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Vanderbilt recently launched the latest updates to VCredential, their cloud-based credential management platform that offers users the ability to create and manage Bluetooth credentials independent of the access control platform. What is VCredential? VCredential represents Bluetooth access control technology that is easy to use, simple to navigate, and offers the added benefit of mobility for users. Originally launched in September 2020, VCredential was developed in response to the growing trend of virtualization, a shift in the market to touchless door access, and the ever-evolving landscape of added security threats. Now, 10 months on from that first release, VCredential has been developed further. The key feature of this new release is the simplification of the authorization process that allows customers to use a Bluetooth credential. What’s New? VCredential was proving such an intriguing option for customers that this latest release now means that the process of creating and managing Bluetooth credentials is even faster. The process has been reduced to a simple two-step program now. Admin sends out an email invitation to the user. This email contains instructions for the user on downloading the VI Mobile ID app alongside a 6-digit alphanumeric activation code. The end-user downloads the VI Mobile ID Bluetooth app enters the activation code. The credential is now ready for use. It is as simple as that. Why Use VCredential? All the original benefits of VCredential still remain. Smartphone credentials are time and cost-effective alternatives to managing physical credentials that enable mobile phones to be used just like a traditional access control card or tag. The addition of mobile credential functionality is critical in today’s threat landscape as more users demand touch-free flexibility and a streamlined approach to visitor management and access control. VCredential is a one-off license purchase as opposed to a subscription-based model that would include annual charges per virtual credential. With this latest version, now credentials on lost, stolen, or old phones can be deactivated and transferred over to a customer’s new device meaning there are truly no hidden or extra costs, allowing for big savings in the long-term. Greater Control Moreover, thanks to additional integration functions, the creation, and management of Bluetooth credentials can now be carried out directly by the administrator within ACTpro and SiPass integrated systems for easier management and greater control. Meanwhile, the integration with the award-winning ACTpro reduces the workload on the operator by automating the issuing of Bluetooth credentials to cardholders from within the ACTpro software. It also enables the customer to manage credential allocation through this single interface.
Highly secure – Like all Seos credentials, Seos Essential is Secure Identity Object® (SIO)-enabled, which allows for multi-layered security beyond card technology and the protection of identity data from unauthorized access Simplified, cost-effective migration – Support for read/write identification is provided using 125 kHz contactless technology to enable migration from legacy 125 kHz credential technologies Convenient – Fully supported by HID Signo, iCLASS SE®, multiCLASS® SE, HID Prox and Indala reader platforms Heightened privacy protection – Seos Essential offers best-in-class data and privacy protection by incorporating mutual authentication and secure messaging mechanisms into stringent best practices for data protection
Secu365 is built specifically for small and medium business owners, simplifying security interactions for property managers, tenants, employees and visitors. Regardless of what type of service you provide, if you have a brick-and-mortar business, a well-rounded and easy-to-use security system is not just important—it's essential. Just take a look at a few of the benefits that you might be concerned about and get from the business security system Monitor customers and employees with video surveillance in case of any accidents that happen Help prevent theft, vandalism, and other crimes With a mobile device, remotely control your business from anywhere Furthermore, as businesses continue to maintain a mostly remote workforce, the drive towards adopting cloud-based and hybrid solutions has grown as well.Thus, with 24/7 video monitoring, indoor and outdoor cameras, integrated with biometric or mobile access—Secu365 system is the perfect way to protect your small business. It enables visual multi-validation of alarm events and real-time remote control.
Remote access control from anywhere Built on a cybersecure web platform, the Software House C•CURE 9000 Web-Base client lets you manage personnel and monitor alarms from anywhere in the world on any PC with an internet browser. With an adaptive interface, you get the information that you need when you need it. The C•CURE 9000 Web-Base client allows you to easily perform tasks such as configuring, editing, and viewing personnel records and user credentials, and assigning clearances and roles. Alarm monitoring is also made easy with color-coded bubble images for a visually dynamic user experience. Along with the Event Viewer, manual actions and intrusion zones have been designed to handle core alarm management functions for critical infrastructure projects. Balancing security responsibilities Customize what employees can view based on their roles within an organization using Web Views. This allows you to streamline productivity and balance both responsibility and workload. Corporate security administrators can delegate control to individual department managers allowing them to grant access in the physical areas for which they are responsible. Customization for enhanced user experience With the C•CURE 9000 web-based client, you can dynamically change the appearance of personnel screens, customizing the user interface to show different tabs, columns, and fields based on a user’s role within the organization. Simply drag and drop from a list of more than 100 fields to show only the fields you need to see, streamlining and enhancing the user experience. A responsive layout automatically adjusts and adapts to device screen size and orientation.
Anviz CrossChex is a personnel identity verification, access control and time attendance management system. The system facilitates management of personnel information by biometric technology and helps meet customer's time attendance and access control requirements. CrossChex Cloud is a cloud-based time attendance software and can be used to access data anywhere, anytime, from any browser. You can schedule attendance requirements for a specific employee and create shifts for their work period within one click. During this global pandemic, CrossChex Cloud can work with Anviz biometric time clocks to enable users to check whether their employees are wearing a mask or not, and get timely reports on - employee attendance record, entrance record, and temperature record.
HID Global, the worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, has announced the most feature-rich implementation of the latest MIFARE DESFire EV3 credential. This new access control credential based on NXP MIFARE DESFire EV3 delivers this technology’s full range of advanced security and privacy capabilities and reinforces them with HID’s powerful model for identity data protection. This HID credential provides AES128 encryption, a secure channel for protecting card data from man-in-the-middle attacks, and a random unique identifier (UID) for protecting user privacy. The credential works with readers based on MIFARE DESFire EV1 and EV2 products and is interoperable with HID® Signo™, iCLASS SE®, and multiCLASS SE® readers. In addition to choosing standard or custom security profiles to meet their specific needs, users can take advantage of HID’s Secure Identity Object™ (SIO®) model that protects a credential’s identity data through key diversification, authentication signatures, and encryption. Users can create multi-technology cards with HID’s credential based on NXP MIFARE DESFire EV3 to provide a smooth migration path from vulnerable legacy, low-frequency 125 kHz-based systems to modern and secure credential technology. What are the benefits of HID Global’s MIFARE DESFire EV3 credential solution? Feature-rich security that offers profile choices to fit your needs Advanced security features that aren’t available elsewhere, such as modern encryption, mutual authentication and secure messaging and SIOs Key management and card formatting that adhere to the highest standards of data protection and governance Click here for more information.
Symmetry Mobile is a web credential application designed to be used with AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Bluetooth readers. Symmetry Mobile is a convenient solution for organizations using mobile devices or in conjunction with physical credentials for users who are transitioning to a mobile system to gain access to secured doors. It works with AMAG’s Symmetry Access Control system, as well as other access control systems, providing a seamless, efficient and cost-effective solution for enterprise users deploying more than one system. The touchless solution supports multi-factor authentication when used with a PIN or biometric (fingerprint or facial recognition) on both Android and Apple iOS devices. Users can type their PIN or use a biometric on their phone, eliminating the need to touch the reader and in support of COVID-19 guidelines. The frictionless setup of a credential eliminates the need to physically interact with the security team. Organizations can centrally issue and manage mobile credentials, photos and devices to their entire user base from a remote location, eliminating the need to buy and carry a physical credential and come into the badge office. The virtual credential in Symmetry Mobile displays a person’s name and photo. An unlimited number of credentials can be stored within their digital wallet, allowing people who need to access multiple sites using different access control systems to use the same mobile device. In an effort to support businesses that required employees to be on-site and ensure the health and safety of the labor force, AMAG developed a customizable health screening questionnaire to help reduce the risk of potentially infected employees from entering a building. Upon successful completion of the questionnaire, an employee’s physical access card or mobile credential will be enabled for a specified period of time, for example, one day. If the form is not completed successfully, the access card will expire and the employee will be denied access to the building. The system will send email notifications to managers for visibility. The questionnaire’s functionality operates independently and can be used on virtually any existing Symmetry Access Control system installation — and without any local infrastructure changes. Symmetry Mobile data is highly secure, as all of the data is encrypted when sent to the reader or stored on the phone, ensuring the mobile solution is completely secure. Users can customize the signal strength and read range on a per device and/or per person basis, increasing security and accommodating those who may need a longer read range, such as a person in a wheelchair, to open a door. Door read and unlock time is less than 1.2 seconds. Symmetry Mobile is available as a hosted or on-premise solution. The app is available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic, and is available now in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Incedo™ Business Cloud access management from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions is created for businesses on the move, who need a flexible security solution which grows with them. Now, security managers managing an Incedo Business solution can work remotely too – while maintaining complete control over their building’s access points. Incedo connects security software and hardware within a single, seamless platform. To accommodate the restless change and disruption of modern business life, Incedo enables scaling up or down on demand. And now, the new Incedo Business Cloud management keeps security and facility managers in control of their premises from wherever they happen to be right now. Incedo Business Cloud solves many pressing daily challenges of access management, Managers no longer need to be on-site to handle day-to-day security. It operates securely 24/7 from any PC with an internet connection. Installing the system is easy, with no complex integrations needed. Software updates are regular and automatic, with real-time reports and analytics available with a few clicks.
HID® Signo™ Readers bring today’s organizations into the future of access control. Beyond its sleek, modern design, this cutting-edge reader platform provides flexible, reliable performance with support for an unmatched range of credential technologies. HID Signo extends the leadership position of HID Global in the access control industry while providing unrivaled security and powerful performance with the addition of new features to better fortify facilities and beyond. Upgrading your access control readers to HID Signo ensures convenience and security today while preparing you for whatever comes tomorrow—this is the signature promise of Signo. Key Features Highly Versatile - Support for the widest range of credential technologies, including HID Mobile Access via native Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC) capability. Also features Apple’s Enhanced Contactless Polling (ECP) to support credentials in the Apple Wallet. Unparalleled Performance - Ultra secure storage of cryptographic keys on certified secure element hardware, plus a new surface detection feature that allows the reader to automatically recalibrate and optimize read range performance. Connected to the Future - All readers include out-of-the-box support for Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) for secure bidirectional communication. Each reader is also designed to be connected and managed remotely without “sneakernet” or the need to be physically touched.
With the SMARTair® Openow™ app, security managers enjoy Update-on-Card functionality and a touchless credential handling process. Openow brings online benefits to existing offline devices in a SMARTair access control system, so management tasks are completed more efficiently. Powerful features usually only available in online mode are now enabled for SMARTair offline locks — without any need to fit dedicated wall updaters or communications HUBs. This means no cabling at all; and faster, less invasive installation. Now, every time a user opens a SMARTair door with Openow, the event and entire door history are reported in the SMARTair software, alerting security managers about low battery status, access denied, out of time zone and more. Openow is the convenient mobile solution for SMARTair wireless access control systems. Users store validated digital keys securely in their own Openow app. To open a SMARTair lock, they simply tap their phone against its inbuilt BLE reader. An encrypted Bluetooth connection connects the phone and locking device to quickly approve or deny a unlock request. With Openow, if you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys. Facility managers get through their access management workload faster when they replace traditional card and tag credentials with Openow. Because Openow and the intuitive SMARTair TS1000 software handle everything, virtual keys may be securely deployed over-the-air to anywhere in the world and security managers can easily and quickly update access plans. Delays in issuing or revoking keys for sensitive doors no longer jeopardize site security or business efficiency. There are no physical credentials to handle or track; no card encoders to buy; and no queues at reception for staff or visitors awaiting credentials being issued. The entire credential handling process — for both building users and security managers — is touchless.
With resistance to attack and extreme weather, wire-free installation and battery-powered operation, the new SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock is built for use almost anywhere. This new device in the SMARTair wireless access control range enables facility managers to add real-time control to non-electrified gates, cupboards, cabinets, closets, crates and more — wherever they are and whatever the climate. Security and access needs do not stop at the perimeter door. Yet finding reliable locking devices which are easy to operate with an electronic access system can be difficult. Gates and outbuildings are hard to reach with cabling. Access devices may not have the resilience required for operation outdoors. The i-gate meets all these challenges. The SMARTair i-gate padlock is robust enough for almost any climate. It has a watertight cover (IP68 rating) and an internal cylinder with Durability EN 15684 Class 6 Certification. It is battery powered and works with all standard proximity credential technologies, including MIFARE®, DESFire and iCLASS®, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy. Upgrading an existing padlocked closure involves simply swapping the devices and integrating the i-gate Padlock into an existing or new SMARTair wireless access control system. No drilling or wiring is required. Exterior and interior openings previously unsuited to electronic access control can now be controlled and monitored from the SMARTair TS1000 or Web Manager. An i-gate is compatible with any SMARTair system management option, including mobile management via the Openowä app.
Another large survey confirms the growing importance of integration across building security functions. According to the Wireless Access Control Report 2021, “95% [of security professionals] cited system integration [of access control] with other building/security management functions to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ important” for the coming five years. Extensive expertise in the security sector made Plexus’ procurement team aware of this growing need for connectivity across functions — including access control. Plexus managers sought a more flexible access system for their own head office in Swansea, Wales. Alongside integrated control, Plexus prioritized modern access control with lower maintenance costs than their current system, as well as the potential to be operated securely from the cloud. Any new installation should offer the option to further scale — in any direction — in the future. They require a broad choice of wireless and wired door devices and readers for multiple types of opening — and of course a straightforward upgrade path for both hardware and software. ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions’ Incedo™ Business platform is now running at Plexus. Installing wireless locks, readers and controllers from the broad ASSA ABLOY range was fast and simple, streamlining their switch to Incedo Business. “Hardware architecture is well manufactured, and this goes hand-in-hand with software that has fantastic ease of use,” says Marcus Elphick, Operations Director at Plexus Fire and Security. Coming soon: fully featured cloud management With keyless locking and Incedo Business management software, Plexus managers control exactly who goes where around their offices. They can set times when defined user groups may open specific doors. It keeps staff moving and safe without the hassle of physical keys. The “new software has been seamless, much simpler and [with a] common sense approach to structure,” says Marcus Elphick. Incedo Business software is intuitive to operate from any PC. The entire Incedo platform is fully flexible and modular, allowing Plexus to add more locks or change management software options whenever they need. They are already planning to extend control: remote sites, entrance gates and warehouse access control will be covered, too. “We have been so pleased with the system and its capabilities,” he adds. Plexus aim to quickly upgrade to new Incedo Business Cloud management, which offers them real-time 24/7 access from anywhere, and for a greater number of doors, as they look to expand coverage to more sites. “Incedo’s integrated access control platform already delivers connectivity and convenience,” says Stephanie Ordan, VP Digital and Access Solutions at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “Now it delivers in the cloud, too. Incedo keeps premises secure and filters access intelligently, to manage the ever-changing movement of people — from anywhere.” “Your business is not static, and there is no reason why your security should be.” “Incedo’s system management options scale from entry level up to cloud-based administration,” adds Kevin Hoare, Incedo Product Unit Director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “You can manage multiple sites and third-party integrations, including security solutions like CCTV. Scale up and down, add or remove hardware and credentials on demand — or switch system management options — all within your single environment. Migration between local and cloud management is always seamless in any direction, ensuring total flexibility for your business.” Whatever the 2020s bring next, Incedo gives security the flexibility to adapt.
Identification Modes: Face, card, password multiple ways to choose, convenient, flexible and safe to use Attendance Status: User-defined function keys to switch attendance state, meeting multiple identification needs Card: Standard EM, Optional Mifare Open the Door Remotely: Remote opening through network and software management Security: Security incident monitoring and alarm Access Control Interface: Support Relay Output, Wiegand26/34 Input and output, magnetic, etc. Infrared Sensing: Infrared sensor activation U Disk Download: Support U disk, user information record backup And firmware upgrade Multi-language: Support Global Multilingual Display
R100B mortise lock is a single point security lock featuring four roller bolts in nickel plated steel, three roller bolts in R101B and R201B model. The mechanisms are protected in zinc plated steel closed case in R200B model and galvanised steel closed case in R100B model.Add to Compare
R200B mortise lock is a single point security lock featuring four roller bolts in nickel plated steel, three roller bolts in R101B and R201B model. The mechanisms are protected in zinc plated steel closed case in R200B model and galvanised steel closed case in R100B model.Add to Compare
TESA XT Premium Series is a new concept encompassing several innovative devices that improve to a great extent the security in the entrance door. It includes the ANTICARD LATCH in the XT PREMIUM. This innovative latch features a no-return system in order to prevent the latch from being removed by tampering with it.Add to Compare
2100 deadlocks are the ideal complement to improve the security grade of any door. The locks feature reinforced steel strike case preventing crowbar attack, anti-drill and anti-extraction attack. ESTS security escutcheon is standard equipment in all models with security cylinders.Add to Compare
Dual latchbolt lock for high traffic features mortise lock for wooden doors, automatic unblocking of deadbolt and if the deadbolt is activated with an open door, this will be released when it is closed. Additioanlly, the lock features reversible latch made of AISI 304 wrought stainless steel. Dual latchbolt lock for high traffic is silent as well as fire-resistant.Add to Compare
TESA 2UBO series is a mortise lock that features a panic exit function allowing for permanent free passage from the inside. With a double follower rod, an external protection device for the rod is installed in order to prevent the handle from being operated.Add to Compare
Adams Rite Europe Limited is the UK's leading door and security solutions provider. We have earned an envied reputation in the marketplace through our commitment to the design and development of quality products created to help security professionals meet the rigorous criteria of the latest UK and European legislation, regulations and standards.Adams Rite Europe showcased several exciting and new products at IFSEC 2008:The next generation of EN12209 Security Grade 6 security deadlocks Totally new, extremely robust Deadlock designed specifically to meet the most exacting security Grade 7 with anti-drill performance suitable for use in a BS 3621 locking system The new Deadlatch - designed to meet BS EN 12209 and developed for panic and emergency exit applications, it has Euro profile cylinder operation, separate spindle drive and an easily reversible two-part latchbolt The Codelock mechanical access control device for aluminium doors. Available with an internal paddle handle or touch bar option, system conforms to BS EN 179:1998+A1:2001 and BS EN 1125:1997+A1:2001 for emergency exit and panic exit doors. Codelock is suitable for both new and retrofit applicationsAs you would expect from a BS EN ISO 9001: 2000 approved company, our extensive ranges of main locking systems, door and exit hardware and access control products are all manufactured to the very highest standards.Add to Compare
PZV-179 also known as key safes are used as: Mini-safes to safeguard items such as cash, jewellery and keys. They are best suited to installation in walls or floors. Organised storage for safekeeping general keys, fire service keys or technical keys as well as identification media. Storing the keys in the safe ensures that the fire service or authorised service technicians (electricity, gas, district heating, lifts, chimney sweeps) have immediate access to the building.Add to Compare
Solid Mortise Lock E 7020 offers optimum resistance to violent attacks Series E7020 W is ideal for resistance class 2 doors (single point locking systems) Series E7020 S/W is ideal for resistance class 3 doors (dual point locking systems) Series E7020 KE (convenience mechanism). When the door handle is opened on the inside, the latch and the bolt are drawn back. Not suitable for panic doors according to EN 179/EN 1125Add to Compare
The Standard Range provides solutions for timber doors at a reasonable price with the reliability and finishing quality of higher ranges.The residential lock features backset of 30/ 40/ 50 mm, narrow forend (20 mm.) suitable for overlapping doors and closed lockcase.Add to Compare
PZV-178 also known as key safes are used as: Mini-safes to safeguard items such as cash, jewellery and keys. They are best suited to installation in walls or floors. Organised storage for safekeeping general keys, fire service keys or technical keys as well as identification media. Storing the keys in the safe ensures that the fire service or authorised service technicians (electricity, gas, district heating, lifts, chimney sweeps) have immediate access to the building.Add to Compare
TESA CANB corner guard series is a mechanical digital lock that features Z-profile faceplate that completely covers the door edge, thus easing the lock installation and reaching higher levels of aesthetic appearance. It also includes anodised aluminium faceplate in polished gold finish.Add to Compare
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Schools were never designed and built with social distancing in mind. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that as children returned to schools, for the autumn term this year, the prospect of outdoor classes and assemblies was mooted in the media and by the Government. Many in the education sector are making the case that, should there be further COVID-19 outbreaks, in the coming months, it would be better to utilise outside space, rather than resort to closing schools. In the COVID-19 era, head teachers are considering taking learning and large gatherings, such as assemblies outdoors, when possible. Managing ‘class bubbles’, hygiene and ventilation While Dr. Yvonne Doyle, the Medical Director of Public Health England (PHE) has publicly reassured parents that schools are not the ‘drivers’ or ‘hubs’ of COVID-19-19 infection in communities, there is a lot of pressure on school leaders to manage ‘class bubbles’, extra cleaning and hygiene, ventilation, and COVID-19 testing, to protect families and staff. It’s a logical step to switch, in certain circumstances, to outdoor activities where fresh air is on tap, and social distancing is far easier to manage. Specially built outdoor classrooms Across the school and nursery sector, there’s ongoing investment in specially built outdoor classrooms Across the school and nursery sector, there’s ongoing investment in specially built outdoor classrooms, which had been growing in popularity, even before the pandemic. These facilities offer numerous benefits as an extension of existing learning spaces and provide children the opportunity for hands-on learning, beyond a stuffy classroom. However, if outdoor spaces are routinely called upon as part of COVID-19 contingency planning, how can schools ensure that their outdoor classrooms and wider areas are secure, robust, and fit for purpose? When specifying outdoor classrooms and learning spaces, it’s essential to take into account the well-being of the students and staff, who will use them, noise pollution and acoustics. Most importantly, education managers need to ensure the surrounding area is secured and adequately protected from threats, including terrorism. Perimeter security measures for schools How can schools and nurseries secure their perimeters, so that outdoor learning is totally safe for all? A starting point is to seek out architects and suppliers, who have a good understanding of security standards. Worryingly, Jacksons Fencing’s research recently found that only one-third of architects are seeing both LPS 1175 and the UK police initiative, Secured by Design (SBD) physical security standards, specified for schools. This highlights a lost opportunity for architects to propose solutions that are appropriate to the level of risk and needs of the school, without turning the site into an unwelcoming fortress. Helping schools identify specific security needs Head teachers would be wise to work with architects, who not only know the latest security standards inside and out, but are also are willing to play a more advisory role, helping the school identify exactly what is needed. Head teachers should prioritise solutions appropriate to their site’s specific risks It’s also vital that architects don’t simply replace existing fencing and gates, with the same security systems that have been in place for years. Instead, they will need to meet changing needs and risks. Our research finds that teachers often report issues, with the school perimeter and gates, from being climbed over (28%) and causing injury, to gates not locking properly (10%). Head teachers should prioritise solutions appropriate to their site’s specific risks, which sometimes require altering of existing measures. School fencing is an important aspect of any education site. As well as defining its boundary and making a visual distinction between public and private property, the fencing and gates that surround and secure a school, will typically meet a wide variety of other important criteria, including preventing unauthorised entry to the grounds, protecting pupils, staff, and visitors from accidents and injury, deterring theft and anti-social behaviour, and reducing the risk of malicious damage, and acts of terrorism. Welded mesh panels for perimeter fencing Popular options for schools include welded mesh panels for perimeter fencing or sports areas, and railing systems to act as demarcation, in order to control foot and car traffic. Within the outlying boundary, barriers, bollards and parking posts will keep pedestrians, and vehicles safe from each other, while timber fencing and gates can be designed to control the flow of people, around the grounds and reduce the areas, where students can be hidden from view. Automated gates and access control Perimeter fencing must be complemented with safe entrances and exits for vehicles and pedestrians. Every school has unique entry-control requirements, determined by factors, such as size, location and the local environment. These needs influence the decisions you make, when preparing technical specifications for school security gates. Do you require gates to be steel or timber, manual or automated, single or double leaf? Specialist suppliers will be in the best position to offer inputs on school gates, which typically need to offer solid security and durability, with a welcoming aesthetic. Specifying access control system When specifying a school access system, it’s important to consider the areas of the school When specifying a school access system, it’s important to consider the areas of the school, such as sports fields, car parks, and children’s play and learning areas, and whether it requires playground segregation. Selected gates should meet the design of the fencing, to create a secure perimeter with no weak points, with automated gates conforming to all current safety regulations. . Noise pollution can be a problem as well, including noise coming in or leaving the school in residential areas. If more teaching is to be carried out outside, it’s worth considering acoustic barriers to reduce noise in and around the school. Timber acoustic barriers for security and privacy Timber acoustic barriers offer security and privacy, and can reduce noise levels, by as much as 32 decibels (in laboratory conditions), so are ideal for city centre schools or those located close to busy highways. There are many ways to build an outdoor classroom. Timber products can help to create a welcoming environment, such as wooden shelters, pergolas, fencing, and decking. Always check that high quality timber, ideally guaranteed for 25 years against rot and insect attack, is being used to provide an attractive, cost-effective, safe and sustainable solution, for all weather conditions. DBS approved installers And of course, installers must be DBS approved, so that they can install outdoor classrooms, during school holidays, or within term time, with minimal disruption. The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on schools and learning. While nobody wants to think of fresh outbreaks of the infection, or any other virus, installing an outdoor classroom made from high-quality, long-lasting materials is a great way to future-proof school learning and ensure safety, and preparedness. Putting extra thought and care into the security angle will provide schools with decades of protection against a host of unforeseen events.
Most consumers are enjoying the convenience brought by electronic locks. With the existence of electronic locks, people no longer need to be restricted by keys. There are a variety of unlocking methods and more convenient remote control unlocking options. Suppose, you are going on vacation, and with the presence of an electronic lock, you can easily enter your house with your babysitter, without a spare key. Of course, not only smart homes, but also some infrastructure and commercial buildings are enjoying the convenience, brought by electronic locks. Passive electronic lock access control system This article will introduce a smart electronic lock used in the infrastructure industry, named passive electronic lock access control system. In traditional manufacturing, mechanical locks are commonly used in all walks of life, to protect the safety of property and facilities. However, the mechanical lock has caused many practical problems in the long-term application. For example, the keys are duplicated randomly, the unlocking authority cannot be controlled, the user's operation records cannot be known, and the remote control is not possible. Imagine that if you are in a remote telecom base station, it happens that you have the wrong key in your hand and cannot open the front door. In such a situation, this lock, maybe the worst scenario. In some industries, with a wide scope and large working area, more attention must be paid to access control systems Therefore, in some industries, with a wide scope and large working area, more attention must be paid to access control systems. In some outdoor scenarios, such as base stations and electric power cabinets, the requirements for access control systems are quite strict. Due to the particularity of its environment, ordinary power-based access control systems will no longer be applicable. Therefore, the emergence of passive access control systems has solved these problems. Electronic locks offer intelligent management function Based on years of in-depth field research, Vanma has developed the Vanma passive electronic lock access control system, based on the current situation of the industry. This system is different from other electronic lock systems, as it integrates the advantages of both mechanical locks and electronic locks. It not only has the simplicity of mechanical locks, but also has the intelligent management function of electronic locks. The term ‘passive’ of passive electronic locks means that no power is needed. Passive electronic locks have the same appearance as ordinary mechanical locks, so they can be installed anywhere, just like common mechanical locks. They also have a variety of practical functions of electronic locks. Authorised remote access control The Vanma management software allows security managers to assign access rights to specific areas, for different technical personnel. In order to facilitate real-time access control, the electronic key can be used in conjunction with the mobile phone app, in order to send information about its access rights to the technicians, in real time. Vanma management software can provide access to all operations performed by technicians Vanma management software can provide access to all operations performed by technicians, including complete audit reports. Access attempts outside the specified time range or outside the specified area can be obtained through the report, so as to analyse any abnormal situations. Access control in extreme weather conditions In the access control system, the lock (lock cylinder) maintains an extremely high standard and its protection level is IP67, to ensure the greatest degree of protection. Infrared induction technology is used in the electronic key, even if the surface of the lock is wet, the electronic key can also transfer the access authority to the lock cylinder. Ensure stable exchange of information between the key and the lock cylinder. In other words, a poor connection cannot prevent the transmission of information between the key and the lock. At present, this kind of passive electronic lock is widely used in many fields, such as telecom, electric power, water utilities, public utilities, medical emergency and so on in Europe.
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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