Update To SAMS Access Control Management Software
Update To SAMS Access Control Management Software

SAMS, Samsung's Access Control Management software, has been updated with a number of practical and user-friendly features added. Available license-free for projects with up to 40 doors (80 readers) and 1000 users, SAMS now has a Muster Reporting feature which can configured to produce a report as to who is on site at any given time, as well as  automatically generate a list  in the event of a fire alarm activation.Also included in the latest version of SAMS is an ID badge production facility. In addition to static text and a company logo, this new feature also allows the addition of dynamic database fields. SAMS software is now fully compatible with the Samsung SRN-3250 and SRN-6450 network video recorders ensuring that high quality recorded images are always time synchronised with related access control alarm events. "This feature may not at first glance seem be very important. For many years however, users have suffered the frustration of finding that the video they have retrieved from a video recorder relates to an event that may have occurred several seconds or even minutes before or after the actual event they wished to view," said David Cawley Access Control and Home Security Products Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Limited.Samsung's RFID and biometric technology based access control systems collectively provide a cost effective solution for any access control application from single door to large building or multi-sited projects. The range is broken down into standalone controllers, single & four door controllers, readers and software, with versions suitable for standalone or full TCP/IP or RS-485 operation. Samsung Access Control range allows it to compete for projects which have up to 128,000 doors with choice reader technologies which encompass fingerprint recognition, proximity and smart card & PIN, as well as time and attendance options. Our biometric fingerprint reader capability is particularly impressive in that it can hold up to 4,000 fingerprint templates and yet has a read time of just half a second.Whilst our standalone controllers offer the ideal solution for single door security, we also provide the option to link multiple doors together over a network.  When networked, it is possible to easily share the biometric database to other connected standalone controllers without the need for a separate computer or additional software.The challenge is to ensure users can have full control over what may be a complex system and as such be able to monitor, record and retrieve valuable data which could be needed as evidence when looking to prosecute unwanted visitors who have engaged in criminal activity.  The good news is that Samsung Access Management Software (SAMS) is able to provide detailed reports on card holder activity which can be exported in Excel or PDF form for integration with other software packages, e.g. Time & Attendance, ERP or Payroll. The professional version, SAMS "Pro" does the same, but also provides additional advanced functionality, including the support of integrated access control and video monitoring to allow an operator to view video activity related to a specific card holder. The status of readers and cameras can also be monitored on a user defined map.

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Hanwha Techwin America Provides A Standard Solution For Visually Verifying Access Control Activity
Hanwha Techwin America Provides A Standard Solution For Visually Verifying Access Control Activity

With end-users looking for maximum benefit from their investment in security, a major objective to the success of any video surveillance system is to seek ways in which it can interact with other security systems. A major trend we are seeing at the moment is linking CCTV with Access Control systems. The opportunity to pass video, data or alarm information between these systems has obvious operational benefits. As well as providing visual verification of anyone attempting to gain access to restricted areas, there is also an opportunity to obtain valuable management information such as time and attendance records.For end-users to have confidence in the information provided by a video surveillance system and an access control system working in harmony, it is obviously important that access control events and alarms can be reliably and consistently synchronised with the relevant video. Until now there  has not been a low cost method of doing this and for many years users have suffered the frustration of finding that the video they have retrieved from a DVR relates to an event that occurred several seconds or even minutes before or after the actual event they wished to view.  However, there is some good news for end-users who are looking to gain maximum ROI from their security systems as this technology becomes more widely available. Samsung already provides, as a standard feature, time synchronisation between its fingerprint recognition, proximity and smart card & PIN based access control systems and its SRD digital video recorder range. This can also be taken onto the network by using an encoder with a built-in SD card that records an event when access is granted or denied at the access control reader, allowing users to view video via a webpage.This easy to implement and powerful feature provides therefore installers and system integrators with an opportunity to increase revenue streams, whilst offering both new and existing clients with reliable access control data, verified by high quality video evidence.

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Hanwha Techwin America Upgrade Licence-free Access Control Management Software
Hanwha Techwin America Upgrade Licence-free Access Control Management Software

Samsung’s Access Control management software, SAMS, is now available license-free for projects with up to 40 doors and 1000 users.The free licence applies to both the Basic and Professional server versions of SAMS. The Basic version allows full administration of the access control system and can provide detailed reports on card holder activity which can be exported in Excel or text form for integration with other software packages, e.g. Time & Attendance, ERP or Payroll. The Professional version, ‘SAMS Pro’, provides additional advanced functionality including the support of integrated Access Control and video monitoring to allow an operator to view video activity related to a specific card holder activity or alarm activation. The status of readers inputs/outputs and cameras can also be monitored on a user defined command and control map.Samsung’s RFID and biometric technology based access control systems collectively provide a cost effective solution for any access control application from single door to large building or multi-sited projects.The range is broken down into standalone controllers, single & four door controllers, readers and software, with versions suitable for standalone or full TCP/IP or RS-485 operation.Standalone controllersWith a choice of built-in reader technologies that encompass fingerprint recognition, proximity and smart card & PIN, as well as time and attendance options, Samsung's range of standalone controllers offer the ideal solution for single door security with the option to network together over multiple doors. When networked, it is possible to easily share the biometric database to other connected standalone controllers without the need for a separate computer or additional software. However, Samsung standalone controllers are also fully compatible with Samsung's access control software packages should users wish to benefit from additional features such as sharing card details over the network.Single and four-door controllers Samsung's single door control panels are Mifare and Samsung format selectable straight from the box, whilst the four door solution is available to order in separate Mifare and Samsung format versions. Both have a TCP/IP networking functionality as an option from the standard RS-485 operation and have anti pass-back functionality with the single door unit containing two reader inputs and the four door unit containing four reader inputs.ReadersSamsung's comprehensive range of readers is available in two formats with customers able to choose between Mifare or Samsung's proprietary access control formats. Combined with the option of standard or vandal resistant proximity/PIN, smartcard and biometric fingerprint readers, these provide installers and system integrators with the flexibility to select the best possible product configuration for the job at hand. What's more, Samsung readers featuring smartcard/proximity are supplied with an extended lifetime warranty.Samsung's Access Control range is offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd., including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty, or lifetime warranty for selected readers.

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Hanwha Techwin America Full Access Management Software
Hanwha Techwin America Full Access Management Software

Samsung’s Access Control management software, SAMS, is now available license-free for projects with up to 40 doors and 1000 users.The free licence applies to both the Basic and Professional server versions of SAMS. The Basic version allows full administration of the access control system and can provide detailed reports on card holder activity which can be exported in Excel or text form for integration with other software packages, e.g. Time & Attendance, ERP or Payroll. The Professional version, ‘SAMS Pro’, provides additional advanced functionality including the support of integrated Access Control and video monitoring to allow an operator to view video activity related to a specific card holder activity or alarm activation. The status of readers inputs/outputs and cameras can also be monitored on a user defined command and control map.Samsung’s RFID and biometric technology based access control systems collectively provide a cost effective solution for any access control application from single door to large building or multi-sited projects.The range is broken down into standalone controllers, single & four door controllers, readers and software, with versions suitable for standalone or full TCP/IP or RS-485 operation.Standalone controllersWith a choice of built-in reader technologies that encompass fingerprint recognition, proximity and smart card & PIN, as well as time and attendance options, Samsung's range of standalone controllers offer the ideal solution for single door security with the option to network together over multiple doors. When networked, it is possible to easily share the biometric database to other connected standalone controllers without the need for a separate computer or additional software. However, Samsung standalone controllers are also fully compatible with Samsung's access control software packages should users wish to benefit from additional features such as sharing card details over the network.Single and four-door controllers Samsung's single door control panels are Mifare and Samsung format selectable straight from the box, whilst the four door solution is available to order in separate Mifare and Samsung format versions. Both have a TCP/IP networking functionality as an option from the standard RS-485 operation and have anti pass-back functionality with the single door unit containing two reader inputs and the four door unit containing four reader inputs.ReadersSamsung's comprehensive range of readers is available in two formats with customers able to choose between Mifare or Samsung's proprietary access control formats. Combined with the option of standard or vandal resistant proximity/PIN, smartcard and biometric fingerprint readers, these provide installers and system integrators with the flexibility to select the best possible product configuration for the job at hand. What's more, Samsung readers featuring smartcard/proximity are supplied with an extended lifetime warranty.Samsung's Access Control range is offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd., including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty, or lifetime warranty for selected readers.

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Hanwha Techwin America Lite Access Management Software
Hanwha Techwin America Lite Access Management Software

Samsung’s Access Control management software, SAMS, is now available license-free for projects with up to 40 doors and 1000 users.The free licence applies to both the Basic and Professional server versions of SAMS. The Basic version allows full administration of the access control system and can provide detailed reports on card holder activity which can be exported in Excel or text form for integration with other software packages, e.g. Time & Attendance, ERP or Payroll. The Professional version, ‘SAMS Pro’, provides additional advanced functionality including the support of integrated Access Control and video monitoring to allow an operator to view video activity related to a specific card holder activity or alarm activation. The status of readers inputs/outputs and cameras can also be monitored on a user defined command and control map.Samsung’s RFID and biometric technology based access control systems collectively provide a cost effective solution for any access control application from single door to large building or multi-sited projects.The range is broken down into standalone controllers, single & four door controllers, readers and software, with versions suitable for standalone or full TCP/IP or RS-485 operation.Standalone controllersWith a choice of built-in reader technologies that encompass fingerprint recognition, proximity and smart card & PIN, as well as time and attendance options, Samsung's range of standalone controllers offer the ideal solution for single door security with the option to network together over multiple doors. When networked, it is possible to easily share the biometric database to other connected standalone controllers without the need for a separate computer or additional software. However, Samsung standalone controllers are also fully compatible with Samsung's access control software packages should users wish to benefit from additional features such as sharing card details over the network.Single and four-door controllers Samsung's single door control panels are Mifare and Samsung format selectable straight from the box, whilst the four door solution is available to order in separate Mifare and Samsung format versions. Both have a TCP/IP networking functionality as an option from the standard RS-485 operation and have anti pass-back functionality with the single door unit containing two reader inputs and the four door unit containing four reader inputs.ReadersSamsung's comprehensive range of readers is available in two formats with customers able to choose between Mifare or Samsung's proprietary access control formats. Combined with the option of standard or vandal resistant proximity/PIN, smartcard and biometric fingerprint readers, these provide installers and system integrators with the flexibility to select the best possible product configuration for the job at hand. What's more, Samsung readers featuring smartcard/proximity are supplied with an extended lifetime warranty.Samsung's Access Control range is offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd., including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty, or lifetime warranty for selected readers.

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ACTWinPro 2.4 - Software For The New Generation
ACTWinPro 2.4 - Software For The New Generation

ACTWin pro 2.4 is the new ‘Windows VISTA' compatible version of the ACT software application.  It provides enhanced reporting, support for global Anti-Passback, count areas, multiple user cards, validity times and extra user rights.Global Anti-Passback support can be used to ensure users clock in for Time and Attendance and stop entry tailgating.  This system provides extra security at entry points and the functionality to monitor employees' timekeeping.Global Input/Output support allows an event on one controller to trigger the output or door on another controller.  This is useful for large sites with multiple controllers, by reducing cabling needs, ensuring efficient networking installation time and cost savings.The Communications Service Module ensures a simplified and speedy installation by eliminating the security setting or user privilege issues that often occur at installation.Validity Times function enables cards to be programmed with time periods for validity, and is fully managed by the ACTWinpro software.  A variety of locations, for example sports clubs, need to grant, plan and co-ordinate short term access.  The option can manage these needs, thus saving time for the system user and allowing efficient card re-use.Multiple User Cards can be used with the ACT 3000, using a single database entry to manage proximity cards, mifare cards, magstrips, barcodes and long range transmitters.  This optimizes database entry time and management for the end user.Enhanced Reports may now be exported from the report view.  A System Status report is also available showing the number of offline doors, doors ajar, tampers etc.Counting Areas feature is ideal for locations (eg. car parks) that need to manage user volumes.  This helps end-users manage volumes at an optimum, while still adhering to health and safety levels.New product developments for 2007ACT door entry over IPACT 10 Audio/VideoDVR integrationAlarm management

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4 Ways To Keep Your Workplace Protected From COVID-19
4 Ways To Keep Your Workplace Protected From COVID-19

The unprecedented global impact of COVID-19 has taken its toll on all of us, but as cases of the virus thankfully recede, employers are now forced to confront how they can enable a safe return to work for employees. For many employers, this means they will have to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, redesign workspaces to maintain social distances, carry out more frequent cleaning, manage the transmission risk and find alternatives to touch-based security devices. Protecting workplace occupants in any emergency requires preparation and clear communication. This is especially critical in a health crisis involving an infectious disease. These are some of the essential best practices that could help organizations reduce the impact on their employees and operations during this pandemic. 1. Use a visitor management system With a visitor management system, organizations have a single source of real-time and historical insights into who is, or was recently, in the workplace. This is especially important because of the need to perform contact tracing should anyone in the organization show symptoms of COVID-19, meaning everyone they have been in contact with needs to be contacted and asked to isolate. Yet still, first impressions are made at the front desk or lobby, where the visitor experience needs to be a positive one. At the same time, though, any emergency event requires that there be strict control over who is entering the workplace. This policy also needs to be clearly communicated to visitors. Doing this minimizes risk to visitors as well as the workforce. In addition to delivering a high-quality visitor experience, the ideal visitor management system must: Enable organizations to meet regulatory compliance mandates and facilitate check-in at a self-service kiosk to minimize wait times. Customize the visitor experience to support specific security needs, such as accelerating and simplifying check-in or requiring additional security pre-checks. Automate compliance as it relates to visitor access rules with historical visit reports. 2. Pre-check questions at visitor registration kiosks Organizations can strengthen security at the registration kiosk using a flexible, enterprise-grade visitor management system to add visitor sign-in steps. This has proven successful in the past when used to control the spread of infectious disease during an outbreak. An example of this is a U.S. children's hospital which managed to reduce facility infection rates by 25 percent over a two-year period using a commercial, off-the-shelf physical identity and access management (PIAM) solution from HID Global. The solution provides two particularly important capabilities that can be used by organizations to protect their workplace from the uncontrolled spread of an infectious disease: Enhance visitor registration policy with additional mandatory questions to help identify any visitors who may need other screenings. Extend the visitor registration kiosk with a mandatory pop-up asking further questions during visitor check-in. 3. Understand who has visited your workplace Successful controlling the spread of infection throughout a facility requires the ability to automatically maintain an auditable trail of activity. This can be done using an enterprise-grade visitor management system that makes it easy to retrieve historical visit reports. This provides a timeline of who was in the workplace, and when they were there. Key features include: A single dashboard providing useful visitor insights at your fingertips. Historical reports that provide visitor details including location and contact information, all in compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other privacy regulations. 4. Clearly communicate how infection risks can be reduced Global organizations must actively communicate with visitors and employees on the outbreak of infectious diseases and follow best practices outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO). Here are several things organizations can do in this area to help maintain a safe and healthy workplace: Re-enforce and communicate WHO best practices with guideline posters in the front lobby and throughout the workplace. Add posters that also encourage regular and thorough washing of hands. Encourage everyone to cough or sneese into their shirt sleeve in their flexed elbow or cover their mouth and nose with a tissue. Encourage everyone to keep a relatively safe distance from each other and use alternatives to handshakes when saying hello. Organizations must contend with a variety of workplace challenges during the outbreak of an infectious disease. These challenges can be solved with best practices that include a comprehensive visitor management system that automates critical check-in policies and maintains an auditable trail of visitor activity.  

The Role Of Building Systems To Ensure Safety As Employees Return To Work
The Role Of Building Systems To Ensure Safety As Employees Return To Work

Returning to work after the global pandemic will not be business as usual, and security systems are an important asset when it comes to helping to keep occupants and buildings safe. For example, video analytics can provide insight into how spaces have previously been used and can help to predict where and when occupants encounter each other or congregate. These foot-traffic patterns can inform settings for a variety of devices – like ventilation and temperature controls – and even help owners create social distancing plans and monitor personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance. “While the ‘new normal’ is still being defined, we believe there will be a greater focus on creating healthier environments while also complying with new regulations,” says Marcus Logan, Global Offering Leader, Honeywell Commercial Security. “Temperature, humidity, energy efficiency, security, safety, comfort, productivity, and demonstrating compliance with regulations are all a part of a healthy building.” For example, social distancing is a new concept for the workplace. How do you make that happen in an open work setting, in breakrooms, elevator lobbies and meeting spaces? Optimized systems create healthier environments Anxious employees will need reassurance about returning to the workplace Building owners will need to look at how they can optimize their systems – or deploy new ones – to create a healthier environment. Building technologies, like those provided by Honeywell's Healthy Buildings solutions, provide building owners with more control over critical factors to encourage sustained compliance with changing building standards, safety guidelines, government-issued regulations, and a company's risk management policies. These solutions also provide transparency for occupants into a building's status, says Logan. Hygiene will be a critical issue: People will want to know that the spaces are ready for their return. Increased cleaning procedures and schedules will evolve, and a way will be needed to demonstrate the procedures are effective and that they have been strictly adhered to. Identifying ways to measure effectiveness of sanitisation and track compliance to the procedures will be a key challenge to solve. This is a space that will evolve significantly in the coming months and years, says Logan. Access control and video analytics Contact tracing is a new requirement in some businesses, and security technology – like access control and video analytics with advanced reporting – can help. Access control technology integrated with video analytics can be used to trace occupant movements within a facility. These technologies capture data that can be used with advanced reporting to provide a digital footprint of where a person has been within a facility and if they may have been exposed to someone identified as being infected with a contagious virus. Building owners can then proactively notify exposed individuals evolve to self-quarantine and minimize further spread of an infection. Video analytics can help to predict where and when occupants encounter each other Anxious employees will need reassurance about returning to the workplace. They will not only seek confidence that the building is optimized for a healthier environment but also that processes are in place to quickly identify and respond to potential issues. Transparency and visibility into how the building works and the health of the environment will help to reassure occupants returning to the workplace. “One way to do this is to share building analytics with occupants – to help them understand factors about the indoor air quality or occupancy density,” says Logan. Controlled health, safety and security Honeywell’s solutions provide building owners with more control over critical health, safety and security factors to encourage sustained compliance with changing building standards, safety guidelines, government-issued regulations and a company’s risk management policies, Logan adds. Visibility into how the building works and the health of the environment will help to reassure occupants returning to the workplace Every day there is new information coming from the medical and scientific community about COVID-19, and the building industry is just starting to learn what it all means. Logan warns that there is no single solution that will keep every environment healthy and safe. A good strategy features deploying a combination of solutions, optimising systems and being vigilant to make sure that companies are sustaining compliance to new and changing regulations, says Logan. “Today more than ever we must be mindful of the changing culture of how buildings are managed by making apparent the need to be mindful of health and well-being in all aspects of our lives,” says Logan. Honeywell has developed outcome-based solutions that allow building owners to transparently address building quality factors while supporting their business continuity needs in the uncertain environment. “We’re giving them the data they need to confidently reassure their employees to accelerate their business operations,” he adds.

Managing Security During Unprecedented Times of Home Working
Managing Security During Unprecedented Times of Home Working

Companies are following government guidance and getting as many people as possible working from home. Some companies will have resisted home working in the past, but I’m certain that the sceptics will find that people can be productive with the right tools no matter where they are. A temporary solution will become permanent. But getting it right means managing risk. Access is king In a typical office with an on-premise data center, the IT department has complete control over network access, internal networks, data, and applications. The remote worker, on the other hand, is mobile. He or she can work from anywhere using a VPN. Until just recently this will have been from somewhere like a local coffee shop, possibly using a wireless network to access the company network and essential applications. CV-19 means that huge numbers of people are getting access to the same desktop and files, and collaborative communication toolsBut as we know, CV-19 means that huge numbers of people are getting access to the same desktop and files, applications and collaborative communication tools that they do on a regular basis from the office or on the train. Indeed, the new generation of video conferencing technologies come very close to providing an “almost there” feeling. Hackers lie in wait Hackers are waiting for a wrong move amongst the panic, and they will look for ways to compromise critical servers. Less than a month ago, we emerged from a period of chaos. For months hackers had been exploiting a vulnerability in VPN products from Pulse Secure, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Citrix. Patches were provided by vendors, and either companies applied the patch or withdrew remote access. As a result, the problem of attacks died back.  But as companies race to get people working from home, they must ensure special care is taken to ensure the patches are done before switching VPNs on. That’s because remote desktop protocol (RDP) has been for the most part of 2019, and continues to be, the most important attack vector for ransomware. Managing a ransomware attack on top of everything else would certainly give you sleepless nights. As companies race to get people working from home, they must ensure special care is taken to ensure the patches are done before switching VPNs on Hackers are waiting for a wrong move amongst the panic, and they will look for ways to compromise critical serversExposing new services makes them also susceptible to denial of service attacks. Such attacks create large volumes of fake traffic to saturate the available capacity of the internet connection. They can also be used to attack the intricacies of the VPN protocol. A flow as little as 1Mbps can perturbate the VPN service and knock it offline. CIOs, therefore, need to acknowledge that introducing or extending home working broadens the attack surface. So now more than ever it’s vital to adapt risk models. You can’t roll out new services with an emphasis on access and usability and not consider security. You simply won’t survive otherwise. Social engineering Aside from securing VPNs, what else should CIO and CTOs be doing to ensure security? The first thing to do is to look at employee behavior, starting with passwords. It’s highly recommended that strong password hygiene or some form of multi-factor authentication (MFA) is imposed. Best practice would be to get all employees to reset their passwords as they connect remotely and force them to choose a new password that complies with strong password complexity guidelines.  As we know, people have a habit of reusing their passwords for one or more online services – services that might have fallen victim to a breach. Hackers will happily It’s highly recommended that strong password hygiene or some form of multi-factor authentication (MFA) is imposedleverage these breaches because it is such easy and rich pickings. Secondly, the inherent fear of the virus makes for perfect conditions for hackers. Sadly, a lot of phishing campaigns are already luring people in with the promise of important or breaking information on COVID-19. In the UK alone, coronavirus scams cost victims over £800,000 in February 2020. A staggering number that can only go up. That’s why CIOs need to remind everyone in the company of the risks of clickbait and comment spamming - the most popular and obvious bot techniques for infiltrating a network. Notorious hacking attempts And as any security specialist will tell you, some people have no ethics and will exploit the horrendous repercussions of CV-19. In January we saw just how unscrupulous hackers are when they started leveraging public fear of the virus to spread the notorious Emotet malware. Emotet, first detected in 2014, is a banking trojan that primarily spreads through ‘malspam’ and attempts to sneak into computers to steal sensitive and private information. In addition, in early February the Maze ransomware crippled more than 230 workstations of the New Jersey Medical Diagnostics Lab and when they refused to pay, the vicious attackers leaked 9.5GB or research data in an attempt to force negotiations. And in March, an elite hacking group tried to breach the World Health Organization (WHO). It was just one of the many attempts on WHO and healthcare organizations in general since the pandemic broke. We’ll see lots more opportunist attacks like this in the coming months.   More speed less haste In March, an elite hacking group tried to breach the World Health Organization (WHO). It was just one of the many attempts on WHOFinally, we also have bots to contend with. We’ve yet to see reports of fake news content generated by machines, but we know there’s a high probability it will happen. Spambots are already creating pharmaceutical spam campaigns thriving on the buying behavior of people in times of fear from infection. Using comment spamming – where comments are tactically placed in the comments following an update or news story - the bots take advantage of the popularity of the Google search term ‘Coronavirus’ to increase the visibility and ranking of sites and products in search results. There is clearly much for CIOs to think about, but it is possible to secure a network by applying some well thought through tactics. I believe it comes down to having a ‘more speed, less haste’ approach to rolling out, scaling up and integrating technologies for home working, but above all, it should be mixed with an employee education program. As in reality, great technology and a coherent security strategy will never work if it is undermined by the poor practices

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