Wireless Idesco Cardea System - IFSEC Awards Finalist!
Wireless Idesco Cardea System - IFSEC Awards Finalist!

The Cardea System from Idesco was short listed as a finalist in the Access Control Product of the year category at the 2009 IFSEC Security Industry Awards. Award winners are published on May 12 at the Award Gala of IFSEC 2009. Idesco Cardea System is a network of devices that communicate wirelessly. It is a new product family, and it enables building of open and scalable identification systems by wireless communication. The system shows its advantage in the form of fast, flexible and cost-effective installations. The wireless Cardea system frequently takes an estimated 40 minutes per door to install, compared with an average of seven hours for any wired solution. Faster installations mean cost savings for both system installers and end users. Wireless system is an optimal solution for an office environment where a cost effective and secure access control and time & attendance system is needed. A wireless system enables easy and cost-effective expansion of an existing access control system without the need of changing the existing system structure. It also makes it also possible to build solutions with two applications easily. For instance, an identification system with access control in an office environment and parking control on the parking lot outside the building can be easily implemented, using a wireless solution. Parking control outside the building can be connected to the same system with the office access control without the need of installing any - perhaps underground - cablings. A wireless identification system, built without cabling, brings RFID solutions to applications where RFID has not been utilised before. It makes it possible to build an identification system easily in places where it is not reasonable to install cablings. Some new and innovative, interesting application examples of a wireless system installation: Temporary access control systems on construction sites, events etc. Just take the system with you after the event and re-build it in another place. Small and compact solutions with few doors and few readers and a small group of users (an office environment or a shop with workers and carriers, all having access rights within the system). Harbours and other wide areas where there are a number of readers scattered around a large area and a cabling solution is impossible to carry out. Historic buildings and other sites in which cable installations are not the most optimal solution. Installation does not require opening of constructions, and without cabling the system is invisible. The Idesco Cardea system consists of separate devices, which can operate independently or form a network, i.e. an identification system. Cardea solution supports most used RFID technologies and customers don't have to replace their existing software or ID credentials. Connected to Idesco's new innovative Access Touch touch screen terminal with an RFID reader and a computer in the same device, Cardea system builds up a modern and intelligent method of collecting and analyzing identification data.  For more information please visit: www.idesco.fi/ or contact: info@idesco.fi Tel. +358-20-7434175

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Idesco® Innovates Again: Idesco EPC Reader Is Now Wireless And Secure
Idesco® Innovates Again: Idesco EPC Reader Is Now Wireless And Secure

With Idesco's redesigned wireless EPC reader you can create secure, cost-effective and user-friendly identification applications for vehicle identification (AVI), logistics systems, access control and even limited inventory control.  The Idesco® EPC Reader is a passive long-distance UHF RFID reader, compliant with European UHF (ultra-high frequency) standards. In its basic configuration, Idesco's EPC Reader employs an internal, circularly-polarized antenna for interrogating tags presented at any angle. However, this reader may also be configured with either an external antenna or both the internal and external antenna. When the EPC Reader is configured with two antennas, both may transmit and receive data/information simultaneously - or one antenna may be programmed to transmit while the other receives. True to form, Idesco's EPC reader is configurable to a variety of communication interfaces (e.g. Wiegand, RS232-485, Ethernet-IP67, 6LowPan, etc.) and with an enviable array of security options for easier integration into your existing system. The EPC Reader provides four I/O ports for addressing peripherals and is engineered to allow reliable deployment both indoors and outdoors. Additionally, Idesco® EPC tags can be customized with both EPC and MIFARE® enabling a single card to provide both vehicle and personal identification. Easy to install, the EPC Reader initiates polling automatically (by default) upon being powered up; it does not require polling commands to be entered first. However, it is also configurable to await an activating command from an external system. Some ideal deployments for the Idesco® EPC Reader include - but are not limited to - automatic vehicle identification (e.g. parking access control, toll tracking, entry gates, harbour moorings), logistics centers (pallet and case tracking), long distance access control (sequestered reader) and certain inventory control applications.

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PegaSys - Intelligent Access Control Systems For Superior Security Solutions
PegaSys - Intelligent Access Control Systems For Superior Security Solutions

PegaSys access control systems, from Ingersoll Rand, provide competitively priced, quality security solutions that promise to make your environment safer, more secure and more productive - protecting people and property as well as assets. With a wide range of electronic and mechanical entry components to choose from, PegaSys provides a selection of security options to suit every requirement along with the flexibility to fulfill your current needs whilst adapting to any future needs. So, whether it’s the security of a hospital or care home, airport or industrial building, small business or large university that you’re looking to safeguard; PegaSys has the perfect system to suit you. Offline stand alone: The ideal solution for small businesses, offices, surgeries and residential buildings with a maximum of 50 people, this is both economical and simple whilst providing quality protection of individual doors. Battery-powered offline components means minimal installation costs. Credentials (cards or tags) can be deleted from the system through changes to access rights. Offline NetworkOnCard Designed for a larger number of doors and multiple users with different time profiles, this system allows for quick and easy changes to user permissions and as the cards are used to transfer the data there is no need for extensive programming of the offline components. Online / offline validation A sophisticated security solution, this system is designed for multiple doors and users in large, often dispersed, building complexes where changes to access rights occur regularly. System features and benefits include centralised maintenance and programming alongside automatic expiration of credential validity. Near Field Communication (NFC): To simplify things even further for the system administrator we’ve expanded our products around an NFC interface -resulting in a quicker reaction time to changes and automatic synchronisation between offline devices and the software,  to name but a few benefits. PegaSys door terminals and electronic cylinders: Thanks to the wide choice of hardware configurations the PegaSys system can be very easily selected to suit your specific requirements. This allows us to find the most cost-effective, visually attractive and simple solution for your installation. Meanwhile, our electronic cylinders can be installed in place of an existing mechanical cylinder to allow for the simple and swift conversion to an electronic system. Replacing an existing mechanical cylinder with an electronic cylinder is hassle-free too and takes just three to five minutes.

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Access Control In Your Coworking Space
Access Control In Your Coworking Space

Most likely, tenants and visitors to your coworking space value agile, modern solutions. In other words, pretty much the opposite of mechanical lock-and-key technology. Thankfully, there is an intelligent security alternative that won’t blow your budget or create renovation chaos. One forecast suggests flexible workspaces in the EMEA region will number around 17,000 by 2022*. Coworking provision is a dynamic market, with increasingly fierce competition for a user base that knows what it wants. The right access solution helps your space stand out from competitors and can deliver real benefits for users and the way they work. Smarter space use Many creative and tech-oriented coworkers demand round-the-clock access. Indeed, according to the Harvard Business Review, the sense of control this flexibility gives is one reason people thrive in coworking spaces**. If you have an access system you can manage remotely, from a PC or smartphone, staff need not be on-site to manage people coming and going 24/7. An intelligent access system can also feed back critical business data in real time. Who is using your space? And when? The more you know, the more likely you will make better business decisions. Safer belongings, slicker incident handling Open, collaborative coworking involves lots of expensive tech and personal items lying around. In the words of one report by commercial property experts JLL, “While coworking spaces are perhaps safer environments to leave equipment unattended than your typical coffee shop, companies still risk a loss of equipment.”*** You can maximize security and minimize space users’ risk with effective access control. Coworkers will not rent desks where intrusion is easy — and you do not want to operate a space with a reputation for petty theft. Imagine the worst happens to a tenant: something unexpected occurs or their valuables go missing. An access control system helps you sort it out quickly and efficiently. Because everyone carries personalized credentials — and you can order instant audit trails using access system software — you quickly find out who went where and when. Investigation is easier.  Cutting out cutting keys In any sizeable workspace, standard physical keys are difficult to track without a dedicated key management system. Some types of physical key are relatively straightforward to cut without permission. How much time do you waste when a key is lost or stolen? Changing a standard mechanical lock is time-consuming and expensive. When you install an access control system, one click cancels any “key”, key-card or smartphone credential. You can program and reprogram your door devices as many times as you like. You’ll never change a lock again.  Room to grow — or change your mind Around two-thirds of coworking providers expect to expand their workspace in the future****. The good news is wireless access systems like ASSA ABLOY’s SMARTair are almost infinitely flexible; you can bolt on new areas, easily move locks around, or add new sites as you grow. Wireless access control helps you change the security status of a door at any time — or expand your coworking area to another floor cost-effectively. Add a meeting space, connect two offices, no keys or cables needed. Image can be everything Modern workers prioritise convenience and user experience. The latest electronic access systems include an option for them to carry virtual keys on their smartphone, in place of a physical key or key-card. Savvy, smartphone-enabled access will set your space apart from local competitors. Could your coworking space find another revenue stream by hosting weekend or evening events? Because smartphone keys are so flexible, they make it easy for you to issue time-limited access for temporary staff or one-time attendees. When the event is over, their “keys” no longer unlock your doors. You do nothing — it’s all automatic. To learn how to transform coworking space security affordably, download a free coworking access control guide or book a free expert consultation now: https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/smartair-coworking?utm_campaign=smartair%20coworking&utm_source=PR 

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What About Electronic Door Locks With Remote Control?
What About Electronic Door Locks With Remote Control?

Most consumers are enjoying the convenience brought by electronic locks. With the existence of electronic locks, people no longer need to be restricted by keys. There are a variety of unlocking methods and more convenient remote control unlocking options. Suppose, you are going on vacation, and with the presence of an electronic lock, you can easily enter your house with your babysitter, without a spare key. Of course, not only smart homes, but also some infrastructure and commercial buildings are enjoying the convenience, brought by electronic locks. Passive electronic lock access control system This article will introduce a smart electronic lock used in the infrastructure industry, named passive electronic lock access control system. In traditional manufacturing, mechanical locks are commonly used in all walks of life, to protect the safety of property and facilities. However, the mechanical lock has caused many practical problems in the long-term application. For example, the keys are duplicated randomly, the unlocking authority cannot be controlled, the user's operation records cannot be known, and the remote control is not possible. Imagine that if you are in a remote telecom base station, it happens that you have the wrong key in your hand and cannot open the front door. In such a situation, this lock, maybe the worst scenario. In some industries, with a wide scope and large working area, more attention must be paid to access control systems Therefore, in some industries, with a wide scope and large working area, more attention must be paid to access control systems. In some outdoor scenarios, such as base stations and electric power cabinets, the requirements for access control systems are quite strict. Due to the particularity of its environment, ordinary power-based access control systems will no longer be applicable. Therefore, the emergence of passive access control systems has solved these problems. Electronic locks offer intelligent management function Based on years of in-depth field research, Vanma has developed the Vanma passive electronic lock access control system, based on the current situation of the industry. This system is different from other electronic lock systems, as it integrates the advantages of both mechanical locks and electronic locks. It not only has the simplicity of mechanical locks, but also has the intelligent management function of electronic locks. The term ‘passive’ of passive electronic locks means that no power is needed. Passive electronic locks have the same appearance as ordinary mechanical locks, so they can be installed anywhere, just like common mechanical locks. They also have a variety of practical functions of electronic locks. Authorized remote access control The Vanma management software allows security managers to assign access rights to specific areas, for different technical personnel. In order to facilitate real-time access control, the electronic key can be used in conjunction with the mobile phone app, in order to send information about its access rights to the technicians, in real time. Vanma management software can provide access to all operations performed by technicians Vanma management software can provide access to all operations performed by technicians, including complete audit reports. Access attempts outside the specified time range or outside the specified area can be obtained through the report, so as to analyze any abnormal situations. Access control in extreme weather conditions In the access control system, the lock (lock cylinder) maintains an extremely high standard and its protection level is IP67, to ensure the greatest degree of protection. Infrared induction technology is used in the electronic key, even if the surface of the lock is wet, the electronic key can also transfer the access authority to the lock cylinder. Ensure stable exchange of information between the key and the lock cylinder. In other words, a poor connection cannot prevent the transmission of information between the key and the lock. At present, this kind of passive electronic lock is widely used in many fields, such as telecom, electric power, water utilities, public utilities, medical emergency and so on in Europe.

Access The Right Areas - Making A Smart Home Genius With Biometrics
Access The Right Areas - Making A Smart Home Genius With Biometrics

Household adoption of smart home systems currently sits at 12.1% and is set to grow to 21.4% by 2025, expanding the market from US$ 78.3 billion to US$ 135 billion, in the same period. Although closely linked to the growth of connectivity technologies, including 5G, tech-savvy consumers are also recognizing the benefits of next-generation security systems, to protect and secure their domestic lives. Biometric technologies are already commonplace in our smartphones, PCs and payment cards, enhancing security without compromising convenience. Consequently, manufacturers and developers are taking note of biometric solutions, as a way of leveling-up their smart home solutions. Biometrics offer enhanced security As with any home, security starts at the front door and the first opportunity for biometrics to make a smart home genius lies within the smart lock. Why? Relying on inconvenient unsecure PINs and codes takes the ‘smart’ out of smart locks. As the number of connected systems in our homes increase, we cannot expect consumers to create, remember and use an ever-expanding list of unique passwords and PINs. Indeed, 60% of consumers feel they have too many to remember and the number can be as high as 85 for all personal and private accounts. Biometric solutions strengthen home access control Biometric solutions have a real opportunity to strengthen the security and convenience of home access control Doing this risks consumers becoming apathetic with security, as 41% of consumers admit to re-using the same password or introducing simple minor variations, increasing the risk of hacks and breaches from weak or stolen passwords. Furthermore, continually updating and refreshing passwords, and PINs is unappealing and inconvenient. Consequently, biometric solutions have a real opportunity to strengthen the security and convenience of home access control. Positives of on-device biometric storage Biometric authentication, such as fingerprint recognition uses personally identifiable information, which is stored securely on-device. By using on-device biometric storage, manufacturers are supporting the 38% of consumers, who are worried about privacy and biometrics, and potentially winning over the 17% of people, who don’t use smart home devices for this very reason. Compared to conventional security, such as passwords, PINs or even keys, which can be spoofed, stolen, forgotten or lost, biometrics is difficult to hack and near impossible to spoof. Consequently, homes secured with biometric smart locks are made safer in a significantly more seamless and convenient way for the user. Biometric smart locks Physical access in our domestic lives doesn’t end at the front door with smart locks. Biometrics has endless opportunities to ease our daily lives, replacing passwords and PINs in all devices. Biometric smart locks provide personalized access control to sensitive and hazardous areas, such as medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, safes, kitchen appliances and bike locks. They offer effective security with a touch or glance. Multi-tenanted sites, such as apartment blocks and student halls, can also become smarter and more secure. With hundreds of people occupying the same building, maintaining high levels of security is the responsibility for every individual occupant. Biometric smart locks limit entry to authorized tenants and eliminate the impact of lost or stolen keys, and passcodes. Furthermore, there’s no need for costly lock replacements and when people leave the building permanently, their data is easily removed from the device. Authorized building access Like biometric smart locks in general, the benefits extend beyond the front door Like biometric smart locks in general, the benefits extend beyond the front door, but also throughout the entire building, such as washing rooms, mail rooms, bike rooms and community spaces, such as gyms. Different people might have different levels of access to these areas, depending on their contracts, creating an access control headache. But, by having biometric smart locks, security teams can ensure that only authorized people have access to the right combination of rooms and areas. Convenience of biometric access cards Additionally, if building owners have options, the biometric sensors can be integrated into the doors themselves, thereby allowing users to touch the sensor, to unlock the door and enter. Furthermore, the latest technology allows biometric access cards to be used. This embeds the sensor into a contactless keycard, allowing the user to place their thumb on the sensor and tap the card to unlock the door. This may be preferable in circumstances where contactless keycards are already in use and can be upgraded. Smarter and seamless security In tandem with the growth of the smart home ecosystem, biometrics has real potential to enhance our daily lives, by delivering smarter, seamless and more convenient security. Significant innovation has made biometrics access control faster, more accurate and secure. Furthermore, today’s sensors are durable and energy efficient. With the capacity for over 10 million touches and ultra-low power consumption, smart home system developers no longer have to worry about added power demands. As consumers continue to invest in their homes and explore new ways to secure and access them, biometrics offers a golden opportunity for market players, to differentiate and make smart homes even smarter.

The Physical Side Of Data Protection
The Physical Side Of Data Protection

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated our digital dependency, on a global scale. Data centers have become even more critical to modern society. The processing and storage of information underpin the economy, characterized by a consistent increase in the volume of data and applications, and reliance upon the internet and IT services. Data centers classed as CNI As such, they are now classed as Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and sit under the protection of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). As land continues to surge in value, data center operators are often limited for choice, on where they place their sites and are increasingly forced to consider developed areas, close to other infrastructures, such as housing or industrial sites. Complex security needs One misconception when it comes to data centers is that physical security is straightforward One misconception when it comes to data centers is that physical security is straightforward. However, in practice, things are far more complex. On top of protecting the external perimeter, thought must also be given to factors, such as access control, hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM), protecting power infrastructure, as well as standby generators and localizing security devices to operate independently of the main data center. Face value How a site looks is more important than you may think. Specify security that appears too hostile risks blatantly advertising that you’re protecting a valuable target, ironically making it more interesting to opportunistic intruders. The heightened security that we recommend to clients for these types of sites, include 4 m high-security fences, coils of razor wire, CCTV, and floodlighting. When used together in an integrated approach, it’s easy to see how they make the site appear hostile against its surroundings. However, it must appear secure enough to give the client peace of mind that the site is adequately protected. Getting the balance right is crucial. So, how do you balance security, acoustics and aesthetics harmoniously? Security comes first These are essential facilities and as a result, they require appropriate security investment. Cutting corners leads to a greater long-term expense and increases the likelihood of highly disruptive attacks. Checkpoints Fortunately, guidance is available through independent accreditations and certifications, such as the Loss Prevention Certification Board’s (LPCB) LPS 1175 ratings, the PAS 68 HVM rating, CPNI approval, and the police initiative - Secured by Design (SBD). Thorough technical evaluation and quality audit These bodies employ thorough technical evaluation work and rigorous quality audit processes to ensure products deliver proven levels of protection. With untested security measures, you will not know whether a product works until an attack occurs. Specifying products accredited by established bodies removes this concern. High maintenance Simply installing security measures and hoping for the best will not guarantee 24/7 protection. Just as you would keep computer software and hardware updated, to provide the best level of protection for the data, physical security also needs to be well-maintained, in order to ensure it is providing optimum performance. Importance of testing physical security parameters Inspecting the fence line may seem obvious and straightforward, but it needs to be done regularly. From our experience, this is something that is frequently overlooked. The research we conducted revealed that 63% of companies never test their physical security. They should check the perimeter on both sides and look for any attempted breaches. Foliage, weather conditions or topography changes can also affect security integrity. Companies should also check all fixtures and fittings, looking for damage and corrosion, and clear any litter and debris away. Accessibility When considering access control, speed gates offer an excellent solution for data centres. How quickly a gate can open and close is essential, especially when access to the site is restricted. The consequences of access control equipment failing can be extremely serious, far over a minor irritation or inconvenience. Vehicle and pedestrian barriers, especially if automated, require special attention to maintain effective security and efficiency. Volume control Data centers don’t generally make the best neighbors. The noise created from their 24-hour operation can be considerable. HVAC systems, event-triggered security and fire alarms, HV substations, and vehicle traffic can quickly become unbearable for residents. Secure and soundproof perimeter As well as having excellent noise-reducing properties, timber is also a robust material for security fencing So, how do you create a secure and soundproof perimeter? Fortunately, through LPS 1175 certification and CPNI approval, it is possible to combine high-security performance and up to 28dB of noise reduction capabilities. As well as having excellent noise-reducing properties, timber is also a robust material for security fencing. Seamlessly locking thick timber boards create a flat face, making climbing difficult and the solid boards prevent lines of sight into the facility. For extra protection, steel mesh can either be added to one side of the fence or sandwiched between the timber boards, making it extremely difficult to break through. A fair façade A high-security timber fence can be both, aesthetically pleasing and disguise its security credentials. Its pleasant natural façade provides a foil to the stern steel bars and mesh, often seen with other high-security solutions. Of course, it’s still important that fencing serves its primary purposes, so make sure you refer to certifications, to establish a product’s security and acoustic performance. Better protected The value of data cannot be overstated. A breach can have severe consequences for public safety and the economy, leading to serious national security implications. Countering varied security threats Data centers are faced with an incredibly diverse range of threats, including activism, sabotage, trespass, and terrorism on a daily basis. It’s no wonder the government has taken an active role in assisting with their protection through the medium of the CPNI and NCSC. By working with government bodies such as the CPNI and certification boards like the LPCB, specifiers can access a vault of useful knowledge and advice. This will guide them to effective and quality products that are appropriate for their specific site in question, ensuring it’s kept safe and secure.

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