As buildings are gradually reopened to occupants and users, PAC has announced the launch of new Input/Output (I/O) Controllers which allow users to extend the functionality of their access control system. Enhanced security Designed in response to customer feedback, PAC’s 520 Input Controller and 530 Output Controller make it both easy and cost-effective to add in new security and building management functions that provide added safety and reassurance for users. New functionality made possible with the new I/O Controllers includes lift control, monitoring and alerts, the set-up of remote or on-site alarms, the use of sounders, deployment of security shutters and integration with CCTV presets, among others. PAC I/O Controllers The PAC I/O Controllers provide actions based on flexible event-driven rules which are set up, configured and managed within the PAC Access Central management platform. Lift control, for example, can be used to give occupants access to only those floors they are permitted and safe to use. Supported by the new Lift Control menu within Access Central, the accessible floors are enabled within the lift buttons when the occupant’s proximity PAC ID is presented to the PAC reader at the lift. The additional security this solution provides is becoming more critical in multi-tenanted commercial or residential buildings. Automated key processes to make buildings safer PAC’s new I/O Controllers make it simple to add in new, event-based functions" “As their premises are gradually reopened to users, building and security managers are looking closely at ways of keeping occupants safe and compliant with new measures that govern social distancing and minimise unnecessary contact”, said Pete England, Global Product Manager at PAC. Pete adds, “PAC’s new I/O Controllers make it simple to add in new, event-based functions that automate key processes and make the use of a building safe for its users.” Access Central management platform The launch of PAC’s new I/O Controllers comes on the back of the recent arrival of the new PAC 512 DC and DCi Access Controllers and Access Central management platform, designed to provide user-friendly, high-security access control. Key benefits over the previous generation of PAC I/O Controllers is that the latest I/O Controllers are now directly driven by the PAC 512 DC and DCi Access Controllers, removing the need and additional cost of a PAC 500 Controller to access the input and output functionality. Available in multiple form factors for flexibility The new PAC 520 Input Controller and PAC 530 Output Controller are certified to the latest standards and come in a number of form factors for flexibility when installing on-site The Access Central management platform has been updated to include user friendly configuration of the PAC I/O Controllers including new focused Lift Control menu options, as well as enhanced Alarm Monitoring and Event to Action capability, to easily set up and manage the multiple deployment and monitoring options the I/O Controllers make possible.
PAC, the provider of innovative access control solutions, announces the availability of its new contactless and hands-free request to exit (RTE) button, which will support organisations as the post-lockdown return to work begins in earnest. With strict hygiene measures and employee safety now more important than ever, access control systems have a role to play in preventing the spread of infection and PAC’s contactless RTE will help to reduce the number of potential contact points within a building. Hands-free technology “Before the lockdown, contactless and hands-free technology was often considered a luxury rather than a necessity but that situation is changing quickly now that employees are returning to their workplaces,” explained Pete England, PAC’s global product manager. “We intend to do as much as we can to facilitate hygienic workplaces and help organisations meet new safety standards during this time. Our new contactless RTE technology reduces the possibility of cross contamination and protects occupants, while also lowering the amount of surfaces that need to be regularly cleaned.” Highly cost effective, as well as being quick and easy to install, the contactless RTE button fits into a standard single-gang electrical backbox, with simple wiring into PAC controllers including the popular 512 and 212 devices, as well as the Easikey 99 and 250 products. Multi-tenant residential buildings The contactless and hands-free RTE can even detect hands when gloves are being worn Where an existing push to exit button is in place, the contactless RTE can be retrofitted in minutes and its infrared technology is designed to prevent interference with other infrared devices located on-site. Housed in a stylish stainless steel faceplate, a prominent two colour LED changes from red to green when a successful request has been identified. It is also dust and water resistant to IP65 – something that is an important feature for use in harsh environments. Ideal for use in a range of applications including offices, multi-tenant residential buildings, schools, hospitals, veterinary surgeries, hotels and care homes, the contactless and hands-free RTE can even detect hands when gloves are being worn. Access control technology It limits the threat of transference of disease, infections and dirt between users and with an adjustable latch time from 0.5 to 20 seconds, it can also be used as part of a social distancing policy. Pete England concluded, “All aspects of our lives have changed radically over a relatively short period and we need to quickly adapt to new ways of working.” “The current situation also means that organisations need to think about how they use access control technology, as they seek to protect building occupants. The contactless RTE is just one of a number of cost effective and easy to implement solutions that PAC is bringing to market to help meet the demands of its customers, as they combat the spread of infection.”
PAC, a supplier of innovative access control solutions, has announced the comprehensive redesign of its portfolio in order to meet the rigorous demands of today’s residential, educational and commercial environments. This pioneering access control system streamlines PAC’s offering with products that combine the benefits of state-of-the-art hardware and software – delivering unrivalled levels of security, sustainability and ease of use. Networkable access controllers Key components of the new PAC portfolio are the PAC 512DC networkable access controllers, which replace the highly successful PAC 500 range. Future proof and certified to the latest industry standards, PAC 512 comprises two variants – the 512DC analogue and 512DCi digital access controllers. PAC 512 offers a cost competitive solution that is easy to configure, install, maintain and use Scalable from 1-2000 doors these controllers are able to support up to 75,000 unique identification devices via Access Central – PAC’s enhanced management software. They feature two inputs and two outputs, as well as providing functionality including local anti-passback, event to action, mustering, lift call and alarm point control. By removing the need for ancillary equipment PAC 512 offers a cost competitive solution that is easy to configure, install, maintain and use. PS50 Energy Efficient Power Supply PAC is committed to developing products that enable end users to enhance their own sustainability based agendas and this is clearly demonstrated by its new PS50 Energy Efficient Power Supply. With 80 per cent efficiency at most loads, it uses far less power than PAC’s previously available power supply unit, at the same price point. The PS50 Energy Efficient Power Supply’s credentials have also been externally verified via certification to California Energy Commission (CEC) Level 6. This means that the highly energy efficiency facilitates operational savings. Access Central management software PAC’s Access Central management software replaces the company’s SecureNet solution. It can be adapted to suit every access control installation, whether a single site business or a global organisation. Backwards compatible with SecureNet and available via digital download in SE and professional licence editions. The SE licence level delivers a level of functionality unrivalled in the market for a free distribution. It displays detailed, real time events information including alarms as they occur across a facility Access Central can be easily configured to operate on a standalone PC or across a corporate network. It displays detailed, real time events information including alarms as they occur across a facility, while also providing ease of management of any installed 512DC and 512DCi devices. Other features include Active Directory integration, which vastly reduces set-up and in-life management of keyholders when connected to an Active Directory feed. Integrated security system The PAC portfolio will be supported by a customer training programme, a dedicated customer services and technical support facility, as well as a new five-year warranty for all hardware. Pete England, PAC’s global product manager, concluded, “For over 40 years PAC has pioneered developments in access control across the world and is renowned and respected for producing robust, reliable, cost effective and highly secure solutions. “This legacy continues with this new portfolio which offers unrivalled value, is feature rich, scalable, energy efficient and reduces the hardware required for an integrated security system. During our beta testing we had a unanimously positive response and I’m convinced that we have an industry game-changer in terms of next generation access control.”
PAC & GDX, global provider of access control and door entry solutions, has announced the availability of its new Architect range of readers. By integrating cutting edge radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth technologies into the Architect range, PAC & GDX has made it possible for smartphones to be used as an access control identification tool, thereby providing the highest level of convenience, flexibility and ease of operation. Integrating radio frequency identification technology PAC & GDX offers a lifetime warranty for all Architect readers on account of their quality In addition, PAC & GDX is so confident in the production quality of these products that it is offering a lifetime warranty for all Architect readers. Offering unrivalled levels of modular scalability, Architect can be configured to suit every application – from a single door to a fully integrated global internet based system – and the range currently comprises two variants. Architect-A readers The ‘Architect-A’ is a compact sized reader, while the ‘Architect-One’ is a Mullion reader, which is specially designed for installation in small spaces. Both variants are available in two options, either with RFID only or with Bluetooth & RFID. “In modern workplaces the vast majority of employees have smartphones, so utilising these devices for access control purposes makes perfect sense,” explained Pete England, Global Product Manager for PAC & GDX. Mobile access He adds, “Put simply, people don’t want to be carrying multiple keys and tokens around when their smartphones can do the same job. Architect is the only solution that provides secure identification modes without the constraint of having to swipe a card.” An access control system needs to perfectly meet the requirements of the environment in which it is installed, and Architect offers five identification modes for a unique user experience. Remote access and control Card Mode allows a smartphone to be used as a classic badge, while Slide Mode makes a user’s hand a card Card Mode allows a smartphone to be used as a classic badge, Slide Mode makes a user’s hand a card, and with Tap-Tap Mode a user taps their smartphone twice and a Bluetooth signal is sent to the reader to unlock. Remote Mode allows a smartphone to be used as a remote control and, last but not least, Hands-Free Mode means a user can simply walk past a reader. In light of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) organisations must do all they can to avoid unauthorised access to personal information. When using an Architect reader, PAC & GDX ensures the process is highly secure thanks to the implementation of encrypted SQL databases and an EAL5+ crypto processor. Security key management AES 256-bit SSL encryption is also employed at server level – the same grade used by banks and hospitals – while master key databases are not stored but regenerated and authenticated after each use. This means that there is no transit of personal data when using Architect. Designed to be used in a wide variety of environments and applications, Architect readers have a rugged design that makes them weather resistant, chemical resistant and able to self-extinguish in a fire. They are also vandal resistant to IK10, which means that they are protected against 20J of impact. This is equivalent to the impact of a 5kg mass dropped from 400mm above a surface. Advanced access control technology With growing demand for access control technology that is intuitive, flexible and secure, products also need to be environmentally friendly. This was an important factor for PAC & GDX when deciding to launch the Architect range and so the entire unit is recyclable, as no resin is used. Using smartphones credentials reduces the need for physical tokens, which reduces inventory, logistical and transport costs Furthermore, the use of smartphones as credentials reduces the need for physical tokens, which reduces inventory, as well as logistic and transport costs. This is not at the expense of style though and bespoke fascia designs are available to complement an organisation’s corporate profile. Smartphone access control solution “PAC & GDX is driven by constant innovation and the desire to push the boundaries of what’s possible with access control,” said Pete England, further adding “Smartphones offer new possibilities and it is estimated that over 20 per cent of people within organisations will be using them for access control by 2022.” Pete concluded, “It’s why we have launched the Architect range, which combines convenience, flexibility, operational ease and efficiency, high levels of security, modular scalability and a vandal-proof design. Anyone with a traditional physical based token and reader system that wants to embrace newer technologies now has the perfect solution within reach.”
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