Theft has daily devastating consequences for the entire rural community, including farmers, livestock owners and agricultural businesses. NFU Mutual’s theft claim figures reveal that rural crime cost the UK £54.3 million in 2019. This is an increase of nearly 9 percent on the previous year, making it the highest cost recorded in eight years. For the second year running, the sharp rise was driven by thefts of high-value tractors (£9.3m) and quad bikes and other farm vehicles (&...
When taking a moment to think about all the surfaces and objects that keys touch, people will be reminded about just how many germs they actually pick up and carry around. This is why Mul-T-Lock has launched a new antibacterial key solution for all of its cylinders, locks and padlocks. Antibacterial key solution To ensure their customers feel safer, Mul-T-Lock’s new keys help to reduce the growth of bacteria, making it a more hygienic solution for everyone to use. This is achieved via an...
The new DoorBird IP video intercom provides an option for adding access control via an ekey fingerprint scanner. The D2101FV EKEY door station is equipped with a cutout for installing the ekey home FS UP I fingerprint reader. Visitors and homeowners can use all the functions of the smart intercom immediately after installation including opening doors via app or RFID key fob. Once the ekey module has been mounted, access can also be granted by fingerprint. The DoorBird app controls, RFID reader a...
To meet the evolving design needs of the diverse and growing market for biometric access control solutions, the globally renowned biometrics company, Fingerprint Cards AB (Fingerprints) has announced the expansion its fingerprint authentication touch sensor portfolio for physical and logical access devices and applications. FPC1025 sensor access module To enable maximum flexibility in product design, the new FPC1025 sensor version from Fingerprints has a smaller footprint than the other models...
In case of a large multi-national retailer or a smaller high-street retail store, security will be near the top of their list of priorities. In fact, the safety of visitors and staff, coupled with the security of goods, can be vital to any retailer’s success and profitability. CLIQ technology from the globally renowned security provider, Mul-T-Lock Technologies Ltd. offers a smart security solution for all types of retail applications, whether it be a chain of supermarkets or a standalone...
Marks USA, a division of NAPCO Security Technologies, and sister division of Alarm Lock, is excited to announce the debut of new virtual online and field training classes including new pro courses on architectural-grade hardware, locking and access lock lines, by technology or vertical market. Real-World applications Taught by CRL-locking pros for locking pros, the virtual online classes can be a great tech refresher or new introduction, ideal while quarantined or working from home. Field clas...
InfectProtect unveils a pioneering new access security product to help reduce infection within the workplace, allowing businesses to reopen safely in these uncertain times. SteriSecure SteriSecure is a bio-security device which integrates into a buildings current access control system to ensure 100% of people who gain access have clean, sanitized hands. It works as a relay device that sits in-between the access control panel and the entry method (door, turnstile, etc.), only passing on the unlock signal once both hands have been successfully coated with hand sanitizer. Bio-security product Unlike standard automatic hand sanitizer dispensers, SteriSecure has 4 spray nossles, two on top and two on the bottom, which ensure that users hands are fully coated and speeds up the application time allowing up to 30 uses per minute. This patent pending solution has been specifically designed to help prevent the spread of disease and infection This patent pending solution has been specifically designed to help prevent the spread of disease and infections and has already decrease staff sicknesses rates over a year by 80%, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Cost-effective sanitising solution Meaning one device could save a 100 person organization over £60,000 per year in lost productivity, and with the stats currently showing 1 in 5 people who catch Covid-19 become seriously ill, being able to prevent the virus from entering or spreading within workplaces is more important than ever. Co-Founder, SteriSecure , Michael Howe, said “As the government starts to look at moving towards reopening our country, it’s vital that businesses put in place systems like SteriSecure to make sure their workplace is a safe environment for their staff and customers. At the end of the day so many people have been personally impacted by this pandemic, it’s every company’s duty to make sure they don’t do anything that potentially feeds the next wave of the outbreak.” SteriSecure units can be purchased directly from InfectProtect, but the company is currently looking to expand their national and international partnerships with specialist distributors and installers.
Alcatraz, developer of secure frictionless access control products, and Boon Edam a global renowned provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, have announced an integration that delivers touchless access control with facial recognition for mantrap portal circlelock units, and similar entrance solutions used in a variety of industries. “The Boon Edam and Alcatraz technology partnership is huge,” said Boon Edam Vice President of Technology and Product Support, Kurt Measom. Alcatraz Rock facial recognition access control solution Kurt adds, “The Alcatraz Rock delivers a touchless facial recognition access control solution for our products like the mantrap portal circlelock unit. With it, we can provide a quick seamless entry point into highly secure areas like data centers.” Alcatraz Founder and CEO, Vince Gaydarzhiev said they developed the Alcatraz Rock with renowned security entrance control providers like Boon Edam in mind. Secure, frictionless access control platform Vince further stated, “We knew that facial authentication would enhance Boon Edam’s existing entrance control solutions by giving them the option to easily incorporate secure, frictionless access control into their security regardless of the access control provider they use because we developed the Rock to work with all of them.” The Alcatraz Rock delivers a frictionless and secure physical access control platform that detects tailgating and works with any access control system. It replaces or augments badging as a credential with facial recognition, 3D sensing, and artificial intelligence to enable highly secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. The Rock uses passive 3D sensing, machine learning for increased security The Rock uses passive 3D sensing, machine learning for increased security, and accurate tailgating detection while intelligently enrolling employees as they are badging in, creating onboarding magic. Automatic security entrance products “When used with Boon Edam automatic security entrance products like the mantrap portal circlelock unit, the Alcatraz Rock enhances security and improves flow," said Measom, adding “We have found that the Alcatraz Rock performs better than other biometrics we have used in that it’s seamless.” Measom further said, “Some biometrics can take more time because a person’s face has to be directly in front of an iris scanner, for example. But with the Rock, it’s quick and intuitive. It recognizes users very quickly and takes no time at all.” Alcatraz and Boon Edam integration “Integration like this between Alcatraz and Boon Edam is really a game-changer for those industries that require the ultimate in security like data centers.” stated Gaydarzhiev Vince adds, “We’re excited to partner with Boon Edam and help them increase security in the variety of verticals they specialize in.”
Redrock Biometrics and HYPR announce a partnership for Redrock Biometrics to provide palm authentication with their PalmID solution. HYPR is a renowned provider of passwordless authentication for enterprises. Backed by Comcast, Mastercard, and Samsung, the HYPR cloud platform is designed to eliminate passwords and shared secrets across the enterprise. With HYPR, businesses have deployed secure passwordless authentication for millions of users. The addition of Redrock Biometrics' PalmID to the HYPR platform offers users the ability to leverage a powerful and unique multi-modal authentication experience. Post-coronavirus, the world will approach everyday tasks with new precautions. The need for social distancing is vital in the fight to reduce the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases - and also presents a change in how users interact with their physical and digital environments. Touchless biometric solutions Wearing masks, which reduce the viability of face biometrics, and not wanting to interact with shared touch-based devices, such as pin pads, touch screens, fingerprint scanners, put in the forefront the need for touchless biometric solutions using other parts of the body than the face. PalmID by Redrock Biometrics the answer to this challenge. This partnership with Redrock Biometrics opens up new and exciting possibilities for passwordless authentication" "We are thrilled to work with HYPR to provide PalmID, " says Redrock Biometrics Co-Founder Lenny Kontsevich. "The world is changing in front of us, and palm biometrics are at the forefront of best available methods in the area of biometric security." Building a passwordless world Palm prints and sub-dermal palm vein patterns are unique to every individual, even identical twins. PalmID captures in visible light an image of the skin lines and creases and, optionally, an infra-red image of the veins, and uses these images as the basis for individual identification. "The importance of providing users optionality in how they authenticate has never been greater. Making secure and touchless authentication available to users furthers our mission of building a passwordless world," said George Avetisov, CEO of HYPR. "This partnership with Redrock Biometrics opens up new and exciting possibilities for passwordless authentication." Redrock Biometrics is a creator of the PalmID matching solution for palms captured by regular RGB and IR cameras. The company is located in San Francisco.
FIBARO, a global manufacturer of smart home wireless systems, along with internationally renowned access control solutions provider SALTO Systems, announced that it has added SALTO Danalock V3 Smart Locks to deliver the best and smartest all-around solutions for home security. SALTO Danalock V3 Smart Locks The new technology will allow FIBARO users to incorporate SALTO Danalock V3 Smart Locks into their smart home ecosystem, allowing electronic access control from a mobile application and remote controls that control home appliances at the same time from one place via a smartphone or tablet. “SALTO Systems is pleased to partner with renowned IoT providers like FIBARO to help deliver convenient and robust electronic access control solutions that work seamlessly within a smart home ecosystem. SALTO shares FIBARO’s commitment to providing cutting-edge and comprehensive technology,” said Iñigo Unanue - Global Residential Business Lead at SALTO Systems. Smart home security and access control The process of designing, prototyping, and testing new devices is quite an expensive process" “The process of designing, prototyping, and testing new devices is quite an expensive process, and the Internet of Things world requires a combination of competences from very remote areas. Therefore, our focus was always on combining essential knowledge of other entities and merging technologies between manufacturers via the FIBARO system by using integrations. Today we are taking the next step ahead and strengthening our cooperation with SALTO Systems by introducing reliable products with confirmed quality,” said Adam Krużyński, FIBARO CEO. The SALTO Danalock and FIBARO integration include: Integration between SALTO Danalock V3 Smart Locks and FIBARO through Z-Wave Wireless Protocol SALTO Danalock Smart Lock can be easily connected with anti-burglary or fire protection systems within one simple app Mobile, remote, and scheduled locking and unlocking Creation and management of PIN Entry Codes Management of access rights Creation and management of smart home scenarios for residents, visitors, caretakers, and dog walkers Keyless and mobile smart access control solutions SALTO Systems, a recognized global company in the field of innovative keyless and mobile smart access control solutions, offers flexible residential solutions for a multitude of installations, including homes, multi-family housing, high-end residential homes, and rental properties. SALTO residential solutions are easy-to-install or retrofit, open via keyless and mobile options, and can connect to smart home hubs and devices like thermostats and alarms via a variety of technologies including BLE, Z-Wave/ZigBee/HomeKit. FIBARO is a global brand based on IoT technology that provides solutions for building and home automation. In just a few years’ time, the FIBARO smart home system has spread throughout six continents, becoming one of the most advanced in the world. FIBARO products are entirely created and manufactured in Poland, both the company’s head office and manufacturing facility, with nearly 400 employees located near Poznan. FIBARO’s mission is to enrich people’s lives by providing modern solutions that facilitate a comfortable, friendly, and safe home environment.
Sielox LLC has further expanded the integration of its vast access control and emergency notification solutions with Allegion US to include the new enhanced Schlage NDE wireless lock featuring an Interior Push Button (IPB) which can easily lock a classroom door from the inside. Sielox is the first to complete the integration to include this new generation of Schlage NDE wireless locks, providing schools with enhanced security and greater control in emergency situations. Schlage NDE Wireless Lock Schlage NDE wireless lock with interior push button lock provides a fast, easy way to immediately secure a classroom door" “The new Schlage NDE wireless lock with interior push button locking capability provides a fast and easy way to immediately secure a classroom door from the inside in the event of an emergency situation,” said Karen Evans, CEO and President at Sielox, adding “This new integration further capitalizes on the inherent benefits wireless and WiFi locks provide for advanced networked access control systems.” Designed to meet the pressing demand for expansive school security nationwide, the new Schlage NDE mobile enabled wireless lock benefits schools in a variety of ways including: New Interior Push Button (IPB): Expands the way the lock operates to include storeroom, office and privacy functions. It allows students and faculty inside a classroom to simply lock the door with a push of a button, restricting access only to privileged card holders or first responders Advanced encryption and communication security: Provided at lock and as part of the larger system Ease of installation: Fits mechanical Schlage ND door prep with minor modifications for new DPS (Door Position Switch) Same price, with major upgrade: The list price is the same as the legacy NDE lock, while offering upgraded features including IPB Advanced access control and security “Allegion consistently looks for ways to deliver innovation and continuous improvement for end users and integrators, so we’re excited to expand integrations with Sielox and bring this to market,” said Mark Casey, Director of Commercial Electronic Sales at Allegion, adding “Schlage NDE mobile enabled wireless locks are ideal for schools that want an affordable, interoperable solution that offers advanced access control from the inside-out, for added protection during crises, when advanced security measures are needed.” Prior to this latest collaboration with Allegion, Sielox was first-to-market integration with networked Schlage locks and Von Duprin devices providing Over Network Reprogramming (ONR) firmware updates via Sielox’s popular 1700 Controller. Sielox also previously integrated its flagship Pinnacle Access Control Platform and Schlage NDE wireless cylindrical and LE wireless mortise locks to provide remote control and management of doors using a facility’s existing WiFi infrastructure, dramatically reducing installation costs.
Access control is a central concern for schools globally, both in the K-12 and university space, where the balance between openness and safety can be difficult to outline. Technology that restricts access yet allows for the freedom of traffic flow must also account for the fact that emergencies happen. Having a comprehensive policy for visitor management and appropriate access levels for students, faculty and staff requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. In its effort to address this challenge and help protect the campus population from threats, Vanderbilt is proud to announce that it has been recognized by Campus Security & Life Safety Magazine as a gold-level winner of a 2020 Secure Campus Award in the Lockdown and Physical Security category. Vanderbilt Security Management System The Vanderbilt Security Management System (SMS) with Allegion Von Duprin Remote Integration was chosen by an independent panel of judges using the following criteria: features, innovation, user-friendliness, interoperability, quality, design, market opportunity, impact on the security industry, technical advances and scalability. Vanderbilt SMS allows users to manage alarms, photo ID badging, visitor management, elevator control, offline and online locks, advanced reporting and lockdowns from a single, easy-to-use intuitive platform. Integration with Allegion Von Duprin locking solution Allegion Von Duprin RU option provides an electronic override of mechanical dogging for emergency facility lockdown Coupled with the integration of the Allegion Von Duprin locking solution, users can remotely monitor and lock down secondary perimeter doors with the touch of a button, in the event of an emergency using the remote undogging (RU) and remote monitoring (RM) options. The Allegion Von Duprin RU option provides an electronic override of mechanical dogging for emergency facility lockdown and includes sensors for monitoring. The RM option is a sensor-only configuration for exit-only or fire-rated doors that require monitoring and increased visibility. Enhanced access control All together, the solution aims to close the gap that many organizations have between external and internal doors with regards to lockdown protection, especially for the K-12 and university markets. As a result, the solution gives security experts in these facilities more control over their access points during an emergency and in day-to-day operations, strengthening their ability to respond as necessary in the event of an incident. School security For example, Redlands Unified School District in San Bernadino, California used this solution to help protect the more than 21,000 students across its 16 elementary schools, four middle schools and four high schools. Alongside the implementation of the Vanderbilt SMS, the Allegion Von Duprin locking system is installed on five doors that surround the cafeteria area. There are main entry doors where students enter, plug in their lunch numbers and go through the buffet line. With the solution, lockdown capabilities are streamlined and remotely managed, helping protect students, faculty and staff.
The extraordinary global adoption of fingerprint based solutions, from mobile devices to credentials, will continue to expand and touch new markets in 2016. The trend to move away from passwords and PINs is really building momentum in logical and physical access. Widespread Use Of Biometric Security The security industry in 2015 continued to improve, along with the overall economy. Regulatory agencies are taking the lead as two-factor authentication is becoming a more mainstream concept. From banks to power plants to corporate facilities, the push for stronger security measures for critical infrastructures will become increasingly codified. Organizations that continue to utilize yesterday’s card technology are opening themselves to security breaches by simply doing what they have been doing the past 20 years. Holding a single-factor badge to a door or network log-in terminal is outdated, unsecure and exposes organizations to tremendous liability. Two-factor authentication using biometrics versus a Password or PIN is the new standard. At Zwipe, we experienced a banner year in 2015 as we continue to develop and bring to market a variety of leading edge biometric smart card-based solutions. We have made enormous strides in technical advancements, resulting in the establishment of major relationships setting new sales records. Demand continues to grow week by week for Zwipe’s platform to address customer’s security issues and goals. Companies who continue to use old card-based technologies open themselves up to data breaches, which we have seen in abundance in 2015 The fact that we integrate with existing physical security systems is causing our phones to ring constantly. Expanding our manufacturing capabilities to keep up with demand for Zwipe Access has been the primary challenge in 2015, and we are now in a solid position to support global growth expectations. Alternative Methods For Protection 2016 will see an acceleration in the broad adoption of fingerprint solutions for corporate security applications. The market is maturing and producing reliable, effective and secure solutions that specifically address the issues that caused concern in previous years such as dirty fingers or spoofing attempts. With the massive amount of data breaches taking place almost daily, companies will need to look at alternative methods to protect employees’ personal information, especially biometric data. Not even the Defense Department is immune to hacking, as was reported in September when 5.6 million fingerprint records were stolen. Zwipe’s platform directly addresses such liability issues by taking a different approach to biometric data protection and allowing the individual to take ownership of such vital information. See the full coverage of 2015/2016 Review and Forecast articles here
Biometrics is most useful as an additional level of authentication — determining that you are who you say you are Over the years, the growth of biometric security technology has faced challenges of cost and pushback from users. Prices have been higher than more traditional technologies. In addition, users did not advocate storage of their personal biometric data by employers or the government. “I believe this is changing,” says Rueben Orr, CPP, vice president and co-owner of Denver-based Security Install Solutions and vice chairman of the ASIS International Physical Security Council. “People are using fingerprint technology to log into their computers and phone. They understand that this is a good way to protect the personal information stored in those devices.” “We’re also seeing new technologies. Some that we’ve seen include wearable technologies with some form of biometrics to identify who you are and using a phone to access a controlled door,” continues Orr. Traditional Biometric Technology Traditional biometric choices include fingerprint, hand print, iris recognition, retina recognition and voice recognition. The most frequently used biometric technology remains the fingerprint, observes Orr. Fingerprint readers are more affordable today, as are the software applications used to manage fingerprint systems. Retina recognition, which requires shining a light to the back of the eye, is still considered too invasive. Iris recognition, which looks at the pattern of the iris, is gaining popularity. “New biometric technologies are gaining traction, too,” says Orr. “Today, we are measuring heart rates, which are unique to individuals.” Security Levels Of Authentication Biometrics is most useful as an additional level of authentication — determining that you are who you say you are. “We authenticate a person’s identity on three levels,” Orr says. “The first level is based on what you have — an access control card. Next there is what you know — a personal identification number or PIN. The third level is who you are, which is where biometrics come into play.” “Three factor authentication including biometrics is used to control access to high security doors like a server room or data center.” Orr also cautions that two- and three-factor authentication can cause logjams if used improperly. “One government building in Washington, D.C., is the headquarters for a federal agency with 10,000 employees,” he says. “Most work at remote workplaces, but about 5,000 employees come into the building through turnstiles every day.” Biometrics is most useful as an additional level of authentication — determining that you are who you say you are “If it takes three seconds to authenticate each of those employees, it will take a long time to get people into the building every morning.” “Such busy buildings are creating exclusionary zones within the building where extra levels of authentication are used. Exclusionary zones include data centers, computer rooms, laboratories and other rooms that house sensitive materials and data. All federal agencies have these kinds of requirements today.” Credit Card Biometric Systems Another developing area for biometric security technology is commerce, continues Orr. In light of the widespread news about identity theft and the online theft of customer information from retailers, Orr believes that credit card companies will eventually require biometric authentication to use a credit card. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), U.S. data breaches reached a record high of 783 in 2014, a 27.5 percent increase over 2013. To stem the tide of fraud, credit card companies are already developing biometric solutions. MasterCard and Zwipe, a technology developer based in Norway, are working on two credit card biometric systems, one for fingerprints and another for heartbeats. Affordability And Convenience “I think that the financial industry will develop a biometric-based combination of digital certificates and wearable devices that will help to manage commerce securely,” says Orr. “As those solutions come to market, they will make it affordable to adapt them for use in physical security in ways that eliminate inconveniences.” “For instance, you might be wearing a bracelet that communicates with a reader and authenticates you as you reach for a door knob — eliminating the need to get a card out of your wallet, present it to a reader and then return it to your wallet.”
The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) was founded in 2008 with a goal of creating ‘plug-and-play interoperability’ among physical security devices, systems and services. Since then, the organization’s mission has both expanded to include logical security and focused more narrowly on identity, a critical aspect of security today. In recent years, PSIA has concentrated on its PLAI (Physical Logical Access Interoperability) specification, which provides a means to enable disparate physical access control systems (PACS) to communicate to each other and share employee identity data. This is especially important for companies who have made acquisitions and inherited different incompatible PACS systems. “PLAI can unify a security environment through one trusted source, even if there are multiple PACS systems,” says David Bunzel, Executive Director of the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). Bridge between disparate PACS The PLAI specification provides a bridge between disparate PACS, allowing a single trusted source for identity management. Leading PACS vendors including JCI (Software House), Lenel, and Kastle Systems and biometric vendors including Eyelock, Idemia, and Princeton Identity, have each implemented PLAI adapters, supporting this specification. AMAG will have their adapter in the coming months, and Honeywell and Siemens have it on their road maps. At ISC West last April, PSIA was able to demonstrate five of these vendors sharing records and the ability to add and terminate an employee and have it updated across each PACS and biometric system. PSIA was able to demonstrate five of these vendors sharing records at ISC West last April The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) has evolved from supporting physical security to also integrating logical security. Access to facilities and secure areas of buildings is increasingly dependent on software and hardware systems which can validate a person’s identity. “The PSIA has chosen to focus on interoperability between identity management systems and access control devices,” says Bunzel. “We have successfully demonstrated the technology, and it is now being specified by consultants, integrators and enterprise customers in actual security systems. We expect to see some large companies announcing PLAI implementations in the next quarter.” Open standards processes PSIA relies on an open standards process, with collaboration among leaders in the various parts of the security industry. Specifications are architected, discussed, drafted, and reviewed by members of the organization in technical committees. The process is dynamic, with periodic updates added, which will improve and enhance the specifications as appropriate. The PSIA has focused on identity management for enterprise customers, says Bunzel. “We have active members who make devices that support access hardware (for example, locks and biometric systems) who by design complement PACS vendors and HR management systems.” PLAI also enables a variety of services for enterprise customers that may rely on a security credential" “We continue to add more PACS and biometrics vendors to the PLAI ecosystem, expanding the value of the specification in the market,” says Bunzel. “PLAI also enables a variety of services for enterprise customers that may rely on a security credential, including printing services, parking, and facility management. In the near future, the PSIA expects to extend PLAI into elevators. There are other identity management capabilities, and the PSIA will evaluate opportunities as the market demands them,” says Bunzel. In addition to PLAI, PSIA has several ‘legacy’ specs, but they are not actively working on further iterations. PSIA could always consider new development on legacy specs if the market demanded it. Some legacy specs address video, and security cameras often work with access control systems. However, PSIA currently is leaving video to ONVIF. The near-term direction and plan for the PSIA is to focus on PLAI and its commercialization.
ASSA ABLOY High Security and Safety Group has been named as the preferred supplier of security solutions for the Intercity Express Project (IEP) and East Coast Open Access (ECOA). The new IEP trains from Hitachi, which had their first roll out in 2017, have been introduced to replace older fleets with new high-speed trains and improve the current network. Further projects featuring the Hitachi engineering are now also planned across the UK. Locking systems, emergency access and egress devices The Group, which is a tier one supplier to the IEP project, has supplied a range of products including locking systems, emergency access and emergency egress devices. Thousands of products have been supplied over the past four years for trains that will be deployed over the whole UK rail network, operated by multiple train operators, replacing trains that were built by British Railways back in the late 1970s. Following on from the success of the IEP projects, the Group has also been named as preferred supplier for locking systems, emergency access and emergency egress devices for Hitachi’s latest project named East Coast Open Access (ECOA).
Navata Road Transport, a road logistics service provider, established in the year 1982, by founder Late Parvataneni Subhas Chandra Bose, now occupies a place of pride among the leading Road Transport Organizations in South India. Navata is spread across a network of 672 branches across India. Warehouses and distribution centers are an integral part of a hub and spoke operations at Navata. HR people at the Navata Road Transport had to manage and do manual work for time-attendance and overtime data. With manual work, data are prone to error. With error-prone data, it was difficult for them to proceed for salary payment. Not only this, but centralized monitoring of time-attendance data of employees of 20 locations across Andhra Pradesh was a difficult task for them. Time-Attendance systems As they already had their inhouse application, communication/integration of the time-attendance devices with that inhouse application was the biggest question for them. To communicate with the Linux Server and devices, they required a third party application interface which was not feasible. Established in 1991, Matrix is a provider of Security and Telecom solutions for modern businesses and enterprises. Matrix Door Controller comes with built-in API for system integration As an innovative, technology driven and customer focused organization, the company is committed to keeping pace with the revolutions in the Security and Telecom industries. With around 40% of its human resources dedicated to the development of new products, Matrix has launched cutting-edge products like Video Surveillance Systems - Video Management System, Network Video Recorder and IP Camera, Access Control and Time-Attendance systems as well as Telecom solutions such as Unified Communications, IP-PBX, Universal Gateways, VoIP and GSM Gateways and Communication Endpoints. Built-In API for system integration These solutions are feature-rich, reliable and conform to international standards. Having global footprints in Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Africa through an extensive network of more than 2,500 channel partners, Matrix ensures that the products serve the needs of its customers faster and longer. Matrix has gained trust and admiration of customers representing the entire spectrum of industries. Matrix has won many international awards for its innovative products. With extensive analysis of the existing system and Navata’s requirements, Matrix came up with the solution to provide Door Controllers. Matrix Door Controller comes with built-in API for system integration. It directly pushes all the entry and exit records to the company’s Linux server. In addition to that, the customer can command and control the devices now through the inhouse Attendance Management and Payroll Application which was not possible earlier. Additional dedicated server Elimination of the errors has been possible in the data of Time-Attendance and overtime So, there is no requirement of any additional dedicated server for the interface with Matrix’s Door Controllers. Ultimately, these Door Controllers have overcome the challenge of communication with the company’s Linux server. By overcoming the challenges of the entire system, the customer enhanced the productivity of the employees and can effectively use the resources. After acquiring the solution from Matrix Comsec, Navata got the efficiency in Time-Attendance management. Elimination of the errors has been possible in the data of Time-Attendance and overtime. Now, employees get an accurate and timely salary at Navata Road Transport after the atomization of Time-Attendance record and calculation. This increased the productivity of the employees because of the accurate data. This also made the HR work smooth and hassle free. Through live monitoring, centralized control of all the 20 sites has been taken. Reduces installation and maintenance cost Product Offered: COSEC DOOR FOT A Door Controller with higher storage capacity and touch sense keypad. It identifies the user in less than one second. With multiple connectivity options like 3G/4G/LTE it gives flexibilities with the customer’s existing system and therefore, reduces installation and maintenance cost.
SALTO Systems has been selected to provide a smart access control solution for Venture X, a modern workspace community located in Chiswick Park, West London. This business hub, with great transport links into Central London and Heathrow Airport is home to some of the best companies working in the oil and gas, media, entertainment, technology, food and drink, and health and beauty markets. It comprises 1.8 million sq. ft of award winning accommodation, arranged as a necklace of 12 office buildings. Each building faces the Park's 'inner garden' with a featured two-tier lake, waterfall, decked boardwalk, pathways, events space and landscaping. Chiswick Park also houses over 45,000 sq. ft of retail including the on-site Virgin Active gym, restaurants, convenience stores and an ever-changing array of pop-up traders and street-food vendors. Cutting edge sustainable building development Hot desks offer 24/7 access to common working areas (hubs) including phone booths and high speed Wi-Fi Part of the globally renowned, Venture X United Franchise Group, Venture X provides a brand new inspiring, diverse, and collaborative working environment that is so much more than just shared office space. Housed in a cutting edge sustainable building development, which includes solar fins, it offers a place where individuals and businesses can lease hot desks, private desks or private offices. Hot desks offer 24/7 access to common working areas (hubs) including phone booths and high speed Wi-Fi. Private desks add a Cat 6 Ethernet port, meeting and board room access, a business address with incoming mail handling, lockable office space and a private locker. Private offices top the package by proving all the previous offerings but in a fully furnished office space including SALTO access control. Modern locking solution With some 30 internal office and meeting room doors to secure, Venture X was looking for a technologically modern locking solution that would satisfy the needs of both the business and its customers. Key requirements were the ability to grant access rights instantly for new customers and revoke them in real-time for former customers. No hassle, costs or security issues with mechanical keys were wanted. They needed an audit-trail overview of who accessed which door at which time. Flexibility allocating office space, meeting rooms etc on a day to day basis as required. Easy meeting and conference room access, and finally, easy, wire-free installation without software installation and IT configuration. SALTO KS Keys as a Service cloud locking To meet these needs, SALTO’s KS ‘Keys as a Service’ cloud based locking solution was recommended. This provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. All that is needed is an online device with an Internet connection. Providing end users with cloud-based SALTO KS Keys as a Service reduces cost and almost eliminates the need for maintenance. Highly secure, thanks to its 2-factor-authentication and 128 bit AES encryption; it provides flexibility, scalability, reliability, and the ability to manage access control from any Internet platform. Remote door locking solution One of the key need was a product that offered both a card and mobile app solution to remotely open doors" Venture X Director Andrew Ross comments “When you’re providing a working and meeting environment for entrepreneurs, and business people and large corporates, many of whom will be involved with technology businesses, security, efficiency and design were all essential aspects of the brief when we selected our preferred access control solution”. He adds, “One of their key requirements was a product that offered both a card and mobile app solution that would enable the members to remotely open doors, i.e. for customers, tradespersons or postal deliveries to gain access for example without the need for a staff member to be physically present in the building." Electronic access control Ross added, “Another feature wanted was office mode, so instead of having to present an access card or smart phone app to a door every time someone used it, the door would function just like a normal door during pre-set times but auto lock when required." Andrew further said, “The SALTO KS now installed meets those requirements and gives comprehensive 24/7 access control that covers our entire property. They are looking forward to utilizing SALTO KS across the new Venture X locations that are in development for 2020 and 2021.”
It used to be that when senior Chicagoans could no longer age in place at home, or when they were ready to live in a more social environment, they had to look for options in the suburbs. Today, the majority of Chicago’s high-end senior living communities are in or near Lincoln Park, a picturesque neighborhood, just one mile from downtown Chicago, with manicured gardens and an expansive lakefront green space with sweeping city views. This quaint neighborhood is also home to one of the country’s oldest free zoos and a host of amazing restaurants. Belmont Village Senior Living Belmont Village offers assisted living and memory care, so that as the residents’ needs change, the care can too In 2017, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital bought a building on the former Children’s Memorial Hospital campus (the Nellie Black Building). Harrison Street and Belmont Village Senior Living partnered to tear down the seven-story structure and replace it with a similar brick building, also standing seven stories. Houston, TX based Belmont Village Senior Living is a developer, owner, and operator of 29 properties in seven states. As seniors make the decision to move out of their home and into a community, full continuum of care is an important factor to consider. Belmont Village offers assisted living and memory care, so that as the residents’ needs change, the care can too. 24/7 on-site staff and security The mid-rise building was built to closely resemble the Nellie Black Building with a similar architectural style. Residents don’t want for much in this community, as they have everything they need at their fingertips. The long list of amenities includes elegantly designed common areas for gatherings, a technology center to help stay connected, a professionally managed fitness center with on-site therapy services, a licensed nurse and well-trained staff on-site 24/7, award-winning memory enrichment programs, a full social activity calendar, and a full-service salon. The dining is served restaurant-style with chef-prepared meals and a concierge is on staff to schedule complimentary transportation for personal excursions or appointments. Amenities like these used to be considered over-the-top, but today’s seniors are coming to expect this kind of daily living. The building has no similarities to a retirement home, but rather looks like a luxury condominium. The residents are city-savvy and happy to be near downtown Chicago. Schlage NDE wireless locks The Schlage NDE wireless locks are activated by a fob that each resident is given W.E. O’Neil Construction provided general contracting services for this project. They partnered with American Direct to provide 300 pre-hung doors, 210 bifold doors in residential units, 4 exterior stile and rail doors, 325 hollow metal doors, 90 hollow metal frames, and 215 knock down frames. Locks included Schlage NDE80 wireless intelligent locks for resident entry and common area openings and wall-mounted Mercury readers for the entire exterior area, elevator, and stairwell locks. The Schlage NDE wireless locks are activated by a fob that each resident is given. That fob is unique to the resident’s apartment entry. These locks report back to the main system every 12 hours. If credentials in the system are edited in any way, when the lock checks in with the system every 12 hours, the lock is automatically updated with the most current information. The lock can also report important information, such as who may have requested access, what access was granted, and what access was denied. A benefit to these wireless locks is the minimal installation cost. Basically it is just a matter of mounting the lock with four AA batteries. The battery lifespan is about 1 year. Intelligent electronic locks Belmont Village had already purchased some intelligent locks for the back of house and the general contractor was going to use an electrical contractor for those locks. American Direct Division 8 salesperson, Eric Van Scoy reached out to AccessNsite Security Sales Representative, Heather Rolli for counsel on how to best integrate the pre-purchased locks for back of house and the additional locks American Direct was providing for the resident entries. The AccessNsite Allegion driver is integrated to the WiFi solution that allows communication" Heather Rolli said, “I took off my sales hat, so to speak, and put on my coaching hat to guide the general contractor and owner. I explained that Schlage NDE locks can communicate in a few different ways, one of which is through the lock’s WiFi antenna that goes across the building’s WiFi network. The AccessNsite Allegion driver is integrated to the WiFi solution that allows communication with back of house locks, the resident entry locks, and the Mercury panel common area readers. The original electrical contractor’s solution could not do that integration. If they had continued with their original plan, they would have had to utilise a gateway for every 10 locks for a Bluetooth connection”. AccessNsite integrated access control She stated that continuing on that path would have been very expensive. By using AccessNsite for all of the locks, it eliminated two different layers of physical equipment. With AccessNsite, all the locks communicate via the building’s WiFi network and then information is exchanged as the locks check into the system. “This is part of the service we provide — engineering and consulting to provide the best solution/ service we can,” says Rolli. Rolli was able to consult and guide the general contractor and owner. She further said, “American Direct and AccessNsite were asked to provide not only the Schlage NDE locks for resident entries and back of house, but also wall mounted Mercury readers and intercoms as well. The scope of the project became much larger once the general contractor learned how powerful AccessNsite software actually is. We were able to provide each aspect of the access control without the owner having to use multiple manufacturers. We provided an elegant solution that enabled huge cost savings to the owner on product and labor. I always look for the end user to have a simplified way to manage the facility”. Integrated with AIPHONE security video intercom system Integrated parking for Belmont Village is underground because of lack of space in Lincoln Park. The loading dock is actually across the street with tunnel access. AccessNsite integrated access control with the facility’s AIPHONE (security video intercom system) allowing employees to push a button to unlock the door via a video component. It is critical to know who is gaining access to entry points and AccessNsite will allow them to track that" The Concierge Desk, the Main Desk, and the Head Chef all have AIPHONE access that allows remote opening of garage and overhead doors. When there is a delivery at the loading dock, for example, the person making the delivery pushes the access control button and the Chef, located in the building at the other end of the tunnel access, can see who is at the dock and can grant access if desired. Advanced access control technology W.E. O’Neil’s Project Manager, Brad Garlick stated, “We made great strides with access control on this project that will benefit Belmont Village in the long run. This was their first time to utilise this kind of access control technology and it will provide them with information they have never had before. In today’s world, it is critical to know who is gaining access to entry points and AccessNsite will allow them to track that and so much more.” Belmont Village is a perfect example of how American Direct and AccessNsite not only sell product alongside one another, but also effectively collaborate with each other, the general contractor, and the project owner in order to provide them with the single, most effective, cost efficient openings solution. Belmont Village opened in 2019 and has made great strides in building an impressive reputation for the classy age in place retirement community near downtown Chicago.
St. Anthony’s Senior Living is located in Brookside, a charming historic neighborhood in the center of Kansas City, MO. The neighborhood is within a few blocks of the quaint Waldo and Country Club Plaza shopping districts. The building is on Troost Avenue, one of the major streets in Kansas City, MO. For the last few years, developers and entrepreneurs have focused on the transformation of Troost Avenue. From Ruby Jean’s Kitchen and Juicery to Urban Café to new condo buildings to a foot bridge for children symbolically combining cultures and neighborhoods — the region is seeing revitalization and businesses on Troost are thriving as their customers are coming from Kansas and Missouri, building the region from the inside out. St. Anthony’s Senior Living is an urban nine-story tower that features 120 independent living units St. Anthony’s Senior Living St. Anthony’s Senior Living is an urban nine-story tower that features 120 independent living units. Phase 2 will have 30 assisted living units and 50 memory care units. The majority of the building boasts natural sunlight from the floor to ceiling glass windows. Amenities include free underground parking, a lounge, library, community garden, community rooms, a putting green, daily mass with a resident priest, fitness center, full-service salon, convenience store, and a dog park. Schlage NDE80 locks A premiere Kansas City general contractor, Straub Construction, partnered with American Direct (AccessNsite solution provider) to provide Division 8 and 28 access control. Allegion’s Schlage NDE80 locks were selected and American Direct Project Manager, Matt Fry, assisted in the programming, commissioning, and installation of the locks. This required setting up the IP address, identifying the communication based on the WiFi infrastructure, and setting up all of the identifying characteristics of the lock (what credentials would be assigned, access levels, etc.). Matt Fry stated, “The Schlage NDE80 locks and the access control system are so accommodating because you can group individuals’ credentials together based on their access levels, such as housekeepers being grouped together based on the floor they work on, which prevents them from gaining access to floors they shouldn’t be on.” AccessNsite access control solution AccessNsite software could allow them to use the antenna of the Schlage NDE locks When AccessNsite came on board they were informed that St. Anthony’s had already begun work with a company using a platform for the Schlage NDE locks that is a stand-alone product where you are required to physically be at the lock to update the access control details for that lock. If a tenant moves out or moves in, the administrator of the access control would have to enter the credentials in the cloud-based system on their phone, then they would have to physically walk to the lock, find the lock in the app on their phone, pair it, and then update the lock. AccessNsite had an easier way. Security Sales Representative, Heather Rolli coached the general contractor and made sure they realized that the AccessNsite software could allow them to use the antenna of the Schlage NDE locks and push the credentials directly out to the lock. This would mean that the access control administrator could centrally manage all of the locks right from their computer or phone and would not have to physically go to the lock to implement the changes. This would eliminate substantial time and effort on the administrator’s end. PROX technology The Schlage NDE locks can use multiple technologies (125 kHz PROX or 13.56 MHz technology, MiFARE Smart Card), but the difference is that the 13.56 technology doesn’t allow a card or fob to “excite” and that is a much more secure situation. The national contractor requested the PROX technology and AccessNsite was using the 13.56 technology. In order to avoid residents having to carry to credential cards, Rolli coordinated the solution so it registered matching fob credentials that the PROX technology was using. This meant that the fob format, bit structure, and facility code would be the same for all locks and only one fob would be necessary per resident. American Direct and AccessNsite made it super simple as far as ease of use" Secure access control system Even though there were two systems in use, this was seamless to the residents, making access control very easy wherever they needed to go. AccessNsite made every attempt to provide the best access control, but use the system the contractor already had in place. Straub Construction’s Superintendent, Justin Briggs says, “American Direct and AccessNsite made it super simple as far as ease of use. It can’t get much better for the residents to access their apartments. AccessNsite helped us integrate the exterior doors with the unit entry doors so the residents didn’t have to carry two separate fobs. Things like that are extremely important in a senior living environment.” Critical data exchange tools and API The work with St. Anthony’s is a great example of how American Direct has taken on the next evolution of becoming a technology company. That technology can touch so many different areas of a facility or campus when the different platforms manage the housing, dining, and access control. AccessNsite simplifies the exchange of information by using critical data exchange tools and an API (Application Programming Interface) allowing interoperability and integration as multiple applications communicate with one another. Acquired by American Direct Procurement, Inc. (American Direct), AccessNsite is a total access control software solution with powerful systems interoperability and automation configurable to a building’s distinct needs — irrespective of the requirement being of two or 2000 doors to secure multiple locations.
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston (UH) is the renowned public research university in Houston and the third largest university in Texas. In 2018, UH enrolled 46,324 students per semester in 261 undergraduate and graduate academic programs — both on campus and online. The UH System comprises four universities and six multi-institution regional campuses that offer degrees in partnership with the universities. The University of Houston is the largest and most comprehensive institution of the UH System. UH System UH has grown to service the city of Houston and beyond through their extensive educational offerings, partnerships UH has grown to service the city of Houston and beyond through their extensive educational offerings, partnerships, and contributions to the community. A recent market analysis supported a demand for UH programs in the Sugar Land and Katy communities, and the UH System responded with constructing one new building on each campus. The University’s Sugar Land location serves about 2,200 students and offers a variety of classes that lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees from UH, including a Second Degree BSN program. The new College of Technology building at Sugar Land is a 100,000 sq. ft. facility with state-of-the art features. The three floors include classroom space and research labs, auditoriums, student lounge areas, faculty and staff offices, and a greenhouse area. University campus security The expansion of UH at Sugar Land will offer greater opportunities to prepare career-ready students poised for leadership in technology. The new instructional building at UH at Katy is an 80,000 sq. ft. facility and houses programs from the UH College of Nursing and the UH Cullen College of Engineering. Class enrollment at the University of Houston (UH) at Katy is more than 600 students. American Direct was chosen to provide its advanced access control solution, AccessNsite for the Sugar Land campus and American Direct’s partner, Skyhawk, was chosen for the Katy UH campus. According to American Direct Vice President of Sales, Todd Neely, ”American Direct was able to provide significant savings to University of Houston because, instead of considering product mix for two different buildings individually, they were able to use similar product mix on both buildings and reduce the amount of coordination time to manage both projects”. AIPHONE IXSeries VoIP intercom The mix included hard wired, card-based, Mercury panels and IN-120 and IN-220 battery-powered WiFi locks. Sugar Land also uses AIPHONE IXSeries (VoIP, Voice over Internet Protocol intercoms) at the entrances to the building and on each floor near the elevators. Integrating with existing systems, like AIPHONE, is possible because of AccessNsite’s multi-layer security integration. This flexibility component is a significant contribution to the complete access control solution. Proximity card readers The card readers are proximity readers where the user just taps their card on the reader American Direct and AccessNsite staff consulted with the general contractor, Tellepsen Builders Construction, to discuss if all doors should have card readers and who should be granted access. The card readers are proximity readers where the user just taps their card on the reader or gets close enough to the door so that the lock picks up the credentials. A card swipe is no longer needed with proximity readers. Providing Division 8 and 28 products and services for the same client on one job is extremely efficient according to Todd Neely. He adds, “It eliminates the scope gap and the possibility of trying to identify the area of responsibility, should an issue occur. For example, if there is an issue with a door opening, then we take care of that issue as the total openings solution provider.” Secure door access control solution Neely further stated, “Providing doors and access control together for one client involves massive internal coordination with the entire team from the onset of the project. “We have meetings very early on to talk about what we need to do to meet all of the requirements of the project. This makes it easier to coordinate shop drawings and submittals and determine what needs to be included.” Tellepsen Project Manager, Cameron Carter recalls a great working relationship with American Direct Procurement (AccessNsite access control solution provider). Cameron said, “The University of Houston (UH) changed a few things near the end of the construction process and American Direct and AccessNsite were in direct contact with them about the changes. On a project like this, you can easily run into issues late in the game, either with the security or door people, and find out that an installation needs adjusting. We were able to minimize those kinds of issues by using American Direct and AccessNsite for all of the access control. It was a smooth, fluid process.” AccessNsite access control technology Finding a balance between securing buildings and keeping a friendly campus feel is not easy, but the right openings solutions can help. Advanced access control technology, like AccessNsite, can give campus security teams more control over their environment. AccessNsite is a total access control software solution with powerful systems interoperability and automation configurable to a building’s distinct and specific needs. This ultimately goes a long way in ensuring that students and staff feel safe as they move in and out of classrooms throughout the day. The University of Houston (UH) is full steam ahead in student growth. It is likely that the growth of UH campus buildings will follow. American Direct and AccessNsite will be ready to provide the total openings solutions.
Round table discussion
The new school year is a good time to reflect on the role of security in protecting our schools. From video to access control to some newer technologies, our Expert Panel Roundtable found plenty to talk about when we asked this week’s question: How does security technology make our schools safer?
Among its many uses and benefits, technology is a handy tool in the fantasy world of movie and television thrillers. We all know the scene: a vital plot point depends on having just the right super-duper gadget to locate a suspect or to get past a locked door. In movies and TV, face recognition is more a super power than a technical function. Video footage can be magically enhanced to provide a perfect image of a license plate number. We have all shaken our heads in disbelief, and yet, our industry’s technical capabilities are improving every day. Are we approaching a day when the “enhanced” view of technology in movies and TV is closer to the truth? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How much has the gap closed between the reality of security system capabilities and what you see on TV (or at the movies)?