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HID® Signo™ Readers bring today’s organizations into the future of access control. Beyond its sleek, modern design, this cutting-edge reader platform provides flexible, reliable performance with support for an unmatched range of credential technologies. HID Signo extends the leadership position of HID Global in the access control industry while providing unrivaled security and powerful performance with the addition of new features to better fortify facilities and beyond. Upgrading your access control readers to HID Signo ensures convenience and security today while preparing you for whatever comes tomorrow—this is the signature promise of Signo. Key Features Highly Versatile - Support for the widest range of credential technologies, including HID Mobile Access via native Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC) capability. Also features Apple’s Enhanced Contactless Polling (ECP) to support credentials in the Apple Wallet. Unparalleled Performance - Ultra secure storage of cryptographic keys on certified secure element hardware, plus a new surface detection feature that allows the reader to automatically recalibrate and optimize read range performance. Connected to the Future - All readers include out-of-the-box support for Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) for secure bidirectional communication. Each reader is also designed to be connected and managed remotely without “sneakernet” or the need to be physically touched.
With the SMARTair® Openow™ app, security managers enjoy Update-on-Card functionality and a touchless credential handling process. Openow brings online benefits to existing offline devices in a SMARTair access control system, so management tasks are completed more efficiently. Powerful features usually only available in online mode are now enabled for SMARTair offline locks — without any need to fit dedicated wall updaters or communications HUBs. This means no cabling at all; and faster, less invasive installation. Now, every time a user opens a SMARTair door with Openow, the event and entire door history are reported in the SMARTair software, alerting security managers about low battery status, access denied, out of time zone and more. Openow is the convenient mobile solution for SMARTair wireless access control systems. Users store validated digital keys securely in their own Openow app. To open a SMARTair lock, they simply tap their phone against its inbuilt BLE reader. An encrypted Bluetooth connection connects the phone and locking device to quickly approve or deny a unlock request. With Openow, if you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys. Facility managers get through their access management workload faster when they replace traditional card and tag credentials with Openow. Because Openow and the intuitive SMARTair TS1000 software handle everything, virtual keys may be securely deployed over-the-air to anywhere in the world and security managers can easily and quickly update access plans. Delays in issuing or revoking keys for sensitive doors no longer jeopardize site security or business efficiency. There are no physical credentials to handle or track; no card encoders to buy; and no queues at reception for staff or visitors awaiting credentials being issued. The entire credential handling process — for both building users and security managers — is touchless.
Incedo™ Business Cloud access management from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions is created for businesses on the move, who need a flexible security solution which grows with them. Now, security managers managing an Incedo Business solution can work remotely too – while maintaining complete control over their building’s access points. Incedo connects security software and hardware within a single, seamless platform. To accommodate the restless change and disruption of modern business life, Incedo enables scaling up or down on demand. And now, the new Incedo Business Cloud management keeps security and facility managers in control of their premises from wherever they happen to be right now. Incedo Business Cloud solves many pressing daily challenges of access management, Managers no longer need to be on-site to handle day-to-day security. It operates securely 24/7 from any PC with an internet connection. Installing the system is easy, with no complex integrations needed. Software updates are regular and automatic, with real-time reports and analytics available with a few clicks.
With resistance to attack and extreme weather, wire-free installation and battery-powered operation, the new SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock is built for use almost anywhere. This new device in the SMARTair wireless access control range enables facility managers to add real-time control to non-electrified gates, cupboards, cabinets, closets, crates and more — wherever they are and whatever the climate. Security and access needs do not stop at the perimeter door. Yet finding reliable locking devices which are easy to operate with an electronic access system can be difficult. Gates and outbuildings are hard to reach with cabling. Access devices may not have the resilience required for operation outdoors. The i-gate meets all these challenges. The SMARTair i-gate padlock is robust enough for almost any climate. It has a watertight cover (IP68 rating) and an internal cylinder with Durability EN 15684 Class 6 Certification. It is battery powered and works with all standard proximity credential technologies, including MIFARE®, DESFire and iCLASS®, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy. Upgrading an existing padlocked closure involves simply swapping the devices and integrating the i-gate Padlock into an existing or new SMARTair wireless access control system. No drilling or wiring is required. Exterior and interior openings previously unsuited to electronic access control can now be controlled and monitored from the SMARTair TS1000 or Web Manager. An i-gate is compatible with any SMARTair system management option, including mobile management via the Openowä app.
Another large survey confirms the growing importance of integration across building security functions. According to the Wireless Access Control Report 2021, “95% [of security professionals] cited system integration [of access control] with other building/security management functions to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ important” for the coming five years. Extensive expertise in the security sector made Plexus’ procurement team aware of this growing need for connectivity across functions — including access control. Plexus managers sought a more flexible access system for their own head office in Swansea, Wales. Alongside integrated control, Plexus prioritized modern access control with lower maintenance costs than their current system, as well as the potential to be operated securely from the cloud. Any new installation should offer the option to further scale — in any direction — in the future. They require a broad choice of wireless and wired door devices and readers for multiple types of opening — and of course a straightforward upgrade path for both hardware and software. ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions’ Incedo™ Business platform is now running at Plexus. Installing wireless locks, readers and controllers from the broad ASSA ABLOY range was fast and simple, streamlining their switch to Incedo Business. “Hardware architecture is well manufactured, and this goes hand-in-hand with software that has fantastic ease of use,” says Marcus Elphick, Operations Director at Plexus Fire and Security. Coming soon: fully featured cloud management With keyless locking and Incedo Business management software, Plexus managers control exactly who goes where around their offices. They can set times when defined user groups may open specific doors. It keeps staff moving and safe without the hassle of physical keys. The “new software has been seamless, much simpler and [with a] common sense approach to structure,” says Marcus Elphick. Incedo Business software is intuitive to operate from any PC. The entire Incedo platform is fully flexible and modular, allowing Plexus to add more locks or change management software options whenever they need. They are already planning to extend control: remote sites, entrance gates and warehouse access control will be covered, too. “We have been so pleased with the system and its capabilities,” he adds. Plexus aim to quickly upgrade to new Incedo Business Cloud management, which offers them real-time 24/7 access from anywhere, and for a greater number of doors, as they look to expand coverage to more sites. “Incedo’s integrated access control platform already delivers connectivity and convenience,” says Stephanie Ordan, VP Digital and Access Solutions at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “Now it delivers in the cloud, too. Incedo keeps premises secure and filters access intelligently, to manage the ever-changing movement of people — from anywhere.” “Your business is not static, and there is no reason why your security should be.” “Incedo’s system management options scale from entry level up to cloud-based administration,” adds Kevin Hoare, Incedo Product Unit Director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “You can manage multiple sites and third-party integrations, including security solutions like CCTV. Scale up and down, add or remove hardware and credentials on demand — or switch system management options — all within your single environment. Migration between local and cloud management is always seamless in any direction, ensuring total flexibility for your business.” Whatever the 2020s bring next, Incedo gives security the flexibility to adapt.
Identification Modes: Face, card, password multiple ways to choose, convenient, flexible and safe to use Attendance Status: User-defined function keys to switch attendance state, meeting multiple identification needs Card: Standard EM, Optional Mifare Open the Door Remotely: Remote opening through network and software management Security: Security incident monitoring and alarm Access Control Interface: Support Relay Output, Wiegand26/34 Input and output, magnetic, etc. Infrared Sensing: Infrared sensor activation U Disk Download: Support U disk, user information record backup And firmware upgrade Multi-language: Support Global Multilingual Display
New generation touchless solution for the people to access control on the entrance or record time attendance and simultaneously check mask-wearing without having to touch a terminal or gate. Built-in IR and visual cameras integrated with Anviz’s unique BioNANO algorithm to produce the best in class live face recognition performance.Equipped with a 5" IPS touch screen. Register up to 10,000 users for dynamic face authentication. Recognition distance up to 1.5 M with matching speed < 0.3s by 1: 10,000. Optional battery backup, specifically designed to work consistently in unstable power supply environments, such as Construction sites,Manufacturing, Schools and buildings in countryside, etc.
FacePass 7 IRT touchless facial recognition and infrared thermal temperature detection terminal is equipped with AI deep learning architecture and infrared live detection technology, which provide 24/7 accurate identification. With the temperature detection module, FacePass 7 IRT allows a detection distance of 0.3~0.5 m with a deviation of ±0.3 °C.
You can work smarter and more sustainably when electronic locks and keys power your security. An electronic locking solution minimizes security risks when keys go missing. With an eCLIQ system from ASSA ABLOY, you can manage everyone’s access from anywhere, at any time — electronically, securely and wirelessly. Based on award-winning CLIQ® access control technology, the eCLIQ system is built around precise locking mechanics and high-end microelectronics. A battery inside each programmable key powers the wide range of programmable cylinders and padlocks — and secures every data transfer. An eCLIQ system is also convenient. Thanks to multiple software options, you manage users’ access rights in a way that suits you best. Authorised key-holders carry a single, battery-powered key programmed with only their cleared access permissions. Low maintenance for technical components you can trust Robust and durable, eCLIQ cylinders are available for a wide range of doors, cabinets, lifts, alarm boxes, machines and entrance gates. Looking after your eCLIQ components is easy: an integrated lubricant reservoir ensures cylinders remain maintenance-free for up to 200,000 cycles. eCLIQ keys are durable, compact, and waterproof (IP67). They are easy to reprogram, enabling temporary and time-limited access permissions for every employee or contractor. AES encryption, rapid processing, and efficient energy management is built into the chip. When a key’s battery runs out, it is easily replaced without tools. Mechanical and encrypted electronic elements work together to make an eCLIQ installation highly resistant to both physical and electronic attack. Easy installation — simple, secure management Managing eCLIQ is straightforward. You can program keys with easy-to-use eCLIQ Manager software: choose between a local software installation or our secure web-based software which manages access rights from anywhere, in the cloud. Security managers can host the Web Manager software on their own or use ASSA ABLOY’s Software as a Service solution. Users can also update their own keys with a range of programming devices, including wall-mounted units. With eCLIQ, missing keys are quickly de-authorised, cutting risks associated with key loss or theft. At any time, facility managers can generate a full audit trail to discover who has accessed which locks. Unlike other electronic access control systems, eCLIQ uses no mains electricity. The microelectronics inside an eCLIQ lock are powered by a standard battery inside every key. Energy-efficient and sustainable, battery power also minimizes disruption when you switch to eCLIQ. Because there is no cabling around the door, you don’t need to schedule invasive, expensive electrical wiring. eCLIQ in action “eCLIQ is more durable, more secure and more efficient than conventional locking systems,” says Stephan Schulz, CLIQ® Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY EMEA. “This evolution of our award-winning CLIQ® technology is already protecting businesses and public services across Europe. A range of sectors and building types — from banks and hospitals to shops and warehouses — have learned eCLIQ provides the control and flexibility their premises need.” For an access control overhaul at University Hospital Frankfurt, managers sought a secure locking system for a new building: 1,100 eCLIQ cylinders and keys provided the solution. Now, with eCLIQ installed, nurses update access rights every morning for the day ahead. This new workflow minimizes security vulnerabilities and keeps everyone safer. Retail banking combines high security with complex workflows. Staff need efficient access. Facility managers need the flexibility to design access permissions around individual needs and clearances. Creval’s bank doors across Italy’s Lombardy region are now locked with more than 30 eCLIQ cylinders, putting managers in total control of entrance security. In the unlikely event a key is misplaced, Creval administrators simply delete it from the system. In Germany, eCLIQ locks AMPELMANN GmbH branches and their 2,200 m2 logistics centre, meeting the needs of their decentralized branch organization. Its 8 Berlin branches are staffed by several permanent employees. External service providers like cleaners need access. eCLIQ provides it — safely, securely and without major key-management workload. Learn more at: https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/ecliq
The new shallow foundation M50/P1 DSC550 Open Frame vehicle barrier was tested to the new ASTM F2656-20 standard which measures the penetration level from the leading edge of the barrier versus the back-side of the barrier like the previous standard. This can provide a difference of up to five additional feet (1.52 m.) and makes the negative penetration level even more impressive. Delta is excited to offer multiple hit capabilities in an open frame barrier design. The barrier was fully operational after the force of the M50 impact. The fact that no-assist devices are used to operate this electro-mechanical barrier is something totally new to the industry. In addition, the fact that little rebar is needed in the very small foundation is a win for integrators trying to earn a solid margin while installing the DSC550 and a win for the end user with little disruption during installation. The DSC550 Open Frame barrier features a shallow foundation of only 24 inches (61 cm). The open frame design additionally provides a unique counter-balance design with no springs that need extra maintenance. The DSC550 alleviates the concerns of interference with buried pipes, power lines and fiber optic communication lines in urban applications. The shallow foundation also reduces installation complexity, time, materials and corresponding costs. The DSC550 is perfect for high water table locations and areas with corrosive soils. The new DSC550 provides an emergency fast operation of 1.5 seconds for electro-mechanical and 0.75 seconds for hydraulic operations. This allows a guard to quickly react to a perceived threat with the peace of mind knowing the barrier will deploy in a rapid manner under the most demanding scenarios. The DSC550 also provides intuitive touchscreen controls with data-logging and custom programming.
Featuring a 7” full-color, high-resolution touchscreen, TSP-3 provides quick and secure access to arm/disarm/home arm the system and an intuitive way to operate the security system. Connected to the control panel via Wi-Fi network, TSP-3 displays an overview of the system with its intuitive graphic user interface. By gaining control over security and home automation sensors in the system, TSP-3 enhances convenience and comfort level of living. Built-in 2 megapixel front camera is able to take photos, providing with the basis for algorithm analysis to detect and prevent potential harms. With adjustable privacy shutter in front of the camera, TSP-3 offers another layer of peace of mind for users. In addition, TSP-3 can be wall-mounted or placed on the table with its stand. With its flexibility of installation and the capabilities of security and home automation control, TSP-3 provides an effortless way for users to gain access control, as well as an easier, smarter way of living. Features 7” high resolution color graphic touchscreen to control devices in the system User-friendly and intuitive interface Built-in 2 megapixel camera Adjustable privacy shutter Built-in microphone and speaker Home automation capabilities Take photos for algorithm analysis to detect and prevent potential harms Flexible installation options of wall mounting or desktop deployment Compatibility with video doorphone for live answer (available soon) Suitable for residential and commercial premises Specifications Display: 7” LCD Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Power Source: 5V/1.4A, USB adapter Backup Battery: 3.7V 2500mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery Backup Battery Life: 4 hours* Camera: 2 megapixel camera Audio: Built-in microphone and speaker Operating Temperature: -10°C to 45°C (14°F to 113°F) Operating Humidity: Up to 85% non-condensing Dimensions: 195 mm x 114 mm x 17 mm *Note: Actual battery life may vary due to product settings, operating environment and usage.
Your electronic security could save you money at every stage of its life-cycle — if you pick the right locks Installation, operation and expansion: electronic access control has costs attached to every stage of its lifetime. Of course, the benefits over mechanical locking outweigh these costs. And they could outweigh them even farther, if you choose the right locking technology: wireless. Installation is where it all begins. Installation stage is also the largest contributor to the potential cost saving in choosing wireless. In calculations for a recent cost savings report, ASSA ABLOY experts examined likely costs of a 100-door installation. Labour cost savings for those who chose wireless versus wired locks were a staggering 82.5%*. Yes, you read that right. Installing battery-powered locks versus wired locks would save you over 80% in the labour cost of specialist access control installers. Wireless installation is much faster; it is also less intrusive. Leading wireless locks require little or no drilling around the door, whereas wired access control needs cabling through and partly around the door. You can upgrade building security without inconveniencing your staff or disturbing everyday work routines. Energy savings can contribute to business sustainability goals According to the Harvard Business Review, energy efficiency has become one of the “key levers for business success”**. Battery powered wireless locks use less energy than traditional wired locks, which normally work via magnets connected permanently to electricity. Wireless locks work differently. They only “wake up” when presented with a credential for which they must make an access decision. This translates into another potentially large saving on your annual energy budget: more than 70%*, or thousands of euros over a typical access control installation’s lifetime. Other related energy and material costs are also lower for wireless locks. During operation, wireless locks require just a battery change — once every two years (approximately). Wireless locks also provide more flexibility — and can reduce costs — when you reconfigure or expand office space. High-quality wireless locks can typically be reinstalled at another door without impacting their reliability. You can move them to wherever is convenient. Typical cost savings on your next office relocation or expansion are around 30%* with wireless over wired locking. Choosing cost-saving wireless locks Aperio® wireless locks can save you money at every stage of their life-cycle. Battery-powered Aperio® RFID-equipped cylinders, escutcheons, handles and locks can be fitted as a new access control system or extend an existing installation by linking new doors to the same system wirelessly. There’s no need for staff to swap their key-cards, nor for anyone to carry more than one credential. They work seamlessly within almost every major access control system on the market, from over 100 different manufacturers. One control panel manages everything — Aperio® and legacy locks. Installion is quick, because there’s no cabling around the door, no invasive building work, and no need to change door hardware. Aperio® devices fit almost any opening or security level, exterior and interior doors — wood, glass or aluminium — from fire and escape doors to meeting rooms, labs and offices. To find out how much you could save by making the switch to wireless locks, you can download a free screen paper with project cost calculations at: https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/aperio-cost-savings *: ASSA ABLOY in-house calculations. See report: https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/hubfs/AA_Aperio_CostSavings_Solutionguide_07_2020_ENG_EMEA.pdf **: https://hbr.org/2017/01/energy-strategy-for-the-c-suite
Delta Scientific's new bolt down DSC7090 beam barricade has passed its crash test garnering an ASTM M30/P1 rating. That means the DSC7090 will stop a 15,000 pound (6800 kg) truck going 30 mph (50 kph) with negative 6.3 feet (1.9 meters) of penetration. Raising in only five seconds and lowering in merely two seconds yields a fast cycle rate of over 100 vehicles in and out per hour, making the new DSC7090 ideal for higher traffic and population locations. The dual beam design provides coverage of 12 to 24 feet (3.7 to 7.3 meters) of roadway with a full 90 degree opening. The DSC7090 beam barrier crash test is the culmination of one of a series of new products that Delta will be bringing to market. Full scale crash testing provides unequivocal proof of the stopping capacity of each of Delta's vehicle barricade designs. To date, Delta Scientific has conducted 67 full crash tests with more scheduled. That's another way in which Delta Scientific can commit to providing safety and security through product innovation. The new DSC7090 will be used in locations where wide roadways need to be secured from attacking vehicles and in larger parking areas where security systems are needed to deter theft. To meet these heightened demands, the DSC7090 deploys sophisticated touch screen controls and the same logic as used by key government organizations. This includes an LED light package with traffic lights. Also available is a strobe light and audible alarm package. The DSC7090 operates remotely by means of an integral hydraulic pumping unit (HPU) that is buttress enclosed. The HPU can be powered from a local single or three-phase power source. Alternative power options are also available.
Key features:Crescendo reduces card management costs and increases user convenience by combining logical and physical access control in a single card.Crescendo increases productivity by saving costs and time on fewer tokens, fewer passwords and faster application access. Crescendo is a multi-technology smart card. By incorporating HID's industry standard proximity technology (i.e., HID, Indala®), iCLASS®, and other 13.56 MHz technologies, Crescendo is a single card that can be easily deployed for both logical and physical access control applications.Crescendo also serves as an employee ID badge.Crescendo is Windows® and MacOS X compatible. Crescendo cards permit enhancing corporate identity and brand recognition.Crescendo smart cards require no additional per-seat middleware license.Add to Compare
Stand 414 at SECURITY Essen 2008, 7 to 10 October 2008HID Global's Crescendo is a series of highly secure, off-the-shelf smart cards designed to provide out-of-the-box, standards-compliant support for thousands of logical access applications. Crescendo is a multi-technology smart card. Crescendo is a credit card-sized card that enables logical and physical access control, also serving as an employee ID badge. An embedded contact smart chip is used for logical access control. To meet the needs of current physical access control customers, Crescendo can be customized with the "physical access control" technologies you choose (i.e., HID or Indala® proximity, iCLASS®, MIFARE®, and others). Crescendo smart cards require no additional per-seat middleware license.Using a powerful contact smart chip with cryptographic co-processor, Crescendo is supplied pre-initialized with the required on-card software and includes all required drivers and middleware. This equates to a high performance, cost-effective solution. Within HID's Trusted Identity Platform™, Crescendo combines technologies, services, and know-how with unique attributes to deliver a trusted solution for secure identity-related applications. Crescendo cards are as simple to install and use as any Windows® peripheral. Crescendo has completed the Microsoft® certification program for smart card minidrivers, ensuring a seamless experience for the user. Crescendo is Windows® compatible.Crescendo series smart cards are fully compatible with the Microsoft® Windows® Smart Card Framework (WSF) and support Microsoft® applications such as Windows® Domain Log-On, VPN, Outlook®, secure Web access, and wireless LAN authentication. Crescendo is supported by the Microsoft® Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, dramatically simplifying the deployment, management, and auditing of smart cards used for logical access control applications. Crescendo supports security applications from other vendors including:Single sign-onPre-boot authenticationDisk encryptionDigital signaturesAdd to Compare
Identity on Demand™ (IoD) is a unique solution offering that provides the expertise and speed needed to make custom credential and ID badge projects successful. Offering card design, database management and card personalisation, IoD services manages the administrative tasks of customer ID projects by producing credentials quickly, efficiently and within budget. From laminated artwork and anti-counterfeiting techniques, to variable record printing and advanced personalisation, HID Global's IoD services delivers the global know-how, tools, delivery services, speed and on-going support needed to ensure the success of even the most demanding credential programme.HID Global's Identity on Demand services includes:Fast DeliveryEnd-to-End SolutionsDesign ExpertiseDatabase ManagementMultiple Technology OptionsBest PracticesCustomised FulfilmentWorldwide CoverageAdd to Compare
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If you’re a security or facilities manager, you may already be aware of the quiet revolution that’s taking place across businesses and organizations up and down the country. By the end of 2020, 20% of all ID and access control systems featured mobile capability, and this is set to increase by a further 34% over the next three years. There’s no doubt that using a smartphone or mobile device in place of traditional credential and access control is a growing trend that’s only been sped up by the pandemic. It’s true that many businesses are still very much focused on remote working, although many are now starting to implement new-and-improved strategies that are better suited to protect the workforce moving forward. Mobile ID systems As the next normal becomes clearer, businesses will be reviewing procedures such as access control, occupancy monitoring, reducing touch points, and tracking visitors. Mobile ID systems are ideally suited to this task. But what are the key reasons for considering such a setup in 2021? But why is this new technology so well-suited to future-proof your physical access system, and why is it becoming so popular? Eradicating outdated legacy credentials Have you seen just how vulnerable outdated Proximity card technology can be? Low-frequency 125kHz cards can be cloned in a matter of seconds with the use of cheap, readily available tools. Despite their weaknesses, they are still used by a huge majority of businesses – big and small. All smartphones include two industry-standard features that make them perfect for operating a secure, contactless credential Replacing such a system with a mobile-enabled system is one of the best ways to increase security ten-fold. Thanks to a cloud-based infrastructure, mobile ID offers best-in-class security and cryptography. All smartphones include two industry-standard features that make them perfect for operating a secure, contactless credential. Bluetooth Smart and NFC (Near Field Communication) make them the best product to operate such a credential via a secure app. If you’re looking for best-in-class security in 2021, mobile access is most definitely the way forward. Removing touch points across the business Reducing touch points and the adoption of touchless facilities has become a key priority for businesses in the wake of COVID-19. Even as businesses start to return to the office and operate a home/office split, it will be imperative that unnecessary contact is kept to an absolute minimum between staff. The traditional issuance of identification and access control credentials can pose problems in this regard. Facility and security managers who are responsible for onboarding and processing ID have done the process face to face. Mobile access makes it possible to carry this process out without people coming into direct content. First, the security manager has access to a secure portal, allowing them to create, manage and edit credentials anywhere. They can upload and remotely transfer mobile ID and access control credentials directly to users’ smartphones over the air. Via the secure app, users can view and see their credentials and immediately begin using it for ID and access control by simply placing their smartphone over card readers. Enabling a more flexible way of working The way in which we work has changed for good. Even as people more people return to the office in 2021, a majority of businesses will be operating a home/office split indefinitely. This once again reinforces the need for a smarter, more adaptable onboarding system. Implementing mobile ID is the perfect way of doing this: over-the-air delivery of credentials and security data is now a given, helping businesses create the perfect balance between the home and the office. No longer do people have to come into the office for the onboarding process. Increasing convenience and user experience More often businesses are realising the value mobile ID can have for enhancing the work experience as well as security Ok, so mobile ID is the perfect way of increasing security and adapting workplaces to a post-COVID way of working. And we’ve not even touched on the most obvious advantage yet: Convenience. How many times have you forgotten your ID card? We’re sure it’s more times than you forget your smartphone. These powerful processors have become intertwined with the way we carry out tasks on a daily basis. They’re so vital that people will soon notice if they’ve forgotten it. From an employee’s perspective, mobile ID and access control is simple, convenient, and extremely user-friendly. More and more businesses are realizing the value mobile ID can have for enhancing the work experience as well as security. From the employer’s perspective, mobile ID means it’s easier for administrators to manage access and credentials. Future-proofing access control now will ensure that in the longer term, mobile ID is well worth the investment. The annual expenditure of printing ID cards and purchasing credentials can be vast, while reissuance costs can also quickly add up for larger organizations. These issues are a thing of the past for businesses using mobile ID. Mobile ID perfect tool for 2021 and beyond Until mobile ID, new and improved credentials’ main focus was on increasing security. Mobile ID not only delivers that, but it also provides a more convenient way of accessing the office in a way that’s perfectly suited to returning to the office in 2021. If there was ever a time to upgrade, now is the time. Summing up, mobile access is changing the way we access the office by: Eliminating weak links in security systems such as outdated legacy card technologies Eradicating the need for touch points across multiple areas of the workplace Enabling a smarter, more flexible approach to onboarding Increasing convenience – for both employers and employees.
Access control and door entry is a huge responsibility, and challenge, for local authorities and housing associations UK wide. For councils, they’re accountable for the security and safety of many public facilities such as leisure centers, libraries as well as residential housing developments which are often large scale and home to hundreds of people. Housing associations manage affordable rental housing which also means they’re responsible for the appropriate access control management for each individual house or apartment. Technology developments have enabled better entry systems that are far more secure yet also more convenient and easier to manage. For example, with modern intercom and access control systems, remote management and communication is something that offers local authorities and housing associations features that enable them to reduce costs and cut their carbon footprints by managing multiple sites from one place. On the other hand, such technological innovation has meant that local authority and housing association specifiers and consultants now have a wide range of systems and products to choose from which can cause issues in ensuring the right system for a specific building or development is chosen. Choosing an appropritate access control system In choosing an appropriate system, local authorities and housing associations need to opt for a cost effective solution that can be easily maintained with excellent support from the manufacturer and guarantees that the system and system parts will remain supported for the duration of its expected life cycle. It is also important that the chosen system is flexible to cater for the varying needs of the tenants and visitors. Of increasing importance is the reduction of anti-social behavior which new technology can help by providing the use of data loggers which track the use and events of a door entry system, allowing specific evidence to be located by integrating with CCTV. Using technology to our advantage Through advancements in management systems and services, we can gain a much better visual representation of the events and general usage of an intercom entry system and not just its proximity access control. Systems, for example, can now send email alarms or notifications to the administrator or management. We are now able to modify user rights and access levels on the go from a mobile app which enables a much greater control over service and maintenance engineers, such as making sure they have full access when required via an app, rather than arriving to site with the incorrect keys or access fob. Systems, for example, can now send email alarms or notifications to the administrator or management Dealing with tenant’s lost and stolen keys has never been so easy either. The blocking or deletion of lost fobs and adding a new fob can be carried out in minutes while at the same time removing the cost of sending an engineer to the development to program new fobs. This greatly reduces the carbon footprint of the whole task as fobs can now be sent out via mail to a secure location for collection. Technology has also helped local authorities and housing associations to overcome the issue of not being able to have a concierge or building manager available 24/7 at some developments. Now with internet communication, it’s possible for tenants and visitors to get in touch with someone should they need assistance, whether that’s from within the apartment or from an entrance point. For example, lets take the Videx VX2200 with IP concierge integration. This system is exceptionally flexible, enabling calls to be answered on Videx intercoms and also mobile phones if required. With the integration of the IP concierge each block can be either standalone or networked via the internet back to a central control room. Reduced maintenance costs and carbon footprint We work with a wide range of local authorities and housing associations to help them overcome access control and door entry challenges. One organization we have recently partnered with is The Living Group to help them greatly reduce their maintenance costs and carbon footprint by installing the MiAccess offline proximity system on many of their developments across the North East. Technology developments have enabled better entry systems that are far more secure yet also more convenient and easier to manage By installing an appropriate system, The Living Group has managed to overcome issues caused by the existing system’s limitations and also enabled much more flexibility when it comes to effectively managing the access control system of all their included developments. For those responsible for effective and appropriate access control, the management of the systems are easier, quicker and there’s no delay or on-going costs for needing a specialist program to modify fobs and access rights as this can now all carried out in-house. Improved security legislation Further advancements in programmes such as Secured by Design (SBD), a police initiative that improves the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work and visit, means that there’s more security legislation being implemented that’s making intercoms and access control more secure, without affecting ease and convenience. Videx holds an SBD accreditation and we know, from first-hand experience, how it’s making a difference in keeping tenants safe. When you combine the safety features promoted by an SBD member company like ourselves with the likes of the Videx event logging, image capture and ability to modify access users on the go, for example, we can help to create a very safe and secure environment. Personally, I think there needs to be a greater emphasis on the role of security legislation Technology has completely transformed the way local authorities and housing association are able to choose, install and manage door entry and access control systems for tenants and visitors alike. Personally, I think there needs to be a greater emphasis on the role of security legislation such as Secured by Design to ensure all councils and housing association consultants are up to date with what constitutes a robust and secure system that’s also cost effective too. In my role, I see weaknesses in systems and constant ongoing costs that could easily be avoided. For instance, features such as timed remote entry means local authority and housing association management no longer need to worry about keys being lost, the wrong keys being supplied or locks needing to be changed. With new systems such as the Videx MiAccess and Videx WS4 range, we can help to massively reduce a housing association’s or council’s carbon footprint and engineer costs by allowing them the access to management and control from an offsite location. Crime prevention We can also use live and logged events to help prevent crime in different ways, from antisocial behavior growing around a tenant being called or visited much more regularly than others, to knowing a tenant is currently still living at a property but isn’t paying rent or answering to any correspondence. Technology enables local authorities and housing associations to receive detailed data and therefore behavioral insights on the people under their management and care. If consultants and specifiers are advised on the most appropriate systems that meet their specific entry needs, they can ensure greater, safer and more convenient access control that meets the requirements of both the end user and the those responsible for its effective management.
The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has made us all more conscious of who is coming and going from our property. Whether it is a family home, business premises or public building, property owners want full control over access for protection and peace of mind. As a provider of access control technologies, we are seeing a growing demand for automated gates with a variety of access control systems. There are a number of considerations that buyers need to make when investing. And as an installer, there is advice that you can offer to help your clients make the right choice for their property. Here are some of the key considerations you’ll need to make and discuss with your client. Whomever you buy from, you should be offered more than a simple instruction manual. Electronic locks, magnetic locks and code security In the first instance, you’ll need to advise on the type of lock and access control available. Electronic locks release on the operation of the automation system to allow the gates to open. Locks are required for all non-locking (also known as reversible) operators and are recommended for any gate on a multi-user site or any gate over 2.5m. Apply the same logic to an automated gate as you would to a domestic door – for example, you wouldn’t fit your front door with a lock on the same side as the hinges or a drop bolt at the hinge end of a manual gate so why dispense with this logic when the gate is automated? Electronic locks release on the operation of the automation system to allow the gates to open There are a number of locks on the market including magnetic locks, drop locks that “shoot” a bolt into the ground and side latching locks. These are all designed for external use. While the gate itself will provide physical security, the customer will want to feel in control of who enters their property, when and for what purpose. Consider access for mail and deliveries, waste disposal and visitors arriving on foot etc. There is a range of options available. Intercom systems will allow the user to vet visitors, keypad entry can allow remote access for visitors with a specific code, remote controls allow an oncoming driver to open the gates without getting out of the vehicle, and a timer control can be used to open or close the gates at certain times of the day. Vehicle detection loops can be installed discreetly under the tarmac allowing the presence of vehicles to exit the gates and prevent closing while obstructed. Sliding gates versus swinging gates There are a number of locks on the market including magnetic locks, drop locks that “shoot” a bolt into the ground and side latching locks Gates can be automated to either swing or to slide open and in the case of swinging gates, the opener may be concealed underground or gate mounted. The most suitable opener for your installation will depend on the space available and the type of gate selected. Concealed underground automation is ideal for highly ornate gates. However, where gates are fully infilled (typical of many timber designs), gate mounted openers are concealed from the front of the gate by the gate leaf and present a cost-effective option. The choice between slide and swing is largely down to space - swing gates require a clear space for their opening arc while sliding gates require space to one or both sides of the gate. Sliding gates are perhaps the best choice where the drive slopes or when drive space is limited, as they use the least space when opening. Voltage Most swing gate and sliding systems are available in 24v or 230v. The 24v systems still need 230v mains power – there is a transformer built into the 24v control panels. Deciding which voltage to use can include a combination of factors such as the material of the gates, the location of the system and the safety features you want. Concealed underground automation is ideal for highly ornate gates With wrought iron gates, the wind can pass through them whereas with fully boarded wooden gates (popular because they give full privacy) the wind has nowhere to go, so they act like sails. For commercial or industrial applications with larger entrances and a heavy gate, you may need 3 Phase 400v power (sliding gates only). Installing gate motors in confined spaces The environment in which you are fitting may well influence which gate and motor you recommend. Will it be in an exposed area which is subject to the elements? Will it be positioned on a slope? Sliding gates are perhaps the best choice where the drive slopes or when drive space is limited Installers have always faced the challenge of installing gate motors in confined spaces. When fitting a pedestrian gate, there is often limited space in which to work – potentially making an installation time consuming and technically demanding. If this is the case for you, consider a gate operator which is designed specifically for installations with limited space for maneuver. An example of this is the E5 compact gate operator. The operator is not only small but has an optional slide lever attachment designed for installations where there is extremely limited space, meaning that just 8cm of the pillar is needed for installation. What’s more, improved fixing points and a simple ‘hook and fasten’ process means assembly is safe, quick and straight forward. Ultimately, you’ll be looking for a good quality, reliable product with good service. Work with a supplier that offers more than just a manual. If they are happy to offer training, their time and advice when you buy, the chances are you’ll get their support long term.
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