TDSi will be discussing benefits of integrating access control and integrated physical security systems with other IT and business systems
TDSi will be explaining the latest features of its security management software EXgarde 4.5

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi and its technology distributor Midwich, will be welcoming visitors to the Technology Showcase North event on Wednesday 13th April at The Royal Armouries in Leeds. benefits TDSi will be available to discuss the considerable of integrating access control and integrated physical security systems with other IT and business systems.

Advantages for end-users and installers

LeAnne Hill, Key Account Manager at TDSi commented, “We are excited to be welcoming visitors to this most relevant venue to discuss the benefits of security and access control integration. We will be explaining to visitors the latest features of our security management software, EXgarde 4.5 – which features new integration with lock specialist ASSA ABLOY’s physical server protection systems and Milestone’s powerful video surveillance solutions.”

The partnership between TDSi and Midwich has grown rapidly since the two businesses became partners over two years ago, demonstrating the huge growth and demand for integrated security and IT systems.  

Reflecting upon the upcoming event LeAnne added, “This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the considerable advantages for end users and installers that are able to integrate physical security with wider IT systems. We develop solutions that ensure all these elements can work together and you can offer your clients the best solutions, which are cost effective as well as simple to install and operate. Myself and the team will be available at the event to discuss this in more detail.”

Integrated security for IT network

The integration between security systems and the wider IT function has never been closer. Using CCTV systems and intruder alarms as part of the IT network makes it much easier to get a true top-down view of any situation and gives the security operator greater muscle to take control and quickly deal with any issues.  

There are more specific benefits too, for instance access control is perfect for administering accurate time and attendance recording. It can also ascertain the number of occupants in a facility, which is invaluable in the event of a fire or evacuation, ensuring everyone is safe and accounted for.  

Technology Showcase North offers an excellent opportunity to view a diverse range of the latest technology and to speak to the experts about the opportunities they provide.  LeAnne concluded, “If you manage or install IT systems this is the perfect event for you. We will be showing you how integrated security is now at the heart of any complete IT solution and we will be available all day to offer advice and support on this exciting opportunity.”

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