Idesco Innovates Again: Access Touch Upgraded, Now 2.0!
Idesco Innovates Again: Access Touch Upgraded, Now 2.0!

Idesco's Access Touch, an elegant touch computer and RFID reader, has just been updated to 2.0. Used for a variety of applications including management of wireless systems, as an independent interface for time and attendance, payment, alarm control or as an info screen, Idesco's Access Touch 2.0 now operates on its own enhanced, high-performance Idesco Embedded Linux as well as embedded Windows XP. Crucially, the Access Touch 2.0 also offers vastly improved processor performance over its previous architecture. Processor speeds now range from 1.1 GHz to up to 2.0 GHz depending upon your preferences. Access Touch 2.0 display quality has also been enhanced with the integration of Backlight LED technology. Furthermore, USB port capacity has been increased to a maximum of five and a standard internal UPS has been introduced to augment its ability to interface with an external UPS for protecting against external power failure. Most importantly, the Access Touch 2.0, with its significantly enhanced hardware and operating system options, now readily accommodates an even wider range of customised, secure solutions and applications (including your company's own proprietary software). It still possesses its innovative built-in RFID reader customisable to a wide variety of technologies in the 125 kHz and 13,56 MHz frequencies (including AES). However, the Access Touch 2.0 can now also wirelessly and securely connect and administer wireless UHF readers through intermediary Idesco controller products such as the Idesco Control Unit or Door Control Unit. The new Access Touch 2.0 still comes in a variety of stylish Scandinavian designs lending a refined elegance to complement its sturdily-engineered shock-proof glass display. Naturally, the front panel remains fully customisable to suit the needs of whatever tasks you assign it. In short, Idesco's Access Touch 2.0 has become an even more powerful RFID Touchscreen Terminal solution.

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New Innovative Eco20 Reader Product Platform
New Innovative Eco20 Reader Product Platform

As an answer to the ever-increasing needs of sustainable development and ecological solutions, Idesco introduces its new eco20 Reader product platform. This new product range is designed for minimized power supply requirements and includes several new 13,56MHz reader products supporting Mifare Classic, Ultralight, DESfire and upcoming MifarePlus. eco20 readers are also available with Legic and Mifare compatible Smart MX and NFC reader technologies, and have also multiple housing, PIN pad, illumination and connection options.Eco20 reader series for different applications and several technology options are the new ecological solution for the access control, time & attendance, vending machine, cafeterias and billing applications. eco20 platform includes full security and application support for most 13,56MHz reader technologies.This new product range is designed for minimized power supply requirements and it allows for both smaller power consumption together with lower requirements for the system power supplies, bringing also cost saving to the peripheral equipment. Typical power consumption of the eco20 readers is only 30% compared to the most readers on the market.The eco20 platform includes several new 13,56MHz reader products in different housing options, with backlit PIN keyboards and with or without connectors. These high security readers are available supporting various technologies like Mifare Classic, Ultralight, DESFire and upcoming MifarePlus, but also with Legic and Mifare compatible Smart MX and NFC reader technologies.The eco20 reader platform is an ideal product range providing superior customizing possibilities for introducing fast designing and cost effective ODM readers.Idesco Oy is one of the leading and longest established RFID technology companies, located in Finland. The company applies its technology to create solutions for different situations and applications for example in person and vehicle identification and access control. The significant part of the company production is sold to European countries. The Idesco Cardea System, also a part of eco20 platform, was chosen for the finals in the year 2009 IFSEC international security industry awards in the access control product of the year series. eco20 product platform range includes:Idesco Cardea ReaderAccess DESFire readerAccess Quattro pin

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Yet Another Idesco® Innovation: Access 8 CD
Yet Another Idesco® Innovation: Access 8 CD

Idesco's Access 8 CD reader line offers a significant improvement to access control security by combining configurable MIFARE® technology with an unprecedented  flexibility in platform configuration and customizability. The biggest improvement is that Access 8 CD readers are fully customizable in their deployment of MIFARE®security. This is because 8 CD readers can be built in three different operational modes: MIFARE®DESFire, MIFARE® Classic and a dual mode. Dual mode allows you to anticipate a future migration from Classic up to DESFire. That migration process itself involves nothing more than the swipe of a configuration card! Of course, in choosing MIFARE®, Idesco also ensures the full power and security of that technology is made available to you.  For starters, ciphers no less powerful than 3DES or AES are deployed in Access 8 CD readers configured for MIFARE® DESFire.  Additionally, 8 CD readers are fully capable of reading application-specific data from one or more selected applications and files of MIFARE® DESFire cards. For maximum security, the 8 CD readers can even be programmed to interrogate data strings combined from different data blocks stored in different files. The 8 CD comes in a wide variety of housings: Basic, Slim, Slim Pin, Quattro, Quattro Pin and Desktop. The first five models can be optionally-equipped with optical tamper switches for even further security. Pin reader keypads are built with capacitive sensing technology to increase reliability and have configurable backlighting LEDs for illumination. As always, all Idesco® 8 CD readers may be customized with your company logo.    

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Access control readers - Expert commentary

Wireless Technology Is Transforming Motion Detection
Wireless Technology Is Transforming Motion Detection

Motion detection is a key feature of security systems in residential and commercial environments. Until recently, systems have relied heavily on closed circuit television (CCTV) and passive infrared (PIR) sensors, which both require significant investment and infrastructure to install and monitor. Developments in wireless technology are increasing home security possibilities. Few years ago, these developments led Cognitive Systems to discover that the wireless signals surrounding oneself can be used to detect motion. Known in the wireless industry as WiFi sensing, this technology brings many benefits that other motion detection solutions have not been able to provide. The working of WiFi sensing At Cognitive Systems, the company has used WiFi sensing technology to develop a motion detection solution called WiFi Motion™, which measures and interprets disruptions in RF signals transmitted between WiFi devices. When movement occurs in a space, ripples in the wireless signals are created. WiFi Motion interprets these ripples and determines if an action, such as sending a notification, is needed. Enabling this functionality in a space is incredibly simple. With a software upgrade to only one’s WiFi access point (or mesh router), motion sensing capabilities are layered into one’s WiFi network. Existing connected WiFi devices then become motion detectors without detracting from their original functions or slowing down the network. Using artificial intelligence (AI), WiFi Motion establishes a benchmark of the motionless environment and learns movement patterns over time, which could be used to predict trends. This allows unusual movement patterns to be detected with greater accuracy while decreasing the potential for costly false alerts. WiFi Motion requires no line-of-sight or installation WiFi sensing and other home monitoring solutions All of these capabilities are made possible by WiFi sensing and together create a motion detection system that provides unparalleled accuracy, coverage, privacy and affordability compared to other solutions on the market. PIR integration is far more complex and imposes electronic and physical design restrictions compared to WiFi sensing. In terms of placement, PIR systems are difficult to install, requiring line-of-sight and a device in every room for localization. WiFi Motion requires no line-of-sight or installation and is also a scalable solution compared to PIR. Much like cameras, PIRs can only cover so much space, but WiFi Motion can cover the entire home and even detect motion in the dark and through walls, without adding additional devices to the home. WiFi Motion detects less distinguishing context than cameras and microphones, but more context than regular PIR sensors for the perfect balance of privacy and highly accurate motion detection. Privacy solution While cameras have been the security solution for years, WiFi Motion offers a more affordable solution that can rival the privacy and coverage capabilities of even the most high-end cameras. With such a wide coverage area, one might think that WiFi sensing infringes on privacy, but actually, the opposite is true. With WiFi Motion, the contextual information collected cannot be used to identify a specific individual, unlike cameras which can clearly identify a person’s face or microphones, which can identify a person’s voice. It is different from other smart home security options that use cameras and microphones because it only senses motion using WiFi signals - it doesn’t “see” or “listen” like a camera or microphone would. This provides opportunities for added security in spaces where privacy might be a concern and installing a camera may not be a comfortable solution, such as bathrooms and bedrooms. The data collected is also anonymized and highly encrypted according to stringent industry privacy standards. Existing connected WiFi devices then become motion detectors Additional WiFi sensing applications Since WiFi sensing technology requires no additional hardware or subscription fees, it is much more affordable than other motion detection solutions. It can be used as a standalone solution, or it can be easily layered into more complex systems. This ease of integration, scalability and relatively low cost brings a lot of potential for various applications. Motion detection can trigger other smart devices in the network to turn lights on or off In eldercare, for example, WiFi sensing can be used to help seniors live comfortably in their homes for as long as possible. With the increasing aging population and high costs associated with care homes, the market for this application is considerable. Caregivers can use an app to monitor movement in their loved one’s home and be alerted about unusual movement patterns that could indicate a concern. For smart homes and other environments that have a network of smart devices, the artificial intelligence (AI) component of the technology allows for improvements to automated features. Motion detection can trigger other smart devices in the network to turn lights on or off or make adjustments to the temperature in a room. Security for the commercial sector For office buildings and other commercial properties, it is easy to see how all of these features could be scaled up to offer a highly accurate and cost-effective motion sensing and smart device automation solution. Cognitive Systems is closely involved with the development of WiFi sensing technology, working with various industry groups to establish standards and help it reach its full potential. WiFi Motion is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of motion sensing possibilities, but its applications in the world of security are undeniably compelling. It is an exciting time for the wireless industry, as one works with stakeholders in the security space to explore everything this technology can do.

The Growth Of The Mobile Access Card Market In 2020
The Growth Of The Mobile Access Card Market In 2020

The emergence of smartphones using iOS and Android is rapidly changing the landscape of the IT industry around the world. Several industries, such as digital cameras, car navigation, MP3, and PNP, have been replaced by equivalent or even better performance using smartphones. Smartphones provide increasing portability by integrating the functions of various devices into a single unit which allows them to connect to platforms with network-based services and offer new services and conveniences that have never been experienced before. These changes have expanded into the access control market. Although not yet widespread, ‘Mobile access cards’ is one of the terminologies that everyone has been talking about. RF cards used for access security are being integrated into smartphones just as digital cameras and MP3s were in the past. While people might forget their access cards at home in the morning, they seldom forget their smartphones. Using smartphones for access control increases entry access reliability and convenience. Mobile/smartphone access control A key aspect of mobile credential is that it makes it possible to issue or reclaim cards without face-to-face interaction As in other markets, the combination of smartphones and access cards is creating a new value that goes beyond the simple convenience of integration enhancing the ability to prevent unauthorized authentication and entrance. People sometimes lend their access cards to others, but it is far less likely they might lend their smartphone with all their financial information and personal information – to another person. This overcomes an important fundamental weakness of RF cards. Another valuable aspect of mobile credential is that it makes it possible to issue or reclaim cards without face-to-face interaction. Under existing access security systems, cards must be issued in person. Since card issuance implies access rights, the recipient’s identification must be confirmed first before enabling the card and once the card has been issued, it cannot be retracted without another separate face-to-face interaction. Mobile access cards In contrast, mobile access cards are designed to transfer authority safely to the user's smartphone based on TLS. In this way, credentials can be safely managed with authenticated users without face-to-face interaction. Mobile cards can be used not only at the sites with a large number of visitors or when managing access for an unspecified number of visitors, but also at the places like shared offices, kitchens and gyms, currently used as smart access control systems in shared economy markets. The market share of mobile access cards today is low even though the capability can offer real benefits to users and markets. While the access control market itself is slow-moving, there are also practical problems that limit the adoption of new technologies like mobile access cards. Use of Bluetooth Low Energy technology While NFC could be an important technology for mobile credential that is available today on virtually all smartphones, differences in implementation and data handling processes from various vendors prevents universal deployment of a single solution to all devices currently on the market. Accordingly, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has been considered as an alternative to NFC. Bluetooth is a technology that has been applied to smartphones for a long time, and its usage and interface are unified, so there are no compatibility problems. However, speed becomes the main problem. The authentication speed of BLE mobile access card products provided by major companies is slower than that of existing cards. Enhancing credential authentication speed Authentication speed is being continuously improved using BLE's GAP layer and GATT layers The second problem is that mobile access cards must be accompanied by a supply of compatible card readers. In order to use mobile access cards, readers need to be updated but this is not a simple task in the access control market. For 13.56 MHz smart cards (which were designed to replace 125 kHz cards), it has taken 20 years since the standard was established but only about half of all 25 kHz cards have been replaced so far. Legacy compatibility and the need for equivalent performance, even with additional benefits, will drive adoption timing for the Access Control market. While BLE technology helps resolve the compatibility problem of mobile access cards, it can identify some breakthroughs that can solve the speed problem. Authentication speed is being continuously improved using BLE's GAP layer and GATT layers, and new products with these improvements are now released in the market. Making use of key improvements allows Suprema's mobile access card to exhibit an authentication speed of less than 0.5 seconds providing equivalent performance to that of card-based authentication. AirFob Patch MOCA System's AirFob Patch addresses the need for technological improvements in the access control market in a direct, cost effective, and reliable way – by offering the ability to add high-performance BLE to existing card readers – enabling them to read BLE smartphone data by applying a small adhesive patch approximately the size of a coin. This innovative breakthrough applies energy harvesting technology, generating energy from the RF field emitted by the existing RF reader – then converting the data received via BLE back into RF – and delivering it to the reader. By adding the ability to use BLE on virtually any existing RF card reading device, MOCA allows greater ability for partners and end users to deploy a technologically-stable, high performance access control mobile credential solution to their employees, using devices they already own and are familiar with. Adding MOCA AirFob Patch eliminates the need to buy and install updated readers simply to take advantage of mobile credential, lowering costs and risks, and increasing employee confidence and convenience. Growth forecast of mobile access card market in 2020 In 2020, forecasts show that the mobile access card market will grow far more rapidly Several companies have entered the mobile access card market, but they have not set up a meaningful product solution stream until 2019. In 2020, forecasts show that the mobile access card market will grow far more rapidly. Reviewing new entries into the market allows identification of the latest products that provide improving solutions to compatibility and speed problems. MOCA AirFob Patch addresses development plans in process today that overcome the legacy installed base of card readers – allowing rapid creation of an environment that can make immediate use of BLE mobile access cards. Integrated mobile digital ID With proven usability and within suitable environments, mobile access cards will also begin to make inroads into other markets, not just the access control market. In the sharing economy market, which seeks access management without face-to-face interaction, the integrated mobile digital ID led by the 'DID Alliance' will serve as a technical tool that can be used in access authentication – forging increasing links between the access control and digital ID markets.

Entrance Control Vs Access Control: Similarities And Differences
Entrance Control Vs Access Control: Similarities And Differences

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.

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Idesco Announces Addition Of Anti-Collision Ability To Wiegand And OSDP Versions Of 8 CD 2.0 DESFire Readers
Idesco Announces Addition Of Anti-Collision Ability To Wiegand And OSDP Versions Of 8 CD 2.0 DESFire Readers

Idesco have begun adding an anti-collision ability to both their Wiegand and OSDP versions of 8 CD 2.0 DESFire readers, letting them read multiple cards simultaneously. This is particularly convenient when one presents several cards or hybrid cards together. This is because this new anti-collision ability ensures the reader won’t stop upon reading the first card it encounters, ignoring others in the detection zone – even though that first one wasn’t what one wanted to read. Now, 8 CD 2.0 can automatically scan all cards in its polling zone, detecting the one intended, making transactions faster, more convenient. Additionally, 8 CD 2.0 now comes equipped with a more efficient process for reading one’s MIFARE Classic cards. 8 CD 2.0 will now only read an assigned sector, for improved security and faster transactions.

Idesco Announces Mobile IDs To Be Accepted For Access Control From User’s Smartphone
Idesco Announces Mobile IDs To Be Accepted For Access Control From User’s Smartphone

The use of Mobile IDs in access control grows more frequent every week. That is why Idesco’s display reader, 8 CD 2.0 Pin D, will also soon accept a mobile ID from one’s smartphone. Interactive routines that require identification, like payment, are easily and securely managed with an RFID keypad/display reader providing a menu and displaying user-specific responses. That is why 8 CD 2.0 Pin D’s keypad is designed to flexibly support users’ need to select options and input data. Integrating mobile ID When one integrates mobile IDs, system management and service can actually become easier. Mobile IDs are created and stored in phones, ready-to-use, once an Idesco mobile app is installed. If one’s site prefers migrating solely to mobile ID’s, one will no longer need to purchase and code physical transponders for users. Alternatively, one can choose to keep traditional transponders working alongside mobile IDs, if mobile ID readers will only be installed at selected access points on a site. Useful for temporary credentialing When deploying 8 CD 2.0 Pin D for payment, mobile IDs will also make product and service purchases easier. For starters, customers won’t need coded transponders to enter. After Idesco’s app is installed on their phone and their ID registered in the system, they can begin purchasing products or paying for services immediately. Mobile ID is equally well-suited for temporary credentialing, for example, providing room access to hotel guests, or simplifying their purchase of additional services or restaurant meals.

Idesco Announces Access Touch With RFID Reader And Touch Screen Display For Attendance And Payment
Idesco Announces Access Touch With RFID Reader And Touch Screen Display For Attendance And Payment

Access Touch integrates a modular RFID reader, touch screen display and PC processor into a powerfully versatile solution for time & attendance, payment and many other purposes. Its touch screen is a versatile platform able to support attractive, customized graphical user interfaces and menus. Additionally, Access Touch can integrate nearly any of the major RFID technologies from 125 kHz to MIFARE DESFire. As a fully functional computer, it can also interface with the Internet if needed. Linux is the default operating system for Access Touch but also optionally supports Windows. Access Touch 4.1 also soon will support Windows’ latest version.

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