Articles by Mark Allen
In a world forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic, companies worldwide are now expanding their concept of physical security to best safeguard their facilities and employees. Few incidents have had as much of an impact on businesses globally as the COVID-19 pandemic; much of the world is still struggling to contain COVID-19, navigating the lasting effects and exploring what the “new normal” looks like. While some organisations are still engaged primarily in “anywhere operations”, i.e. remote work, many organisations are implementing strategic physical security solutions that better protect everyone through the use of video surveillance technology and advanced intelligence capabilities. As this new normal takes hold within the business environment, security strategies will largely be centered around several key initiatives like access control, people counting, occupancy controls, temperature screening, contact tracing, and reducing office touch points. With the use of a video management system (VMS) in the shadow of COVID-19, occupancy data from a VMS can trigger a lockdown and not permit new entrants until the occupancy drops below a certain threshold; this is significantly useful for organisations that have returned to in-person work. But there’s a caveat: though many legacy security systems are being re-evaluated to allow for touchless or frictionless access control — a move designed to eliminate the need for employees and visitors to physically touch a surface when using an access control system — upgrading the outdated technologies can be cumbersome and expensive, especially for organizations that had not planned for an interruption like the pandemic. Security contractors will be vital So, what is the solution? Security contractors will play a vital role in helping end-users across a range of vertical markets — large and small — to achieve their goals in the new paradigm. For some, this may mean leveraging existing access control and video surveillance systems with upgrades where needed. For others, an entire overhaul is made possible with budget friendly solutions for businesses to migrate to integrated access control through end-to-end security solutions that tie into existing infrastructures without major disruptions (meaning the organisation will never be left vulnerable). Cybersecurity is becoming even more intertwined with physical security There is massive transformation occurring in the security industry, most notably the movement to digitise physical access and integrate it with video management systems and surveillance. This shift means that cybersecurity is becoming even more intertwined with physical security, allowing organisations the ability to correlate the metadata of people’s behaviors and activities — a plus point for those looking to remain vigilant against future pandemic-esque business interruptions. Access, video, and audio are converging into consolidated platforms. Due to lower costs and pairings with IP-based, wireless infrastructure, there are infinite solution configurations. IT security requirements are beginning to apply to physical security because of this integrated infrastructure. Multi-factor authentication The security industry is also beginning to see a trend of multi-factor authentication, which is going to dominate in the days to come as it makes solutions more reliable. Most people carry smartphones these days, which have green check communication capabilities that allow easy multi-factor authentication. Costs are going down, and algorithms are getting better, making more people willing to try it. Some new solutions have both the fingerprint reader and a camera for facial biometrics Some new solutions have both the fingerprint reader and a camera for facial biometrics. Cameras and CCD modules cost almost nothing, and they do not have to be super high-end anymore, especially if organisations are doing one-to-one verification. It’s not just about security now; it is security, health, and safety. Access control with video, intelligent readers, and credentials is a perfect platform for next generation solutions.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the agenda and speaker lineup for Part 2 of the 2021 SIA GovSummit, its annual public policy and government security technology conference. SIA GovSummit 2021 is being held as a three-part virtual conference, the first of which took place on April 28, with Parts 2 and 3 taking place on June 9 and Sept 21, 2021, respectively. SIA GovSummit 2021 Part 2 Each year, SIA GovSummit brings together government security leaders with private industry technologists for top-quality information sharing and education on security topics that affect federal, state and local agencies. The 2021 virtual conference events will explore emerging policy trends, the government’s technology needs and changes in the risk environment that shape the development of products and advanced systems integration. Cutting-edge security and technology topics Part 2 virtual conference will feature essential insights from government security experts on critical issues" “In this second event in the 2021 SIA GovSummit, we look forward to building on the successes of Part 1, with a full agenda highlighting the most critical and cutting-edge security, and technology topics,” said Jake Parker, Senior Director of Government Relations at SIA. He adds, “The Part 2 virtual conference will feature essential insights from government security experts on critical issues, ranging from how biometrics and cargo screening will facilitate ‘port of the future’ initiatives to smart cities and the latest federal government contracting trends.” Full-day virtual event programme Part 2 of the 2021 virtual conference will be held as a full-day programme on Wednesday, June 9, kicking off at 10 a.m. EDT. Session topics will include: What industry suppliers and government buyers need to know about General Services Administration (GSA) contracting programme? The facial recognition legislative landscape and its impact on security and public safety. How technology infrastructure modernisation makes communities safer? The impact of ‘smart border’ and ‘port of the future’ on the security industry. Key considerations and options for moving physical access control systems to a FedRAMP-approved cloud model Speakers for the virtual event include: Kris Ann Nieswiadomy, Business Development Specialist, GSA Daniel Stafford, Contracting Officer – Section Chief, Security and Protection Branch, GSA Lynn de Séve, President, GSA Schedules Inc. Mark Allen, General Manager, Premises, Identiv David Helbock, Senior Sales Engineer, Identiv T. Carter, Vice President, Logistics Program Management, Transportation and Border Security Solutions, Leidos Eric Dean, Chief Technology Officer, M.C. Dean, Inc. Craig P. McIntire, Vice President, Border Security Solutions, SAIC Ben Globus, IT Manager, Securityhunter Free virtual event for government employees This event is free for all government employees, including U.S. and international federal, state, county and municipal-level staff, plus all military, law enforcement and public safety personnel. SIA GovSummit is considered a ‘widely attended gathering’ and complies with all relevant event guidelines. Each industry attendee can choose to register for the June 9 session only or purchase an All Access Pass to unlock both the June 9 and Sept. 21 events, along with the on-demand session recordings from the April 28 event, for a discounted rate.
Identiv, Inc. announces the launch of 3VR Prime, the comprehensive video management hardware and software system as a service. 3VR Prime is designed to provide users with a no-upfront-cost, service-oriented, fully supported, 100% warrantied video management system (VMS) solution that delivers broader efficiencies to end-users seeking on-premises VMS solutions. 3VR Prime delivers an enterprise-class, scalable, intelligent VMS platform to customers of any size. Identiv’s 3VR Prime eliminates the requirements for upfront expenditures by delivering VMS hardware and software as a service. Boosting camera management If any 3VR hardware becomes unrepairable or obsolete, Identiv will replace it for free. Customers can also use their existing on-premises server hardware, creating a software-as-a-service experience while retaining their preferred on-premises system. All software and OS updates are also included with the subscription. “Imagine if your VMS didn’t have an end-of-life,” said Mark Allen, Identiv GM, Premises. “3VR Prime is a video surveillance as-a-service solution that provides you with the hardware, software, support, and confidence that your system will always be up-to-date. Our VMS as-a-service solution evolves as your business and security needs evolve over time. With 3VR Prime, users are empowered to quickly and easily boost camera management, add more sites, or incorporate analytics at any time — our subscription model grows with your business.” Ultimate video management software 3VR Prime features all of the great benefits offered by an enterprise-grade VMS 3VR implements stringent security, meaning no malware can be installed. As new OS patches become available, those patches are instantly at your IT teams’ fingertips. At the same time, security teams have access to all software updates during the life of any 3VR Prime system. 3VR Prime features all of the great benefits offered by an enterprise-grade VMS with none of the upfront cash outlay or ongoing maintenance hassles. Identiv’s 3VR VMS is the ultimate video management software with world-class forensic search, case management, and business intelligence. 3VR provides the tools to gather real-time intelligence from video, speed up searches, and easily develop and manage cases and investigations. Improving customer experiences “As we enter times of economic uncertainty, 3VR Prime allows customers to adopt or sustain world-class video management while conserving cash and ensuring no subsequent cost surprises due to hardware obsolescence or software incompatibilities,” said Steven Humphreys, Identiv CEO. “Our goal is to provide cost and operational certainty for our customers so they can focus on the challenges and opportunities elsewhere in their business. 3VR Prime is suitable for large corporations, in which conventional video systems are a major use of capital, and small and medium businesses, which need strong security but also have to conserve cash in uncertain times.” Identiv offers a full portfolio of 3VR video intelligence solutions paired with data analytics for the industry’s fastest and most easily managed surveillance searchability. 3VR provides a single platform for real-time security and customer insights, enabling organisations to protect employees, customers, and assets while improving customer experiences.
Identiv, Inc. announced the availability of Hirsch Velocity Software with Contact Tracing. Available via download for Hirsch customers, the free feature has been launched to support worldwide office re-openings with improved health and safety management tools. Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ (CDC) recommendations, contract tracing is a key strategy for preventing further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Hirsch Velocity Software with Contact Tracing is a means of proactively and reactively protecting visitors. If a person enters a building and is later found to be symptomatic of an illness, Velocity can pull a report of everyone who entered the same door who can then be notified to either get tested or self-quarantine. The feature is free, easy to download, and simple to implement into existing Velocity physical access control system (PACS) platforms. Manage access control While this is useful during the days of COVID-19, it can also be used for other applications, such as seasonal influenza" “While this is useful during the days of COVID-19, it can also be used for other applications, such as seasonal influenza,” said Mark Allen, Identiv GM, Premises. “This means your office can be proactive in responding to potential outbreaks, while simultaneously providing your employees with the peace of mind that there are measures in place to keep them safe.” Hirsch Velocity Software provides the security and functionality expected from high-end systems with the ease-of-use found in entry-level packages. Velocity is an integrated platform that manages access control and security operations in thousands of different facilities, from single high secure rooms to multi-building, multi-location campuses with the most stringent security compliance. Prevent unwanted access With Velocity, users can control doors, gates, turnstiles, elevators, and other equipment, monitor employees and visitor behaviour, prevent unwanted access, maintain compliance, and provide a robust audit trail. The latest version of the software platform is designed to deliver the highest level of security, interoperability, and backwards compatibility, and it accommodates the evolution of security technology.
Identiv, Inc. has announced that after extensive testing of its Hirsch Physical Access Control System (PACS) CPNI solution, the platform is now approved by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), the UK government authority for protective security advice to the country’s national infrastructure. CPNI-approved physical access control platform The CPNI works with partners in government, police, industry, and academia to protect the nation from threats and terrorism, only recommending physical security equipment that meets its stringent certification requirements. “UK sites classified as critical infrastructure, where deep encryption standards are paramount, can confidently deploy the Hirsch CPNI-approved physical access control platform,” said Mark Allen, Identiv General Manager, Premises Security Solutions. Hirsch Velocity Software Hirsch products, like our innovative Scramblepad readers, protect critical government and infrastructure facilities" Mark adds, “Hirsch products, like our innovative Scramblepad readers, protect critical government and infrastructure facilities across the UK, the U.S., and other governments around the world. Our CPNI-approved Hirsch Velocity Software security management system provides a highly scalable, end-to-end physical access control solution from the door to the server cluster, ideal for mission-critical environments. He further stated, “We are proud to continue to work with the UK government’s risk-critical sites to provide the most robust, reliable, highly secure yet cost-effective access control solution.” Hirsch PACS CPNI solution The Hirsch PACS CPNI solution encompasses Identiv’s highly secure product portfolio, including Hirsch Velocity Software, Hirsch Mx-8 Controllers, and Secure Network Interface Board 3 (SNIB3). Identiv’s suite of advanced access control solutions is approved for use in some of the world’s most security-sensitive organisations, including many UK government agencies. Hirsch Velocity Software’s security management system is an integrated platform that manages access control and security operations across thousands of disparate facilities, from single highly secure rooms to multi-building, multi-location campuses, with the most stringent security compliance. Hirsch Mx-8 Controllers Users can control doors, gates, turnstiles, elevators, and other equipment, monitor employees and visitors as they move around a facility, prevent unwanted access, maintain compliance, and provide a robust audit trail. Hirsch Mx-8 Controllers provide scalable, networked communication and are also available in two or four supervised door models. The modular design and scalable architecture enable an installation to start small and grow large, from a single controller system to a larger, multi-site enterprise. The Mx Controller is fully firmware, function, and communication protocol compatible with Hirsch systems so that existing credentials, readers, and databases can be retained. SNIB3 communication device SNIB3 is a renowned communication device that provides IPv6, Gigabit Ethernet, and AES 256 bit encryption SNIB3 is a renowned communication device that provides IPv6, Gigabit Ethernet, and AES 256 bit encryption. These features are already foundational for the critical U.S. FICAM security standard. For deployments already equipped with a Hirsch solution, SNIB3 is a drop-in replacement for Identiv’s SNIB2 and SNIB communications boards. Identiv Global Services Identiv Global Services (IGS) provides a comprehensive cybersecurity-hardening service to ensure the solution is deployed to the rigorous CPNI standard. This covers securing the operating system, database, and services, including all Identiv-supplied server components and networking equipment, as well as the Velocity client workstation. To protect against the rapidly evolving threat landscape, IGS through service-level agreement (SLA) supports the customer and the solution, updating security patches and applying the latest information assurance guidelines following UK standards and best practices.
Identiv, Inc. has announced the launch of MobilisID, its latest solution for frictionless access. The MobilisID solution brings ease and simplicity to physical access and management without compromising security. Using the latest in Bluetooth and capacitive technologies, MobilisID allows users the freedom to access a controlled environment without the need to present a credential. MobilisID solution Identiv’s MobilisID solution combines security, simplicity, and convenience into an easy-to-install, cloud-managed physical access control system (PACS). By harnessing users’ current smartphones and tablets to transition from conventional physical cards to secure mobile credentials using powerful, multi-tech Bluetooth MobilisID Readers, the smart mobile solution creates a secure and effortless way to approach physical access, keeping users on-the-go. Issuing and managing credentials has never been easier with MobilisID Manager. The MobilisID cloud-based portal works on any web-browser and gives administrators and operators the ability to issue, update, and remove user credentials on-the-fly, making the once cumbersome process of creating physical credentials simple, quick, and efficient. MobilisID Manager Managing users and credentials with MobilisID Manager is also cost-effective by cutting out the hardware necessary to produce cards and eliminating costs to deploy, ship, and track physical cards. The MobilisID app securely transmits a personalised credential using the latest Bluetooth technology “Now, more than ever, we’re seeing the overwhelming need from our customers and partners to make physical access more convenient, more secure, less expensive, and simply smarter,” said Mark Allen, Identiv GM Physical Access. “Carrying conventional physical cards is just not the right solution for some people. But everyone carries a mobile device. With MobilisID, we’re harnessing the power of multi-tech Bluetooth readers combined with a highly secure, cloud-based management system that saves users time and money.” MobilisID app The MobilisID app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, converts almost any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet into a direct replacement for a traditional, physical credential. The MobilisID app securely transmits a personalised credential using the latest Bluetooth technology to MobilisID readers allowing the user to freely move throughout a building or facility without the need to present the mobile device. For those sites that require support for legacy, proximity-based credentials, including cards, tags, or fobs, the MobilisID Reader supports 26 – 37 bit 125 kHz low frequency (LF) credentials, making the transition from physical to electronic-based access control seamless.
The new year is several weeks old, so it is safe to say that many of our New Year resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Despite the limited success of our personal resolutions, the new year is a great time to take stock, look ahead, and plan to make 2020 the best year yet. Thinking about our industry as a whole, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What should be the security industry’s “New Year’s resolution?”
Identiv, Inc. announces that it will present its recently expanded Internet of Things (IoT) product portfolio at ISC West 2019, encompassing a wide range of physical and logical access control, video and data analytics, door readers, identity cards, visitor management, mobile security, telephone entry, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near-field communication (NFC) solutions for physical and IT-secured businesses. Identiv will be showcasing demos of its complete portfolio of high-performance IoT solutions for government, banking, healthcare, critical infrastructure, retail, and other industries at ISC West 2019, booth L13. Newly acquired and developed solutions The company will have some of its newly acquired and developed solutions on display, including: Enterphone integrates with Freedom and Liberty and will be introduced to the U.S. market for the first time at ISC West Web/Cloud and IoT-Based Architecture - Newly acquired Freedom and Liberty Access Control product lines provide cloud-based, frictionless, cyber-secure access control. Freedom’s software-defined platform and new mobile app enable IoT-driven access control for enterprises and governments. Liberty provides an entry-level, web-based scalable solution for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs). Video and Data Analytics - 3VR by Identiv’s video intelligence solutions provide a single platform for real-time security, analytics, and consumer insights, allowing organisations to protect their employees, customers, and assets, as well as enhance store operations and shopping experiences. 3VR is now fully integrated with Hirsch Velocity. Mobile Security - Thursby by Identiv software solutions provide strong government-grade security for government agency, enterprise, and personal mobility, supporting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and two-factor authentication (2FA) on mobile devices. Access Control - Identiv’s new Hirsch Mx-1-ME (Metal Enclosure) Controller manages a single fully supervised door for controlled entry and exit at the edge and is protected by a metal enclosure with battery backup and power supply. Phone Entry - Over two million tenants in 35,000 installations within residential and mixed-use properties depend on the Enterphone by Identiv telephone entry system for secure visitor access. Enterphone integrates with Freedom and Liberty and will be introduced to the U.S. market for the first time at ISC West. Secure IoT Tags - Identiv’s high-frequency (HF) and ultra high-frequency (UHF) transponders bring smart identities and security to the IoT, digitising and enabling high-growth applications, like medical devices, athletic apparel, and pharmaceuticals. Identiv’s new Tamper Detection NTAG 424 DNA Tag strengthens IoT security for anti-counterfeiting, document authentication, supply chain traceability, data access, and customer engagement. Physical security industry This year, join Mark Allen, General Manager, Physical Access Systems at Identiv, Mark Duato, Executive Vice President of Aftermarket Solutions at ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions (DSS), and Joe White, President at A-1 Lock, as they present “In Between the Lock and Controller: Why Wireless Locks Are Changing the Game in Access Control” during ISC West on 11th April, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12 PM (IST). The International Security Conference and Exposition — also known as ISC West — is the largest event in the U.S. for the physical security industry, covering access control, alarms and monitoring, biometrics, IP security, video surveillance/CCTV, networked security products, and more.
Identiv, Inc, a global provider of physical security and secure identification, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 3VR Security, Inc., a video technology and data analytics company. It is anticipated that this combination will provide Identiv with a full range of technologies to deliver its vision for secure, pervasive yet frictionless premises security, situational awareness and business insights. 3VR’s video intelligence solutions provide a single platform for real-time security and customer insights, enabling organisations to protect employees, customers and assets as well as improve store operations and shopping experiences. 3VR’s open, pluggable platform leverages existing customer infrastructure and allows customers to expand their systems’ capabilities seamlessly. 3VR serves customers in the financial services, retail, hospitality and other industries. Video intelligent solutions “We are advancing our global strength in the premises security industry, particularly in the attractive and fast-growing video segment,” said Jim Ousley, Chairman of Identiv’s Board of Directors. “This accretive acquisition is part of our communicated plan to grow both organically and inorganically. Overall, we believe 3VR takes us closer to achieving our long-term model and becoming an at-scale growth company.” Steven Humphreys, CEO of Identiv, stated: “Customers are looking for integrated solutions for access, video and analytics. The acquisition allows us to address this demand by including video security as part of our overall premises security and technology platform. Since access control and video management go hand-in-hand, we believe 3VR is a great fit from a technology, strategic, and financial perspective. The combined companies’ breadth of solutions across our Hirsch Access Control, 3VR video surveillance, real-time analytics, our access readers, RFID and identity cards would represent a complete solution for customers to adopt an entire physical security platform that’s extensible into real-time people and item tracking, consumer experience enhancement and business optimisation.” Security and business intelligence solutions Al Shipp, CEO of 3VR, commented: “The 3VR team is excited to be joining the Identiv team who shares our passion for innovation enabling a new level of security and business intelligence solutions. This combination offers greater scale that will accelerate that innovation, creating more value for customers which has been a core tenet of 3VR’s since our founding.” Mark Allen, General Manager, Physical Access of Identiv, said: “Our DNA has always been to build trusted relationships with our customers and partners. Our companies’ vertical expertise and anchor customer strengths reflect our shared strategy as a trusted advisor to our customers. Since the video industry has arrived at the point where everything is digital — from the camera to the screen — the focus now is on usability. The combination of Identiv and 3VR not only makes sense but when we integrate 3VR’s video technology into our Hirsch PACS platform, we anticipate creating a seamless user experience. Today, Identiv is substantially deepening the scope of the solutions and bringing these benefits to the physical world of people, places and things.” Investments towards premises segment revenue Identiv expects 3VR to add between $10 million and $11 million to the company’s premises segment revenue in fiscal year 2018. Identiv also expects 3VR to contribute a mid-term target non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 10% post synergies. Identiv’s acquisition of 3VR is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close no later than February 20, 2018. The total consideration at close is expected to be $6.9 million, comprised of $1.6 million in cash; $2.0 million in subordinated promissory notes; and $3.3 million in shares of Identiv common stock. Additionally, in the event 3VR achieves certain significant shipment targets in 2018, Identiv would be obligated to issue additional earnout consideration in shares of Identiv common stock, and in the event that 3VR generates certain additional gross margin concerning a supply arrangement, Identiv would pay a portion of the additional margin as consideration, as further described in the definitive agreement.
Identiv, Inc. announced the launch of Identiv Connected Physical Access Manager (ICPAM) 3.1, the latest update to Identiv’s management application for physical access that is tightly integrated into Cisco technology, including Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (7.9), Cisco IP Telephony, and Cisco Instant Connect. ICPAM 3.1 introduces upgrades and new features, including the ICPAM Data Center Cabinet Solution, Input Module support for the ICPAM EM-100 Power over Ethernet (PoE) edge controller, and support for the brand-new Hirsch Mx-1 Controller, Identiv’s PoE edge controller that manages a single fully supervised door for controlled entry and exit. Advanced PACS solution ICPAM is Identiv’s software platform developed to utilise Cisco’s IP networking technology to connect and manage Identiv’s physical access control system (PACS) hardware. ICPAM serves as a centralised manager application to configure controllers and readers, monitor activity, enroll users, create identification badges, and integrate with security and IT applications and data stores. The upgrades to ICPAM 3.1 allow Identiv to offer a robust, full-featured PACS solution that utilises existing Cisco IP as its backbone. “At Cisco, we strive to shape the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) by delivering unprecedented value to our customers and ecosystem partners. That’s why we launched Cisco Kinetic, an operations platform designed to unlock the power of data from the billions of connected devices being added to the network,” said Riaz Raihan, Cisco Global VP and GM, Chief Product Officer, IoT. “In the two years since Identiv has re-imagined ICPAM, the company has been revolutionising access control in the connected world with every new iteration of ICPAM. With the addition of input module and data center support in ICPAM 3.1, we’re seeing sensors connected into access systems and mission-critical, regulation-mandated security data woven into business processes. We’re thrilled to watch this evolution. In working closely with our customers and partners, we’re launching ICPAM 3.1 with upgrades serving immediate opportunities,” said Mark Allen, Identiv General Manager, Physical Access. “New features include our high-density ICPAM Data Center Cabinet Solution, Input Module support for the ICPAM EM-100 Controller, and support for our new PoE edge Hirsch Mx-1 Controller.” "ICPAM 3.1 is by far the strongest iteration of the platform to date" ICPAM Data Center Cabinet Solution New to version 3.1, the high-density ICPAM Data Center Cabinet Solution utilises an end-of-row reader to significantly reduce cost per rack, cutting the cost of cabinet access control by up to half. The new solution allows organisations facing regulatory regulations in the United States and European Union — including ECHR, HIPAA, FCRA, and ECPA — an audit trail of whom had access to which equipment containing sensitive data. ICPAM 3.1 also brings Input Module support for the ICPAM EM-100 PoE edge controller and integration with the new PoE edge Hirsch Mx-1 Controller, bringing full-featured Hirsch access control to the edge, managing a single door, and plugging directly into enterprise environments. Pushing access control to the edge means lower cost, less maintenance, less burden on the network, and more time to focus on the important data being processed and areas being protected. The compromises required by other edge controllers with fewer features, lower power, and less security are eliminated with Mx-1, which brings the complete feature set, security, and scalability of Hirsch’s Mx line to single-door installations. Full-featured and secure access control "ICPAM 3.1 is by far the strongest iteration of the platform to date," added Mr. Allen. “By including support for our new PoE Mx-1, we’re able to minimise cable runs and wiring costs, making full-featured and secure access control affordable and available at just about every door in a facility. It’s what our customers and partners need and deserve.”, he concludes. ICPAM 3.1 and compatible Cisco products, including Cisco’s video management and communications solutions, are available now through the worldwide network of Cisco sellers and resellers.
Identiv, Inc. has announced the latest update to its award-winning Hirsch Velocity Software for access control and security management. The newest release adds enhanced communications protocols, government-grade biometric support, and new Velocity and Hirsch ScramblePad features to the integrated platform that manages access control and security operations in thousands of facilities around the world. Multi-factor biometric devices To provide full compliance with Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) for Enterprise Physical Access Control System (EPACS) solutions, Velocity now supports Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) communications between Identiv’s Hirsch Controllers, uTrust TS Government FICAM-enabled card readers, and Hirsch TS ScramblePads, providing advanced encryption options and the ability to download and update reader firmware from Velocity Software. Identiv’s OSDP implementation allows Velocity to support key third-party authentication devices — like the Veridt Stealth Series multi-factor biometric devices — that combine card, personal identification number (PIN), fingerprint, and digital certificate validation for very strong identity authentication at critical doors. More efficient security and facility management In addition, the Velocity update includes feature enhancements requested by users and partners, including the ability to override normal system settings in emergency situations, expanded relay and device controls for more efficient security and facility management, and a more cost-effective way to control exit as well as entry at controlled doors. “The latest update to Velocity delivers real value by leveraging new technology on a security management platform that is secure, interoperable, and sustainable,” said Mark Allen, Identiv General Manager, Physical Access. “Not only do our new customers get all of these features, but virtually every Hirsch customer for the last 20+ years can upgrade to this latest version and take advantage of our new features and new technology without sacrificing their existing investment.” Identiv will demonstrate the latest version of Hirsch Velocity Software at ASIS 2017 on September 26 – 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Velocity is available now through the worldwide network of Hirsch partners.
Identiv Hirsch physical access solutions include Velocity and Mx Controllers Identiv, Inc., recently announced that it will present its Hirsch and ICPAM physical access solutions in booth 8053 at ISC West 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 6 - 8, 2016. ISC West is the leading physical security event and aims to unite the entire security channel, including dealers, installers, integrators, specifiers, consultants, and end-users of physical, network, and IT products. Hirsch physical access solutions “Identiv’s Hirsch government-grade physical access solutions are backed with more than thirty years of physical security experience and features. Our solutions are designed and developed with the most secure facilities in mind, but are priced to install anywhere,” said Mark Allen, Identiv General Manager, Physical Access Systems. “Identiv helps protect museums, jails, federal training facilities, high-profile personnel, parking garages, airports, retail shops, gold mines, and many more installations that need a complete, secure, easy-to-install-and-maintain system. Government certifications, including FICAM, are also available for any installation.” Identiv’s robust, reliable, and feature-rich Hirsch physical access solutions include Velocity and Mx Controllers. Velocity is an integrated software platform that manages access control and security operations in hundreds of different facilities, from single high-security rooms to multi-building, multi-location campuses. Velocity allows end-users to control doors, gates, turnstiles, elevators, and other building equipment, monitor users as they move around a facility, prevent unwanted access, maintain compliance, and provide a robust audit trail. Live demonstration of Velocity software Identiv’s Hirsch Mx Controllers are designed to integrate seamlessly with current systems, ensuring that existing credentials, readers, and user databases can be retained. The Mx Controller is the core of Identiv’s physical access control solutions and its modular design and scalable architecture enable an installation to start small and grow large, from a single controller system to a larger, multi-site enterprise. During ISC West, Identiv will be providing demos of its Velocity software, including CCTV and DVR integrations, and Mx Controllers. During the event, Identiv will also be showcasing its FICAM solution for the U.S. federal government, uTrust Physical Access Readers — including its TS (TouchSecure) family of readers and category-defining Hirsch ScramblePads — credentials, and smart card readers. Identiv is the go-to solution for the federal government, including FICAM compliance, with the fastest, most cost-effective, federally compliant, IPv6 support on the market, and is featured on the approved FICAM solutions list. Identiv IoE solution for data aggregation Identiv will also provide demos of its ICPAM solution at ISC West. The Identiv Connected Physical Access Manager (ICPAM) solution is a distributed intelligent physical access control solution, providing state-of-the-art secure access to facilities using standards-based networking, is backwards compatible for legacy wiring topologies and devices, and seamlessly integrates within the Cisco security ecosystem. The ICPAM solution is available immediately through Cisco Authorised Technology Provider (ATP) Partners. “Through our partnership with Cisco, we are fulfilling the concept of convergence, leveraging the entire Cisco infrastructure and application ecosystem,” added Mr. Allen. “ICPAM is an Internet of Everything (IoE) solution, allowing data aggregation from physical access systems through IP-connected devices, unified security operations, and information sharing.” ISC West 2016 runs April 6 - 8, 2016 at Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.