Schneider Electric, the provider of digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced the release of the latest version of EcoStruxure Access Expert, its integrated security solution.
The latest edition of Access Expert is a single integrated system that allows data and controls for many building functions to be accessed within a single interface.
The platform can connect systems throughout the building, including lighting controls, power monitoring, building analytics, UPS and critical power monitoring with a range of security systems, including access control, CCTV, alarm management, photo ID badging, intrusion detection, and mass notification.
Access Expert uses non-proprietary hardware and can incorporate legacy technologies, thereby allowing buildings professionals to eliminate significant upfront costs
Monitoring security cameras and managing visitors
EcoStruxure Access Expert is available on both mobile and desktop, allowing building security professionals to quickly and easily communicate with building occupants, monitor security cameras and manage visitor access while on the go, while viewing data on operations across the rest of the building and collaborating with multiple operations teams.
The latest version of Access Expert includes multiple new features including a visitor checking registration tool and new visitor reporting capabilities, multi-screen support and active directory integration over an LDAP protocol, along with integration with EcoStruxure Building Operation via Smart Connector. Access Expert uses non-proprietary hardware and can incorporate legacy technologies, thereby allowing buildings professionals to eliminate significant upfront costs.
Delivering building integration and automation
Access Expert integrates access control and building management systems (BMS) on the BACnet protocol, supporting open standards and delivering true building integration and automation, while avoiding the limitations of traditional security and building automation integrations. This allows Access Expert customers to fully leverage the potential of their buildings and protect their existing infrastructure by enabling legacy technologies to be upgraded to today’s features and standards.
“As today’s building staff are being asked to continue to perform at optimal levels while energy prices rise and budgets shrink, it is clear that smart buildings are the wave of the future,” said Steven Turney, Security Program Manager at Schneider Electric. “Using open protocols, web services, open APIs and IoT, Access Expert v3 improves the collaboration of teams across multiple departments while still allowing each to remain independent by merging together traditional security offerings with building automation platforms.”
Access Expert keeps customers current with automatic updates, automatic backups and automatic redundancy that is not available in other platforms
Capabilities of the integration
Access Expert integrates with EcoStruxure Building Operation to provide the highest level of integration between security and automation functionality while still allowing the appropriate levels of separation. Leveraging Smart Connectors, the integration provides:
- Direct HTML5 linking into Access Expert to manage:
- Credentials and access rights
- Schedules and elevators
- Visitor management
- Import feature for controller information from Access Expert into EcoStruxure Building Operation
- Binding of controller objects within EcoStruxure Building Operation to provide:
- Remote release, door open, door secure mode changes
- Facility, door lockdown, secure override
- Intrusion detection status
- Alarm management and acknowledgement
New features of Access Expert v3
- EcoStruxure Building Operation via Smart Connector
- HTML5 web environment
- Global I/O
- Multi-screen support
- Windows Applet for logon
- Active directory integration over LDAP protocol
- Visitor management
- Visitor management kiosk in cloud
- Custom report builder
In addition, Access Expert keeps customers current with automatic updates, automatic backups and automatic redundancy that is not available in other platforms.