customers to access and manage both their access points as well as the video associated with these doors, and placing less pressure on internal (or in some cases, non-existent) IT teams to help set up and manage an access control system. Mobile credentials applications We're continuing to see a demand by end-user customers for customised responses to certain actions within an access control system. For example, if there's an alarm set off during the day along a perimeter, the ability to automatically execute a lockdown and simultaneous email or message to everyone within the building alerting them to the issue is critical. The desire for this kind of flexibility within a system is prompting manufacturers to build new simple to use graphical tools into their systems that allow customised action responses that are proportional to the level of alarm. There's a strong desire by many of today's companies to be able to use mobile phones for access control and as such, manufacturers are either developing their own mobile credentials applications or integrating their systems with these kinds of products. Over the last couple of years, cloud-based products have emerged as a viable option for customers Future of biometrics As companies start to ask about whether their facilities are safe enough, they're often more willing to consider access control that takes security to a new level, such as the implementation of biometric readers. Biometrics is getting more usage in professional security applications and many customers want to move away from using physical cards for access control. Manufacturers that don't currently have biometric hardware in place are starting to integrate with readers designed to offer this functionality in an effort to meet the demands of customers. The dramatic rise in facial recognition biometrics is something that will likely shape the future of biometrics as costs start to decrease. While the access control industry is highly fragmented, we're seeing a trend toward increased partnerships and open-platform technology that helps end users achieve the kind of comprehensive security that they desire. Video management platforms We're seeing a trend toward increased partnerships and open-platform technology that helps end users achieve the kind of comprehensive security that they desire For example, there are a number of access control providers that are providing paths toward full integration with lock manufacturers and vice versa in an effort to meet the needs of clients who may have purchased locks but a high powered access control system to properly manage them. There's also a large shift toward full integration with video management platforms and access control systems to fully integrate the two into a single, user-friendly experience and give end users more control over both. Additionally, manufacturers are looking to provide customers with a single system that meets the needs they have with regards to video, intrusion and access control. Right now, I don't think there's a system that can fully deliver on the promise of being exceptional at all three, so integrations and partnerships remain important to achieve that end goal. Access control world An increasing number of end users are realising the holes in the current Wiegand protocols that have been in place since the 1980s, along with the large number of ‘off the shelf’ equipment that's now available to allow outsiders access through readers that operate under these protocols. As a result, in the last decade or so, OSDP has come onto the scene and is growing in popularity. One of the most important steps for access control manufacturers in 2019 will be to listen to customers who are concerned with this vulnerability and work toward fully supporting OSDP in an effort to protect these access control systems. It's an exciting time to be a part of the access control world, as we finally see results from all of the hype centred around the cloud, biometrics, mobile credentials, hacking protection and strong partnerships come to fruition. As 2019 begins, look for these trends to grow in popularity and for manufacturers to really listen to the end-user customer they serve and respond in kind.
The extensive analysis and discussion preceding any decision to implement a new physical security solution – whether it’s hardware, software or a combination of both – often focuses on technology, ROI and effectiveness. When it comes to deciding what type of security entrances to install at your facility, you will almost certainly also consider the aesthetics of the product, along with throughput and, if you’re smart, you’ll also look into service concerns. Each of these factors has its important place within the evaluation process, and none should be overlooked as they all have a significant effect on how well your entrances will perform once they are installed. Culture influences door solution decisions How significant will the change from current entrances to security entrances be for employees? Still, one additional factor actually trumps everything: if you have not considered your organisation’s culture in choosing a security entrance, you may be missing the most important piece of the puzzle. Culture is a part of every other decision factor when selecting an entry solution. Before you make a decision about what type of entrance to deploy, you need to consider and understand the values, environment and personality of your organisation and personnel. For example, how significant will the change from current entrances to security entrances be for employees? If people are accustomed to simply walking through a standard swinging door with no access control, this will be a culture change. Beyond this, whether you are considering a type of turnstile, a security revolving door or possibly a mantrap portal, simply walking through it will be a significant change as well. Training employees on door security You’ll want to know whether employees have ever used security entrances before. If these types of entrances are in place in another part of the facility, or in a facility they’ve worked in at an earlier time, the adjustment will not be as great as if they’ve never used them at all. Consider, too, how your personnel typically react to changes like this in the organisation or at your facility. They may be quite adaptable, in which case there will be less work to do in advance to prepare them. However, the opposite may also be true, which will require you to take meaningful steps in order to achieve buy-in and train employees to properly use the new entrances. With the increased importance of workplace security, discussing new entrances with workforces will help maintain a safer environment Communicate through the decision-making process All of this will need to be communicated to your staff, of course. There are a number of ways to disseminate information without it appearing to come down as a dictate. Your personnel are a community, so news about changes should be shared rather than simply decreed. As part of this process, you’ll need to give some thought to the level of involvement you want for your staff in the decision-making process. Finally, do not overlook the special needs among your personnel population. You undoubtedly have older individuals on staff, as well as disabled persons and others who bring service animals to the office. Entrances need to be accessible to all, and you never want to be in the position of having a gap in accessibility pointed out to you by the individual who has been adversely affected. New security entrance installation By communicating early and often with your personnel, you can alleviate a great deal of the anxiety Once you have made the decision about which security entrances to install, training your personnel on how to use the new security entrances – both before and after the installation – will help to smooth the transition. Because workplace security is such a big issue right now, it makes sense to discuss the new entrances in the context of helping to maintain a safer environment. They will prevent violent individuals from entering, decrease theft, and most of all, promote greater peace of mind during the workday. If you can help them take control of their own safety in a responsible way, you have achieved much more than just a compliant workforce. By communicating early and often with your personnel, you can alleviate a great deal of the anxiety and concern that surrounds a significant change in the work environment. Schedule group meetings Consider your employees; what type of communications do they respond best to? A few suggestions to educate staff on the benefits of the new entrances include: Typically, you would communicate a general message 2-3 months in advance and then provide more specific information (for example, impacts to fire egress, using certain entrances during construction) in a follow up message closer to the installation date. Schedule group meetings to: announce the rationale for increased security, share statistics on crime, review the new security changes that are coming, show drawings/photos of the new doors/turnstiles, and show the orientation videos available from the manufacturer. These meetings are an excellent way to work through user questions and directly address any concerns. Once the installation of a new security system is complete, it is a good idea to have an "ambassador" on board to help employees use these new systems Ensure you monitor public areas If you are implementing a lot of new changes, such as a new access control system, new guard service and security entrances, you might consider hosting a ‘security fair’ on a given day and have the selected vendors come for a day with tabletop displays to meet employees and answer questions during their lunch. This could be a great way to break the ice in a large organisation. Make user orientation videos (provided by the manufacturer) available in several ways, for example: Intranet Site Monitors in public areas—lounges, cafeteria, hallways, etc. Send to all staff as email attachments Immediately after installation, once the doors or turnstiles are operational but before they are put into service, train ‘ambassadors’ on how to use the door/turnstile. Have these people monitor and assist employees during peak traffic times. What is the ultimate success of the installation? By communicating clearly and openly with your population you can greatly facilitate adoption and satisfaction If you have thousands of employees, consider dividing them into groups and introduce the new entrance to one group at a time (Group A on Monday, Group B on Tuesday, etc.) to allow a little extra orientation time. Place user education ‘quick steps’ posters next to the door/turnstiles for a few weeks to help employees remember the basic steps and guidelines, e.g., ‘stand in front of the turnstile, swipe badge, wait for green light, proceed.’ Ask your manufacturer to provide these or artwork. While there are always going to be people who are resistant to change, by communicating clearly and openly with your population you can greatly facilitate adoption and satisfaction. Your responsiveness to any issues and complaints that arise during and after the implementation is equally fundamental to the ultimate success of the installation.
It’s not surprising that people are nervous about the security of newer technologies, many of which are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). While they offer greater efficiency and connectivity, some people still hesitate. After all, there seems to be a constant stream of news stories about multinational corporations being breached or hackers taking control of smart home devices. Both of these scenarios can feel personal. No one likes the idea of their data falling into criminal hands. And we especially don’t like the thought that someone can, even virtually, come into our private spaces. The reality, though, is that, when you choose the right technology and undertake the proper procedures, IoT devices are incredibly secure. That said, one of the spaces where we see continued confusion is around access control systems (ACS) that are deployed over networks, particularly in relation to mobile access, smartcards, and electronic locks. These technologies are often perceived as being less secure and therefore more vulnerable to attacks than older ACS systems or devices. In the interest of clearing up any confusion, it is important to provide good, reliable information. With this in mind, there are some myths out there about the security of ACS that need to be debunked. The fact that these devices communicate with an ACS via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) leads to one of the main myths we encounter Myth #1: Mobile credentials are not secure The first myth we have to look at exists around mobile credentials. Mobile credentials allow cardholders to access secured doors and areas with their mobile devices. The fact that these devices communicate with an ACS via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) leads to one of the main myths we encounter about the security of credentialed information. There is a persistent belief that Bluetooth is not secure. In particular, people seem to be concerned that using mobile credentials makes your organisation more vulnerable to skimming attacks. While focusing on the medium of communication is an important consideration when an organisation deploys a mobile credentialing system, the concerns about Bluetooth miss the mark. Bluetooth and NFC are simply channels over which information is transmitted. Believing that Bluetooth is not secure would be the same as suggesting that the internet is not secure. In both cases, the security of your communication depends on the technology, protocols, and safeguards we all have in place. So, instead of wondering about Bluetooth or NFC, users should be focused on the security of the devices themselves. Before deploying mobile credentials, ask your vendor (1) how the credential is generated, stored, and secured on the device, (2) how the device communicates with the reader, and (3) how the reader securely accesses the credential information. When you deploy smartcard technology as part of your ACS, you should choose the latest generation, such as MiFARE DesFIRE EV1 or EV2 and HID iCLASS SEOS Myth #2: All smartcards are equally secure The question “how secure are my smartcards?” is a serious one. And the answer can depend on the generation of the cards themselves. For example, while older smartcards like MiFARE CLASSIC and HID iCLASS Classic offer better encryption than proxy cards and magstripe credentials, they have been compromised. Using these older technologies can make your organisation vulnerable. As a result, when you deploy smartcard technology as part of your ACS, you should choose the latest generation, such as MiFARE DesFIRE EV1 or EV2 and HID iCLASS SEOS. In this way, you will be protecting your system as well as your buildings or facilities. Some traditional readers and controllers can also pose a serious risk to your organisation if they use the Wiegand protocol, which offers no security. While you can upgrade to a more secure protocol like OSDP version 2, electronic locks are a very secure alternative worth considering. It is also important to understand that not all smartcard readers are compatible with all smartcard types. When they are not compatible, the built-in security designed to keep your system safe will not match up and you will essentially forego security as your smartcard-reader will not read the credentials at all. Instead, it will simply read the non-secure portion—the Card Serial Number (CSN) —of the smartcard that is accessible to everyone. While some manufacturers suggest that this is an advantage because their readers can work with any smartcard, the truth is that they are not reading from the secure part of the card, which can put your system and premises at risk. Using electronic locks can help protect facilities and networks through various security protocols, including encryption and authentication Myth #3: Electronic locks are more vulnerable These days, there are still many who believe that electronic locks, especially wireless locks, are more vulnerable to cybercriminal activity as compared to traditional readers and controllers. The concern here is that electronic locks can allow cybercriminals to both access your network to get data and intercept commands from the gateway or nodes over the air that would allow them access to your buildings or facilities. The reality is that using electronic locks can help protect facilities and networks through various security protocols, including encryption and authentication. Additionally, because many of these locks remain operational regardless of network status, they provide real-time door monitoring. This means that many electronic locks not only prevent unauthorised access but also keep operators informed about their status at all times, even if a network goes down. Outdated technology and old analogue systems are more vulnerable to attacks When it comes to deploying electronic locks, it is important to remember that, like any device on your network, they must have built-in security features that will allow you to keep your information, people, and facilities safe. Be prepared to unlock future benefits Ultimately, the information in your IP-based ACS is at no greater risk than any other information being transmitted over the network. We just have to be smart about how we connect, transmit, and store our data. In the end, maintaining the status quo and refusing to move away from old technology is not a viable option. Outdated technology and old analogue systems are more vulnerable to attacks. The reason it is so important to debunk myths around ACS and, at the same time, get people thinking about network security in the right way is that network-based systems can offer an ever-increasing number of benefits. When we deploy new technology using industry best practices and purchase devices from trusted vendors, we put ourselves and our networks in the best possible position to take full advantage of all that our increasingly connected world has to offer.
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