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HID Global And ASSA ABLOY Provide Smart card Access Control Solution For George Mason University
HID Global And ASSA ABLOY Provide Smart card Access Control Solution For George Mason University

George Mason's magnetic ID card system needed to be replaced with a more efficient smart card solution As the commonwealth of Virginia’s largest public university, George Mason University has a population of more than 30,000 students with nearly 5,000 facility members and 2,000 contractors on campus. Showing no signs of slowing its student enrollment, George Mason is a rapidly expanding campus with new facilities and residential halls under construction, and new services being deployed each year. However, an outdated and vulnerable Mason ID card system needed to be replaced with a more secure and comprehensive “one card” solution that could provide better security, efficient end-to-end issuance capabilities and connect card holders to new services and departments on campus.  Most importantly, the university needed a cost-effective migration plan if it were to completely replace its legacy student ID card system.    Vulnerabilities Of Magnetic Swipe Technology For over a decade, George Mason has been issuing Mason ID cards with magnetic swipe technology to its students, faculty and contractors. These legacy cards not only wore out quickly but they relied on a security technology that lacked the cryptographic capabilities of smart cards, and were thus susceptible to cloning and counterfeiting. It was also difficult to update and manage old campus door locks and cards. Needing to address today’s increasing security challenges, George Mason also recognized that with any new technology deployment on campus, they had an opportunity to lay a foundation that would help the university meet the needs and the expectations of a very technology-savvy generation of students. Greater campus security could be achieved by moving to a new contactless smart card technology, but the greatest efficiency and convenience would come from leveraging the power of a flexible, “one card” solution that enabled the Mason ID to be used with not only access control systems, but other value-added applications and services on and off campus. The greatest efficiency andconvenience would come from leveraging the power of a flexible, “one card” solutionto be used with othervalue-added  applications Determined to move to a new and comprehensive ID solution, George Mason was conscious of its limited budget and the time and cost associated with replacing existing card infrastructure and ultimately, rebadging its more than 30,000 card holders on campus. Migrating To A Smart ID Solution By working with HID Global and its parent ASSA ABLOY, George Mason was able to design a cost-effective and comprehensive, end-to-end ID solution that would enable university administrators to migrate their existing card system over an expected five years. Simultaneously compatible with the legacy student ID cards and the existing hardware on campus, this new solution would be deployed slowly and consist of the following: HID Global multiCLASS SE® readers, as well as PERSONA® Campus Software and SARGENT Passport® locks from HID Global’s parent company, ASSA ABLOY. Chosen for their built-in encryption and enhanced security, the multi-technology readers and locks also support the legacy magnetic stripe (magstripe) cards used on campus as well as newer, contactless card technology. Seos® smart cards from HID Global were chosen for their advanced security, interoperability between the new locks and readers, and the multiple card applications enabled by its breakthrough technology. For instance, the university leveraged HID Global OMNIKEY® desktop readers to extend the Seos card’s use to check out library books and to pay for meals in the cafeteria. HID Global FARGO® DTC4500e ID card printers and encoders along with its Asure ID® card personalization software were installed at the campus card office. Cards are personalized by printing student information to the card at the same time encoding and programming of both magstripe and Seos technologies are completed for each multi-tech card in a single, inline issuance process. Total issuance time is drastically reduced, data entry mistakes are eliminated and the new ID cards are printed at higher quality with more durable lamination. "With the new printers andAsure ID software, we were able to really streamline the entire card process and set up a true one-stop shop on campus" “One of our goals is to get the students out of the card office as quickly as possible.  We wanted something that was seamless, so staff could search for the person, verify the identity, print the card and hand it to the person, knowing that it would work right away,” said Jerry Baugh, Director of the Mason Card Office with George Mason University. “With the new printers and Asure ID software, we were able to really streamline the entire card process and set up a true one-stop shop on campus that not only reduced the waiting time for the student, but produced a more durable and better looking card that eliminated the hassle and costs of replacing cards that used to wear out too quickly.” George Mason worked closely with HID Global and ASSA ABLOY to chart a three-year migration path for its new solution.  To date, George Mason has installed about 3,500 new HID Global readers and ASSA ABLOY locks, and has issued more than 12,000 new Mason ID cards to incoming freshmen to start. The university expects to complete its card migration by 2017 with more readers and locks to follow. Powered by Seos smart card technology, the new Mason ID cards are initially being used for accessing facilities, residence halls, library and cafeteria services. The multi-technology readers and locks ensure the total system also works with the older magstripe ID cards still in use. Potential applications for the new Mason ID include cashless payment for the Washington D.C. transit system, time and attendance when at the gym, and even generating one-time password (OTP) soft tokens to allow students and faculty to access cloud applications, data and other services in the future.  State-of-the-art University Access Control The university now has state-of-the-art facility security as well as real-time control when a lock-down or other changes are needed.  They also can quickly and easily modify their access control system, including updating card privileges, revoking and replacing lost or stolen cards, and adding or removing applications, while the new ID card also frees the students to easily access so many aspects of campus life.   The move to a Seos-basedtechnology solution has provided the university with more freedom of choice and the ability to add more applications The move to a Seos-based technology solution has provided the university with more freedom of choice and the ability to add more applications as it scales in the future, while providing the confidence that the university is receiving the best-in-class security and privacy protection for its students and staff. In the coming years, George Mason has positioned itself to take full advantage of its ID system to extend not only the many uses for the Mason ID, but the form factor of the student ID itself. “For us, Seos is a short step; we want bigger, better, newer, faster. We know mobile credentials are coming, and we want to be positioned. We know our readers are already there, so the ability for us to leverage mobile credentials and send those to the phone will be our next step,” stated Danny Anthes, Senior Manager of Information Technology with George Mason University. “I think Seos goes beyond just door access, it speaks better to the credential and pieces we have in that. It allows us to put the destiny of the department back into their own hands.” Download HID White Paper: Best practices for integrating mobile into the access control architecture now! Save

SALTO NFC-Enabled AElement Smart Locks Help BLOC Hotels Provide Keyless Access
SALTO NFC-Enabled AElement Smart Locks Help BLOC Hotels Provide Keyless Access

AElement grants access privileges to individual guest rooms and gathering audit trail data from every door in real time In the competitive, not to mention crowded, world of hospitality, standing out from the competition and convincing travellers that you have something different to offer can be a hard call. BLOC Hotels have pulled this off in style at Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. Establishing a niche by taking the hotel room as a blank design, stripping out all the stuff you don’t need while upgrading the finish around all the stuff you do. Rooms are offered at a competitive price (starting from £59) with everything booked, accessed and controlled by the very latest in smart technology. The company opened its first hotel in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in 2011. This has been well received within the city, its small but perfectly formed rooms bringing a touch of class to the low-cost hotel concept by offering four-star standards at two or three star prices. In March 2014 the group opened a second property in a very different location at Gatwick Airport. So, how do they do it? Adoption Of Integrated Smart Technology BLOC uses Hospitality specialists Boxbuild to design, procure and fit out the physical rooms and to provide the smart technology solutions the Hotel runs on. The key to their success is to build the individual hotel rooms off site in pre-fabricated kits. These are then delivered to and rapidly assembled on site. High quality, long lasting materials are used so no plastering or painting is needed speeding up the fit out process and providing a long lasting space that requires little maintenance. The bathroom is modular so it simply fits into place and is connected to power and water. The result is a uniformly dark, but practical and contemporary room that perfectly suits the needs of the business or family traveler. The Gatwick hotel is spread across five floors with 245 rooms divided into standard, business and executive level offerings with 5 disabled-friendly rooms per floor and is located in an old renovated office block built above the airport with reception inside the South Terminal – just steps from departures. The North Terminal is just a couple of minutes away accessed by a free monorail service. One of the key factors making BLOC a unique offering, beyond its quick-build construction techniques, contemporary styling and great locations, is its adoption of integrated smart technology to run every aspect of the hotel, at every level. Use Of Near Field Communications Or Bluetooth Low Energy Technology One of the key factors makingBLOC a unique offering is itsadoption of integrated smarttechnology to run every aspectof the hotel, at every level. According to recent research by hotels solutions provider HRS, guest demand for the use of smartphones, tablets and corresponding apps as part of their hotel experience is increasing. The new research surveyed 4,377 users and found that 44% of guests from the UK would like the use of a tablet PC in their room, and 42% would rather operate their hotel room’s lighting, air conditioning and television via a touch screen display instead of using a separate remote control or switch. The survey also revealed that business travellers in particular are looking for a home-from-home experience when it comes to the use of smart technology in their hotel room. “Research such as this is encouraging as we know the hospitality industry is exploring the use of smartphones and tablet technology, but we’re probably 12 to 18 months ahead of everyone else when it comes to having a fully-functioning, cutting edge hotel that has been designed from the ground up to operate this way,”says Gary Holmes, Managing Director of ConnectedHotels, the technology division of Boxbuild. “The technology we’ve delivered for BLOC goes far beyond just offering free SMART TVs, free Wi-Fi and super-fast broadband; it encompasses everything from the Guest Experience including mobile and web, access, self-service kiosks for check-in and tablet control of in-room systems, through to back of house operations processes, automating and integrating check-out and housekeeping, building management, energy efficiency and operation of the live hotel environment. “Take room access, for example. We had a good look at what other hotels were doing and what they were using and decided we wanted something that was sleek, cutting edge and contemporary, not to mention smart. If you look at the door locking systems a lot of other hotels still use they are big, bulky, and in many cases downright ugly. Often they run on old-fashioned swipe technology because it’s cheap and guest security in some cases is not always their highest priority. We were determined to be different. “Our strategy is focused around the use of mobile apps that are free for Guests to download from the Apple AppStore or Google Play and able to tap into developments such as NFC (Near Field Communications) or BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) so that the Guest’s own smartphone becomes not only their room key, but their wallet and remote control device as well. "AElement is also NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled so it was the perfect choice of product to work with the Boxbuild mobile device approach", says Darren Keating, National Account Manager Hospitality, SALTO “With this complete digital experience, guests can book a room, check in and use their smartphone as their electronic room key. Once in the room, a passive infrared sensor detects their presence and turns on the lighting and if we want, the air conditioning to a preferred temperature, and switch the television on with a welcome message. The same app then enables the smartphone to control room features such as lighting, air conditioning, electric blackout blinds and the smart LED television. Each room also has a dedicated Samsung Galaxy Tablet to provide in room controls with a very simple interface so guests of any age or technical ability can use the features of the room without downloading the app. “Finding a room lock that could work with this technology to our high standards was a fairly short search as many manufacturers’ offerings were simply not up to the job. This led us to SALTO who are world leaders in wire free and wireless access control technology and have an established reputation as manufacturers of advanced security solutions to the hotel and hospitality industry. After listening to what we needed and what we wanted to achieve, they recommended their AElement hotel lock as being the right technology for the job.” SALTO NFC-Enabled AElement Smart Locks “We pride ourselves on delivering the things that matter to our clients - the best possible design, technology and features, and so our collaboration with BLOC on their latest hotel was critical,” says Darren Keating, National Account Manager Hospitality for SALTO. “AElement has been developed with the needs of hotels in mind and features a range of hospitality-specific applications including the ability to control the security of the entire hotel from a single location. This includes granting access privileges to individual guest rooms and gathering audit trail data from every door in real time – all without leaving the front desk. Other benefits for the hotel include instant room move and instant extended stay abilities as well as lost card cancellation, intrusion alarm, door ajar alarm, remote opening, real time audit trail, passage mode activation for meeting rooms and automated low battery reporting. “And not only that, but AElement is also NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled so it was the perfect choice of product to work with the Boxbuild mobile device approach. This in-built technology gives the hotel the ability to continuously upgrade their security without having to upgrade their locks, saving them long term operating costs while providing the hotel with what it needs most – total control.” Result Summing up Gary Holmes says, “To ensure the hotel’s guests are secure during their stay with us and to compliment the design led ethos of the hotel brand, we wanted a stylish high performance locking system that not only looked good, but also offered us the latest technology and was capable of growing with us in the future. SALTO has provided us with all of this and more and we are already working with SALTO to roll out their AElement smart locks across the Bloc Hotel brand.”

AMAG Technology Secures Western State Hospital
AMAG Technology Secures Western State Hospital

Western State Hospital (WSH) is a state psychiatric hospital which is licensed and operated by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. In late 2013, patients and staff moved into the brand new $140 million dollar facility, located in Staunton, Virginia. WSH offers individualized treatment to people with mental illness and substance abuse needs. The original facility was built in 1828 at a location nearby and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. As a state run psychiatric hospital, it required unique security parameters to secure its diverse group of patients, staff and visitors. Jim Smith, director of physical plant services with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services worked with a team of people to determine which access control system would best fit their complex requirements. Originally, the system was designed around a different access control system. However, when the team reviewed the requirements for proper functionality and custom integrations needed, the original system fell short of meeting the intent. WSH quickly decided to review other manufacturers systems in search of a more suitable product. Facility Dynamics Engineering, the consultant for WSH, suggested AMAG Technology’s Symmetry access control system. Not only did Symmetry Enterprise with M2150 Control Panels provide the vigorous solution they needed for their large, state-of-the-art building, but AMAG’s Custom Solutions department offered the customization ability to integrate the third party software systems necessary to complete the project. Selected integrator, Ambassador Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Montvale, Virginia installed the Symmetry system and worked closely with AMAG’s Custom Solutions department and Facility Dynamic Engineering throughout the project to ensure the custom integrations were completed on time and working properly. Controlling AccessDue to the sensitive nature of the hospital, exterior perimeter doors remain locked around the clock to prohibit patients from leaving, and keep out unwanted individuals. Employees must use their badge to enter and depart the building, and one set of doors are open during visitor hours. The hospital contains 246 beds total and both male and female clientele. No adolescents or elderly live there. Twenty-eight beds reside in each patient care unit (PCU). The severity of the client determines which PCU they are assigned. Zones are created within Symmetry inside each PCU to control interaction between patients. Access is defined for each patient based on various levels. When patients are admitted, they are in a crisis state level, but with treatment, they advance through levels and gain more access rights. “The Symmetry access control system integrated with the CenTrak wrist band not only controls access through the building, but it’s used as a treatment tool" All patients are required to wear a wristband that serves as their access credential. The hospital has readers mounted on the ceilings all over the facility that can pick up a signal from the wristbands and report location information back to the Symmetry system. CenTrak, a real-time locating system, integrates with Symmetry to allow tracking of patients. An RFID chip fits under the CenTrak transmitter broadcasting the location of the credential. Individual patient bedrooms are equipped with ASSA ABLOY Access 600 RNE1 lock and are activated by the wrist bands. The wristband is programmed to open the individual patient room doors and other doors appropriate for the patient’s level of treatment.“Patients are assigned a 'tag' on their wrist band, and when granted permission to go someplace (say, the gym), the doors along this 'tour' are enabled for their wrist band for the period of time specified. If they vary from this 'tour', we are notified via Symmetry alarms,” said Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services, Director of Physical Plant Services, Jim Smith. Symmetry client workstations are located in every PCU. The treatment team has control over what level privileges the patient receives. If a patient is doing well, the treatment team has the authority to change the patient’s access instantly. The reverse is true as well. “The Symmetry access control system integrated with the CenTrak wrist band not only controls access through the building, but it’s used as a treatment tool,” said Smith. “As a person shows improvement, their level is increased and staff can grant more freedom than they used to have. They are empowered to make the changes, and give positive feedback to the patient immediately.” Doors that unlock for one patient may not unlock for another. If a patient tailgates through a door he is not assigned access to, the CenTrak wrist band will create an alarm that is routed back to the Symmetry system. Smith modeled his security system similar to the old hard key method. By creating reader groups in Symmetry that controlled access to various departments and treating those reader groups as “building masters,” the need to carry big heavy key rings is no longer necessary. For example, Human Resource employees can enter their department through two doors, 24 hours a day (building master). A door access group is created for that. However, during business hours, everyone else is given 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. access and assigned to a different group. Smith creates reader groups, and the HR department creates staff badges and assigns access groups. Access is restricted based on the type of work someone does within the facility. For example, nurses are not allowed in the laundry area and no one is allowed in the pharmacy except the pharmacist. Staff badges contain buttons that when pressed, generate a duress alarm, which registers a user-defined message in Symmetry and also passes a message to 'Sara', which is a voice annunciation system (a voice comes over the public address system announcing the duress alarm and the location in the building). Staff uses their badge to move throughout the building. However, all exterior doors require a dual authentication (badge plus pin). If a patient grabs a staff member’s badge, they will not be able to exit the building without use of the PIN. Eighteen Symmetry client workstations sit throughout the building, including in the Information Center. A police force monitors Symmetry and dispatches officers and staff when needed. The building consists of two floors and is set up in pods. When an alarm demands a response, nursing staff and security respond to the area to assist. Visitors “The Symmetry access control system has worked great and done exactly what we wanted it to do" Western State Hospital utilizes Symmetry’s visitor management module to effectively manage visitors. Routine maintenance vendors present their ID or drivers’ license and are given a badge. At the end of the day, they exist through the Information Center, turn in their badge, and retrieve their ID or driver’s license and leave. Smith sets up a card reader group for vendor badge access. Individual visitors will call ahead, and are escorted in or out of the building. Family members proceed to the Information Center. Pre-made visitor cards that have a pathway of access to the patient care unit they are visiting will be provided. They are given a map and proceed to their PCU. The Information Center notifies the staff in that PCU that a visitor is on the way. The doors on the pathway will open to allow the visitor through. If the doors don’t open, the visitor made a wrong turn. VideoOver 330 Axis IP cameras are installed throughout the inside and outside of the hospital and monitored via Symmetry. When an alarm occurs, it’s displayed on the graphical map screen, pinpointing the exact location. The video pops up on the screen instantly, providing immediate information to help the police officer determine the next course of action. An AIPHONE® intercom system is installed and interfaced with Symmetry in the parking lot. When an emergency call station is activated, cameras begin recording and the video appears on the Symmetry monitor in the Information Center. The intercom system allows the person to speak with a security officer while giving the officer a complete view of the person and surrounding area. “The Symmetry access control system has worked great and done exactly what we wanted it to do,” said Smith. “AMAG’s ProServices Custom Solutions team was great to work with,” said Ambassador Enterprises, Inc.’s President, Richard Arthur. “No one had set up a system to work in this capacity before, so there were a few bumps along the way. We had a workable system in the end, and this building is now a model for other hospitals to follow.” Ambassador Enterprises, Inc.