Whether you are a veteran in the access control world or have never installed a card reader before, there are always ways to increase profits in the ever-evolving world of access control. The hope is that by considering a few key focal points, you can find ways to increase market share. Whether we are releasing an electronic lock through a simple intercom button or using biometric and multi-authentication based on a database; the tactics for bringing on more revenue is the same. Learning to focu...
Having returned from Security Essen, Traka’s International Sales Director, Martin Woodhouse, reflects on the show and why it was so important to attend for the industry leader in innovative key and equipment management systems. Q: How was the show? Martin Woodhouse: Security Essen was great in allowing us as a global brand, and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, to demonstrate how we are listening to our customers (new and existing) and responding with latest advances in intelligent solutio...
ULIS, a designer and manufacturer of a wide range of innovative thermal image sensors, has announced the launch of ThermEye Building, a thermal sensor line for system integrators of detection and people counting equipment for connected buildings. ThermEye Building rangeThe new ThermEye Building range includes two new products: ThermEye-b90 and ThermEye-b120 The new ThermEye Building range includes two new products: ThermEye-b90 and ThermEye-b120. These 80x80 thermal sensors provide system inte...
Figures from the 2018 edition of ‘The Wireless Access Control Report’ show continued strong growth for wireless vs. wired solutions. Why do you think security and facility managers are “cutting the wires” more and more? Advantages of wireless access control The energy-efficiency of wireless doors delivers significant cost savings" Russell Wagstaff, Director for Commercial Access Solutions, ASSA ABLOY EMEA says, “Among the many advantages of wireless discussed in...
Open Options, global provider of open platform access control solutions, will showcase their DNA Fusion access control platform and its powerful components from November 14-15 at ISC East 2018 in New York City. Considered one of the largest and most comprehensive security industry trade shows globally, ISC East hosts 7,000 security professionals and showcases a wide range of products and solutions from 250 global security brands. ISC East attendees are invited to visit Open Options at booth #56...
Centralite Systems, Inc., premier manufacturer of reliable, wirelessly connected devices based on the Zigbee home automation platform, has announced that its 3-Series Micro Motion Sensor and Micro Door Sensor have been certified to work with Echo Plus, Amazon’s popular voice assistant. Centralite Motion and Micro Door Sensors Amazon recently added support for motion and door sensors to Echo Plus Amazon recently added support for motion and door sensors to Echo Plus; with this announcemen...
ZorroSign Inc., pioneer of real electronic signature and document fraud and tampering detection system built on blockchain, announces the release of its enhanced support for advanced mobile biometrics to electronically sign documents. Users of Samsung and Apple mobile devices can use their biometrics to log into the ZorroSign application, sign documents and manage other tasks. This enables ZorroSign users to sign documents anywhere and at any time. Using a smartphone or tablet, users can eSign and send documents quickly, request signatures, review documents and templates, capture handwritten signatures and scan the ZorroSign 4n6 (Forensics) Token to validate a document. Legally binding signatures “Our customers are increasingly conducting business using their mobile devices and their primary concern is security and privacy of sensitive information and protection against document fraud,” said Akbar Jaffer, chief marketing officer at ZorroSign Inc. “Our advanced biometrics capability offers added security of digital documents and gives our customers the peace of mind that their business documents are doubly secure against fraud and tampering for the life of the document.” ZorroSign mobile biometrics is truly a one-tick operation; with one pass of biometrics, users can sign and date multiple documents Biometrics on top of ZorroSign’s legally binding electronic signature also speeds up cycle time and increases process efficiency. ZorroSign mobile biometrics is truly a one-tick operation; with one pass of biometrics, users can sign and date multiple documents. All parties have on-line access to legally binding signatures on documents, which can be viewed easily on any device that has a secure connection such as tablets, notebooks, personal computers and smartphones. The mobile biometrics enhancement improves this process and increases security of sensitive information and documents. Cross-border payments “A well-rounded Digital Transaction Management solution ensures that there are no loopholes that unscrupulous people can exploit,” said Shamsh Hadi, co-founder and CEO of ZorroSign Inc. “Now, our customers have the option to implement biometrics (retina, iris, facial recognition like Face ID and fingerprint like Touch ID) on the mobile device to sign their documents. Biometric verification of a signature adds another level of security to the documents that are a part of a digital transaction.” Applications for biometric signatures are endless. They can be as basic as opening a bank account to as complex as closing multi-million dollar deals and making cross-border payments. Biometrics can also be used in conjunction with a simple multi-factor authentication.
Plasco ID, global integrator of identification solutions, announces it has hired Jeff Bill as its Chief Operating Officer. Bringing a valuable combination of industry experience and proven results, he will focus on business operations and strategic initiatives. Physical card access control A veteran in visual and physical card access control, Jeff formerly held the position of President at Bristol ID, global technology card business; prior, he served as General Manager for Brady’s People ID and IDenticard business units. This hiring directly correlates to Plasco ID’s customer-centric philosophy and strong commitment to customer service excellence. The secure ID solutions company continually leads industry innovation, with a mission to providing customers with the best solutions available to meet their unique business needs. Proximity technology cards Partnerships with the industry’s best manufacturers has resulted in exclusive printer offerings with unique benefits. In addition, the organisation has launched its own brand of proximity technology cards, allowing it to pass along significant cost-savings to its customer base. Most notably, the organisation developed the first subscription and cloud-based ID card management software, allowing an unlimited number of users to manage, design and print their card program from any location, any time. “We are pleased to welcome Jeff to the Plasco ID family. It is an exciting time for our organisation as we add this new role to further bolster our senior executive team. Jeff brings a unique skill set that will enhance our ability to execute on both our strategic growth and improvement initiatives,” stated Alan Mendelson, Plasco ID President and CEO.
Matrix Comsec, a pioneer of technologically advanced security and communications solutions, is preparing to spread its footprints in the Canadian market. Security and communication solutions Matrix is renowned enterprise and each of their solutions are designed and manufactured in the company’s exclusive DSIR (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research) certified Research and Development Center. More than 40% of the company’s manpower is dedicated to the development of cutting-edge enterprise solutions. They also bear customer and market requirements in mind while designing our Security and Communication solutions to ensure that they turn out to be the perfect solution for modern enterprises. Additionally, we offer solutions that cater enterprises across various verticals such as Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Banking & Finance, and so on. Our solutions are carefully designed to meet individual requirements of each of these verticals’ market. IP video surveillance and access control Our range of solutions includes IP Video Surveillance, People Mobility Management and Access Control, Unified Communications and IP Endpoints Our range of solutions includes IP Video Surveillance, People Mobility Management - Time-Attendance and Access Control, Unified Communications and IP Endpoints. Matrix Comsec has successfully assisted leading brands to overcome their security and communication challenges with our proven and innovative solutions across diverse industries in the USA. We are aiming at having similar brand wins and earn customer loyalty in Canada as well. As part of our marketing strategy, we are going to penetrate the Canadian market and reach small & large enterprises of Canada with BTL marketing activities such as upcoming security and telecom exhibitions along with social and print media, etc. We see Canada as one of the potential countries to penetrate with our advanced solutions and make a mark among system integrators and end customers. We aim at becoming a name that believes in delivering substantial Security and Telecom products and solutions. Security Canada Central To further understand the Canadian market, we will also be participating in the Security Canada Central to be held on 24th - 25th Oct 2018. This event will serve as one of the greatest platforms for us to interact with the like-minded system integrators and project consultants of Canada sharing a similar vision like Matrix Comsec; i.e. to deliver world-class and advanced Surveillance, Access Control and Unified Communication solutions to modern enterprises. Interacting with the system integrators will give us greater insight into the enterprise demographics and challenges of the security and communications market in Canada, which will further assist us in understanding the niche requirements of enterprises in Canada and engineer solutions meeting their exact requirements. In our Managing Director, Ganesh Jivani’s words, “Matrix has a rich innovation lineage. The company has acquired a formidable reputation for quality and engineering of its products. Our solutions, with their value-added functionalities, will surely strengthen the communication and security requirements of enterprises. These solutions have already gained interest of system integrators and consultants offering technology solutions for small to large enterprises and projects. We look forward to a welcoming environment in Canada.”
Stephanie Ordan has joined ASSA ABLOY as Vice President, Digital and Access Solutions EMEA. She succeeds Chris Bone in the post, who became ASSA ABLOY Group Chief Technical Officer earlier this year. Stephanie’s role will focus on continuing to strengthen ASSA ABLOY’s position as a global access control solutions provider across EMEA. She will oversee continued efforts in market education and exciting product developments from ASSA ABLOY’s stable of brands across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ASSA ABLOY’s access control solutions are trusted in multiple sectors including education, healthcare, multi-family housing, offices, public institutions, critical infrastructure and many more. Cloud-based access control Stephanie brings with her extensive international experience from leading technology companies. She previously worked at power management multinational Eaton, where she was Head of Energy Storage business EMEA prior to joining ASSA ABLOY. She has also worked at General Electric and STMicroelectronics. “I’m thrilled to be joining ASSA ABLOY EMEA at such a pivotal time for the industry,” says Stephanie. “As security becomes increasingly electronic and technologies like wireless locks and cloud-based access control continue to take off, ASSA ABLOY’s trusted brands and solutions are well positioned to lead these markets — just as we have for decades, and continue to do, in mechanical security.”
The total UK electronic security market, comprising of products - electronic access controls, intruder alarms and closed-circuit television (CCTV) - and associated services, was estimated at approximately £2.35 bn in 2017. This was an increase of around 5% during the year and followed two years of strong growth in 2015 and 2016. Growth was driven by technological advancements boosting replacement demand and improving new build and RMI expenditure across key market sectors. Expansion of CCTV product distribution CCTV accounts for the majority of the market in value terms, with a 52% share CCTV accounts for the majority of the market in value terms, with a 52% share. This sector has seen the greatest levels of innovation and new product development, and the recent shift in focus by major Chinese manufacturers from cost to technological development has eased the level of price competition over the last year or two. Technology has also become more affordable, leading to a continued shift away from analogue to digital products. In the access control sector, product development and wider availability of products have been a key driver of growth as has the performance of the UK construction sector, particularly in commercial offices and housebuilding. In addition, access control products have not been subject to price deflation experienced in other sectors, thereby enabling relatively consistent value growth. Intruder alarm market The intruder alarm market experiences long replacement cycles and a high level of competition in relation to other security options, particularly in the non-residential sector. However, in the residential sector, growth has remained positive in line with increased housebuilding and product development focused on ease of installation. Value growth is likely to come from increasing adoption of new technologies in both the new and replacement sectors Integration has continued as a key theme, both between products within the electronic security sector, and also beyond with wider business enterprise systems within Smart Buildings and home products within Smart Homes. The development of smart home products and integration with other security products and home management systems should offer significant opportunities for value growth going forward. Smart Home technology integration “Increasing competition remains a key feature of the market, with many established competitors struggling to maintain market share, due to intense competition from Chinese companies at all levels of the market” said Hayley Thornley, Head of Research at AMA Research. “This in turn has led to significant merger and acquisition activity in the market since 2015, with companies aiming to achieve scale and provide end-to-end solutions.” The prospects for the electronic security sector overall are reasonably good. Value growth is likely to come from increasing adoption of new technologies in both the new and replacement sectors. While construction output growth is expected to ease over the next 2-3 years, output remains relatively high by historical standards and this should continue to provide opportunities for manufacturers and installers of electronic security equipment. Electronic security installations Housebuilding has grown considerably between 2015 and 2017, with output increasing by 33% Government capital spending levels are also set to increase, particularly in infrastructure and also in local government and health. These are all potential opportunities for electronic security, particularly with the recognition that some of the public sector installed base has become outdated and fallen behind in technology terms due to spending cuts and austerity. Housebuilding has also grown considerably between 2015 and 2017, with output increasing by 33%, and there remains considerable scope to expand the level of electronic security installations in homes. Intruder alarm installations are estimated at around a third of homes, and the improved range and availability of CCTV products/ and smart locks etc., should support their wider installation in the residential market. Analytics and cloud-based solutions While industry sources report that price pressures have eased somewhat in the last couple of years, the focus on service packages and securing longer term revenue is expected to continue. Specifiers will also continue to focus on the whole life cost of the electronic security system, including replacements, add-ons and management costs, which will influence their choice of products and operating systems. These factors should drive the wider uptake of IP, wireless technology, analytics and cloud-based services.
Even the most advanced and sophisticated security systems are limited in their effectiveness by a factor that is common to all systems – the human factor. How effectively integrators install systems and how productively users interface with their systems both depend largely on how well individual people are trained. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the changing role of training in the security and video surveillance market?
Comelit has worked sensitively on site at Rathview Mental Health Facility, to supply door entry solutions to ensure a therapeutic and safe environment is created for the benefit of residents, staff and visitors. Comelit door entry solutions Situated on a rural greenfield site on the outskirts of Omagh, Rathview Mental Health Facility is a new c£2.8 million, 1169m² site that contains a twelve-bed Discharge Unit and a six-bed Recovery Unit, arranged around two central courtyards. With its innovative design, the unit aims to increase the range of community-based mental health services available in Northern Ireland. Owned by The Western Health and Social Care Trust and designed by award winning Todd Architects, Comelit worked sensitively with electrical consultants on site, WYG Belfast, from the tender process to project completion, understanding the full specification requirements from the entrance through staff stations and concierge resources. Healthcare security and safety Comelit was specified through evidence of its understanding of the site requirements, along with the system being IP based, hence highly flexible and configurable" Says Gary Hewitt, Consultant at Chubb NI Ltd, who worked on Rathview Mental Health Facility: “This was an incredibly sensitive works program, where the design of the building was not just important from an aesthetic perspective, but also to ensure a positive impact on the recovery process for residents; and for staff to operate in an environment where they feel safe and secure.” “Comelit was specified through experience and evidence of its understanding of requirements on site, together with the system being IP based, hence highly flexible and configurable. These elements came together to allow for residents to experience independence in a domestic environment, with autonomous access to their accommodation.” 316 Sense panels In total, Comelit was specified for the door entry systems for all four entrance points to the facility, and a total of four 316 Sense panels installed, along with two staff stations and a concierge unit. Each of the twelve apartments were fitted with a pull cord and emergency response button, cabled into Comelit’s Mini handsfree monitors. Designed to operate through Comelit’s innovative VIP system, it utilises the Security Systems Network and allows a priority call to the concierge in case of emergency. Patients, staff and visitors’ safety Mike Campbell, Business Development Manager at Comelit Group UK concluded: “Rathview is an important development in the context of provision of mental health facilities across Northern Ireland, where every part of the site is seen as potentially having therapeutic value. We have worked in partnership with the consultants on site to create a door entry solution that can ensure a balance of a welcoming, encouraging environment, whilst maintaining the safety and security of residents, visitors and staff.”
Vega Systems Inc. has announced that their Redundancy Management Framework (RMF) software has begun operations at a prominent airport in the Middle East. The airport surveillance software plugin for Milestone XProtect enhances video security. Typically, without the software system, video surveillance down-times at critical infrastructure locations have the potential to create security loopholes. Vega Systems' RMF reduces live video disruption to milliseconds during server failure episodes while simultaneously providing uninterrupted access to all archived footage. This, along with other beneficial features, mitigates the impact of server failures on security. Vega Systems' RMF RMF is a novel, few-to-all approach towards enhancing XProtect Recording Server Redundancy through dual recording. A few redundant servers can handle concurrent failures of all primary servers. Offering a live view recovery almost instantaneously following the recording server failure, the system works two orders of magnitude faster than fail-over recording. RMF is a result of collaboration between Vega Systems Inc in San Jose, California, Sunjin Infotech based in Seoul, South Korea, and Milestone Systems' Middle East offices. The product is a plug-in framework for the Canon subsidiary Milestone Systems' XProtect software.
Jutting up to a height of 126 meters, the 36-story Prime Tower is Zurich’s tallest building and number two in Switzerland. Its 40,000 square meters of floor space can accommodate more than 2,000 workplaces. It is striking with its futuristic architecture and dark green reflective exterior. The tower’s impressive details include a 10-meter-high entrance hall and the CLOUDS bar and restaurant on the top floor boasting an unmatched view far out across the surrounding landscape. Bosch networked security solution The operator relies on Bosch to keep the building safe and secure. And to meet the Prime Tower’s unique requirements, the company’s experts recently implemented a modernisation project. One of the new system’s technical highlights is a combination of electronic and biometric access control. “Our owner, the firm of Swiss Prime Site Immobilien AG, attaches great importance to monitoring who exactly is inside the building at all times,” explained Annika Hammes, who heads the trustee department at Wincasa, a building services outfit that was contracted to design and execute the solution. Electronic and biometric access control Error-free biometric identification is accomplished by reading the vein patterns on the backs of people’s hands Error-free biometric identification is accomplished by reading the vein patterns on the backs of people’s hands. This is done contactlessly for very easy, comfortable use. A total of 120 hand vein readers have been installed in the building and connected to the controllers of the eight elevators. Once employees and guests have been biometrically registered, they board lifts that automatically take them to the right floors. Encrypted ID cards are used to access the rental units, thereby making sure that people can only enter zones for which they have been authorised. All relevant security information is collected in a management system so that the responsible employees always have everything in view and can respond quickly when there is a need. Bosch handled everything for this project: advising the client, and then planning and implementing the system. The modifications were made without interrupting use of the building, which was a major challenge not only for the project team, which therefore had to work very swiftly, but also for the tenants themselves. “This called for very close cooperation between the Bosch team and the mixed-use site management (MUSM) team of Wincasa AG, which met the requirements for continued building use while the work was ongoing,” explained Hammes.
One of the UK’s top business and management schools, the Bloomsbury Institute, has upgraded its access control capabilities to the award-winning ASSA CLIQ Remote wireless locking technology from ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions. Based in central London and formerly the London School of Business and Management, the Bloomsbury Institute delivers full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, accounting, finance and law, which are awarded by the University of Northampton. ASSA CLIQ Remote wireless locking technology The Bloomsbury Institute has to contend with a high turnover of students each academic year, as well as any changes to staff. The sheer number of people using the Institute’s buildings meant that its existing mechanical master key system was simply no longer feasible, unable to provide adequate protection for areas that might hold sensitive information, such as exam scripts. As a result, the Bloomsbury Institute needed a flexible access control system that would be easy to maintain, granting secure access to individuals as and when needed, while delivering greater key control too. Electromechanical locking system Providing an easy-to-use electromechanical locking system, the ASSA CLIQ Remote solution uses high-end micro-electronics and programmable keys The answer was ASSA CLIQ Remote, which has been installed throughout the Bloomsbury’s Institute’s 7 Bedford Square teaching site, and selected areas within the institute’s 99 Gower Street building. Providing an easy-to-use electromechanical locking system, the ASSA CLIQ Remote solution uses high-end micro-electronics and programmable keys and cylinders to offer flexible control over access rights. The Bloomsbury Institute can now programme and update each key remotely, removing or granting access privileges for the key holder in real time. This allows only those with the necessary authority to obtain access to private areas without inconveniencing others and removes the security risks associated with lost or stolen keys. Remote Key Access ASSA CLIQ Remote also provides a full audit trail for assured peace of mind and has the functionality to create time-defined user keys, only allowing access to an individual for a specified period. This feature is proving invaluable to the Bloomsbury Institute, which plans to eventually convert all cylinders at its 99 Gower Street site to ASSA CLIQ Remote, as part of its expansion plans. Stephane Middleton, Estates & Facilities Manager at the Bloomsbury Institute, explains: “We are committed to the security and safety of student data, which led us to consider upgrading the mechanical master key system that we previously had in place. Using ASSA CLIQ Remote could not be easier. It is saving us countless hours of key cutting and changing cylinders, while significantly improving our key control.” ASSA CLIQ Remote key for enhanced security When a new employee joins the team, the ASSA CLIQ Remote key is the only one they will need"“When a new employee joins the team, the ASSA CLIQ Remote key is the only one they will need, irrespective of how many rooms they may occupy or how many areas they may need access to during their time with us. In addition, the system provides robust security; if a key is lost or stolen, we can cancel it, safe in the knowledge that we are completely secure.” “The service from ASSA ABLOY has been outstanding. The company really made the effort to understand our business and its requirements. During the implementation phase, ASSA ABLOY provided comprehensive training on how to use the system to all staff that have administration rights, while working with our IT team to ensure the systems’ software is uploaded onto their machines.” High-security physical master key system “The best part of the service has been having a dedicated contact that has been onboard since the start, providing us with new updates, support and guidance. This part of the service is proving to be of great value, filling us with confidence to continue using ASSA ABLOY products in the future. Indeed, as we look to expand the sites we operate in, we envisage that all the cylinders will one day be converted to this system.” Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote at ASSA ABLOY, said: “Our ASSA CLIQ Remote solution combines all the benefits of access control with a high-security physical master key system. The system was easily retrofitted, meaning there was very little disruption to the university during the installation process, and the institute no longer has to worry about the security concerns that come with a misplaced key. Data security “The fact that ASSA CLIQ Remote also offers the capability to log and provide a record of who has entered and exited an area is helping to ensure rooms that hold confidential papers or sensitive information remain secure.” “We’re delighted to help the Bloomsbury Institute revolutionise its key management systems, delivering greater security, flexibility and key control.”
Princeton Identity Inc., a provider of secure biometric security systems, has announced the deployment of its Biometric Conex, designed to assist customers with quick and accurate personnel authentication for campuses and facilities. The Conex is a 20-foot long standard shipping container outfitted with on-the-move facial, iris and fingerprint biometric capture technology, which can be operational in less than 24 hours. Biometric Conex Princeton Identity is showcasing the Biometric Conex at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition this week in Washington, DC The first two containers will be shipped in October to government facilities. Princeton Identity is showcasing the Biometric Conex at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC. The Conex’s combination of patented authentication technology and portable configuration give organisations the flexibility to deploy these high throughput, accurate authentication units anytime, anywhere. Biometric high-throughput system The multi-modal, biometric high-throughput system offers more secure rapid personnel authentication and the following features: Face, dual iris, and 8 fingerprint rapid enrollment of personnel and on-the move multi-modal personnel identification Throughputs of over 15 people per minute Self-contained or networked configurations Allow list and watch list capable Can support large personnel database configurations Climate controlled, air conditioned and weatherproof Can be powered by a generator and comes with UPS backup Facility entry control The Biometric Conex eliminates these issues and provides a more accurate, seamless entry process Current facility entry control procedures generally rely on credentials or limited biometric information to allow entry. In many cases, these procedures can cause excessive queuing, require extensive manpower, and are limited in their identification accuracy. The Biometric Conex eliminates these issues and provides a more accurate, seamless entry process. It contains a rapid enrollment station to simultaneously register subjects’ biometric signatures – fingerprints, face and irises – which takes less than a minute to process. The fusing of these three separate biometric modalities ensures the highest level of identification accuracy and eliminates potential spoofing attacks. When subjects enter the Conex, they walk through at a normal pace without stopping or touching any sensors, gain clearance, and are granted access to the facility. Contactless iris authentication “The government engaged with Princeton Identity to provide these units because we are the only identification firm with patented walkthrough, contactless iris authentication capabilities to support large groups of people,” said Mark Clifton, CEO of Princeton Identity. “Our software and physical hardware provide versatile identity authentication solutions designed to verify and manage individuals’ identities for a wide range of physical security and access applications, and we are already exploring other commercial uses for the Biometric Conex.”
Ask a student, or pretty much anyone, what they think about “access control” and you’ll get a shrug. Conversely, all of us are enthusiastic about security and convenience. Students across Europe are discovering SMARTair wireless access control gives them both. Adding SMARTair access control to a door involves just replacing a standard cylinder or escutcheon with a digital, smartphone- or smart-card–operated electronic lock. It’s hassle-free to make the switch to SMARTair. And with a system design focused on user experience, SMARTair takes some of the everyday pain out of student life. Wherever you fit SMARTair, it’s easy to configure access cards to enable payments in the canteen or at vending machines; for changing room locker locks; and for the photocopier or library loans. You can’t do that with a metal key. MIFARE RFID cards At Madrid’s prestigious Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) students now open doors with smart MIFARE RFID cards instead of keys At Madrid’s prestigious Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) students now open doors with smart MIFARE RFID cards instead of keys. CUNEF fitted escutcheons to monitor and ease access to different areas of the university for 1,600 students, without the need for expensive wired door locks. If a student loses their card, there’s no threat to campus security. A manager issues a new credential which automatically cancels the lost card — much faster than changing a lock. When Mezzino took ownership of Rialto Court — apartments for students attending Durham University and Teesside University — they replaced a mechanical master key system with SMARTair. From the company’s point of view, the high annual tenant turnover and a need for scheduled cleaning and summer shutdown were becoming difficult to manage with physical keys. Students also reaped the benefits of their new, user-friendly access system. They have the confidence no previous resident of their flat has copied a physical key. At Funway Academic Resort in Madrid, student rooms are also locked with SMARTair escutcheons. Energy-saving wall devices inside rooms regulate electricity use, and students each have their own safe locked with a SMARTair cabinet lock. The Funway gym, study rooms, games rooms, swimming pool and changing rooms, spa and staff areas are also locked with SMARTair escutcheons — and open with the same smart-card. SMARTair Openow solution The recent launch of the SMARTair Openow solution puts credentials on a mobile phoneThere’s more to come from SMARTair. The recent launch of the SMARTair Openow solution puts credentials on a mobile phone. With SMARTair and the Openow app, students can open their rooms and authorised doors with a smartphone. If you have your phone, you’re already carrying your keys. Student services or facilities managers issue virtual keys over-the-air — and can revoke them whenever they choose — so there’s no need for a key-card handover meeting, at the beginning or end of term. A time-limited virtual key arrives ahead of the first day and automatically expires when it’s time to vacate your halls. Mobile credentials Mobile credentials will be a big hit. Student life goes on inside the handset, as much as IRL (“In Real Life”, for the uninitiated). Last year’s Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey found a fifth of 18- to 24-year-olds even check their phone for messages in the middle of the night*. From a security standpoint, phone-based credentials have another advantage. Checking our phones is “habitual”, “unconscious” and “repetitive”, according to one study**. We know very quickly if it is missing. How soon would you notice a missing plastic card, especially if you were enjoying yourself on a night out? Biometric security Plus, a virtual key on every student’s smartphone potentially provides an extra layer of biometric protection for every controlled university door Plus, a virtual key on every student’s smartphone potentially provides an extra layer of biometric protection for every controlled university door. Fingerprint, and even face and iris, scanners are commonplace on smartphones. ”Generation Z students were raised as digital natives,” says Felix Moran, SMARTair Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY. ”They expect convenience as a standard feature, not a mechanical solution used in Ancient Egypt. In Europe’s increasingly international, marketized higher education ecosystem, attracting these tech-savvy students is critical, as is keeping them satisfied with the campus experience.” SMARTair TS1000 software The complete SMARTair solution includes wireless escutcheons, cylinders, wall readers, locker locks and more; the intuitive SMARTair TS1000 software; and the enhanced new Openow app functionality. It works out the box and is easy to install — and even easier to operate.
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