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Entrance control and access control - of the physical kind - are common terms in the security industry which are often used interchangeably, but should they be? Having worked both sides of the fence, with previous roles at TDSi and HID and now the Major Accounts and Marketing Manager at Integrated Design Limited, Tony Smith highlights the subtle but important differences between these two terms and the systems they refer to, outlining how they should work together to achieve optimal security. Access control is a system which provides discriminating authentication Access control provides a discriminating authentication process and comprises the software or hardware that defines the criteria for acceptance or denial Used to describe a system which performs identification of users and authentication of their credentials (deciding whether or not the bearer of those credentials is permitted admission) access control is an incredibly broad term. Access control provides a discriminating authentication process and comprises the software or hardware that defines the criteria for acceptance or denial of an individual to a restricted area. Entrance control – such as security turnstiles - takes the output of that validation and has the capability to see whether that criteria is being adhered to, either granting or denying access as appropriate. Entrance control is the hardware responsible for keeping people honest If access control verifies authorized personnel using their credentials – their face, fingerprints, PIN number, fob, key card etc – and decides whether or not they are permitted access, entrance control is the hardware which enforces that decision by making users present their credentials in the correct way, either opening to allow pedestrian access or remaining closed to bar entry and potentially raising an alarm. For example, a card reader acts as an access control device, recognizing the card holder as having the correct permissions and saying ‘yes, this person can pass’. But, it’s the entrance control system – a turnstile, for example – which actually physically allows or denies access. Physical access and video surveillance Some entrance control systems don’t feature a physical barrier, however. Fastlane Optical turnstiles will not physically stop an unauthorized person from passing through, and instead alarm when someone fails to present valid credentials, alerting security staff that a breach has occurred. These kinds of turnstiles are suited to environments which just need to delineate between the public and secure side of an entrance, with less need to physically prevent unauthorized users from entering. State of the art access control integrations have been installed for award-winning complex, The Bower It’s also possible to capture video footage of any incidents, allowing security personnel to identify users failing to abide by the access control system’s rules, using It’s also possible to capture video footage of incidents, allowing security personnel to identify users failing to abide by access control system rules the footage to decide on the level of response required. The breach could have been the result of a member of staff being in a hurry and failing to show their card before passing through, in which case they can be reminded about the security protocol. Or, it could be an unidentified person who needs to be escorted from the premises. Entrance control and access control working together For optimum security, access control and entrance control should work together, with the entrance control system enhancing the use of the access control system, making it more efficient and better value for money. The two can’t effectively operate without each other. Security turnstiles, for example, require something to tell them that someone is about to enter – the access control system does this – and, the access control system needs a method of stopping people when they don’t badge in correctly. The two systems are complementary.
The jury is in: traditional security is out — and it’s being replaced with service-based solutions. The bottom line is: if you’re not embracing it, you’ll soon be left behind. XaaS — the collective term referring to the delivery of anything as a service — includes all services made possible through the use of the cloud. Security-as-a-Service (SaaS), which encompasses any type of system from access control to video surveillance, has paved the way for users to gain significant functionality and scalability not previously experienced with more traditional methods. Complicated IT functions SaaS allows manufacturers to provide numerous benefits to their customers As such, there is a marked transition for manufacturers from simply designing and building products to providing a service rooted in a partner- and customer-centric focus. This change hasn’t come easily. Some are still holding out and waiting for the “fad” to pass. However, the potential advantages for all parties involved far outweigh the perceived negative points. First and foremost, SaaS allows manufacturers to provide numerous benefits to their customers. An “as-a-service” model shifts the burden of data maintenance and infrastructure spending to an integrator/dealer partner or service provider. This relieves the end user of the expertise necessary to implement complicated IT functions to keep networked and on-premise solutions up-to-date. Traditional security systems Additionally, end users demand solid customer service. For some end users, traditional security systems are so similar in features and functionality that the key differentiator is the ability of the integrator or manufacturer to provide exceptional customer service and training. This is made possible through the service-based model, where customers appreciate a strong relationship with their integrator or manufacturer that provides them with additional knowledge and assistance when necessary. The cloud has proven to be highly functional, flexible, and convenient for organizations Everyone also wants convenience. In the consumer market, we invest in things like meals that are pre-measured, prepped, and ready to be cooked, or companies that auto-ship dog food to our door each month. This ease-of-use translates over to the B2B market, where time is money and systems that save valuable resources are highly regarded. The Role of the Cloud The cloud has proven to be a highly functional, flexible, and convenient method for organizations to leverage as part of their strategies to protect and modernize their facilities. And the service-based nature lends itself well; forward-thinking integrators and dealers can diversify their product arsenal while still capitalizing on a recurring monthly revenue model (RMR). But then why has there been so much resistance to this change? Over the last 10 to 15 years, the cloud has gotten a bad rap for a myriad of reasons, including usability, management, and unreliability. However, that view of the cloud is changing for the positive as the technology becomes more advanced and innovators learn more about what it means to design a product or service with security at its core. "As-a-service” platform For example, one of the biggest misconceptions that plagues the cloud is the idea that it is not secure. However, the security of public cloud service providers is integral to their success because their business depends on it. Developing an ongoing and trustworthy relationship with customers can only be made possible through the assurance that their services are safe and the customer’s data is protected. As such, they’ve embraced the service-based model that is, at its core, the future of the business world as we know it. There isn’t a person, manufacturer, or integrator partner out there today who isn’t somehow touched or influenced by an “as-a-service” platform. And it’s about time the service-based model that leverages the public cloud reaches the masses.
The statistics are staggering. The death tolls are rising. And those who now fear environments that were once thought to be safe zones like school campuses, factories, commercial businesses and government facilities, find themselves having to add the routine of active-shooter drills into their traditional fire drill protocols. The latest active shooter statistics released by the FBI earlier this year in their annual active-shooter report designated 27 events as active shooter incidents in 2018. The report reveals that 16 of the 27 incidents occurred in areas of commerce, seven incidents occurred in business environments, and five incidents occurred in education environments. Deadly active-shooter events Six of the 12 deadliest shootings in the country have taken place in the past five years Six of the 12 deadliest shootings in the country have taken place in the past five years, including Sutherland Springs church, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the San Bernardino regional center, the Walmart in El Paso and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which have all occurred since 2015. Although these incidents occurred in facilities with designated entry points common to churches, schools and businesses, the two most deadly active-shooter events since 2015 were the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and the Pulse nightclub killings in Orlando where 49 perished. As Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in San Antonio, Texas, said during a news conference following the August 31 mass shooting in Odessa, Texas that claimed seven lives: “We are now at almost every two weeks seeing an active shooter in this country." Active shooter incidents Between December 2000 and December 2018, the FBI’s distribution of active shooter incidents by location looks like this: Businesses Open to Pedestrian Traffic (74) Businesses Closed to Pedestrian Traffic (43) K-12 Schools (39) Institutions of Higher Learning (16) Non-Military Government Properties (28) Military Properties—Restricted (5) Healthcare Facilities (11) Houses of Worship (10) Private Properties (12) Malls (6) What the majority of these venues have in common is they all have a front entrance or chokepoint for anyone entering the facilities, which is why any active-shooter plan must include a strategy to secure that entry point. Situational awareness in perimeter and door security Preventing people with the wrong intentions from entering the space is the goal" According to Paul Franco, an A&E with more than 28 years of experience as a consultant and systems integrator focusing on schools, healthcare and large public and private facilities, that while active shooter incidents continue to rise, the residual effect has been an increase in situational awareness in perimeter and door security. “Certainly, protecting people and assets is the number one goal of all our clients. There are multiple considerations in facilities like K-12 and Healthcare. Preventing people with the wrong intentions from entering the space is the goal. But a critical consideration to emphasize to your client is getting that person out of your facility and not creating a more dangerous situation by locking the person in your facility,” says Franco. High-security turnstiles “Schools today are creating a space for vetting visitors prior to allowing access into the main facility. Using technology properly like high-security turnstiles offer great benefits in existing schools where space constraints and renovation costs can be impractical.” What steps should they be taken when recommending the proper door security to ensure the building is safe As a consultant/integrator, when discussions are had with a client that has a facility in a public space like a corporate building, government center or industrial facility, what steps should they be taken when recommending the proper door security to ensure the building is safe and can protect its people and assets? For Frank Pisciotta, President and CEO of Business Protection Specialists, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, a fundamental element of his security strategy is making appropriate recommendations that are broad-based and proactive. Properly identifying the adversaries “As a consultant, my recommendations must include properly identifying the adversaries who may show up at a client’s door, the likelihood of that event occurring, the consequences of that event occurring, determining if there are tripwires that can be set so an organization can move their line of defense away from the door, educating employees to report potential threats and creating real-time actionable plans to respond to threats. A more reactionary posture might include such thing as target hardening such as ballistic resistant materials at entry access points to a facility,” Pisciotta says. Veteran consultant David Aggleton of Aggleton & Associates of Mission Viejo, California recommends that clients compartmentalize their higher security areas for limited access by adding multiple credential controls (card + keypad + biometric), along with ‘positive’ access systems that inhibit tailgating/piggybacking such as secure turnstiles, revolving door and mantrap if your entrances and security needs meet the required space and access throughput rates. Integrated solution of electronic access control Defining a single point of entry in some public facilities is becoming the new standard of care according to many A&Es and security consultants, especially in a school environment. This approach allows a concerted effort when it comes to staffing, visitor monitoring and an integrated technology solution. The bottom line remains: most buildings are vulnerable to a security breach A proactive stance to securing a door entryway will use an integrated solution of electronic access control, turnstiles, revolving doors and mantraps that can substantially improve a facility’s security profile. The bottom line remains: most buildings are vulnerable to a security breach, so it’s not a matter of if there will be a next active shooter tragedy, it’s only a matter of where. Enhancing access control assurance “There is no easy answer to this question,” says Pisciotta referring to how a secured entrance can deter an active shooter. “There have been at least two high-profile incidents of adversaries shooting their way into a facility through access control barriers. So, if the threat so dictates, a ballistic resistant might be required.” He concludes: “There is obviously no question that turnstiles, revolving doors and man traps enhance access control assurance. Electronic access control is easy to integrate with these devices and providing that credentials are secure, approval processes are in place, change management is properly managed and the appropriate auditing measures in place, access control objectives can be met.”
SALTO Systems, a manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, will showcase the latest in technologically-advanced electronic locks and access control management – including a new line of residential smart lock solutions–at ISC West this March in Las Vegas. “SALTO is always excited to share the latest electronic access control innovations with our peers in the security industry at ISC West. We have some great products to highlight this year including residential smart lock solutions that meet the growing demand in that market segment,” said Michael J. Mahon, SALTO Systems Senior Vice President Commercial Sales. “We hope those needing secure, reliable, and easy-to-install and use electronic access control will stop by Booth 25071 at this year’s show to see our solutions.” Access control management software ISC West is the largest converged security industry trade show in the United States, hosting more than 30,000 global security product manufacturers and professionals. This year, ISC West will be held at the Sands Expo Center, March 17-20. Highlights at SALTO Systems Booth 25071 will include: ProAccess SPACE 6.0 – The latest version of SALTO ProAccess SPACE 6.0 access control management software allows systems administrators to utilize the latest SALTO SPACE features and security enhancements on SALTO BLUEnet smart locks. Other new features include time tracking of employee hours, capacity management, and more user-friendly event monitoring. SALTO KS – The latest version of SALTO KS Keys as a Service cloud-based access control management software includes cellphone check-in capability and PIN entry mode. Secure real-time management SALTO NEO Cylinder – The SALTO NEO Cylinder is an electronic lock that offers more features and better functionality than any other cylinder on the market. The re-engineered clutch system design makes efficient use of energy, dropping consumption to impressively low levels resulting in 110,000 cycles with just one set of batteries. It’s compatible with SALTO SVN, SALTO BLUEnet Wireless, and SALTO KS Keys as a Service cloud-based technology. The NEO can be switched to any of SALTO’s technology platforms at any time without changing the hardware. SALTO BLUEnet Wireless - It offers easy and secure real-time management that is networked through Bluetooth RF and is especially designed for doors where real-time control is required. BLUEnet can be installed as an independent system or can complement SALTO Virtual Network (SVN-Flex). One gateway can communicate with 7 nodes. Each node can operate up to 16 doors with a maximum distance of 15 feet between the lock and the node (with just one IP address). SALTO BLUnet Wireless has three peripherals for wireless connection: gateway, node, and repeater. This provides greater flexibility to a project without the need for cables. Electronic access control XS4 MINI – The XS4 Mini escutcheon is easy-to-install on new or retrofit doors which makes it simple for security professionals to upgrade and replace mechanical key-operated locks with the latest in electronic access control. With SVN-Flex (based on SALTO’s BLUEnet wireless technology), you can extend and increase the number of updating points directly to the battery-operated door. This results in an exponential increase in security, control, effectiveness, and convenience for users and system managers as the communication between devices flow in real-time on wireless online access points and much faster on offline points. The XS4 MINI is now available for SALTO SPACE on-premises smart technology and with the SALTO KS Keys as a Service cloud technology platform. SALTO NCoder – The new NCoder has a new modern black design that follows SALTO’s line of stylish products. The SALTO NCoder integrates encoding capabilities of a powerful updated design with a built-in desktop reader function and is compatible with BLE cellphone keys. The new NCoder 3G device has been added to the SVN platform and provides increased security for keys and access. Additionally, the NCoder records information from the Portable Programming Device (PPD) in the NCoder itself.
SALTO Systems, a manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, will showcase its Keyless and Mobile Residential Electronic Smart Lock Line at the CES tech show in Las Vegas this January. “SALTO has been a leader in the electronic access control industry for nearly two decades and we have taken that expertise into the residential market with our innovative solutions,” said Colin DePree, SALTO Systems Residential Business Leader. “The residential smart lock market is booming, and SALTO is a trusted, technologically-advanced access control provider that delivers a wide range of solutions for any door.” Comprehensive smart door lock With the residential home door line, SALTO now has a simple yet comprehensive smart door lock. SALTO’s residential solutions replace the traditional home or apartment door key with an electronic smart lock system that allows end users to use a smartphone to control doors – including garages, service doors, and lobby areas. SALTO products also support integrations via a long list of technology partners SALTO offers flexible residential solutions for installations – homes, multi-family housing, high-end residential, and rental properties – that are easy-to-install or retrofit, open via keyless and mobile options, and can connect to smart home hubs and devices like thermostats and alarms (via BLE, Z-Wave/ZigBee/HomeKit). SALTO products also support integrations via a long list of technology partners. Electronic access control solutions SALTO will display electronic access control solutions for the residential market at CES Booth 41917 in Las Vegas, Jan. 7-10, 2020. SALTO is part of the CES Z-Wave Alliance and will be located in the Tech West section of the Sands Expo Convention Center. With over 175,000 attendees from 160 countries, CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years – the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, it attracts the world’s top business leaders and pioneering thinkers.
SALTO Systems, global manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, has named Jeff Thomas to the commercial sales team position of Regional Sales Manager for the Plains Region. Based in Iowa, Jeff oversees sales activity and territory growth in the Midwest Plains Region that includes North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and West Wisconsin. He reports to SALTO Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales Michael J. Mahon. Security and access control solutions expert His knowledge and expertise in security will enhance and expand SALTO’s success in the Plains Region" “Jeff is an excellent addition to the SALTO sales team as he has a great deal of experience in both regional sales management and access control,” said Mahon. “His knowledge and expertise in security will enhance and expand SALTO’s success in the Plains Region.” Jeff has 19 years of professional experience as a regional sales manager and has spent the last 13 years working directly in the access control space. He has served as regional sales manager for companies that include The Millennium Group, Quatro Electronics, and United Technologies, Inc. (Lenel/GE Security). Network and communications He also has extensive experience in network, communications, and technology sales account management. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in business and management from Metro State. “SALTO is the perfect fit for me as I have worked with SALTO in past roles and can clearly see its widely welcomed technology benefits with end users,” Jeff said. “I look forward to working with the team and helping to continue the contagious growth of SALTO.”
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