Airports & Ports
- Arecont Vision® Megapixel Cameras Deployed At Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, USA
- Arecont Vision Cameras And Arteco VEMS Software Helps Safeguard USS Iowa Museum
- Arecont Vision Megapixel Cameras Deliver Airport & Port Situational Awareness
- Arecont Vision Megapixel Cameras Selected As Best Choice For Video Surveillance At Large International Port Control Tower
Banking & Finance
- March Networks Video Surveillance System Secures Vietnam’s PVcomBank
- Arecont Vision Megapixel Cameras Prove To Be A Valuable Asset In The Banking Environment
- UTP-based CCTV Transmission System From NVT Secures Banco De Costa Rica’s Assets
- Dedicated Micros Provides National Bank Of Kuwait With ATM Surveillance Solution
- Avigilon's Security Solutions Safeguard Staff And Students At Fulton County School System
- Arecont Vision Video Surveillance Deployed By Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
- Arecont Vision IP Surveillance System Provides Smart Security For Texas School District
- MicroPower Surveillance Platform Provides Cost-Effective, Wireless Security For North Hennepin Community College Parking Areas
Government & Public Services
- Avigilon HD Surveillance System Safeguards Patients And Staff At Atlanta’s Southside Medical Center
- Arecont Vision® Megapixel Cameras Deployed At Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, USA
- Arecont Vision Cameras Utilised For City Surveillance In Mankato, Minnesota
- Arecont Vision Cameras, Milestone Systems VMS Integration Improves Prison Security At Roumieh Prison, Lebanon
- Avigilon HD Surveillance System Safeguards Patients And Staff At Atlanta’s Southside Medical Center
- Arecont Vision Megapixel Cameras Slash Healthcare Video Costs & Increase Quality And Coverage
- Arecont Vision Megapixel Cameras Increase Situational Awareness At Vietnam’s Newest Healthcare Facility
- March Networks Video Surveillance At Hamilton Health Sciences Keeps Patients, Visitors And Staff Safe
Hotels, Leisure & Entertainment
- Hanwha Techwin Video Surveillance Solutions Watch Houston's GreenStreet Entertainment Sector
- Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System Ensures Visitor And Asset Protection At Sioux City Public Museum
- Arecont Vision Video Surveillance Deployed By Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
- Avigilon Provides Security Solutions To Beşiktaş JK's Vodafone Park Stadium
Industrial & Commercial
- Hanwha Techwin Video Surveillance Solutions Watch Houston's GreenStreet Entertainment Sector
- Arecont Vision's Megapixel Solution Enhances Perimeter Security At BASF China Facility
- MOBOTIX Cameras Ensure Safe Operations At Waste Management Company In Germany
- Pyronix Presents The Enforcer 32WE APP High-security Wireless Solution
- Arecont Vision Megapixel Cameras Help MetLife Stadium Replace Its Existing IP Cameras
- IDIS video surveillance solution helps SARC emerge as innovative player in virtual guarding
- Arecont Vision Camera Captures Images Of Speeding Vehicles In Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Milestone XProtect Professional VMS Deployed By LAPD To Monitor Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Journey
- Hanwha Techwin Video Surveillance Solutions Watch Houston's GreenStreet Entertainment Sector
- Arecont Vision Megapixel Cameras Identify Graffiti Culprits At A Goodwill Store In Seattle
- Arecont Vision Provides Outdoor Surveillance System For New Dahl Automotive Campus
- Real Estate Giant Chooses March Networks For Olso Mall Video Surveillance
LAN airline, one of the most important airline companies in Latin America, is based in Lima, Peru. The airline company operates scheduled domestic and international services, controlling over seventy percent of the domestic market. Its main base and maintenance center are located in Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, which is a significant transfer hub and aviation infrastructure of South America. The LAN airline deploys its surveillance system with Dahua solutions for its office and airplane maintenance center, which plays a vital role to keep customers' airplanes flying safely. As what the customer specified, they want the center covered to ensure a 100% regular management and operation. However, since it is located inside of Jorge Chávez International Airport, it brings along with a hassle as neither too many cables nor wireless antennas are allowed because it may generate electronic jamming. The Dahua 6C-series speed dome cameras can not only provide clear and crisp images, but also requires less output power AP Mode Wireless Video Transmission Under this circumstance, Dahua team suggested to use a hybrid solution — a combination of AP (access points) and wire transmission — wirelessly transmit the camera data to inter-connected sub-centers, and then cable-transmit to the control room. The ‘AP mode’ wireless video transmission system includes access points, feeders, PoE, antennas and power cables, allowing a 3.0km to 5.0km long-distance fast transmission with a wide angle, by which, the coverage is further expanded. High-Quality Images At Low Power Consumption There are in total hundreds of network cameras and Dahua speed domes adopted, ranging from basic lineup to the Eco-Savvy series with versatile shapes such as domes and box cameras according to the actual surveillance surroundings. Take the Eco-Savvy camera series for example, the dome camera is able to provide high-quality image with much lower power consumption — saving up to 50% energy compared with similar products from other bidders. Moreover, the Dahua 6C-series speed dome cameras can not only provide clear and crisp images, but also requires less output power, lowering the power output of the airport. Over fifteen 16-channel PoE NVRs are applied, each with 384Mbps incoming bandwidth, rendering a smooth HD real-time preview and recording As for storage, over fifteen 16-channel PoE NVRs are applied, each with 384Mbps incoming bandwidth, rendering a smooth HD real-time preview and recording; and its PoE function simplifies installation and reduces signal interference. The NVR accommodates up to 16TB with 4 SATAs supported, ensuring a large volume 24/7 storage. Products Deliver Excellent Performance “Actually, we have many bidders and the final reason that drives us to cooperate with Dahua is their outstanding product quality and service. We can see their professionalism in video surveillance and plus their sincerity makes us moved during the communication,” said Luis A. Gómez Cornejo, Supervisor of Electronic Security at LAN Perú. “The implementation went great, they deployed the system within quite a short time and the products are in very good performance.” “We feel super honored to be involved in this case,” said William Zhou, Sales Director for Latin Americas at Dahua Technology. “In recent years, we are going vertical rather than providing simple and individual products. And this project deepened our insight and practical experience towards airport projects.”
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport opened to serve the state of New Hampshire and the surrounding New England community in 1927, a little over two decades after the Wright brother’s first powered flight. Located three miles south of central Manchester, the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is the fourth largest passenger and third largest cargo airport in New England. The airport is also the busiest in the state, qualifying under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a “small hub primary commercial service facility.” Airport Redevelopment Project The 1990’s brought a large redevelopment project to the airport, sparking more modern facilities, increased room for aircraft, and a range of new shops and restaurants. By 2012 it had become clear that the airport and its parking areas required enhanced surveillance. Increased foot traffic, manpower, and federal safety regulations resulted in the awarding of an FAA grant for a new surveillance system. Increased foot traffic, manpower, and federal safety regulations resulted in the awarding of an FAA grant for a new surveillance system The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport faced a lengthy decision-making process when it came to security camera manufacturers, requiring products able to support the unique applications and varied environment of the airport. The security team monitored a range of spaces both in and outdoors, and required products that excelled under all of these varying situations and lighting conditions. The selected cameras needed to provide full high-definition video across multiple open areas, while also delivering detailed, close-up images within busy, crowded spaces. The airport’s FAA grant included stipulations regarding the types of products that could be purchased with the supplied funds, specifying that the selected system must qualify under the “Buy American” standard. This provision meant that all potential selections not only meet the technical requirements, but also be Made in USA. Arecont Vision: Foundation For Security System After a year of exploring the market, the client determined that Arecont Vision was the only manufacturer that not only satisfied the “Buy American” stipulation, but did so without sacrificing the airport’s fundamental security requirements by providing a wide range of high resolution megapixel cameras.Arecont Vision was open in demonstrating its Made in USA product design, manufacturing, quality control, and support as part of the selection process Arecont Vision was open in demonstrating its Made in USA product design, manufacturing, quality control, and support as part of the selection process. Securadyne Systems was selected as the systems integrator. Extensive planning determined which Arecont Vision products to install, where to do so, and how the installation process would be accomplished. Once Manchester-Boston Regional Airport chose Arecont Vision cameras as the foundation for their security system, they began to collaborate with On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) to supply the video management system (VMS). OnSSI is an Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program member, with many joint customers around the world, demonstrating proven integration between the two company’s products and support services. Arecont Cameras Chosen By Airport Security Team The Arecont Vision SurroundVideo® multi-sensor camera series piqued the security team’s interest for its 180° panoramic capabilities. Passengers, staff, and aircraft crew move frequently and often swiftly from one location to another in varied lighting, yet all proved trackable with the SurroundVideo cameras and the OnSSI software. The placement of SurroundVideo cameras at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport provides comprehensive coverage while reducing the number of cameras needed overall, a feat that was especially useful in large areas such as the airport’s apron. The security team chose cameras from the Arecont Vision MegaDome® series, which are equipped with a wide range of innovative features For locations that required a single coverage view, the security team chose cameras from the Arecont Vision MegaDome® series, which are equipped with a wide range of innovative features. Features such as low light capabilities and remote focus and zoom all proved crucial to the airport’s requirements. Casino Mode™ is available in the 1080p versions of the MegaDome series, a feature that proved to be as useful at the Manchester-Boston TSA checkpoints as it is in a Las Vegas casino. Casino Mode guarantees 30 frames per second to capture every detail on fast-action applications, an incredibly effective tool when investigating security situations involving many complex, small movements for both live and forensic viewing.Casino Mode guarantees 30 frames per second to capture every detail on fast-action applications for many complex, small movements in both live and forensic viewing Investigating Criminal Or Worker Concerns Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has installed over one hundred and fifty Arecont Vision cameras, and the video surveillance system is continuing to grow. The latest installation of Arecont Vision products included the lower level of a parking garage as well as a newly renovated passenger checkpoint area. When asked if there are any specific incidents in which Arecont Vision cameras proved useful, Mr. Mueller responded, “Every other day we use the cameras to investigate criminal or worker concerns. We go back and monitor them for possible safety issues on the ramps, for passenger interaction, and for worker interactions. Anytime someone expresses a concern to me, they can come in and we can watch the footage together. I try to make sure that the option to view footage is fairly transparent, which has proved very useful to everyone. "SurroundVideo 180° cameras were again utilized in the latter situation due to the client’s satisfaction with stitching together images from multiple 180°s." Paul Mueller, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport’s security manager, stated, “We were sure to go back to Arecont Vision during this process. We have had a good working relationship with them for the past five years, and they enable us to use less cameras while still maintaining full view of inspection areas.” Primary camera views are displayed and monitored all the time, while others can be pulled up and played back as issues arise Passport And Ticket Inspection Made Easy Arecont Vision cameras are monitored 24/7 in the airport’s communications center. Primary views are displayed and monitored all the time, while others can be pulled up and played back as issues arise. The system also allows for particular divisions within the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to monitor cameras that are applicable to their work, such as in the parking garage. In terms of responsiveness, Arecont Vision makes it a top priority. “We had an issue recently with the lack of detail in some of the views for when people were having their passports and tickets inspected by TSA employees,” Paul stated, “An Arecont Vision rep came out and agreed that we could improve images, so he pulled the cameras and re-installed a newer firmware version which allowed for finer adjustments, completely and efficiently solving our problem.” Arecont Vision prides itself in its relationship with clients such as Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and to its continued design and manufacturing of quality, innovative, and industry-leading cameras within the United States for customers to use worldwide.
Bialystok, a beautiful historic city of 300,000 in the northeast of Poland, is one of the nation’s major population centers. Devastated in World War II and languishing for a long period afterward, the city has seen a renaissance in recent years, with restoration of its beautiful architecture and modernization of infrastructure as the Polish economy has boomed. One particular change that has come upon this serene city with unexpected rapidity is the increase in car ownership, which has more than tripled in Poland since 2005. Over the last decade, the growing need for an up-to-date, comprehensive traffic monitoring system has become increasingly apparent. Surveillance Enhancement For Traffic Surges The growing need for an up-to-date, comprehensive traffic monitoring system has become increasingly apparentCameras were the most costly item within the traditional traffic surveillance system originally deployed in Bialystok. To capture as many angles as possible, large numbers of cameras were required, often several at each intersection. As well as being an eyesore, this also meant that the cost of linking and synchronizing the array of cameras to the central surveillance system was exorbitant. To avoid impacting traffic, which is heavy during the daylight hours, installation and construction work was usually carried out at night. The restricted hours for installation caused long delays in camera setups. Worse, the system itself no longer met the needs of the rapidly developing city. Despite the large numbers of cameras, the field of view of individual cameras was too narrow and when accidents happened it was difficult to try to piece together footage from several cameras in an attempt to reconstruct the incident. Often, there was no way to determine from the footage just who was at fault. A better solution was needed. Seamless Collaboration To Seamless Implementation Zarzad Dróg Miejskich (ZDM), the municipal unit responsible for the road system in Bialystok needed to revamp, simplify, and upgrade their inefficient traffic camera system, so they worked with systems software manager Siemens and engaged VIVOTEK’s local distributor Suma Solutions to come up with an answer that would meet their needs. Siemens developed the system software around technology provided by VIVOTEK, a provider of IP surveillance solutions, offers dedicated traffic surveillance and management solutions, and has recently released its remarkable FE8174V H.264 5-megapixel fisheye network camera. The hemispherical images captured on camera can be automatically retooled to conventional projection specifications for easy viewing The FE8174V is VIVOTEK’s fisheye network camera. This vandal-proof, WDR-enhanced, day/night camera features a detailed 5-megapixel resolution sensor with superior image quality. Its fisheye lens captures a 180° panoramic view when wall-mounted, and a stunning 360° surround view with no blind spots when mounted overhead. With its choice of display layouts—surround view, panoramic view, and regional view—it is the perfect solution for those who need coverage of wide, open areas as well as a high degree of flexibility. With the advanced image processing capabilities, the hemispherical images captured on camera can be automatically retooled to conventional projection specifications for easy viewing. As the camera’s primary application is outdoors and demands reliability in all conditions, a weather-proof IP66-rated and vandal-proof IK10-rated housing keeps the camera body clear of rain and dust and maintains functionality in all types of weather. The VIVOTEK FE8174V features a removable IR-cut filter, which is unquestionably the best choice for those who need a hardy, all-weather, 24/7 system with a full range of coverage. Enhanced Resolution Means Better Traffic Safety ZDM installed 130 VIVOTEK FE8174V cameras at intersections throughout Bialystok. Now, with far fewer cameras, traffic controllers can get a clear, sharp overview of the whole field without any blind spots.VIVOTEK’s fisheye camera dewarping capabilities allow monitors to adopt different presentation modes A single VIVOTEK FE8174V provides the coverage of four outdoor bullet cameras in one image, and has resulted in cost savings at the same time as providing more complete coverage. Fewer cameras has also meant a decrease in costs associated with the backend management platform, network communications equipment, and storage equipment; it has also protected the aesthetic properties of the city by decluttering the skyline. Further, VIVOTEK’s fisheye camera dewarping capabilities allow monitors to adopt different presentation modes. Now, Management Center operators can easily monitor and verify traffic incidents and use the image recognition software to increase traffic control efficiency. The city of Bialystok has finally achieved a traffic management and surveillance system that can keep pace with its rapid growth while remaining in harmony with the local culture and architecture.
Airports, harbors, ports, railways, pipelines, highways, and bridges make up much of the infrastructure and facilities the modern world relies upon for transportation. They are the entry and exit points for both domestic and international travel, and the infrastructure for the transshipment of people, freight, and cargo. Overall And Targeted Situational Awareness These facilities require increasing levels of security and leverage Arecont Vision megapixel camera technology to deliver both overall and targeted situational awareness. Arecont video coverage is deployed for: Criminal activity and terrorist deterrence Roadways, parking lots/structures License plate recognition Crowd monitoring and facial recognition Facility and terminal entrances/exits Control towers, tarmacs, runways, fueling stations, harbors, greenspaces, perimeters, fencing, and piers Terminal gates, security checkpoints, retail areas, restaurants, ticket counters, luggage areas Arecont Vision SurroundVideo® Superior Coverage For example, in the check-in area for an airline, train station, or cruise ship terminal, three Arecont Vision SurroundVideo® IP megapixel panoramic cameras provide superior coverage and higher quality images than 11 analog cameras. In passenger terminals, a single Arecont Vision SurroundVideo® IP megapixel panoramic camera provides outstanding situational awareness and 180 to 360 degrees of non-stop coverage. Any part of the scene can be digitally zoomed in as needed, without disrupting active recording of the entire scene. Arecont SurroundVideo panoramic cameras provide superior outdoor coverage and can even provide coverage of an airport runway at night. Arecont Vision megapixel cameras are part of the surveillance solutions customer use around the world, including: Hollywood Burbank Airport, Burbank, California Sky Harbor, Phoenix, Arizona Vancouver International Airport, Canada John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, California Long Beach Airport, California Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas Dulles International Airport, Washington DC Ronald Reagan National Airport, Washington DC Tampa International Airport, Florida Orlando International Airport, Florida Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada Edmonton International Airport, Canada Port of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Abu Dhabi Customs, UAE Big 4 Bridge, Indiana Port of Malta Saudi Consulate, Yemen Port of Haifa Jebel Ali Port, UAE South African Airways Cargo Legardeere Airport, Australia Dubai Immigration, UAE Brisbane Airport, Australia Saudi Border Guard, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Maribor Airport, Slovenia Taipei Taiyuan International Airport, Taiwan Palembang Airport, Indonesia Beijing Airport, China Shanghai Pudong Airport, China Kunming International Airport, China Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Customer The newly constructed highway from Lebuhraya Kemuning to Shah Alam (LKSA) in Malaysia simplifies access to the Southeast Asia country’s Federal Highway System for residents of Kota Kemuning, a self-contained township centered on a resort and golf course. The new four-lane, 14.7 kilometer (9-mile) expressway provides a smooth ride and enables commuters to avoid traffic bottlenecks. The toll collection system provides Touch ‘n Golanes in which drivers pay using pre-paid smart cards and Smart-TAG lanes where infrared transceivers mounted on the ceiling of the toll plaza enable collection of tolls as the vehicle passes through. Challenge Eight hundred vehicles per hour can pass through the Touch ‘n Go lanes, and 1,200 vehicles per hour can pass through Smart-TAG lanes. If a driver doesn’t pay or doesn’t have an active account, enforcement procedures depend on the capture of a clear and legible video image of the vehicle’s license plate. Mohd Azhar Ariffin, engineering manager for Projek Lintasan Shah Alam Sendirian Berhad, broadly oversaw the LKSA highway project, which began in 2007. Toll collection is a dependable technology used throughout Malaysia, but standard resolution cameras can be a weak link if they fail to provide readable numbers as license plates pass by. Megapixel Solution Arecont Vision megapixel cameras with outdoor housings are used in conjunction with a vehicle monitoring system to clearly view each license plate. The LKSA highway project installation in Malaysia includes Arecont Vision AV3100M cameras at each toll lane. The Arecont Vision 3 megapixel cameras capture video and snapshots of vehicles passing through the Vehicle Monitoring and Capturing System (VMCS) that also incorporates network video recorders (NVRs) integrated with the toll collection system. Each toll plaza is monitored locally in a plaza control center and centrally by an administration office that oversees both plazas. The Arecont Vision AV3100M cameras are JPEG color cameras that provide 2048x1536-pixel images using 1/2-in. CMOS sensor and image processing that incorporates Arecont Vision's massively-parallel MegaVideo® architecture, which is capable of sustaining billions of operations per second. Camera features include superior picture quality, low light sensitivity and fast frame rates. Each camera provides many custom-programmable features such as resolution, compression quality, brightness, saturation, gamma, sharpness and tint. The network video recorders installed in the Malaysia highway project include two GVD M630 NVRs and two GVD M320 NVRs from Genius Vision Digital, Inc., which are fully interoperable with Arecont Vision megapixel cameras. TERAS Teknologi, provider of the toll collection system and creator, developer, and leading system integrator of Touch 'n Go and SmartTAG, worked with GVD and CQR to integrate the Vehicle Monitoring and Capturing System. “GVD offers its unique integration platform to complete IP surveillance solutions with Malaysia Highway Tollgate systems, through the seamless integration with Arecont Vision megapixel cameras, GVD can provide the most scalable and flexible system for any mission critical projects in IP surveillance markets.” said Steve Chu, CEO, Genius Vision Digital, Inc. Arecont Vision 3 megapixel cameras capture video and snapshots of vehicles passing through the VMCS Additional Arecont Vision megapixel cameras in dome housings are installed in an administration building as part of a networked video system watching over the entire operation. CQR Digital Solutions designed the video system for the administration building using Arecont Vision AV1300M camera. Hard disk drives from Seagate provide a total of 15 Terabytes of storage, 1.5 Terabytes for each DVR used in the LKSA system. Megapixel Benefit Arecont Vision’s megapixel cameras provide the superior image quality needed to capture passing license plates. Most importantly for the price-sensitive application at the LKSA highway project, the Arecont Vision JPEG cameras offer great value for a price comparable to standard-resolution cameras. As vehicles drive through the new highway's toll plaza, the image clarity of Arecont Vision megapixel cameras dependably provides a useable image. Each clearly legible image translates into more recovered toll revenue and contributes to system Return on Investment (ROI). Arecont Vision cameras were previously used with the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) project, the first elevated highway in Malaysia, opened in 2001. The Arecont Vision cameras had been in place since an upgrade was completed on the AKLEH project, and the users were happy with the performance and output quality, which led to use of the cameras on the LKSA project. The Arecont Vision cameras on the AKLEH upgrade project proved their ability to produce impeccable images that boosted fare enforcement and yielded a convincing ROI. These results were confirmed when the new LKSA project made a similar investment in megapixel image capture. The Arecont Vision 1.3 megapixel cameras' ability to zoom in on a region-of-interest in a larger frame was especially helpful to the customer, and multi-streaming functionality allows efficient usage of bandwidth. Both work together to reduce overall storage needs without compromising image quality. The system in the administration building has also been successful in providing overall surveillance and additional security. The Arecont Vision AV1300M color camera provides full motion progressive scan 1280x1024 video at 32 frames per second, four times the resolution of IP VGA or analog cameras at a comparable cost. “Arecont Vision has been very responsive to our needs,” said Norisham Adbul Majid of CQR Digital Solutions, integrator of the video components of the highway project. “We selected Arecont Vision cameras because of their proven performance for the last year and a half on another Malaysian highway application.” “The superior performance of our cameras in highway applications in Malaysia are typical of the many ways that users all over the world are benefiting from Arecont Vision's unparalleled image quality and resolution,” said Becky Zhou, Director of Asia Pacific Sales, Arecont Vision. “Our cameras provide flexibility for a variety of applications, whether indoors or out, and provide interoperability with industry-leading companies to function as a critical component in a mission critical system solution.”
K-12 schools and higher education campuses face a number of challenges, not the least of which is the basic principle of safeguarding students, staff and faculty from emerging threats. They must strive to strike a balance between building a safe and secure environment and maintaining a welcoming one. A combination of policies and procedures for stakeholders to follow can be instrumental in achieving these goals, but it's not enough to simply lay down strategies. Manufacturers and integrators must work diligently to meet the needs of educational facilities by embracing convergence and unification. One way to do this is to build technology solutions that are easy to use and install, and those that efficiently integrate with the security solutions already in place to maximize capital investments that budget-conscious schools have made. When designing a system, the unique needs of the organization must be identified. Are streamlined management and situational awareness the goal? If so, a close integration between various systems is critical to the success of the implementation. Reservations With Security Management System A single reservation system enables students to reserve a meeting space or classroom without having to be physically let in the room every time For example, in access control, when two systems are integrated, the simple act of swiping a card can communicate to the building management system to turn on lights in a specific area, ensuring savings on energy costs while also enhancing security by allowing personnel to control access to certain areas that require more protection. Today's access control systems are doing more than simply granting and restricting access: they're adding more value to capital investments by incorporating information from student and building management platforms in an effort to build more intelligent solutions. One example of this collaboration is the use of Vanderbilt's Security Management System (SMS) with a network-based reservation system. The event management software works with the access control software to communicate in real-time; a single reservation system enables students to reserve a meeting space or classroom without having to be physically let in the room every time. This also allows security officials to readily identify responsible parties in the event of a security incident and saves security teams the added expense of having an on-duty person manually granting and restricting access. Strengthening Campus Safety Lockdown capabilities are also critical for educational facilities, and SMS enables this with the push of a button or the swipe of a card SMS can also be used in a more holistic approach to strengthen campus safety by bringing multiple systems together in an easy-to-manage and web-based platform. This includes a facility's access control technologies, digital video and alarm monitoring systems. SMS is scalable and ideal for large, multi-site or global organizations, like educational campuses, and supports an unlimited number of cardholders and readers. From a single interface, security leaders are able to manage alarms, photo ID badging, visitor management, elevator control, offline and online locks, advanced reporting and more. Lockdown capabilities are also critical for educational facilities, and SMS enables this with the push of a button or the swipe of a card. Showcasing Educational Solutions Vanderbilt will highlight its solutions ideal for the education market at the upcoming Jenzabar Jam 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., USA, May 30 to June 2. The meeting presents Jenzabar users with the opportunity to share ideas and learn more about Jenzabar systems and the solutions that seamlessly integrate with the company's offerings, including Vanderbilt SMS. Visit Vanderbilt at booth 13 or click here to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the team during the show.
Keeping the food supply safe was not an issue for Furman Foods back in 1921, when John W. Furman canned 360 glass jars of tomatoes with his wife, Emma, and their six children. Just as food processing practices have evolved over time, so too has the nation’s approach to securing food processing facilities. Today, Furman Foods uses ID cards as the first step of a greater plan to enhance its plant security. Furman Foods is a family-owned business. By 1969, the company had sold a million cases of tomatoes and was complementing its tomato crop with beans, peppers and other vegetables sold under the Furmano’s name. The company’s roots are planted firmly in the soil of the Susquehanna River Valley of Pennsylvania. Despite this remote location, Frank Furman, Vice President of Quality, is ready to take the facility to the next level of security and quality. “The need is here,” he said. “Everything is coming together at once. Not only does security make good business sense, but it also is something we need to do for our customers.” Food Safety And Security While the company has focused on food safety for many years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Bioterrorism Act of 2002 made security a top concern for food producers such as Furman’s. Title III of the act specifically addresses protecting the safety and security of food and drug supplies. In addition, because Furman Foods provides food for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food programs, it is subject to USDA security measures. Security isn’t new to the company. It began incorporating additional security measures shortly after September 2001. The well heads for the water supply are locked and checked daily, for example, and a third-party security service is on duty during off-hours. Delivery truck doors now must be sealed, the company’s computer systems have new access controls in them, and locks now adorn all bulk storage areas, such as those for corn sweeteners and vinegar, some of the most vulnerable areas in the company. An important part of the security system at Furman’s is a new ID card program Time And Attendance Tracking An important part of the security system at Furman’s is a new ID card program. “We needed to replace our time clocks,” said Mark Slear, Systems Administrator, “so we took advantage of the opportunity to introduce employee ID cards to track time and attendance.” “I wanted some kind of control so that people who don’t work here don’t get in,” Furman said, “Despite the fact that we are located in a rural area, we still were seeing people here who shouldn’t be here. We had to figure out some way to limit access.” In the past, the company had pre-printed, pre-numbered, bar coded cards for hourly employee access. Employees were assigned a number, but that was it. HID Fargo Printer/Encoder Slear and Furman selected the Fargo DTC550 Direct-to-Card Printer/Encoder with lamination capabilities from ID Wholesaler (www.idwholesaler.com), a Fargo Value-Added Retailer and the largest online reseller of photo ID products. “I looked around quite a bit,” said Slear, “and all of my research kept coming back to Fargo.” Furman’s warehouse employees require a stronger card to withstand the everyday wear and tear associated with their active jobs" “We determined that Furman Foods needed a higher level of security than a basic photo ID card could offer,” said Shane Stark, Account Manager, ID Wholesaler. “The FDA keeps tight regulations on who has access to food processing areas. Along with using bar codes and magnetic encoding for security measures, Furman’s warehouse employees require a stronger card to withstand the everyday wear and tear associated with their active jobs. This led us to lamination and a Mylar card, which offers greater durability.” Slear was also interested in the printer’s speed. “When we ramp up during the summer, we produce a year’s worth of product in three months,” he said. “We have to print a lot of ID cards quickly to accommodate our seasonal workers.” Security Access Cards Furman’s bought the Fargo printer in October, took employee pictures in November and began issuing new ID cards in January. The ID cards contain a full photo, and the program includes all employees, even the extra 300 that are hired during the July-to-October busy season. While tracking time and attendance with the ID cards was the company’s first concern, Slear and Furman were thinking ahead when they chose an ID card printer, knowing that security needs would be enhanced down the road. “We added a magnetic stripe and photo in preparation for future security,” said Slear. “We haven’t defined yet what else we might do, but much of it will be driven by FDA and USDA directives.” “We liked the fact that the DTC550 printer can print on proximity cards if we decide to upgrade our ID cards someday,” said Slear. Furman agreed. “Eventually, we will go to smart cards, especially for the room where our ingredients are mixed,” he said. “We need to limit this area to those who are designated to be there. They will have to swipe an ID card for access. We chose a printer that will allow us to upgrade the cards, knowing that sooner or later we’ll have to go further with security.” Our product and industry knowledge enable us to assess our customers’ needs and present options that meet their requirements" Comprehensive Identification Solutions “Everything has been going well,” Slear said. “The person printing the cards picked up on it quickly.” Slear gives high marks to ID Wholesaler for their customer service. “Every time I talk to Shane, I get the answers I need,” he said. “He also checks in from time to time, just to see how things are going.” “Our product and industry knowledge enable us to assess our customers’ needs and present options that meet their requirements and their budgets,” said Jennifer Clancy, Marketing Manager, ID Wholesaler. Currently there are three variations to the Furman’s ID cards: yellow background for employees, green background for visitors and blue background for vendors. “Certain vendors are allowed on site without an escort,” said Furman. “For instance, because we are a kosher facility, once a month a rabbi comes in to check our operations. He has his own vendor ID card and is pre-approved, so he can move throughout our facility unescorted.” Facility Security One of our big concerns is having someone follow a carded employee into the plant Furman Foods prides itself on its strong values, its quality products, its sustainability and its food security. Yet Furman isn’t satisfied. “We are still not where we should be,” he said. “We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go. If I could wave a magic wand, we would have one entrance, where everybody has to enter and exit. This entrance would be secured by a card reader, so individuals would have to swipe an ID card to get in. One of our big concerns is having someone follow a carded employee into the plant. Restricted areas should require special access cards, and I’d like a fence around the entire facility, with a guard shack where everyone checks in and out,” he further added. Right now, there are multiple entrances for traffic. The facility is very spread out, and the road in front is a public road. Photo ID Access Card Yet, all agree that the ID cards are an important step on Furman Foods’ journey toward enhanced security. “A safe workplace is fundamental,” said Clancy. “Photo ID cards provide at-a-glance validation that the card wearer is authorized to be on the premises. This is especially important for food manufacturers.” “I tell our employees security is only going to get tighter,” Furman said. “More safeguards will be put in place. We are in the food business. If we don’t have safe foods, we don’t have jobs.”
The Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah, likes things fast, too. For more than 100 years, it has offered exhilarating thrill rides as part of its entertainment package. The park’s Fire Dragon Double-Loop Rollercoaster hits speeds of 90 kilometers per hour, and its Lagoon-A-Beach Waterpark promises 550,000 gallons of liquid fun. Identification Cards Like many other parks, Lagoon provides identification cards to its employees and offers season passes (called Season Passports) with identification cards to its guests. But the equipment formerly used to print the cards was not keeping up with the pace of the park. “As the public demand for Season Passports increased, it was becoming more difficult to keep up with the desired pace,” said Nic Young, ticketing manager. “We used to take Polaroid pictures and laminate them onto pre-printed cards but matching the pictures with the cards was tricky. It was easy to put the wrong picture on someone’s card.”Lagoon now is able to satisfy the needs of its employees and guests with the updated card printing technology The multi-step process also was slow and cumbersome – not a minor concern with 2,500 employee ID badges and more than 30,000 season passes issued every year. Lagoon now is able to satisfy the needs of its employees and guests with the updated card printing technology, bringing the park back to its desired speed. ID badges And Card-printing Technology “These printers are extremely fast,” said Young, “which is especially important during our busy months of May and June. I also like the one-step printing process and the fact that the printers are easy to maintain and keep clean.” The Employee Services department uses colored ribbons when printing employee ID cards, identifying employees 15 years of age or younger by printing those names in red on the employee’s card. The Ticketing department uses standard black ribbons for its season passes. With five computer stations in the Season Passport photo area, ticketers can issue passes to large groups of people at the same time. Barcode Technology Both employee and Season Passport ID cards use barcode technologyBoth employee and Season Passport ID cards use barcode technology. For employees, the barcodes specify the level of park access and also bring up full-sized pictures of the employees to be viewed by Lagoon security. For Season Passport holders, barcodes record when a passport has been used or restrict passport usage on specified dates (such as during Lagoon’s July Fun Pass). Now that the Lagoon Amusement Park has established its current system, computer stations at the gates can track Season Passport access information and provide valuable marketing information. “We’re trying to increase our per person usage through promotions such as our Season Passport Holder coupon books,” Young said. “Our ID card system allows us to record our progress.” The bottom line, however, is speed. “There are no more long lines,” Young said. “We’re able to operate at full capacity all day long, allowing our guests to get their Season Passports quickly and proceed directly to the fun.”
Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) has played a significant role in both the health and economy of the state of Rhode Island since 1939. More than one out of two Rhode Islanders have chosen BCBSRI. The organization’s mission is to provide its members with peace of mind and improved health by representing them in their pursuit of affordable, high-quality healthcare. Secure And Efficient Security System BCBSRI needed to upgrade its workplace to a more efficient, secure, effective and sustainable environment. An in-depth analysis compared the feasibility of renovating several older buildings to constructing a new building. A benefit for the new building was the opportunity to install a completely new state-of-the-art system to dramatically increase security. Having a secure work environment is a major issue for a health insurance company in meeting HIPAA requirements, and can involve access control, visitor management and video surveillance. Barium Ferrite Technology BCBSRI used Barium Ferrite technology for security in its old buildings BCBSRI used Barium Ferrite technology for security in its old buildings. This older technology is based on sandwiching a flexible magnetised material between two PVC layers and encoding spots on a polarised magnetic field, which is then electrically injected into the barium ferrite. These magnetically encoded areas activate sensors when a card is inserted into the reader. While Barium Ferrite is cost effective, the technology is highly susceptible to duplication and the cards themselves have a short shelf life. Therefore, this security technology was not a consideration for BCBSRI’s access control system in the new headquarters. Security Integration In New Access System To meet both HIPAA requirements and to create a streamlined work environment, the company was looking for a multi-function, high-security and user-friendly solution. Erecting an entirely new structure made for a seamless upgrade to state-of-the-art security technology that integrated easily with other cutting-edge systems in the new building. Another goal in this transition was to create an environmentally friendly and sustainable workplace. One aspect of this was to install multi-function printers (MFPs), something BCBSRI had been considering for some time. It was critical to have a security system that enabled the move to MFPs. Single Card Access Control In addition, BCBSRI wanted an elevated level of security in restricted areas, so a system enabling biometrics was also desirable The company also wanted a one-card solution that allowed them to do more than open the door. They wanted the same card to be enabled for use with services such as cashless vending in the cafeteria, as well as for access control in the company gym and parking structures. In addition, BCBSRI wanted an elevated level of security in restricted areas, so a system enabling biometrics was also desirable. The security systems integrator, Team AVS, had been working with BCBSRI for 10 years, so it was a natural decision for them to install the new building’s security system and make recommendations for complementary technology. Eric Caruso, business development manager, and his team presented a HID Global portfolio as the core of the access-control solution. “We’ve been a HID Global partner for more than 15 years, so we know we can count on them,” said Eric Caruso. “Not only are the products reliable and come with a lifetime warranty, we also know that the local support our clients get reflects well on us.” iCLASS R40 Readers And iCLASS Smart Cards Team AVS recommended Genuine HID products – iCLASS R40 readers and iCLASS smart cards – for their customization and flexibility that enables them to work with the multiple applications required by BCBSRI. With Genuine HID, customers also get the most-trusted, fully interoperable, secure identity solutions on the market, the industry’s first lifetime warranty, and the strongest delivery and response platform available. This ensures optimization of the company’s security investment for years to come. HID Identity On Demand (IoD) Services Team AVS also recommended using HID Identity on Demand (IoD) services to produce the new badges Team AVS also recommended using HID Identity on Demand (IoD) services to produce the new badges, thus simplifying the re-badging project and reducing the strain on company resources during the move. In moving to the new building, BCBSRI downsized from 600 units for printing, faxing and copying to 100 MFPs. In doing so, they saved paper and ink, reduced their carbon production by using fewer devices, and increased document security utilising “secure print.” HID Secure-Access Cards In the past, BCBSRI managed document security by having locally dedicated desktop printers, accessible only by staff near to the printer. Since the new MFPs were centrally located among groups of employees, multi-function, secure-access cards provided the security, and at a much higher level. Now, when an employee sends a job to print, it sits in the cloud until they arrive at the printer, scan their HID multipurpose smart card, and request their specific job to output. “If we didn’t have the HID cards, we couldn’t have had the multifunction devices,” said Tom Bovis, assistant vice president, Corporate Real Estate/ Administrative Services. “The easy integration of iCLASS made the company greener.” BCBSRI completed full analysis of potential vendors and selected Konica/ Minolta Business Solutions to provide the MFPs. Since Konica/Minolta is an official HID Connect partner and an integrator of Genuine HID Technology, Team AVS could be ensured that everything would work together seamlessly. One-Card Solution Freedom Pay is a HID Connect Premier Partner and integrates Genuine HID Technology In the old buildings, BCBSRI employees had a separate card for the cashless vending system – Freedom Pay. The company was pleased with their service and preferred to keep them. Freedom Pay is a HID Connect Premier Partner and integrates Genuine HID Technology. This made the transition simple and successful. Now employees carry only one card for secure access and cashless vending. That same card also works for parking, gym membership and, as mentioned above, printing, copying and faxing using the MFPs. Biometrics And Card Swipe Access Solutions As required by HIPAA, the cards also display the employee’s photo. For those needing access to restricted areas, including the data center and cash processing, their cards also contain biometrics. Following the card swipe these employees also enter a PIN to gain access to the most secure areas. “People are happy with the system,” says Bovis. “They’re impressed with how easy it is to use while still providing state-of-the-art security.” Simple Integration/Transition Migrating employees to the new smart cards was easily accomplished in the move process since BCBSRI used HID Identity on Demand services (IoD). Although BCBSRI had its own badge printer that would work with iCLASS, to print a large quantity of cards all at once would be a strain on staff and equipment. Instead, a dedicated IoD project-management team gathered the necessary information and handled card production, leaving BCBSRI security staff free to focus on other issues. iCLASS Smart Cards IoD was able to use the photos and information in BCBSRI’s existing database for the new cards, saving significant time and resources for the company IoD was able to use the photos and information in BCBSRI’s existing database for the new cards, saving significant time and resources for the company. IoD’s graphics team created custom card designs for various populations, such as employees and contractors. All 1,200 multi-function, photo-ID, iCLASS smart cards were printed and delivered in the time frame requested, in advance of the move. Every other weekend, 250 employees moved from the old buildings to the new. The department head simply picked up their employees’ badges and handed them out prior to moving day. When the cards first arrived, Bovis and a colleague, Jim Keay, tested the cards with all the applications. “The iCLASS cards worked great,” said Bovis. “We didn’t experience any bugs or glitches.” Enhanced Security Enhanced security was just one component in the decision to build a new headquarters for BCBSRI. However, in a regulated industry that deals constantly in confidential, personal information, it was an important one. By choosing Genuine HID, BCBSRI has a trusted, reliable system that meets their needs today and is scalable for future growth and technology advancement. “The decision to go with HID was easy,” says Bovis. The result is a more secure physical environment, safer document handling, a one-card solution for all access and cashless vending needs, and a more environmentally friendly workplace with an 80 percent reduction in output devices. By rebuilding rather than renovating, the company will also save $25 million over the next 23 years. The new BCBSRI headquarters will also be the first Gold LEED-certified commercial building in Providence.
Safety is at the forefront of hospitals across the nation. According to a landmark report To Err is Human (2000) by The Institute of Medicine (IOM), between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die a year in the U.S. due to preventable medical errors including wrongful administration of medication. Beyond the cost of human life, these errors cost the healthcare industry as much as $29 million per year. This figure takes into account the expenses associated with additional care, loss of income and disability so as to reduce medication administration errors, hospitals are modifying their current medical dispensing systems in operation to prevent and eliminate these errors. Based in Portsmouth, Ohio, Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is one such hospital that is addressing this concern. A 222-bed hospital that provides emergency and surgical care, as well as a wide range of other health-care services, SOMC employs 2,200 full and part-time doctors and volunteers. SOMC has a medical staff of more than 140 board-certified or board-eligible physicians and specialists and is supported by more than 800 volunteers. WALLaroo 2000 Wall Station The WALLaroo 2000 wall station featured a cabinet mounted outside each patient’s room to temporarily stock the non-narcotic medications prior to dispensing One of the “Best Practices” outlined in the IOM report calls for the healthcare industry to utilize technology, such as bed side bar coding, to improve patient identification. To meet these standards, SOMC quickly modernized their process from relying heavily on a two-cart dispensing system that included laptops on wheels (LOW’s) and pharmacy carts, to a system that was more efficient and accurate. The new solution, the WALLaroo 2000 wall station, featured a cabinet mounted outside each patient’s room to temporarily stock the non-narcotic medications prior to dispensing. SOMC’s IT department was tasked with finding a way to integrate the wall stations with a state-of-the-art access control system that was equipped with an access-controlled lock and reader. By implementing this solution, SOMC has been able to strictly adhere to their patient’s rights as they pertain to medication dispensing, which includes: the right patient, the right medication, the right dose, the right time and the right route of administration. Centrally Networked Access Control System “When we started our quest for an access-control solution, we looked for two things,” said Dennis Ward, information services and applications manager for SOMC. “First SOMC needed a solution that would be centrally networked with the current eMAR system, as well as have a main power source. Additionally, we needed to replace the magnetic strip on employee badges with a more effective technology.” Ward consulted with several companies within the security industry, including Accu-Tech, SecuriCo, Microman and HID Global, before finding the optimal solution- SecuriCo’s Securus Web software solution. The solution operates with a HID EdgeReader coupled with iCLASS 2K (37-bit) smart cards and Rutherford Controls 3513 Lock. SecurusWeb Software Solution SOMC project requirements indicated that both a Web-based software solution and an IP PoE Access Control solution were required" “SOMC project requirements indicated that both a Web-based software solution and an IP PoE Access Control solution were required,” said Jim Andrews, president of SecuriCo, Inc. “After Dennis and I reviewed the project requirements and discussed the design options with AccuTech and Microman, everyone agreed that the SecurusWeb software solution with a pre-configured HID EdgeReader and iCLASS 2K (37-bit) smart cards were the perfect fit for the hospital’s unique access control needs.” According to Ward, “As I conducted product research in the security information space, I noted that most available solutions were based on HID technology. This was important since the hospital was growing, and our security needs would grow, too. HID Global has a great industry reputation so it was a natural and easy decision to select the company’s solutions and OEM partner, SecuriCo, Inc.” Installing WALLaroo Wall Stations and HID EdgeReader Since Ward had never implemented a project like this before, he obtained samples of one of the WALLaroo wall stations, a HID EdgeReader and evaluation software from SecuriCo. Using the samples, he created a prototype that would fit all his access control needs and serve SOMC in the best possible way. Installed by Microman, these pre-programmed wall units have the SOMC specifications that Ward devised. While physical access control is delivered through the HID EdgeReader and iCLASS cards, the control of the hardware is provided through SecuriCo’s Securus Web software. The software controls which individuals are granted access to each station based upon a preset access level, which includes the day and time access is allowed. In addition, the application also records how access is added and removed. This innovative solution also enables pharmacy technicians to deliver barcoded, 24-hour scheduled, non-narcotic medications to the secured wall mounted stations. Using their authorized HID iCLASS cards, the nursing staff is then able to access and administer the medication. SecurusWeb and HID Global’s Edge IP Access Solutions SecurusWeb and HID Global’s Edge IP access solutions can make it easier to meet the unique and demanding needs of healthcare applications, as experienced by SOMC Thinking outside the box and using innovative products like SecurusWeb and HID Global’s Edge IP access solutions can make it easier to meet the unique and demanding needs of healthcare applications, as experienced by SOMC. Accuracy for patient medication dispensing has improved significantly thanks to the new solution. Workflow is also more efficient because the amount of time it previously took nurses to go to the medication room and retrieve new medications has been significantly reduced. Additionally, medication is secure and located where the staff expects it to be, while eliminating the need for medication carts, making the hospital hallways accessible and less cluttered. With the original installation of 73 of HID’s EdgeReaders being such a great success, SOMC ordered and installed an additional102 EdgeReaders in the hospital’s new North Tower, including 12 on the first floor Heart Care Unit (HCU), 30 on the second floor in the Surgical-Vascular Care Unit (SVCU), 30 on the third floor in the Medical-Surgical Care Unit (MSCU), and 30 more that are located on the fourth floor in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).
Navistar International Corporation, a $12+ billion manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks, midsized trucks, school buses, diesel engines, and replacement parts first implemented HID Global’s EasyLobby Secure Visitor Management (SVM) software in 2001 – initially via a single EasyLobby SVM implementation in their Chicago corporate headquarters. After approximately 3 years of successful deployment, Navistar’s security department decided to deploy visitor management on an enterprise basis in late 2004. Visitor Management We were using an early version of EasyLobby and decided to upgrade to the latest version and ‘go enterprise’ at the same time" Processing an average of 12,000 visitors per month, the manufacturing facilities were particularly in need of enterprise visitor management since they lacked a standard for visitor management beyond having guards inconsistently collect drivers’ licenses. “We were using an early version of EasyLobby and decided to upgrade to the latest version and ‘go enterprise’ at the same time,” said Michael Scribner, security executive with Navistar International Corporation. EasyLobby SVM HID’s EasyLobby solution helped scale enterprise-wide secure visitor management across many facilities. “We went from being a corporate headquarters-only customer to 12 sites and manufacturing facilities in one upgrade cycle,” said Scribner. “We went through a full competitive evaluation and chose EasyLobby because it was the easiest product to use and the company was willing to work and grow with us.” Corporate and Data Security Navistar’s EasyLobby implementation currently consists of 31 workstations across 20 different sites – all running off of a single EasyLobby database Navistar’s EasyLobby implementation currently consists of 31 workstations across 20 different sites – all running off of a single EasyLobby database. Most of the sites using EasyLobby currently have a single EasyLobby SVM license in place, although some have multiple systems in place - including a self-service deployment at corporate headquarters. Each of Navistar’s EasyLobby SVM licenses are linked to a single, enterprise-wide database so that visitor information can be tracked and managed across the entire enterprise. “Because we use a SQL database it’s very easy for us to set up a new site,” said Scribner. “We can quickly get updates enterprise-wide. We track and report on daily and monthly visitors, check-in and check-out times and other information our enterprise needs to more effectively manage our visitors and our security.” For the company’s field locations, it is critical to know who is in what building and at what time. “We knew which employees were where and when, but we didn’t have much information about visitors and couldn’t go back in time to figure it out,” said Scribner. “When we finished our EasyLobby enterprise-wide deployment our upper management was shocked to learn that we have more than 140,000 visitors per year – and are approaching visitor number 500,000 to be badged by EasyLobby,” he added. Navistar uses EasyLobby SVM’s watch list feature extensively to flag former employees and vendors, a feature which has been particularly useful for managing visits by former employees with sensitive jobs. Data Management and Tracking EasyLobby has also been used for investigative projects due to its ability to track and manage visitor data across the enterprise EasyLobby has also been used for investigative projects due to its ability to track and manage visitor data across the enterprise. EasyLobby’s solution has provided straightforward ROI to the company’s visitor management process. The company processes 12,000+ visitors per month and knows who and where the visitors are at any given time. “Our premises are safer and because our people feel safer, they are more productive,” said Scribner. “We actually set up a contest for our security guards to see who could become most proficient at checking visitors in via EasyLobby – it was a great way to get our people proficient, and resulted in some true productivity gains, not to mention enhancing our security.” EasyLobby SVM’s Web-based Solutions As Navistar continues to expand their presence worldwide, they have committed to using EasyLobby in their future visitor management deployments. “We are planning to roll out our deployment to our international facilities – we are already using EasyLobby in Canada as well as the Spanish version of EasyLobby in Mexico,” said Scribner. “We plan to expand our use of EasyLobby in South America, Europe, Asia and other regions in the near future.” Over time, Navistar plans on utilizing new features of EasyLobby SVM including web-based capabilities, such as eAdvance pre-registration.
AwardWallet LLC provides a free service that helps consumers manage and track loyalty programs, including air, hotel, car rental, and credit cards. AwardWallet also helps people keep track of award-program balances by accessing program balance information, aggregating data from the various loyalty programs, and then making the information easy to use for the card user. The company’s robust system tracks 432 loyalty programs, roughly four times more than any competitor. More than 82,000 active members depend on AwardWallet to manage over 15 billion miles/points representing $304 million in value. By notifying members when their balances change and before their points expire, members can stay on top of their travel assets with minimal effort. OneCard Solution AwardWallet’s solution is the OneCard, a credit card-sized plastic card that lists up to 30 different loyalty program accounts on a single card The average AwardWallet member belongs to approximately 10 loyalty programs. Some belong to as many as 60. Before AwardWallet, carrying around cards and keeping track of the information for every loyalty program was burdensome and ineffective. AwardWallet’s solution is the OneCard, a credit card-sized plastic card that lists up to 30 different loyalty program accounts on a single card. The OneCard also has a magnetic strip that enables users to check in for flights at airport kiosks without using their ID or credit card. With the introduction of the OneCard and the rapidly growing user base, AwardWallet needed a way to print and encode these cards cost effectively and efficiently. FARGO Direct-to-Card Printer/Encoder AwardWallet found that with the DTC4500 printer, they could produce professional-quality, full-color ID cards with security encoding – all in one print transaction AwardWallet’s executives evaluated four printers, including HID Global’s FARGO Direct-to-Card (DTC) printer/encoder; the FARGO DTC4500 was recommended by AwardWallet’s security systems integrator, IDESCO Corp. AwardWallet found that with the DTC4500 printer, they could produce professional-quality, full-color ID cards with security encoding – all in one print transaction. In one pass, the device can print, encode, fluorescent print, and laminate security cards, single- or dual-sided, in less than half a minute per card. They also found the printer easy to use, and it integrates seamlessly with existing IT networks and databases. AwardWallet selected the FARGO DTC4500 printer for the following reasons: Ease of integration with existing system at AwardWallet. The DTC4500 printer’s software gives programmers control over all the features that the company would use, including setting controls for card printing and encoding, diagnostics, upgrades, audits and enabling printer security. Simple to use. AwardWallet provides its services to members with a staff of fewer than 15 people. Therefore, it was imperative that the printer be easy to use. The FARGO DTC4500 required only a few quick, simple steps. Low cost per print and fast print speed. When compared to the other three printers, the FARGO DTC4500 featured the best cost per print and was the most efficient, which was a critical factor for AwardWallet and their ability to meet the growing demand for OneCards. Ability to print on both sides of the card. Many members have so many loyalty programs that a one-sided card does not hold all their information. Dual-side printing was a must to serve AwardWallet’s clientele. Card Printing Because AwardWallet is anticipating printing upwards of 10,000 cards per year, the best solution out there is the DTC4500 FARGO printer" “Because AwardWallet is anticipating printing upwards of 10,000 cards per year, the best solution out there is the DTC4500 FARGO printer,” said Andy Schonzeit, IDESCO Corp. “It’s a robust printer that can handle a large volume of card printing while still maintaining the highest quality.” “We’re growing rapidly and expect to hit 100,000 users by early 2012,” said Alexi Verschaga, co-founder at AwardWallet. “Our supply is quickly depleting, so we just ordered ten thousand more OneCards for our growing demand.” FARGO DTC4500 Printer With the HID Global FARGO DTC4500 printer, AwardWallet can produce the new OneCard for their growing customer base, some of whom order two or three OneCards for the entire family. The FARGO printer can keep up with the demand for the OneCards at a low per-card cost, which also enables AwardWallet to continue offering the OneCard as a free value-added service, even as the company expands and keeps track of over 15 billion miles and points for its members. “Every time I use the printer, it blows my mind at how easy it is to produce the cards,” commented AwardWallet’s Alexi Vereschaga. “I quickly and easily print cards that not only look very professional but also contain the data that enables our clientele to manage their many loyalty programs.”
Named for Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion, otherwise known as the ‘Swamp Fox’ for his elusive tactics, Francis Marion University wants to be anything but elusive when it comes to security. “This university has used ID cards since day one, back in 1970, when it used simple laminated paper cards to identify its students,” said Paul Dove, Professor and Dean of the James A. Rogers Library, and the faculty member responsible for the ID card program. Even universities located away from major cities need to think about security, but at Francis Marion, located on 400 acres seven miles east of Florence, S.C., security is just one of many uses for the ID cards carried by students, faculty and staff. Francis Marion is a state-affiliated institution with 200 faculty members and 4,200 students, 10 percent of whom are graduate students following a business, education or psychology program. Cards are used for access into campus facilities, such as the Cauthen Educational Media Center, with its resource center, auditorium and TV studio, and to the Academic Computer Center Cards Provide Access For Different Purposes The card is an important part of student life at the university, providing access to a wide range of services. Cards are used for access into campus facilities, such as the Cauthen Educational Media Center, with its resource center, auditorium and TV studio, and to the Academic Computer Center. Students also use ID cards to borrow library books, attend athletic events or even check out a bucket of tennis balls. “We use them all over the campus in a variety of places,” said Dove. In addition, the staff card identifies the institution as ‘an agency of the state of South Carolina’, serving as a state-issued ID card for travel purposes. The Florence Regional Airport also honours the ID cards of faculty and staff for free parking in its parking lot. ID Cards Can Be Used As Debit Cards Students, faculty and staff also can use their ID cards as debit cards for a safe, convenient way to make purchases without having to carry cash. They can buy food in the cafeteria or purchase books from the book store. “Individuals just go into our accounting department and put money into their account,” said Dove. “It’s easy, and it cuts down on our accounting costs. Parents can add money to a student’s account, and the students use the money on campus.” To encourage use of debit cards, the university offers a 10 percent discount on faculty and staff meal purchases made with the card. Cards are issued from the university’s central database and given at no charge to students during registration. Replacement cards, however, cost a student $15 unless there’s been a name change. Cards issued after registration also are subject to a $15 late fee. Quicker Printing Of ID Cards The DTC400 provides additional security features, such as fluorescing ribbon, for the school’s future needs As its card usage has evolved, so has Francis Marion’s card printing capability. Early printers were big and bulky, according to Dove. In 2005, the school began using a Fargo DTC400 Direct-to-Card Printer/Encoder, a much smaller, more convenient printer. According to Bruce Bacon of Alarsys, the Fargo systems integrator, “The DTC400 gives them faster speeds than their previous printer. That’s especially important during the school’s crunch times. They make ID cards primarily in the summer, when freshmen come in four times for orientation. Each time, they make 250 cards during the two days.” Bacon says the DTC400 also provides additional security features, such as fluorescing ribbon, for the school’s future needs. Direct-to-Card technology uses dye-sublimation printing, which applies heat to a dye-based ribbon that is divided into four main colors. During printing, a printhead passes over the ribbon, heating the dyes on the ribbon, which then applies colors to a blank card. By combining colors and varying the heat, the printer can produce up to 16.7 million colors. Dove also likes the cost. Student ID cards run about 50 cents each, with the exception of proximity cards, which cost close to $5 each because of the additional embedded technology. Proximity Cards For Access In Nursing Building Proximity cards contain microprocessor chips and need only to be held close to a card reader to engage. They are used in the dorm for seniors and in the nursing building. While there is no plan to use proximity cards throughout the campus just yet, according to Dove, additional uses are being found, especially as the university plans new facilities. Campus police want to link students to their ID cards, so it is a policy that students must have their ID card on them at all times" The question of how much technology to include in a student ID card is not an easy one to answer. Francis Marion University introduced a magnetic stripe into its cards in the 1980s, remembered Dove, in addition to the barcode on the front of the card, used for library checkout. The card’s barcode also authenticates remote access to many of the library’s electronic resources. ID Cards Vital For Students’ Safety “Use of ID cards is a matter of public safety,” Dove said. “Campus police want to link students to their ID cards, so it is a policy that students must have their ID card on them at all times. We are a rural campus, and we have fewer security problems than some of the larger, urban schools, so we don’t require students to wear their cards. They just have to have them with them.” Administrators believe the emphasis at a university should be on education and learning, and security measures should be unobtrusive. Just as the university strives to be responsive to the changing needs of the region, it also strives to be responsive to the changing needs of its faculty, students and staff. And there’s nothing elusive about that.
The potential for catastrophic injury in the petrochemical industry makes safety training and credentialing of employees imperative. Coordinating this process for a variety of industries, including many in the petrochemical fields of southern Alabama, is Training Solutions for Construction and Industry (TSCI). The mission of TSCI is to promote and facilitate workforce development ‘by providing industry-recognized training with portable credentials to create a diverse, trained and sustainable workforce’. TSCI provides computer-based and instructor-led training developed by the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils (ARSC) and based on requirements from the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Within one day, a person can gain all of his or her required training for a year, and it will be accredited. ID Cards With Encoded Results Workers who successfully complete a TSCI safety orientation receive a tamper-proof ID card, encoded with the results of his or her training. “ID cards give students a record of their training and eventual access to a plant,” said Jack Fecas, Operations Manager, TSCI. The card is valid for one year. If other safety or specialized training is completed during that year, the card is encoded with the additional credentials. All member plants of TSCI and ARSC member organizations recognize and accept the ID card. Workers look to TSCI for training in such areas as fire safety, process safety management, confined space entry, respiratory protection, hazardous energy, basic first aid and CPR, scissor lift, scaffolding, excavation and trenching, elevated work surfaces, electrical safety and disaster site safety. The Office of Homeland Security also can set criteria for credentialing, such as asking for drug screen results. Site-Specific And Fire Safety Training TSCI provides site-specific training, which might include a focus on fires or explosions at a refinery or dust-particle respiratory safety at a mill In addition to its basic orientation training programs, TSCI provides site-specific training, which might include a focus on fires or explosions at a refinery or dust-particle respiratory safety at a mill. “Some companies using dangerous materials have wind socks to indicate which direction the wind is blowing, telling employees which exit route is safe for use at that time,” said Fecas. “This kind of training needs to be site-specific.” Other site-specific training might include basic alarm system safety, teaching employees what to do when they hear a constant alarm versus what they might do if they hear several short bursts of an alarm. About 1,500 workers take the basic orientation program from TSCI every year, and the numbers are growing. With only one printer, clearly more capacity was needed. Fargo’s DTC550 Printer/Encoder Fecas knew that his organization needed more capacity in order to handle the increasing volume, so he began looking for an additional printer – one that was fast, yet reliable. He needed barcode technology and a printer that could encode new data as workers took additional classes. TSCI found all of the requirements it was seeking in Fargo’s DTC550 Direct-to-Card printer/encoder from ID Wholesaler. Not surprisingly, the security offered by the DTC550 was a primary selling point for Fecas. In addition to being recommended by other ARSC Safety Councils, it just made good business sense. TSCI chose a standard holographic overlaminate available with the DTC550, which improves the card’s durability and reduces the risk of counterfeiting. More than 80 percent of training occurs at the TSCI offices, according to Fecas, but it also can take place at a plant site. With the new DTC550 able to handle the increasing demand at TSCI, the old printer will be used for remote training, thus increasing TSCI’s ability to meet the needs of its customers. Workspace Security The common curriculum of our safety training levels the playing field, so when workers leave TSCI they can recognize the hazards in the worksite and protect themselves and their co-workers" “The common curriculum of our safety training levels the playing field, so when workers leave TSCI they can recognize the hazards in the worksite and protect themselves and their co-workers,” Fecas added. “They still have information to learn at the plant, but they are ready to go to work.” “We have had ID cards since we began in 1995,” he said, “but with the early cards, there was much more hand-work. Our operator had to add a photo by hand and then wait for the laminating machine to heat up before the card could be laminated. The evolution has been very interesting. In addition, we have been very pleased with the service provided by the Fargo printer and by ID Wholesaler. I can pick up the phone or send an e-mail, and a representative is available for assistance.” Most Secure System “We recommended the DTC550 printer because it is very reliable and has more than one holographic laminate choice,” said Jeff Gunhus, ID Wholesaler Sales Team Leader. “TSCI originally bought just the printer and had to wait until its next budget cycle to purchase the lamination unit. They liked the fact that the Fargo printer had an upgrade path. It is important to listen to our clients’ wants, needs and concerns,” Gunhus added. “Then we simply do our best to help them out.” “If a company is going to do business nowadays, it needs to be secure,” adds Fecas. “Our business relies on plants and regulatory agencies trusting what we do. We need to be on the cutting edge when it comes to information technology. The best system is the most secure system. We made a decision to go with what has been tried and true and working in industry now.”
Young people in Las Vegas were given a gift when the Dream Center began its ID card program in 2006. They were given a sense of belonging. ID Cards For Attendance Tracking The Dream Center is an outreach-driven church affiliated with the International Church of Las Vegas, dedicated to helping inner city families. In the fall of 2006, the center began using ID cards to track attendance at some of its programs for young people. “Our ministry provides hope by meeting both tangible and spiritual needs,” said David Hammonds Jr., Assistant Pastor responsible for children’s programs and outreach efforts. “We provide food, clothing, life rehabilitation, education, Biblical training and much more through our numerous ministries and outreach programs. We reach hundreds of hurting and needy children and adults across all races and cultures every week.” The Dream Center also ministers to about 300 at-risk children and teens through its Adopt-a-Block program In addition to regular Sunday services, the Dream Center provides multiple community programs, including a Thursday night dinner that feeds up to 300 homeless individuals. Located on the west side of the city, the Dream Center also ministers to about 300 at-risk children and teens through its Adopt-a-Block program. Children enrolled in the program receive a home visit from a staff member every week and are invited back to the Dream Center for Tuesday night programs. Adopt-a-Block Program “It takes a lot of work to stay connected to the kids and their families,” said Hammonds. When the Adopt-a-Block program began, there were approximately 20 participants, and administrators used a printed roster to take attendance. As new children joined the program, Dream Center administrators gathered information on the individuals. It wasn’t long before program acceptance exploded, and the number of participants went from 20 to 300, making the paper roster time-consuming and inefficient. “The issue for us was to get an accurate attendance for each service,” said Hammonds. “All of our students are bused to the building at much the same time. By the time we got to 300 kids, it was hard to keep track of everyone.” Some quiet talks with potential donors resulted in the gift of a Fargo Persona C30 Card Printer, associated software and accessories In the fall of 2006, Hammonds began thinking about issuing the participants plastic ID cards that could be scanned as they entered the buildings, making the process easier. Some quiet talks with potential donors resulted in the gift of a Fargo Persona C30 Card Printer, associated software and accessories. “The kids absolutely love the ID cards,” said Hammonds. “It gives them a sense of belonging. They wear them to school and church, and they show them proudly when they get onto our vans and buses. Some kids tell me they sleep with the cards. One boy said he even showered with his on.” Fargo Persona C30 Printer “We did a lot of Internet shopping before we settled on the Fargo printer,” Hammonds said. “It looked like it had all of the functions in a machine I could afford.” Hammonds purchased the printer from Barcode Giant. “The Fargo C30 was a great fit due to its small footprint and powerful engine,” said Greg Hamilton, Barcode Giant. “It’s a general law that over time, technology will get smaller and more powerful. Given the fact that David did not need to print out hundreds of cards per hour, this printer was a logical choice.”
A security system provided by Hikvision USA Inc., global provider of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and other emerging technologies, and supplier of video surveillance products and solutions, was installed by Hikvision integrator OGSP (Off Grid Surveillance Platforms) to secure a building during the remodeling process for Ajax Hyundai in Ontario, Canada. Hikvision Video Security Solution Ajax Hyundai in Ontario, part of the Drive Auto Group in Canada, had plans to renovate a building down the street from its original location and rebrand the dealership. In the process of reconstruction, walls were opened, and wires were cut, and the building lost electricity. While under construction, the building housed new, unsold vehicles and expensive construction equipment. The renovation process left the interior contents of the dealership vulnerable to theft during the construction process. As a result, Ajax Hyundai needed a surveillance solution that could function independently from the electric grid. Off-Grid Video Surveillance System We have a long working relationship with OGSP, so when we required surveillance during construction, we knew exactly who to call" “We have a long working relationship with OGSP, so when we required surveillance during construction, we knew exactly who to call,” said Sean Harris, general manager for Ajax Hyundai. “I have four Hikvision dome cameras installed at my home [that are] paired with Hikvision DVRs, so I’m familiar with the video quality of Hikvision surveillance systems. It’s the unique installation from OGSP that left many of our employees astounded by the engineering feat,” he added. This type of installation is OGSP’s expertise – surveillance systems that operate off the electrical grid using the sun to power video surveillance and live monitoring equipment. “There is a big issue in Canada with people trying to steal cable at construction sites and hydro installations, and people will harm themselves because there are live wires. To counter this problem, preventing injuries and even death, and reducing construction site theft, I devised a more diverse system providing greater power with reliable, real-time monitoring, via third parties and superior area coverage,” said Jeff Mcilveen, owner of OGSP. Mobile Surveillance System with Panoramic Coverage The building was open for business during the interior renovation, so Ajax Hyundai needed a surveillance system to function as a theft deterrent as well as monitor employee safety and protect equipment and vehicles. “It was important for us to have a panoramic view of the entire building and surrounding areas,” said Harris. “The off-grid surveillance platform placed the Hikvision PTZ security cameras more than 24 feet in the air, so it can capture details from many blocks away.” Harris adds that the platform looks very “official,” and therefore serves as an effective theft deterrent. Hikvision PTZ Cameras and iVMS-4200 App Hikvision’s high resolution and PTZ features provided the dealership with live viewing and recorded video in case of an incident“The surveillance system had to generate enough solar power to operate around the clock, using stored battery power for overnight use, with a generator as a backup power source,” said Mcilveen. Hikvision’s high resolution and PTZ features provided the dealership with live viewing and recorded video in case of an incident. The assistant service manager checks the cameras every morning when he gets in and uses Hikvision’s iVMS-4200 app to check in remotely. Staff can review recorded footage and using motion-activated lights, can determine if an event warrants further investigation. Solar-Powered Video Surveillance System Off Grid Surveillance Platforms recommended and installed four Hikvision DS-2DE4A220IW-AE 2MP Network PTZ Dome Camera with 20 times optical zoom, IR Range 150 meters (~490 feet), IP66 rating and IK10 vandal protection. The PTZ cameras were installed at the top of a 24-foot base, with one camera facing each of the four corners. “I installed the Hikvision PTZ cameras to ensure they were located in the center of a circle, to provide 360-degree coverage and full visibility,” said Mcilveen. “The compact size of Hikvision cameras helps, and I installed the cameras to be stationary and stable even with wind resistance, offering as much coverage as possible while being able to capture details such as license plates,” he added. Hikvision cameras offer performance with compact size and weight, to balance the design. Hikvision Plug & Play NVR Hikvision camera resolution is phenomenal, and it is easy to check in on our cameras using Hikvision’s iVMS-4200 app" OGSP also installed a Hikvision Embedded Plug & Play NVR (model no. DS-7604NI-E1) inside of the trailers with a capacity of 3 TB to store up to one month of video recordings. “Hikvision camera resolution is phenomenal, and it is easy to check in on our cameras using Hikvision’s iVMS-4200 app,” said Harris. “Our staff was pretty impressed with the unique OGSP configuration and kept saying ‘wow, you’ve got to see this thing.” Mcilveen added that weather posed a big challenge, with the Ontario area receiving lots of snowfall and temperatures routinely dropping as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit). Off-Grid Surveillance Platform With 360-degree Viewing “I had to determine how much power the system would need, estimating downtime for winter weather, and snow on solar panels. I visited the site every few days to remove snow from the panels,” said Mcilveen. “The Hikvision PTZ cameras are weatherproof and functioned perfectly in temperatures down to -30 degrees Celsius.” Hikvision PTZ cameras offer the best details to get results, because they can be adjusted and zoom in with astonishing detail, he added. The OGSP installation provided 360-degree, panoramic surveillance that doubled as a theft deterrent, while giving the dealership the flexibility to zoom in for further detail, scan recorded video for footage, and check in remotely from Hikvision’s iVMS app via a smartphone or tablet. The system can also be live monitored by central stations 24/7 if required, trespassers can be requested to leave via active bullhorns, and police dispatch can be immediate.
Hikvision USA Inc., the North American leader in award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, is slated to host two interactive educational sessions at ISC East, the Northeast’s largest security industry event, to be held from Nov. 15–16, 2017 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Hikvision will showcase the latest in video surveillance technology at the event. AI Technology The educational sessions include - ‘Introducing TurboHD 4.0: Efficient, High-Resolution Analog Innovation’ about achieving high-resolution performance without investing in IP, which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 1A23, and ‘Future Technology Playbook: Preparing Your Business for AI Technology’ on deep learning as a revenue-generator, also on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 12:50 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. at booth #478. Lou Bellock, product manager - hardware for Hikvision USA and Canada will present both educational sessions. Attendees are also invited to visit Hikvision on the show floor at booth #225, where the latest in Hikvision surveillance technology will be showcased, including products from the Smart Pro, Value Plus H.265+, thermal, specialty cameras and TurboHD lines. Hikvision representatives will be on hand to meet and speak with booth visitors throughout the expo.
A security system provided by Hikvision USA Inc., the North American innovator and renowned video surveillance products and solutions provider, was installed by Holmes Security Systems to provide full coverage security and remote monitoring for a North Carolina home built by Whitney Blair Custom Homes and sponsored by Southern Living Magazine. Hikvision Video Security System “It was an honor to be selected by Southern Living Magazine to be the builder for the 2017 Idea Home. Our success depends on the quality of our trade partners and their product selection,” said Jeff Sanderson, president of Whitney Blair Custom Homes. “Holmes Security offered professional expertise and the Hikvision security camera system delivered high quality results with a design that fit the home’s style.” The Southern Living Idea House is a custom home built annually, now in its 28th year, that uses the best designers and showcases top-of-the-line residential products and technologies. The 2017 Idea House was built on Bald Head Island in North Carolina and features a Hikvision security system. Hikvision NVRs, Turret and Dome Cameras Hikvision’s iVMS software provides remote viewing, allowing the future homeowner to access the camera feed from a smartphone, tablet or computer Holmes Security recommended and installed an eight channel Hikvision DS-7608NI-E2/8P NVR with four terabytes (TB) of storage, paired with a Hikvision DS-D5021FC 21-inch monitor and six cameras – five outdoor turret cameras and one compact indoor dome camera - to provide a customized, full-coverage security solution for the home. Hikvision’s iVMS software provides remote viewing that will allow the future homeowner to access the camera feed from a smartphone, tablet or computer when away from home. Hikvision iVMS Software “Southern Living looks to the builder and subcontractors to offer innovative solutions that fit our vision for the design. Holmes Security recommended the Hikvision security camera system, and it met all the functional needs for security at the Idea House while delivering great aesthetics that blended with the décor,” said Misty Chandler, marketing manager at Time Inc. “We’re proud to have Hikvision systems featured on the 2017 Southern Living Idea Home,” said Alex Asnovich, Head of Marketing, Hikvision North America. “As an innovative, showcase home, it allows our integrators to display their professionalism and deliver Hikvision security technology in a way that supports great design.”
Just as physicians recommend that their patients obtain treatment early, before a condition worsens, so is Intermountain Healthcare addressing the issue of security early, before problems occur. In addition to providing excellent outcomes for its patients, Intermountain is stepping forward to raise the bar for security systems by providing ID cards that are tied to access control systems. Threats of terrorism and bioterrorism brought a new dimension to health care in the United States following 9/11, encouraging many health care centers to enhance their security systems and prevent unauthorized movement throughout the facilities. Healthcare Security System Health care workers still need freedom of access, especially in situations requiring urgency, when they have to move quickly to access medication, equipment and supplies. “When we put one more barrier in front of them, it becomes a huge dissatisfier,” said Mike Rawson, Director of Safety, Security and Environmental Health. “We want to provide ease of access but at the same time an increased level of security. It’s a balancing act.” “In the past, hospitals have always created an open and welcoming atmosphere,” he added. “As health care systems increase levels of security, they create additional inconvenience to patients, visitors and employees. In a system the size of Intermountain Healthcare, increased inconvenience can be a significant challenge to patient and employee relations.” Intermountain Healthcare began with 15 hospitals donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1975 Proximity Access Control Intermountain Healthcare began with 15 hospitals donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1975. It is an integrated system of physicians, health plans and 21 hospitals from Burley, Idaho, to St. George, Utah, with most of its facilities in the Salt Lake City area. It strives to be a model health care system – an example worthy of emulation by others – not only in clinical outcomes, but also in cost efficiencies and operations. Its access card program is part of that plan. “We added proximity access control in all hospitals in 2006,” said Rawson. “Before that, we used cards with a bar code for identification and payroll, along with a typical key system. Now we have proximity access control throughout the entire system, using a Kronos time and attendance system with DSX, Continental and C-CURE access control software.” The single card now allows employees to enter authorized areas, records time and attendance, and provides visual identification for patients and visitors. Employees, licensed clinical practitioners, volunteers, students, vendors and even families of patients who experience an extended stay are issued cards with varying levels of access and security. Fargo Printers/Encoders With direct-to-card technology, the printhead comes in direct contact with the card, producing sharp facial images “We have used Fargo printers ever since we began printing cards,” said Rawson. “Fargo was recommended by our access control system providers.” Intermountain has 30 printers, most of which are DTC500 Direct-to-Card Printer Encoders. With direct-to-card technology, the printhead comes in direct contact with the card, producing sharp facial images and fine detail around areas such as the eyes, enhancing the ability to identify someone visually. “Some of our smaller, rural hospitals use Fargo’s smaller Persona C30 printers,” said Rawson, “as they may only make one or two cards a month.” Rawson was responsible for selecting the printer, assisted by representatives from the Human Resources and Security departments, where the printers reside. He knew he wanted double-sided printing with a speed component suitable for a large interdisciplinary health system. He also knew the printer had to be reliable, but to anticipate any minor issues, he looked for a company with a service technician in the Salt Lake City area. Finally, he wanted high quality performance and clarity of the printed product. Bob Barber of Interstate Business Products sold the printers to Intermountain. “Mike liked the simplicity of the DTC printers,” he said. “They are easy to clean and operate, and they run quietly.” A bar code on the back of employee and physician cards enables them to use the access control system for time and attendance Attendance And Access Solutions In January 2006, Intermountain went through a rebranding, changing the spelling of its name and adopting a new logo. This required re-badging all 25,000 employees; 3,400 physicians on staff; 500 volunteers; 1,000 students (interns, residents and those on rotation); 300 vendors and others. “We accomplished all of this within five months,” said Rawson. Employees, physicians and volunteers at Intermountain wear white horizontal badges that display their photo and name. There is one exception. Because of increased security surrounding the care of infants, clinical caregivers who transport infants wear bright pink cards to identify themselves easily from a distance. A bar code on the back of employee and physician cards enables them to use the access control system for time and attendance and to record attendance at in-service and training meetings. Smart Identification System Students and instructors receive vertical badges with color-coded graphic designs that vary depending on the time of year. Vendors, visitors, contractors and temporary employees receive generic vertical badges without any bar code or Intermountain logo. As an added measure of security, vendor badges expire annually. Intermountain currently is evaluating a 3D bar code for patient identification at some future point, according to Rawson. This system would include a wrist band for the patient, enabling both patient and clinician to be identified easily and securely, and for their activity to be documented. “We also continue to discuss the value of smart cards and will add that technology when the need presents itself,” he said. Security Identification Equipment Intermountain has made tremendous strides in consolidating its identification cards and access control system In the meantime, Intermountain has made tremendous strides in consolidating its identification cards and access control system. “Clinicians with responsibilities and privileges at multiple hospitals drove the need for a single card,” said Rawson. “They didn’t want to carry half a dozen cards with them.” And how did Intermountain get physicians to wear their ID cards regularly? “We tied access control to the parking lots and dining rooms,” Rawson said. “By wearing the identification card, physicians can easily access parking areas, entrances, elevators and dining areas.” “With today’s printers,” he added, “we can make an attractive ID card that individuals are proud to wear. Most people understand the need to be adequately identified to the patients they serve.” Rawson admits that the real, quantifiable benefit will be down the road, when Intermountain recovers the upfront costs of the security system, but there is no question that the decision to use ID cards for increased security has been a healthy investment. As Barber said, “You can’t do tomorrow’s business with yesterday’s equipment.”
HID Global, a worldwide trusted identity solutions provider, announced it has won the 2017 SSI Security Solutions award for the successful deployment of its new HID FARGO Connect offering at Kent State University. The new cloud-based ID personalization and issuance solution has dramatically simplified and forever changed how the university manages its high-volume ID card issuance requirements. “HID FARGO Connect helps campus card offices easily manage the unique demands of issuing thousands of student IDs that are used for everything from paying for campus services and meals to checking out library books. HID FARGO Connect also fits well into university initiatives around providing a better experience to students, especially during peak periods when waiting in long lines for their IDs had become the norm,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of Secure Issuance with HID Global. HID’s industry-first solution makes it possible for Kent State University to securely issue student ID cards from any device with a web browser Cloud-Based Identity Solutions HID’s industry-first solution makes it possible for Kent State University to securely issue student ID cards from anywhere using any device that has a web browser. No longer must the university send students to a separate location to take their photo and receive their student IDs. The university simply uses an Apple iPad tablet to quickly snap student photographs and issues their ID cards right away, eliminating the need for students to wait for their IDs. “We are honored that Kent State University is being recognized as an innovator in the use of technology to advance education,” said Michael O’Karma, Office Systems Coordinator for Flashcard Operations, Kent State University. “At Kent State, we are committed to providing excellent student experiences, and new cloud-based solutions from a trusted identity technology leader like HID Global help us to do exactly that.” The Security Sales and Integrator Magazine Security Solutions Awards program salutes proven security product deployments in access, fire/life safety, home controls, intrusion, monitoring, surveillance and other security products and solutions.