Dahua Technology, a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, has launched a new apartment outdoor station VTO9341D, providing new access control solutions to fence and lobby entrance with the cutting-edge face recognition technology. The apartment outdoor station elevates the safety and convenience of resident security system to a new level with the fashionable non-touch face-recognition entry, while conventional unlocking ways are preserved in case of emergency. The product’s working temperature is between -20°C to 60°C, meaning it can operate smoothly across a variety of weather conditions and geographical areas. With a shell made of aluminium alloy plate, it meets IP55 standard for water and dust resistance, and IK07 standard for impact resistance. Further enhanced by the Intrusion Prevention System, the product will offer ideal ingress protection to property owners and facilitate the work of security guards. Face Recognition Once a person steps into the 0.5-metre distance within VTO9341D that triggers its approaching induction, the 2MP CMOS image sensor will capture the face in high-definition colour image for identification. In as quick as 0.5 second, it can complete recognition and open the door for the residents. With strong capacity to store up to 20000 faces, the system would suffice the demand of large housing estates or commercial lots. The Auto Gain Control supplements white light to cope with poorly-lighted conditions, enabling night vision for the outdoor station. Multiple Unlocking Approaches VTO9341D is also equipped with Mifare Card reader, fingerprint recognition (with a memory of 3000 fingerprints), and touch screen key pad, which provide multiple unlocking approaches via card, fingerprint and password. Working together with VTS5240B Master Station that can forward image to mobile devices, owners can even enjoy the remote unlock function while away from home. Additionally, the audio system supports bidirectional talk, which assists visitors and owners in dual-way communication as an auxiliary to face identification. As a high-end product with unique features and full market potential, VTO9341D will benefit both Dahua dealers and system integrators. With DSS EXPRESS monitoring access control & other Dahua exclusive technologies, the apartment outdoor station would lower the time cost of integration and maintenance.
Gallagher Command Centre is a powerful access and control solution designed to give you complete site control. Fully configurable to suit the unique needs of your site, Command Centre allows you to define, manage and report on all aspects of your system. Everything that happens on-site is relayed to your Command Centre operators in real time, enabling a swift and appropriate response to security threats. Seamless integration with complimentary security and site management solutions means Command Centre delivers on its promise. You’re in command. Command Centre v8 introduces new Site Plan functionality for greater situational awareness and responsiveness; Broadcast notifications to Mobile Connect for better communication in emergency situations; and Status and Overrides REST APIs for increased integration flexibility. To learn more about Gallagher Command Centre, please visit security.gallagher.com or contact your local Gallagher representative.
The new DSC1500 portable beam barricade sets up quickly and temporarily to block vehicles and secure locations during short-term events and anywhere a beam barricade is needed for interim security. With a clear opening of 16 feet (4.8 m), the DSC1500 is M30 certified, able to stop a 15,000 pound (66.7 kN) vehicle going 30 mph (48 kph). Many organizations have the need for easy to install, temporary drop-arm barriers that can install within 10 minutes to transitorily close down a roadway to one or two lanes or block parking lot exits to deter thefts. Previous beam barriers had to be filled with sand, gravel or cement to be operable. To remove the DSC1500 from its temporary site, it is simply repacked in ten (10) minutes." No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once positioned, the mobile barricades unpack themselves using manual hydraulics to raise and lower the barriers off their wheels. A self-deploying trailer with integrated lifting device facilitates rapid installation. The process is simply reversed when the event is over or the time comes to deploy the beam barrier at another location. From a purchasing standpoint, it can be easier to buy portable beam barricades than permanent solutions. The latter are oftentimes placed into an organization’s real assets budget because they are permanently installed into the ground, becoming part of the property. Such budgets can often create complex purchasing scenarios for law enforcement or public safety departments. However, purchasing portable beam barricades is no different than buying protective vests for personnel or new sets of wrenches for the maintenance department. For one time uses, a lease plan has been created where organizations can simply lease the portable barriers, use them, pack them up and return them. Delta always keeps an inventory for purchase and quick delivery at their manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. That’s because, in many cases, they are needed for events that come up quickly, such as emergency road or bridge construction or unexpected parking lot requirements.
The H4 Video Intercom integrates a 3 MP camera with a high-performance intercom and features exceptional wide dynamic range, low-light, noise reduction and echo-cancelling technologies for clear viewing and two-way communication with visitors. Combined with Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software, this secured entry system enables operators to quickly and easily identify and communicate with a visitor before remotely granting access.
Complete access control and video management A browser and an internet connection are all that's required to access Vanderbilt’s latest addition to its cloud-based arsenal. ACT365 is a complete access control and video management solution. Ease of use and convenience are key ingredients to the product’s strength and depth in the field. ACT365 eases the installer's job for simple and quick installations and performing maintenance tasks remotely. The result is delivering ultimate control while saving time and money. With access to all sites from one online interface, installers can get more done, more easily, and in less time. Managing systems remotely Moreover, as ACT365 hardware is connected directly to the IP network, and no software needs to be installed as hosting is effectively outsourced, it ensures that the IT headaches of creating backups, VPNs, and port forwarding are things of the past. ACT365 also allows end-users the ability to manage their systems remotely including viewing live cameras. This remote monitoring capability makes it well-suited to multiple sectors. For example, dealing with early morning deliveries at a retail store is an ideal example of ACT365 in its prime. From the ACT365 app on their smartphone, the store manager can identify the courier through a live video feed and then remotely open the doors of the loading bay to allow the delivery to be made. The manager can monitor all of this remotely and once the delivery is finished, they can close the loading bay door and it will automatically rearm. Spotting misuse of gym membership Another instance of ACT365’s firepower can be seen at gyms or other types of membership clubs. If gym members are passing their access fobs to friends who are not members, ACT365 enables the gym manager to quickly match up access control events with relevant camera footage and email the clips to those members who are allowing their fobs to be misused. This is an effective way of ensuring the practice does not continue. As seen through numerous product demonstrations during IFSEC, ACT365’s features put the customer first. They eradicate once burdensome responsibilities that can now be promptly completed through the click of a button on mobile or desktop devices. Vanderbilt’s investment and innovation in cloud-based solutions harness the best efforts of the company’s core qualities – agility, adaptability, and dependability. Through the power of remote monitoring available from ACT365, Vanderbilt offers both installers and end-users convenience thorough simplicity.
SALTO's ProAccess SPACE web-based software brings a new level of powerful flexibility to access control so that users can order the functionalities that they most need and upgrade accordingly as a system and needs grow. And in addition to the abundance of important new functionalities, SPACE also has a modern interface that is more user-friendly to help users find and operate the functions they want to use as quickly and intuitively as possible.
Baran Advanced Technologies, manufacturer of the Everswitch access control products, introduces the Everswitch ATP2 family of products. It is another first from Everswitch: a fully sealed polycarbonate Piezo keypad with or without an integrated HID reader, either 125 KHz or 13.56 MHz. Inside the keypad is the same innovative patented Piezo technology that is used in the Everswitch rugged metal vandal-proof keypads. This design is fully weatherproof, IP68 dust & waterproof rated, and has no moving parts. The ATP2 comes with a variety of product features such as background illumination and choice of keypad color. The ATP2 operation temperature is from -4 F (-20 Celsius) and up to 167 F (75 Celsius). These keypads feature a single gang back plate.
CyberLock electronic cylinders are manufactured to the exact dimensions of the mechanical lock cylinders they replace. The absence of a conventional keyway means it is not vulnerable to traditional lock picking techniques. The cylinders are powered by CyberKey smart keys and require no power or wiring for installation. Electronic Cylinder Features Installs without power or wiring Contains a unique ID that cannot be changed or duplicated Has the ability to store over a thousand access events Key ID Date & Time Event Type Retains encrypted access codes that bind the lock to a specific system Contains a list of blocked keys Can be installed indoor or outdoorAdd to Compare
The CyberKey Air is a programmable smart key that can be uploaded with key-holder schedules and permissions for accessing CyberLock electronic cylinders. The battery from the key energizes the electronics within a CyberLock cylinder allowing for locks to be installed virtually anywhere without power or wiring. The CyberKey Air is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for wireless key programming of access schedules and permissions as well as real-time tracking and reporting of access events.Add to Compare
Successfully track multiple users and locations instantly with Traka's RFID locker system. Through secure storage and unique RFID tagging capabilities, organizations can strategically manage and control various equipment and important assets. The system simply requires the user to identify oneself by entering a 4-digit PIN, swiping a company magnetic ID card or using their fingerprint if the biometrics reader access is specified. The software will verify the user’s identity and permit access to the lockers and its contents accordingly. Keeping all the data centralized, Traka’s RFID system runs through an ‘advanced locker administration mode,’ which can be controlled from one networked server. In addition to advanced recalibration settings, automatic door features and text and email options for activity notifications, Traka’s lockers can also encompass the following problem-solving abilities: Control and restrict user access to each specific device based on a skill level or need-to-have basis Automatic lock-in for equipment that needs to maintained or updated Ensure that housed devices have had adequate time to recharge since previous use Issue devices on a last-in, last-out basis Determine liability when equipment is returned by someone other than the person of original point of access Capabilities to raise an alert on any item which is not returned on time and automatically send notification to appropriate supervisor
The Linear eMerge™ E3 Series browser-based Access Control platform sets new standards of excellence for reliability, ease-of-use, expandability, best-in-class value and lowest cost of ownership. For larger facilities, eMerge E3 Elite replaces PC-based systems with open architecture, solid-state hardware that is easier to install, integrate and use. Elite is available in the eMerge Elite-36 (for 36 doors/72 readers), Elite-64 Upgrade License (for 64 doors/128 readers), and Elite-128 Upgrade License (for 128 doors / 256 readers) Elite provides: Advanced access control features & capabilities Remote monitoring and management (via LAN, WAN, WWW, from a PC, laptop, or mobile device) A lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) compared with traditional systems Easy and low-cost expansion (up to 192 doors) via software key to the eMerge Enterprise system with higher capacities, enhanced features and capabilities Simple addition of video monitoring (with software key) for Digital Watchdog™ DVR (or, integrate an E3 system to an existing Digital Watchdog system) Check out the superior capabilities of E3 eMerge in action at www.linearcorp.com/e3emerge, or, contact Linear at (800) 421-1587.
Who's targeting your data? Traka is the leading worldwide specialist in intelligent key and asset management solutions. They manufacture secure systems that allow you to control and audit who has access to your valuable assets – keeping them out of the wrong hands. Traka’s rack manager is an intelligent solution that allows you to restrict rack access to authorized users only. Furthermore, it allows you to maintain a full audit of who has accessed which rack, and when. How easy is it to access your data racks? Traka’s rack manager provides a secure solution to ensuring access is available 24/7 to authorized users only. Who had access to your data racks? Rack manager has full audit capabilities and retains a complete history of all user transactions. Reports can be downloaded quickly and easily via a USB port. How does it work? The rack manager can be fully integrated with your current access control system. The interface to the system is a 7 inch touch sensitive pod, which uses the latest embedded processing technology. With the rack manager all access to data racks is managed via the touch screen pod. Each authorized user identifies themself at the pod (via Smart card, biometrics or PIN) and selects the rack they wish to access. Traka’s rack manager module can manage access to 60 racks/120 doors and drives the entrance and exit doors to server rooms with feedback from both doors and two locks.
The CyberLock electronic access control system offers a cost-effective turnkey solution for any entity seeking to increase security and key control. The CyberLock system is made up of electronic locks, programmable smart keys, and management software. Cylinders are installed without the need for power or hard-wiring which is ideal for securing remote and mobile assets. CyberKey smart keys feature a unique electronic ID, preventing key duplication. Keys are programmed for each user, detailing what locks it can open and when. CyberLock offers a variety of CyberKey smart keys for flexible key management including replaceable battery keys and rechargeable battery keys. The newest CyberKey, the CyberKey II, features a micro USB port that allows users to recharge the key from a computer, car charger, or any other compatible USB device.Add to Compare
Versatile and functional The ML-1100 mortised electromagnetic locks are ideal for many different applications. These mortise locks can be utilized with the Dortronics DPA door pulls for an attractive architectural appearance, while providing unsurpassed security functionality. Using the DPA series pull with a ML series mortise lock allows the force of the magnet to be directly opposite the direction of pull; therefore no mechanical advantage is gained when force is applied to the pull handle. There is no chance of racking the door. Steel or aluminum framed doors are susceptible to permanent damage when the lock is header mounted and the door handle is pulled repeatedly (while the door is locked). Rugged construction These locks and door pulls were first utilized in New York City’s Public Housing projects. The high level of use combined with the need to conform Architecturally and Functionally led to a truly tough yet appealing design. All fasteners are Stainless Steel and Tamper-proof. The design allows the ML Series lock fasteners to be totally concealed when the door is closed and locked. Applications In areas where aesthetics are a concern, the DPA series pull handle with the ML-1100 series lock allows concealment of the locking hardware. This pull handle is an attractive option for lobby and vestibule entrances. These pulls may be custom engraved and supplied in plated or anodized finishes. Safe operation All Dortronics electromagnetic locking devices are fail-safe, releasing instantly upon command or loss of power. With no moving parts to wear, stick or bind, and no mechanical linkages to bend or break, locking and unlocking is accomplished with ease and efficiency. Universal control ML series locks can be controlled individually or simultaneously from one or many locations. The status of the lock may be monitored by any card access system via the optional MBS (magnetic bond sensor) which signals that the lock is properly energized and is holding. The well confined magnetic field allows these locks to be used in computer rooms and other electronically sensitive areas. The ML series mortised electromagnetic locks are mounted by cutting a hole into the door frame per the template provided. All wiring connections are made to the flying leads from the magnet. Two lock mounting blocks are then attached to the frame utilising one of the three tapped holes. The ML series magnet is then attached to the mounting blocks via the remaining tapped holes. DPA door pull mounting: Utilizing the template provided, drill thru the door edge in 4 places. Mount the pull handle with the tamper-proof hardware. A specially designed shoulder screw is provided to insure proper floating action of the door mounted armature which is factory installed.Add to Compare
Join CyberLock for their webinar "A Practical Approach to Telecommunications Access Control." Click here for more information. The CyberLock electronic access control system offers a cost-effective turnkey solution for any entity seeking to increase security and key control. The CyberLock system is made up of electronic locks, programmable keys, and management software. Cylinders are installed without the need for power or hard-wiring which is ideal for securing remote and mobile assets. CyberKey smart keys feature a unique electronic ID, preventing key duplication. Keys are programmed for each user, detailing what locks it can open and when. CyberLock cylinders retrofit into existing lock hardware Cylinders are powered by the battery in the key, eliminating the need for hardwiring. Programmable smart keys are programmed for each user and contain the user’s access schedules and permissions. Access information downloaded from locks and keys increases accountability.Add to Compare
Honeywell recently announced the DLC-Online Wireless Cylinder solution, a reliable, secure, wireless and online access control and arming system for doors. It is ideal for large office buildings, department stores, small and medium company facilities, and assets that need to be secured with an access control and intruder alarm. The DLC-Online wireless cylinder solution has been designed to deliver full online access control rights management for greater end-user flexibility and lower overall system cost. The solution comprises a wireless cylinder or fitting (DLC/DLF) communicating over a traffic point. One traffic point can have up to 8 cylinders or wireless fittings connected. Wireless communications to doors offers greatest flexibility and cost savings by eliminating the need to for costly hard wiring. The wireless communication technology is a proprietary system for maximum security using encryption, authentication, short online times and a fixed assignment of DLC/DLFs to a traffic point. The best security in class opens up a wider range of installations. Each DLC/DLF provides a reader for arming/disarming, a blocking element, a reader for access control and a door strike. This approach delivers maximum flexibility because any access control door can be expanded with arming/disarming functionality, while no additional blocking elements are needed, and the DLC/DLF are disabled for access while armed. And it greatly minimizes the risk of false alarms. The DLC-Online is very easy to install and an ideal solution for security installers looking to fit access control and arming/disarming without reworking the doors. The solution works with both the Honeywell intruder alarm MB Series (MB) and the ACS-8 Access control panel by simply updating the panel firmware. Application relevant data such as key codes and access times can be easily and quickly programmed through Honeywell's access control rights management software IQ MultiAccess and IQ SystemControl. The end-user gets full flexibility with online access control and easy access control rights management. Any installation can be upgraded as traffic points can be up to 1200 m away from an IK3 evaluation unit, a door control module for MB or an ACS linkable access controller. The installer just needs to position traffic points around the site and connect to an RS-485 bus. Programming of wireless cylinders is performed within the standard IK3 programming menu or in the IQ NetEdit menu - installers just have to add wireless doors and arming units. The wireless address of cylinders and fittings can be easily programmed with IQ MultiAccess using the IrDa adapter before being installed on site. Additional support for the Dorma DLC and DLF gives the installer a large choice of cylinders and fittings. Dorma software tools fully integrate with IQ MultiAccess to deliver the same user interface and look-and-feel for existing customers. Through the wide range of mechanical components a lot of scenarios can be covered. "Our new wireless cylinder solution gives a massive advantage to end-users looking to expand the access control and intrusion alarm capabilities for a higher level of security," said Stephan Winkelmann, Marketing Leader for Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) at Honeywell Security Group. "By adding wireless capabilities to DLC/DLFs we are significantly simplifying the deployment and management of an online access control and arming solution for doors while driving down the overall system costs." See images with captionsAdd to Compare
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The extensive analysis and discussion preceding any decision to implement a new physical security solution – whether it’s hardware, software or a combination of both – often focuses on technology, ROI and effectiveness. When it comes to deciding what type of security entrances to install at your facility, you will almost certainly also consider the aesthetics of the product, along with throughput and, if you’re smart, you’ll also look into service concerns. Each of these factors has its important place within the evaluation process, and none should be overlooked as they all have a significant effect on how well your entrances will perform once they are installed. Culture Influences Door Solution Decisions How significant will the change from current entrances to security entrances be for employees? Still, one additional factor actually trumps everything: if you have not considered your organization’s culture in choosing a security entrance, you may be missing the most important piece of the puzzle. Culture is a part of every other decision factor when selecting an entry solution. Before you make a decision about what type of entrance to deploy, you need to consider and understand the values, environment and personality of your organization and personnel. For example, how significant will the change from current entrances to security entrances be for employees? If people are accustomed to simply walking through a standard swinging door with no access control, this will be a culture change. Beyond this, whether you are considering a type of turnstile, a security revolving door or possibly a mantrap portal, simply walking through it will be a significant change as well. Training Employees On Door Security You’ll want to know whether employees have ever used security entrances before. If these types of entrances are in place in another part of the facility, or in a facility they’ve worked in at an earlier time, the adjustment will not be as great as if they’ve never used them at all. Consider, too, how your personnel typically react to changes like this in the organization or at your facility. They may be quite adaptable, in which case there will be less work to do in advance to prepare them. However, the opposite may also be true, which will require you to take meaningful steps in order to achieve buy-in and train employees to properly use the new entrances. With the increased importance of workplace security, discussing new entrances with workforces will help maintain a safer environment Communicate Through The Decision-Making Process All of this will need to be communicated to your staff, of course. There are a number of ways to disseminate information without it appearing to come down as a dictate. Your personnel are a community, so news about changes should be shared rather than simply decreed. As part of this process, you’ll need to give some thought to the level of involvement you want for your staff in the decision-making process. Finally, do not overlook the special needs among your personnel population. You undoubtedly have older individuals on staff, as well as disabled persons and others who bring service animals to the office. Entrances need to be accessible to all, and you never want to be in the position of having a gap in accessibility pointed out to you by the individual who has been adversely affected. New Security Entrance Installation By communicating early and often with your personnel, you can alleviate a great deal of the anxiety Once you have made the decision about which security entrances to install, training your personnel on how to use the new security entrances – both before and after the installation – will help to smooth the transition. Because workplace security is such a big issue right now, it makes sense to discuss the new entrances in the context of helping to maintain a safer environment. They will prevent violent individuals from entering, decrease theft, and most of all, promote greater peace of mind during the workday. If you can help them take control of their own safety in a responsible way, you have achieved much more than just a compliant workforce. By communicating early and often with your personnel, you can alleviate a great deal of the anxiety and concern that surrounds a significant change in the work environment. Schedule Group Meetings Consider your employees; what type of communications do they respond best to? A few suggestions to educate staff on the benefits of the new entrances include: Typically, you would communicate a general message 2-3 months in advance and then provide more specific information (for example, impacts to fire egress, using certain entrances during construction) in a follow up message closer to the installation date. Schedule group meetings to: announce the rationale for increased security, share statistics on crime, review the new security changes that are coming, show drawings/photos of the new doors/turnstiles, and show the orientation videos available from the manufacturer. These meetings are an excellent way to work through user questions and directly address any concerns. Once the installation of a new security system is complete, it is a good idea to have an "ambassador" on board to help employees use these new systems Ensure You Monitor Public Areas If you are implementing a lot of new changes, such as a new access control system, new guard service and security entrances, you might consider hosting a ‘security fair’ on a given day and have the selected vendors come for a day with tabletop displays to meet employees and answer questions during their lunch. This could be a great way to break the ice in a large organization. Make user orientation videos (provided by the manufacturer) available in several ways, for example: Intranet Site Monitors in public areas—lounges, cafeteria, hallways, etc. Send to all staff as email attachments Immediately after installation, once the doors or turnstiles are operational but before they are put into service, train ‘ambassadors’ on how to use the door/turnstile. Have these people monitor and assist employees during peak traffic times. What Is The Ultimate Success Of The Installation? By communicating clearly and openly with your population you can greatly facilitate adoption and satisfaction If you have thousands of employees, consider dividing them into groups and introduce the new entrance to one group at a time (Group A on Monday, Group B on Tuesday, etc.) to allow a little extra orientation time. Place user education ‘quick steps’ posters next to the door/turnstiles for a few weeks to help employees remember the basic steps and guidelines, e.g., ‘stand in front of the turnstile, swipe badge, wait for green light, proceed.’ Ask your manufacturer to provide these or artwork. While there are always going to be people who are resistant to change, by communicating clearly and openly with your population you can greatly facilitate adoption and satisfaction. Your responsiveness to any issues and complaints that arise during and after the implementation is equally fundamental to the ultimate success of the installation.
It’s not surprising that people are nervous about the security of newer technologies, many of which are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). While they offer greater efficiency and connectivity, some people still hesitate. After all, there seems to be a constant stream of news stories about multinational corporations being breached or hackers taking control of smart home devices. Both of these scenarios can feel personal. No one likes the idea of their data falling into criminal hands. And we especially don’t like the thought that someone can, even virtually, come into our private spaces. The reality, though, is that, when you choose the right technology and undertake the proper procedures, IoT devices are incredibly secure. That said, one of the spaces where we see continued confusion is around access control systems (ACS) that are deployed over networks, particularly in relation to mobile access, smartcards, and electronic locks. These technologies are often perceived as being less secure and therefore more vulnerable to attacks than older ACS systems or devices. In the interest of clearing up any confusion, it is important to provide good, reliable information. With this in mind, there are some myths out there about the security of ACS that need to be debunked. The fact that these devices communicate with an ACS via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) leads to one of the main myths we encounter Myth #1: Mobile Credentials Are Not Secure The first myth we have to look at exists around mobile credentials. Mobile credentials allow cardholders to access secured doors and areas with their mobile devices. The fact that these devices communicate with an ACS via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) leads to one of the main myths we encounter about the security of credentialed information. There is a persistent belief that Bluetooth is not secure. In particular, people seem to be concerned that using mobile credentials makes your organization more vulnerable to skimming attacks. While focusing on the medium of communication is an important consideration when an organization deploys a mobile credentialing system, the concerns about Bluetooth miss the mark. Bluetooth and NFC are simply channels over which information is transmitted. Believing that Bluetooth is not secure would be the same as suggesting that the internet is not secure. In both cases, the security of your communication depends on the technology, protocols, and safeguards we all have in place. So, instead of wondering about Bluetooth or NFC, users should be focused on the security of the devices themselves. Before deploying mobile credentials, ask your vendor (1) how the credential is generated, stored, and secured on the device, (2) how the device communicates with the reader, and (3) how the reader securely accesses the credential information. When you deploy smartcard technology as part of your ACS, you should choose the latest generation, such as MiFARE DesFIRE EV1 or EV2 and HID iCLASS SEOS Myth #2: All Smartcards Are Equally Secure The question “how secure are my smartcards?” is a serious one. And the answer can depend on the generation of the cards themselves. For example, while older smartcards like MiFARE CLASSIC and HID iCLASS Classic offer better encryption than proxy cards and magstripe credentials, they have been compromised. Using these older technologies can make your organization vulnerable. As a result, when you deploy smartcard technology as part of your ACS, you should choose the latest generation, such as MiFARE DesFIRE EV1 or EV2 and HID iCLASS SEOS. In this way, you will be protecting your system as well as your buildings or facilities. Some traditional readers and controllers can also pose a serious risk to your organization if they use the Wiegand protocol, which offers no security. While you can upgrade to a more secure protocol like OSDP version 2, electronic locks are a very secure alternative worth considering. It is also important to understand that not all smartcard readers are compatible with all smartcard types. When they are not compatible, the built-in security designed to keep your system safe will not match up and you will essentially forego security as your smartcard-reader will not read the credentials at all. Instead, it will simply read the non-secure portion—the Card Serial Number (CSN) —of the smartcard that is accessible to everyone. While some manufacturers suggest that this is an advantage because their readers can work with any smartcard, the truth is that they are not reading from the secure part of the card, which can put your system and premises at risk. Using electronic locks can help protect facilities and networks through various security protocols, including encryption and authentication Myth #3: Electronic Locks Are More Vulnerable These days, there are still many who believe that electronic locks, especially wireless locks, are more vulnerable to cybercriminal activity as compared to traditional readers and controllers. The concern here is that electronic locks can allow cybercriminals to both access your network to get data and intercept commands from the gateway or nodes over the air that would allow them access to your buildings or facilities. The reality is that using electronic locks can help protect facilities and networks through various security protocols, including encryption and authentication. Additionally, because many of these locks remain operational regardless of network status, they provide real-time door monitoring. This means that many electronic locks not only prevent unauthorized access but also keep operators informed about their status at all times, even if a network goes down. Outdated technology and old analogue systems are more vulnerable to attacks When it comes to deploying electronic locks, it is important to remember that, like any device on your network, they must have built-in security features that will allow you to keep your information, people, and facilities safe. Be Prepared To Unlock Future Benefits Ultimately, the information in your IP-based ACS is at no greater risk than any other information being transmitted over the network. We just have to be smart about how we connect, transmit, and store our data. In the end, maintaining the status quo and refusing to move away from old technology is not a viable option. Outdated technology and old analogue systems are more vulnerable to attacks. The reason it is so important to debunk myths around ACS and, at the same time, get people thinking about network security in the right way is that network-based systems can offer an ever-increasing number of benefits. When we deploy new technology using industry best practices and purchase devices from trusted vendors, we put ourselves and our networks in the best possible position to take full advantage of all that our increasingly connected world has to offer.
It amazes me how in a few short years security systems have gone from simple, dumb cameras witnessing events to intelligent eyes, ears, speech and touch solutions that boost situational awareness far beyond human capabilities. It seems the only senses missing from the equation now are smell and taste. And who knows, someone might be working on those in a lab somewhere right now. But what’s really fascinating to me is how the Internet of Things (IoT) has opened a world of possibilities for transforming security technology into something new yet again. With IoT we’re able to push and pull nuggets of intelligence from sources we never considered before: environmental sensors, pressure plates, door lock timers and much more. It’s helped us break through the constraining mindset that security systems are strictly single-purpose. With interconnectivity at the core, we’re starting to imagine myriad ways to apply these tools to challenges outside the realm of security. Here are just a few examples. Flood Management Assistance Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate remotely As recent hurricanes and floods have shown, water damage can be devastating to a community. That’s why some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem. Water sensors collect data from multiple sources such as rain gutters, sewer systems and pump stations, in order to monitor fluctuations in water levels and water quality. If an alert triggers, having a network camera in proximity to visually verify the situation helps responders determine the best course of action. For instance, if multiple water detection sensors trigger alerts simultaneously or sequentially over a large area it’s probably due to natural runoff from recent rainfall. But without eyes on the scene, how can you be sure? Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely. It might be a fire hydrant spewing water, a water main break or even a chemical spill. With video streaming live to the command center, staff can remotely inspect the area, determine the cause of the trigger and decide whether remediation is required, thus avoiding the expense of dispatching an investigative crew to a non-event. Some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem Environmental Control Assistance Data centers house the lifeblood of a business so it’s no wonder why companies work hard to protect them. We’re all familiar with the integration of network cameras with access control systems to visually verify who is actually using the credentials. Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely But there’s another aspect to protecting data centers and that’s environment control. Data centers need to maintain optimum humidity and temperature for the racks of electronics. When environmental sensors in the facility detect out-of-norm ranges technicians can remotely command a network camera to zoom in on the gauges and help them determine whether remediation might be necessary. Coupling network cameras with other sensors in the data center can provide visual confirmation of other conditions as well. For instance, every time a data rack door-open-close sensor detects an event it can trigger the camera to pan to the location and stream video to security. Some data centers employ weight sensors at the doorway to weigh personnel and equipment as they enter the room and when they exit to ensure no additional hardware is being taken out of the facility or left inside without permission. Any discrepancy would trigger the camera to zoom in for a close-up of the individual’s face and send a visual alert and ID information to security. Roadway Management And Parking Assistance Network cameras have long played a part in city-wide traffic management. Adding video analytics and integration with network sensors, makes those cameras that much smarter and versatile. They can detect cars driving in bike lanes or driving in the wrong direction and capture license plates of offenders. Their ability to detect anomalous traffic flow patterns can be integrated with car counting sensors, networked electronic road signs and traffic light systems to automatically redirect vehicles to alternate routes. They make great, intelligent parking lot attendants, too. Working in conjunction with weight sensors network cameras can count vehicles coming into and leaving a lot or garage and verify when the facility has reached capacity. License plate recognition and video analytics can be used to ascertain that a vehicle entering a reserved parking space doesn’t match the credentials and vehicle attributes in the database. With the addition of noise sensors and audio analytics, network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds – breaking glass, car alarms, gun shots, and aggressive speech – and triggering a visual alert to first responders. Network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds and triggering a visual alert to first responders Shopper Experience Assistance In the early days of online shopping, e-tailers designed their sites to replicate the in-store customer experience. In an ironic turn of events, today brick-and-mortar stores are trying to mirror the online shopping experience. To do so, they’re turning their security systems into adjunct sales assistance. With network video and audio system automation they can recognize and acknowledge loyal customers with personal greetings. Retailers are applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service With heatmapping analytics they can measure how much time a customer spends in a specific department or observe how they walk through the aisles of the store. They can track shopping behaviors such as items looked at that made it into the cart or didn’t, or whether a customer actually checked out or left the merchandise behind. By capturing these shopping patterns and trends retailers can shape a more positive, more profitable customer shopping experience. For instance, integrating video analytics with point of sale systems and RFID sensors on merchandise tags can result in timely alerts to sales associates to recommend additional merchandise. This is a case of emulating how e-tailers let the customer know that other customers who bought X often also purchased items Y and Z. Or to avoid disappointing customers due to stock outages, retailers are linking weight sensors and video analytics to make sure their shelves are well-stocked and if not, quickly alert associates to what items need to be restocked. Capturing Business Intelligence Retailers are also using video cameras to monitor checkout queues and trigger automated announcements over the public-address system, closed system such as smartphones or other wireless communications devices that checkers are needed rather wait for a person to call for backup. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs They’re applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service. While retailers will always use their surveillance camera for loss prevention, they’re finding that integrating traditional technology in new ways can yield even bigger returns. Linking network video surveillance, video analytics, network communications system and sensors with point-of-sale systems and customer loyalty databases, retailers are capturing the business intelligence they need to get back in the game and make brick-and-mortar a greater overall experience than online shopping. A Natural Cross-Over Technology This trend towards integration has forever changed how organizations view their investment in security technology. The intelligence and versatility of a tool that can see, verify and analyze what’s happening in real-time is spurring users to tap its cross-over potential for a host of other tasks that could benefit from more astute situational awareness – everything from manufacturing and equipment maintenance to logistics, inventory control and beyond. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs. 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