EMVCo announces the publication of the EMV 3-D Secure Protocol and Core Functions Specification v2.2.0. The updated specification includes enhancements to promote an optimized consumer experience while supporting new authentication channels when making e-commerce transactions. EMV 3DS is a messaging protocol that promotes frictionless consumer authentication and enables consumers to authenticate themselves with their card issuer when making card-not-present (CNP) e-commerce purchases. The...
ievo Ltd, global provider of biometric fingerprint recognition products, announced that it received Lenel factory certification and joined the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance program. ievo biometric fingerprint recognition products can now interface with the OnGuard access control system, providing a streamlined approach to fingerprint enrollment. “ievo has completed required factory testing at Lenel to validate the functionality of its interface to the OnGuard system. Having this interfa...
Ava Group (AVA), global provider of security risk management services and technology will be presenting its portfolio of security solutions at International Security Expo, stand E74. The expo also hosts a range of certified conferences and workshops covering every major sector of the security industry. Taking place over two days at London Olympia, the event focuses on the needs of government and CNI amongst other key sectors. Fiber Optic Intrusion Detection Ava Group will be showcasing the lat...
ZorroSign Inc., pioneer of real electronic signature and document fraud and tampering detection system built on blockchain, announces the release of its enhanced support for advanced mobile biometrics to electronically sign documents. Users of Samsung and Apple mobile devices can use their biometrics to log into the ZorroSign application, sign documents and manage other tasks. This enables ZorroSign users to sign documents anywhere and at any time. Using a smartphone or tablet, users can eSign...
Plasco ID, global integrator of identification solutions, announces it has hired Jeff Bill as its Chief Operating Officer. Bringing a valuable combination of industry experience and proven results, he will focus on business operations and strategic initiatives. Physical Card Access Control A veteran in visual and physical card access control, Jeff formerly held the position of President at Bristol ID, global technology card business; prior, he served as General Manager for Brady’s Peopl...
“With C•CURE 9000 at the heart of so many high security solutions, it is not surprising that end-users want to be kept informed on any emerging cyber threats and how we are dealing with them,” said Gordon Morrison, GB Sales Director for the Tyco access control and video brands. “In this respect the well-established Tyco Cyber Protection Program, which we see as part of our long-term' holistic approach to supplying customers with quality solutions, is helping us maintain a...
Matrix Comsec is to participate in the NPPC (National Public Procurement Conclave) 2018 to be held in New Delhi from 30th to 31st October 2018. Matrix will be exhibiting their communication and security solutions along with other enterprise grade solutions. IP Solutions For Modern Enterprises From the Telecom domain, Matrix will be exhibiting the newly launched pure IP solutions for modern enterprises - PRASAR UCS and the smart video IP deskphone - SPARSH VP710 at the event. The company will also be exhibiting SARVAM UCS and Media Gateways. Solution experts for Matrix’s people mobility management solutions will be demonstrating the Aadhaar enabled biometric attendance system at the event. They will also be giving a brief on the well-engineered access control solutions to be displayed at the event. Company experts are to exhibit COSEC Panel Lite standalone access control solution, which is a site controller that implements advanced access control features and restricts unauthorized entry. Video Surveillance Solutions Matrix will also be discussing COSEC ARC - an I/O Controller which provides the flexibility to control and monitor a range of hardware devices that are integrated with the controller. Additionally, Matrix will be displaying the COSEC PATH series door controllers, which are fingerprint and RFID card-based devices. From the video surveillance domain, solution experts will be talking on the recently launched Extreme series of Network Video Recorders. These recorders are equipped with features like cascading, H.265 compression, 4K decoding, RAID 5, 10 support, high storage, and 512Mbps throughput. Matrix will also be exhibiting IP cameras that are furnished with Intelligent video analytics that enhance security of enterprises. Learn more about Matrix solutions by talking to company's solution experts at the NPPC (National Public Procurement Conclave) 2018 event, Stand No. 43-44 from 30th to 31st October 2018.
Instead of keeping track of a key fob or card, some people may prefer using their smartphones to get into their businesses or secure work areas. Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) can now give those customers the convenience they prefer. Farpointe Data’s new CSR-35 Conekt Bluetooth Reader and CMC-2 Smartphone Mobile Access Credentials are the newest members of DMP’s expanded line of high-security access control products. Together, they allow iPhone or Android smartphones to function as a contactless electronic access control credential. Higher Security Encryption Technology The new readers can be installed on a metal door, window frame, or flat surface at any entry point, and are also compatible with DMP’s DE2 smartcard credential. Like the DE2, the new CMC-2 mobile credential is based on MIFARE DESFire EV1 technology, offering an even higher security encryption technology standard than traditional credentials. Like any other app they’re using, authorized users would just need to download and install the required app, called Conekt Wallet, which is available on the Apple App or Google Play Stores. Once the app is installed and the virtual credentials are activated, users can present their phones to the reader — this establishes a secure Bluetooth connection and an encrypted transmission to the user’s smartphone.
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that it has acquired Crossmatch, a provider of biometric identity management and secure authentication solutions, from Francisco Partners. Crossmatch’s portfolio of products includes biometric identity management hardware and software that complement HID’s broad portfolio of trusted identity products and services, making HID Global one of the world’s major providers of fingerprint biometric technologies. Identity Management Solutions “Our acquisition of Crossmatch strengthens HID Global’s ability to offer innovative biometric identity solutions to hundreds of millions of users worldwide,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “Adding Crossmatch to our company will extend HID’s market leadership in the trusted identity space and allow us to fulfill the promise of biometrics in critical identity applications.” Founded in 1996 and based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Crossmatch employs over 270 professionals across a global network of development hubs and strategic sales offices. With the acquisition, HID Global gains advanced biometric identity management solutions for civil government, defense and commercial applications, as well as a secure multifactor authentication software solution. Crossmatch’s public-sector biometrics business enhances HID’s reach into immigration and border control Crossmatch’s Public-Sector Biometrics Crossmatch’s public-sector biometrics business enhances HID’s reach into immigration and border control, law enforcement, and military and defense markets with products and solutions that include criminal booking, rapid mobile identification, background checks, security clearance processing, military base access, counter-terrorism and mobile intelligence gathering, visa processing and citizen services. The Crossmatch commercial biometrics business extends HID’s portfolio to include a broad array of single finger readers, modules, sensors and software developer kits (SDKs) for multiple vertical markets including – retail, financial, healthcare and OEM markets. This is a global business supporting a large volume of integrated partners. Crossmatch is also a provider of single fingerprint sensors to point-of-sale (POS) terminal manufacturers and is integrated with the major POS software applications. Behavioral Biometrics For Frictionless Access HID also gains a unique secure authentication solution, DigitalPersona, that goes beyond the traditional multifactor approach to cybersecurity. DigitalPersona adds an array of risk-based factors, including behavioral biometrics, for secure, frictionless access to Windows and cloud, web, mobile and traditional applications. “I am very pleased that Crossmatch is joining the HID family. Countering today’s advanced security threats requires innovative, comprehensive identity management solutions incorporating both biometric and non-biometric components. Our market-leading biometric identity management solutions and unique composite authentication solution perfectly complement HID’s already robust offerings. This will enable us to provide our global customers with an even broader range of trusted identity solutions, and our employees with increased opportunity for professional growth,” said Richard Agostinelli, CEO of Crossmatch.
Boon Edam Inc., global supplier of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, is showcasing the company’s continuing advances in technology and customer support in booth #1715 at the GSX (formerly ASIS) exhibition in Las Vegas, NV from September 25-27. With the launch of their new Interactive Troubleshooting Guides for Security Entrances, a range of new partner technology integrations and the growing adoption of anti-tailgating and anti-piggybacking entrances by Fortune 50 Global companies, the company is advancing its position as the market leader in the Americas in security entrance solutions. Global Security Entrances Supplier “Boon Edam has held the top position for security entrances in the Americas since 2012 according to IHS Markit reports,” said Greg Schreiber, Senior Vice President of Sales, Boon Edam, Inc. “Serving our customers and this industry with stronger, safer options for protecting entrances from tailgating and other unauthorized incursions will always be our first priority.” Boon Edam’s focus on providing unsurpassed support for its service partners was the impetus for the launch of the company’s new interactive troubleshooting guides. Created to help accelerate the diagnosis and problem-solving process for service technicians in the Americas, the guides are available to any registered technician with internet access and will greatly assist in performing service on three of Boon Edam’s most popular security products: the Circlelock mantrap portal, the Tourlock security revolving door and the Speedlane Lifeline optical turnstile series. Boon Edam At GSX 2018 Show attendees will be able to test drive a number of Boon Edam products first-hand on the show floor, experience their advanced tailgating prevention technologies, as well as their ease of use and convenience. Tourlock 180+90 And Circlelock Security Portal The Circlelock security portal prevents intrusion into the most sensitive areas such as data centers Several of Boon Edam’s highest-level security entrances will be featured in the booth, including the Tourlock 180+90, the Circlelock security portal, and the Circlelock Combi. Integrating Boon Edam’s best-selling security revolving door with an AMAG Symmetry card reader, the Tourlock 180+90 pairs access control integration with high bi-directional throughput to prevent tailgating and piggybacking without manned supervision. With the highest level of security available in an entrance, the Circlelock security portal prevents intrusion into the most sensitive areas such as data centers. The Circlelock demonstration incorporates two-factor authentication with an AMAG Symmetry card reader on the outside of the portal plus an iris scanning technology from Iris ID to confirm identity. Circlelock Combi Half-Portal Boon Edam’s newest entry, the Circlelock Combi is a half-portal that transforms an existing swinging door into a high security mantrap entrance that prevents piggybacking – saving both space and renovation costs. At GSX, the half portal will demonstrate two-factor authentication, using an AMAG Symmetry card reader plus facial scanning technology from StoneLock Pro. Lifeline Speedlane Swing Turnstiles Also, on display is the New Lifeline Boost access control pedestal Other security entrances being demonstrated in the Boon Edam booth include the Lifeline Speedlane Swing, the industry’s slimmest optical turnstile, with MorphoWave touchless fingerprint technology from IDEMIA for high throughput with fast biometric identification. Also, on display is the New Lifeline Boost access control pedestal. The Boost is suitable for the integration of a variety of access control systems, ranging from card readers and barcode scanners to various biometric devices. BoonConnect IP-Enabled Software Booth visitors will also be able to learn about BoonConnect, an IP-addressable, proprietary software system providing diagnostic and configuration tools for the Tourlock security revolving door and Circlelock mantrap portal. Speedlane Open Optical Turnstile Once again, Boon Edam is the official turnstile sponsor of the GSX show. This year, the company is featuring the sleek Speedlane Open, a new, barrier-free optical turnstile designed for deterring casual intrusion attempts.
StoneLock, a global provider in the design and manufacture of enterprise-level facial recognition identity management solutions, announced at Global Security Exchange (GSX), the introduction of the StoneLock GO edge reader, the latest innovation in StoneLock facial recognition for enterprise physical access, and the next generation of the StoneLock True Frictionless Solution. StoneLock GO is a revolutionary biometric edge reader designed from the ground up to address the toughest authentication requirements" Enterprise-Level Identity Verification Delivering a revolutionary step forward in biometric identity management, the StoneLock GO combined with the StoneLock Gateway brings a complete biometric-centric credentialing and access control solution to StoneLock customers, providing scalability, versatility, extended capture range, and speed for up to 20,000 face-only users. StoneLock GO authenticates in light ranging from bright sunlight to pitch dark. New multi-face capture capability detects and alarms “tailgating” scenarios where unauthorized person(s) may attempt to enter with an authorized user. StoneLock’s distributed, decentralized architecture avoids the heavy infrastructure investment of a centralized server-based solution, providing the customer with enterprise-level identity verification that is efficient, accessible, privacy compliant, and easy to scale as required. “StoneLock GO is a revolutionary biometric edge reader designed from the ground up to address the toughest authentication requirements our customers ask us about – high throughput, scalability, tailgate alarming, large population face-only, the ability to work outdoors, and being a secure solution for user privacy,” said CEO and Co-Founder Colleen Dunlap. “Rounding out our complete biometric-centric identity management solution, StoneLock GO takes full advantage of the functionality of the StoneLock Gateway released last year and is designed to protect both security and privacy concerns with an easy-to-use, transparent approach to access control." Biometric Identity Management Solution The StoneLock Gateway provides a complete biometric-centric credentialing and identity management solution Launched in 2017, the StoneLock Gateway provides a complete biometric-centric credentialing and identity management solution that supports a highly available, fully secured, seamless movement of hundreds of thousands of biometric templates between thousands of readers. In addition, the Gateway delivers versatile integrations that include the leading access control systems. Now coupled with the StoneLock GO to deliver the next generation of the StoneLock True Frictionless Solution, StoneLock customers will experience a seamless approach to managing identities and an access control experience, where users “just GO” where they are authorized, with no remembering codes, presenting credentials or even pausing to scan body parts. StoneLock’s True Frictionless biometric identity management solution, comprised of StoneLock GO and StoneLock Gateway, will be demonstrated at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) in Las Vegas.
ABP Technology, global specialty distributor for IP technology solutions, is now distributing end-to-end environmental monitoring and access control solutions from Kentix, the manufacturer of innovative smart building security products. Kentix Access Control Solutions Kentix products available from ABP Tech include the Kentix MultiSensor and Kentix Access Control solutions Kentix products available from ABP Tech include the Kentix MultiSensor and Kentix Access Control solutions. ABP Tech serves as the Master Distributor of Kentix products across the Americas. “Half of all IT outages have a physical cause like fire or water damage and environmental damage downtimes are much longer – and more expensive – to fix”, said ABP Tech CEO & President, Robert Messer. “Just like a firewall protects data, the Kentix MultiSensor protects a network’s physical infrastructure in a compact, and very powerful, device,” he said. Kentix MultiSensor Monitoring Solution The Kentix MultiSensor is an end-to-end environmental monitoring solution that protects critical assets, valuable storage areas, technical systems, and IT and communication equipment by detecting 37 types of physical threats that can lead to catastrophic events. It can replace multiple individual solutions like temperature and humidity control, alarm, intrusion or presence detection, smoke, gases and/or early fire detection – saving about two-thirds of the typical cost – while channeling these alarms in a more targeted way. The Kentix MultiSensor is completely IP-based and is scalable up to 500 units. Impressively, the Kentix MultiSensor, an all-in-one environmental monitoring solution has received renowned ISO27001 certification. ISO27001 is the European gold standard in protection requirements for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). “Moving toward stringent standards like ISO27001 – even though they aren’t yet a requirement in the United States – can help security providers enact the end-to-end protection that is so critical to comprehensive security operations,” said Messer. Kentix DoorLock Kentix Access Control solutions including the Kentix DoorLock are as equally as impressive as the MultiSensor" “Kentix Access Control solutions including the Kentix DoorLock are as equally as impressive as the MultiSensor,” said Messer. “Kentix offers less expensive access control than competing systems, requires less equipment and takes less installation time – with no software fees and no servers,” he said. PoE And Dual-Door Controller Kentix Access Control includes PoE to the dual-door controller smart edge-device and door card-reader/keypad units running an embedded, license-free, zero-cost software solution with Active Directory that can scale up to hundreds of locks. The minimalistic design of Kentix’s Access Control solution makes installation fast and simple and serves an aesthetic purpose; it’s a slick, small cube that is made to operate efficiently. It’s also designed to secure the physical IP network since the PoE connection stays inside and does not go to the door reader. This eliminates the threat of vandals or attempts to infiltrate a network via tapping into an RJ45. Software And System Integration Kentix’s MultiSensor and Access Control products can be used separately or together since the Kentix Access Control system interfaces directly into the Kentix MultiSensor environmental monitoring system. All doors controlled by Kentix can also be linked to nearby Mobotix or Axis IP video surveillance cameras and programmed to record video of all access control events for easy auditing and referencing. “We’re excited to be able to bring environmental monitoring and access control products and support to system integrators and dealers seeking innovative and comprehensive security solutions from quality manufacturers like Kentix,” said Messer.
Considering how much the modern smartphone has become a common everyday tool and cultural icon, it’s hard to believe it has only been with us for a relatively short space of time. The first Apple iPhone was launched in 2007 and yet in a little over a decade the smartphone has become as essential as our keys or wallet. From its conception as a multi-faceted communications device, it has morphed into something far more integrated in our daily lives. Services such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and PayPal have seen the smartphone become a credible replacement for cash and cash cards, but equally, it is possible to replace access cards and keys as well.Smartphones can easily receive authentication credentials remotely and access can be confirmed or denied instantly The ability to accurately authenticate an individual and the applications this offers for security purposes, is something that the security industry needs to continue to embrace and further promote to our customers. Considerable Advantages Most security professionals understand the potential benefits of using mobile device authentication, with flexibility being the key advantage. Smartphones can easily receive authentication credentials remotely and access can be confirmed or denied instantly. Equally, smartphones already contain many secure options to ensure they are only used by the authorized user – fingerprint and face recognition, as well as pattern authentication and PIN, being prime examples. Unfortunately, there is still a lack of awareness amongst some security operators, customers and the public of these exciting benefits. Potentially there may also be some reluctance, in certain quarters, to trusting a mobile device with physical security. A lack of trust in seemingly ‘unproven’ technology is not unusual, but the security industry needs to demonstrate reliability along with the considerable security and convenience benefits of using it. Trusted Part Of Security Network Many smart devices already securely bind the mobile device with the right person by using 2-factor authenticationMobile device security needs to earn its trust, in much the same way as any other new ground-breaking application. In fairness to the doubters, it’s not hard to imagine how much of a risk a badly protected mobile device could be to any secure network! There are two key obstacles that smartphones need to clear before they can become a trusted part of the security network though. Firstly, that they are secure enough to be trusted as part of a security network, and secondly that they can reliably identify an authorized user in a real-world environment. Many smart devices already securely bind the mobile device with the right person by using 2-factor authentication. For example, this could combine a PIN code with the fingerprint or face of the authorized individual. In areas with particularly high security, you could also implement a wall-mounted biometric reader (fingerprint, facial recognition or iris scan) to add a further level of protection and ensure there is no wrongful use of the mobile device. Security tokens or access cards are typically rigid in their programming, only allowing access to certain areas Security By Location With its many and varied functions, undoubtedly one of the most useful systems on any smartphone is its GPS location tracking. It’s also a perfect tool to assist with security systems interaction.A benefit of using smart device authentication is the cost savings over operating traditional tokens Consider any secure facility – it will feature different levels of access. This can vary from a humble canteen and break-out areas, right through to secured doors around potentially dangerous or highly sensitive areas - such as plant rooms, or even a nuclear facility! Security tokens or access cards are typically rigid in their programming, only allowing access to certain areas. A smartphone, however, can be granted or denied access depending on the location of the request by the individual – GPS literally adds a level of extra intelligence to security. Personal Items Using QR codes seem to be a simple but reliable identity and access control authentication optionMobile devices tend to be guarded and protected with the same concern as your money or your keys. Many of us literally carry our mobile device everywhere with us, so they are relatively unlikely to be misplaced or lost – certainly in comparison to a key card for example. Also, think about how often you use or hold your smartphone – some estimates suggest 2,600 times each day! With that level of interaction, you’ll be aware very quickly if it’s been misplaced, not least because of the inconvenience and cost to replace it. This level of personal connection makes it perfect for use with security systems. Cost Savings Another obvious benefit of using smart device authentication is the cost savings over operating traditional tokens. No more plastic badges, access cards, lanyards, printers and consumables used to administer security. This is something the security industry really needs to shout about! It will come as no surprise to hear that smartphones are exceptionally common too. Figures suggest that in 2015 there were nearly 41m in use in the UK and this is predicted to rise to 54m by 2022. With the UK population being just over 65m, that is a very high percentage of people already carrying this technology. Using a resource that people already have, and which is highly secure, makes unquestionable financial as well as practical sense. GPS location tracking is a perfect tool to assist with security systems interaction Integrated Technology Agreeing on common and shared open protocols has unfortunately been one of the stumbling blocks for the security industry in adapting to a predominantly smartphone authentication approach. NFC (Near Field Communications) technology in mobile phones and smart devices has failed to be the universal success it promised.Not everyone has an iPhone, but it is such an important segment of the market for customers Mobile technology trends have dictated to the systems that use it. Apple’s earlier (Pre iOS 11) decision to restrict the use of NFC to Apple Pay on its devices has had a profound effect on the implementation of NFC in other applications too. Not everyone has an iPhone, but it is such an important segment of the market that other manufacturers are wary of how customers will be able to use any new technology. We have seen a much bigger focus on using Bluetooth Low Energy technology on mobile devices instead. With providers such as HID Global, STid in France and Nedap in the Netherlands now concentrating on developing Bluetooth Low Energy readers and mobile credential applications, this seems like a highly credible alternative. Along with NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy options, there also seems to be a lot of interest in using QR codes as simple but reliable identity and access control authentication. These can easily be displayed on a screen or printed if necessary, giving great flexibility over the type of technology that is used in the future. Upgrading Existing Security Systems There are strong arguments for many businesses to continue using MIFARE+ systems if they suit operations well We are steadily seeing the signs of smartphone authentication replacing the cards and tokens we have been familiar with. However, many consumers still want options rather than to just be railroaded down one path. A business that has invested in cards or tokens will want to use that technology investment fully. The changes will come when readers are updated – this is when security specifiers and installers need to promote the advantages of dual-technology readers, which offer options to include smartphone authentication into the mix. There is still considerable diversity amongst smart devices, the operating systems they use, and the security technology employed by each. Android, Apple iOS and Blackberry devices all vary with regards to the biometric authentication available, so security administrators may need to be flexible on the types of authentication they accept. Interestingly, card technology has also progressed at an astonishing speed too – with MIFARE+ proving to be a highly cost-effective, practical and secure system that can easily be integrated. There are strong arguments for many businesses to continue using these systems if they suit operations well. NFC (Near Field Communications) technology in mobile phones and smart devices has failed to be the universal success it promised Hybrid Systems A hybrid approach may be the best answer for many security operators. This means those who choose to enjoy the benefits in terms of flexibility and convenience of smartphone authentication can do so, whilst those who are more hesitant can continue to use more traditional methods. A hybrid approach may be the best answer for many security operators Larger organizations may find that the swap over is a slower and more gradual process, whilst smaller start-up businesses may prefer to jump to a smartphone-based approach straight away. If security systems are well integrated but modular in their approach, then it becomes much simpler to evolve as time goes on. Embracing The Benefits Using their app-based systems architecture, smartphones are ideally placed to evolve with security systems in the future. There are many benefits for the security industry and our customers, but we need to remember that this move will involve a culture change for many security operators and users. The security industry needs to be mindful and respectful of any anxiety, but also be positive and promote the considerable benefits mobile authentication offers.
Over the past few years, biometrics has rapidly expanded into consumer applications, like the financial market for customer authentication, to payment services and withdrawing cash from ATMs in high-fraud markets. However, its adoption as an additional authentication factor for physical access control systems (PACS) and other enterprise applications, hasn’t been as rapid. But this is changing. Biometrics offers numerous benefits at the door and throughout the enterprise. With the advent of new anti-spoofing capabilities, and its integration into secure trust platforms that protect privacy and support a variety of RFID credential technologies, biometric authentication is poised to deliver a much higher matching speed and better overall performance. This will dramatically improve an organization's security, while enhancing user convenience.Newer solutions are overcoming these security and convenience hurdles to help realise the full potential of biometrics Challenges For Biometric Authentication Biometrics fuses convenience and security while validating “true identity” versus identity that is associated to the possession of an ID card. As an example, biometrics prevents a user from taking someone else’s card and obtaining access to privileged resources. This adds the human element to traditional methods of authentication, strengthening security by combining something the user “is” with something the user “has” or “knows.” According to the firm ABI Research in its May 2018 study, Biometric Technologies and Applications, the total fingerprint sensor shipments for the entire consumer market is “estimated to reach 1.2 billion worldwide for 2018, thus ensuring its market dominance.”It has been far too easy for fraudsters to create a fake fingerprint and present it to a reader Despite the benefits of fingerprint authentication in numerous consumer applications, there have been impediments to its broader adoption in the enterprise. While price has been one big roadblock, there have also historically been other reasons for its slower-than-expected growth. First, many technologies are still vulnerable to spoofs and hacking. It has been far too easy for fraudsters to create a fake fingerprint and present it to a reader. Equally troublesome, older products have not been able to move users through the doors as fast as a simple ID card and reader. In general, all fingerprint capture technologies are not equal among older products, and there can be significant differences in performance. Developing Technology Performance Newer solutions are overcoming these security and convenience hurdles to help realize the full potential of biometrics. Their development has focused on three key areas: How fingerprint images are captured – if the image can’t be properly captured, the rest of the process fails The implementation of liveness detection to enhance trust – even in the case when the image is properly captured, if it is fake the system cannot be trusted Optimizing performance through a combination of new technology and algorithms, while ensuring interoperability so the performance can be trusted. The skin is illuminated at different depths to deliver much richer data about the surface and sub-surface features of the fingerprint Optimizing Capture The quality of the captured image is critical, across all types of fingerprints and environments. Many customers choose sensors that use multispectral imaging because it collects information from inside the finger to augment available surface fingerprint data.The skin is illuminated at different depths to deliver much richer data about the surface and sub-surface features of the fingerprint The skin is illuminated at different depths to deliver much richer data about the surface and sub-surface features of the fingerprint. Additionally, the sensor collects data from the finger even if the skin has poor contact with the sensor, because of environmental conditions such as water or finger contamination. Multispectral sensors work for the broadest range of people with normal, wet, dry or damaged fingers, across the widest range of usage conditions – from lotions or grease to sunlight to wet or cold conditions. The sensors also resist damage from harsh cleaning products and contamination from dirt and sunlight. Liveness Detection Liveness detection is the ability to determine that the biometric data captured by the fingerprint reader is from a real living person, not a plastic fake or other artificial copy. An increasingly visible dimension of biometric performance in commercial applications, liveness detection is critical for preserving trust in the integrity of biometrics authentication. At the same time, it must not impede performance or result in excessive false user rejections.While liveness detection optimizes performance, it is also important to ensure that this performance can be trusted The most trusted multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors with liveness detection provide a real-time determination that the biometric captures are genuine and are being presented by the legitimate owner, rather than someone impersonating them. This capability leverages the image-capture approach of using different colors or spectrum of light to measure the surface and subsurface data within a fingerprint. In addition to this optical system, the biometrics sensor features several core components, including an embedded processor that analyses the raw imaging data to ensure that the sample being imaged is a genuine human finger rather than an artificial or spoof material. Advanced machine learning techniques are used so the solution can adapt and respond to new threats and spoofs as they are identified. While liveness detection and the underlying capture technology optimizes performance, it is also important to ensure that this performance can be trusted. This requires adequate testing to ensure interoperability with template matching algorithms. The first requirement for incorporating biometrics into a physical access control solution is a secure trust platform Trusted Performance The top-performing solutions capture usable biometric data on the first attempt for every user. They also speed the process of determining that the biometric data is not a fake, and they quickly perform template matching to reject impostors and match legitimate users.The card/mobile plus finger mode is one of the fastest-growing two-factor authentication use cases for securing access to both physical and digital places To trust this performance, though, the focus must be elsewhere: on interoperability with template-matching algorithms. Extensive interoperability testing must be performed by skilled and independent third parties like the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) so that performance data can actually be trusted in all template-matching modes, and not simply a vendor claim. Template Matching Modes Template-on-card and card/mobile + finger modes using “1:1” template-matching profiles authenticates a person’s identity by comparing the person’s captured biometric template with one that is pre-stored in a database. Template-on-device mode for finger-only authentication using “1:N” matching compares the person’s captured biometric template against all stored biometric templates in the system). The card/mobile plus finger mode is one of the fastest-growing two-factor authentication use cases for securing access to both physical and digital places.Cryptography prevents any man-in-the-middle attacks while also protecting the biometric database As an example of how to deliver trusted performance, HID Global uses the top-ranked NIST certified MINEX III minutia algorithm to ensure interoperability with industry-standard fingerprint template databases. This interoperability ensures that today’s systems, which are based on much more powerful hardware than in the past, will perform accurate 1:N identification of a full database in less than a second. Physical Access Control Integration The first requirement for incorporating biometrics into a physical access control solution is a secure trust platform designed to meet the concerns of accessibility and data protection in a connected environment. The platform should leverage credential technology that employs encryption and a software-based infrastructure to secure trusted identities on any form factor for physical access control, access to IT networks and beyond. Cryptography prevents any man-in-the-middle attacks while also protecting the biometric database. This system also must encompass remote management of all readers and users, spanning all onboarding as well as template loading and enrolment activities for supported authentication modes. Beyond the encryption of the data itself, there are now many good alternatives available for building highly secure and well protected systems Other important focus areas include configuration and administration, plus all logs, reports and monitoring.New system architectures and data models have been created to protect personal information and maintain user privacy It should be possible to manage biometric readers as groups or individually over the network, and tools should be available to allow system administrators to manage all configuration settings from time and data to language, security and synchronisation. The system should enable continuous live monitoring of authentication, alerts and system health, and provide a rich set of associated reporting tools. There are also backend implementation decisions to be made, including how a biometric authentication system will be seamlessly integrated into third-party systems. This is another major pain point of biometric technology. To simplify deployment, application programming interfaces (APIs) should be available for direct integration of the biometrics authentication solution with the access control infrastructure. Privacy Considerations Properly implemented, biometrics solutions with liveness detection also protect privacy – if you can’t use a fake finger, then even if you did obtain someone’s fingerprint data, it is meaningless. Strong and updatable liveness protection is critical if biometrics are to eliminate the need to use PINs or passwords.Strong and updatable liveness protection is critical if biometrics are to eliminate the need to use PINs or passwords Biometrics data must be handled like all sensitive and identifying information, and properly architected system designs will always consider and protect against both internal and external threats and attacks. New system architectures and data models have been created to protect personal information and maintain user privacy. Beyond the encryption of the data itself, there are now many good alternatives available for building highly secure and well protected systems, including the use of multi-factor and even multi-modal authentication to maintain security even if some identifying data is compromised. Today’s modern fingerprint authentication solutions are on a fast track to deliver a unique combination of ease of use, availability and convenience and higher security to physical access control systems. With their latest improvements in liveness detection, system architectures, performance and ability to be easily incorporated into access control solutions, they seamlessly combine security and convenience to make them a viable option when accessing a facility, networks and services. These solutions deliver a higher confidence of “who” is being admitted through the building’s front door, where it really matters.
Biometric identification technologies today are becoming pervasive. Many smartphones offer fingerprint unlock options, and most organizations have at least considered the technology as a solution for their identification and access needs. While biometrics have dramatically improved in the past several years to deliver faster, more efficient and more secure solutions, not everyone is ready for the change. New York MTA Case Study But does that mean that organizations need to hold off on implementing biometric solutions? Or do they need to ‘force’ it upon users? A historic case study provides an excellent example of how to implement a new technology with millions of people, under pressure, allowing users to adapt slowly and the organization to reap the benefits. In 1953, New York Metro Transit Authority (MTA), one of the world’s largest mass transit systems, began using tokens as payment for subway rides – a solution to engineers’ problem of creating a machine that could accept different types of coins for the new 15-cent fare. This technological advancement that may seems almost archaic today, served the MTA well for 40 years before the introduction of the MetroCard - a lighter, more automated solution. Technology Adaption Works Yet, the MTA, despite positive results from its first implementation in 1993, had both the older tokens and the new MetroCards in place, simultaneously for a full decade until 2003. This allowed “early adopters”, who understood the advantages of the MetroCard, to switch over, while allowing those that preferred their ‘trusty’ tokens to continue using them. In 2003, when tokens were finally phased out for a MetroCard-only system, only a small percentage of commuters were still using tokens; most had realized the significant benefits to the card and had switched over of their own volition. The MTA example serves as a model for how technology adoption works. From tokens to MetroCards, fax to email, landlines to cellphones –there is a distinct process new technologies go through as they are introduced and ultimately adopted by the public. Biometric technologies are no different. Yet, organizations must find way to implement new biometric systems that simultaneously provide organizations with the significant advantages biometrics offer, while ensuring that users are given time to adapt to and adopt the new technology. Let’s look at a few practical strategies for biometric adoption: 1. Optional, With Added Value Many facilities, such as airports, stadiums and theme parks, already use biometric technology to create ‘express lanes’ to save time and improve efficiency. Frequent fliers, VIPs and season ticketholders can enjoy faster and more personalized service with biometric identification solutions. These users can still opt to be identified the old-fashioned way, with an ID card or ticket, but doing so means they will have to line up and wait their turn as the old methods are much less efficient than biometrics technologies. Airports, stadiums and theme parks already use biometric technology to create ‘express lanes’ to save time and improve efficiency Biometrics can also be used to improve the customer experiences, or create more tailored, personalized programs. For example, the ICER (Industry, Culture, Education and Recreation) Innovation Center in the Netherlands implemented biometric visual identification technology to create customized experiences for museum visitors that were fun and interactive. Visitors could choose not to take part in the biometrics-enhanced visit and experience the baseline version of the museum, but by utilizing the biometric system, museum goers are offered a tailored experience where exhibits and information are presented based on what a visitor has already seen in the museum. 2. Start With Biometrics In Optional Locations Not all services or locations in a corporate setting are mandatory for employees to visit. For example, employee centers or health and wellness facilities are social settings for individuals to relax and connect. Implementing biometrics-based identification solutions in these types of settings allow employees to interact with the new technology in a low-stress environment and only if they choose to. For example, companies can provide an option for employees to pay for meals at corporate cafeterias using biometric identification, saving break time for those who choose to adopt the technology and enabling them to skip longer payment lines. This has the added benefit of reducing fraud resulting from lost or stolen ID cards. 3. Educate Users In Advance To ensure smooth deployment and adoption of biometric technology – whether partial or full – it is important to ensure that new users are educated on the new technology in advance of its deployment. For example, employees may have privacy or data security concerns. It’s critical that organizations clarify that the data being collected is kept private and secure. This information can be imparted in several ways. Organizations should be as transparent as possible and provide employees with enough information to address concerns. A Town Hall meeting can be held to explain benefits of the technology and answer questions that new users might have. Providing educational materials to new users, such as letters or videos that explain the new technology can put employees at ease. Make sure to outline how data privacy will be ensured as well as the benefits that employees stand to gain. Have management lead by example and be the first to enroll in the biometrics system. This can help inspire confidence and trust in the system. Make implementation competitive and fun. This can help users who aren’t as excited about the technology take part and learn about it. Implementation of biometric technology can still allow individuals in an organization a choice of whether or not to partake. Over time, most people tend to adopt new technology by choice if it saves time and makes life easier. When considering biometric systems, keep in mind that it doesn’t necessarily require full adoption now and can coexist with other systems until users feel comfortable with the system, and recognize the benefits it provides.
The European Union has spelled out specific requirements and safeguards for handling and protecting personal data. In the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU makes clear exactly what is expected of those who control and process data. (The United Kingdom has committed to follow the regulation despite the Brexit vote.) Everyone is facing a deadline on May 25 2018 to comply with the GDPR. What are the exact implications for the physical security market? What do customers need to do to ensure they are compliant? These are urgent questions, given that the clock is already ticking. The GDPR’s implications are especially timely considering the physical security industry’s current emphasis on the value and importance of data. The growing value of data was a big topic at the recent IFSEC show in London. The industry is looking for new ways to leverage data for benefits in a company beyond the security department. New Cybersecurity Responsibilities One example is access control data: Who is granted access to which door and more generally, how do employees move throughout an enterprise? This is information that can be useful to managers, whether to analyze facility usage trends or promote more efficient operations. Access control data is especially valuable when combined with other data in an organization, such as human resource (HR) and accounting records. It provides more data points that a company can use in overall metrics to guide business operations. But as the GDPR emphasizes, the value of data and the ability to leverage data come with new responsibilities, specifically a need to protect privacy. This includes a need for additional cybersecurity of networked systems, another current “hot topic” in the market and historically a weak, or at least under-addressed, point for the industry. The GDPR applies to “personal data,” but its detailed definition includes digital information such as IP addresses and a range of personal identifiers. Sensitive personal data, such as biometric data used to uniquely identify an individual, is in a “special category.” Physical security systems collect plenty of personal data, some of it critical and sensitive, including an employee’s PIN code, fingerprints, or even video footage. GDPR Impact On Physical Security Other areas that might impact the physical security industry include requirements to provide information about any transfers of data to other countries outside the EU and the retention period of data and criteria used to determine the retention period. There is also a “right to erasure” that provides an individual a right to have personal data erased if it is “no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected/processed.” Physical security systems collect plenty of personal data, some of it critical and sensitive, including an employee’s PIN code, fingerprints, or even video footage In the accountability section of the regulation, companies are required to implement “appropriate technical and organizational measures” to ensure and demonstrate compliance. In the category of “data protection by design”, there is a general obligation to “implement technical and organizational measures to show that [a company] has considered and integrated data protection into processing activities.” It is even more reinforcement to the need for more cybersecurity. Data Protection By Design The GDPR endorses the use of approved codes of conduct and certification mechanisms to demonstrate compliance, including codes created by trade associations or representative bodies. There may be an opportunity for organizations in the physical security market to step in and create such guidelines and to clarify best practices as they relate to our market’s technologies. In the category of “data protection by design,” physical security system manufacturers should include data protection and security from the first floor as they are designing new products. Based on several recent conversations, I can say with confidence that these concerns are definitely on the minds of many in our industry. But concerns aren’t necessarily answers, and time is short to fully comply with GDPR by the deadline. And the issue isn’t limited to Europe; multi-national companies that do business in Europe, or even cloud systems that store data there, are also impacted. And even beyond GDPR, data protection is an urgent concern around the world. It’s time to step up.
What happens to a company’s data in the case of a disaster such as 9/11 or Hurricane Sandy? How can a company recover from a disaster and continue their business uninterrupted? It’s a complicated challenge – and one many security professionals and risk management professionals must consider. Companies like Recovery Point provide resources to help a company survive a catastrophic event and keep its computer programs and business processes running. Their customers include large, well-known companies and the government. “When big disasters happen, people begin rethinking what they need to protect against,” says Dick Fordham, Director of Marketing and Strategy, Recovery Point. “We try to imagine the worst that can happen, and put in place adequate measures to provide the security in those areas.” Recovery Point is a national provider of integrated business continuity and disaster recovery systems. The company stores copies of its customers’ critical enterprise data on its servers in multiple locations. Recovery Point enables customers to bring their systems and networks back up and let employees continue working despite any damage from the disaster. “We’re not a big company – about 150 employees – but we can service the biggest clients because we provide a high degree of personalized service,” says Fordham. There is also a 45,000-square-foot facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where clients’ data can be stored up to 30 days on disk and up to seven years on tape Client Data Storage And Backup Recovery Point’s flagship facility is located on a 17-acre private campus in Germantown, Maryland; about 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. There is also a 45,000-square-foot facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where clients’ data can be stored up to 30 days on disk and up to seven years on tape in high-end, secure vaults. There are also two 100-seat work areas where displaced workers from customer companies can continue to perform their duties – one in Gaithersburg and another one in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Recovery Point is also a tenant in a data center in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, providing an additional, redundant location to store data in case of a disaster. Recovery Point offers cloud backup strategies to handle data from major computer systems used by large companies; whether it’s mainframe computers, AIX operating systems or iSeries. In addition to providing recovery services in case of a disaster, the company works with companies daily to test and maintain their systems and to provide proof-of-concept demonstrations. Concentric Circles Of Security Security is a large part of the services Recovery Point provides. The company leverages the most secure approaches and technologies to ensure that customers’ data is protected, including the familiar “concentric circles of security” approach familiar to most security practitioners. At the center of the circle is the data of customer companies, what Fordham calls ‘the crown jewels.’ Recovery Point uses a combination of cyber, network and physical security to protect a customer’s data assets. “If their data is gone or corrupted, their business is gone or corrupted,” says Fordham. Location of the data center(s) is the first stage of protecting the backup data. Recovery Point is located outside urban areas, away from likely terrorist threats, in an area that is not prone to hurricane or tornado activity. The ‘geographically stable’ area is above the 100-year floodplain. At the perimeter, there is no signage identifying the company or its mission. An anti-ram barrier topped with a 10-foot personnel security fence encircles the campus. At the gate, visitors must be validated remotely or by authorized badge and security code. Inside the perimeter, there are hydraulic anti-vehicle barriers that can resist a 30-ton truck going 50 miles per hour. Bollards at four-foot intervals keep vehicles away from the building. Visitors require access badges and receptionists at multiple sign-in desks are located behind ballistic-rated bullet-proof glass Inside, visitors require access badges and receptionists at multiple sign-in desks are located behind ballistic-rated bullet-proof glass. Badges allow access only to the specific areas a visitor needs, whether it is the location where their data is stored, temporary work areas, meeting rooms or overnight sleeping quarters. Two-factor authentication includes iris-scan, fingerprint and voice recognition biometrics. Data Security Process Independent certification, including auditing of processes and physical boundaries around the data, meets standards such as the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The network and power must also be stable and Recovery Point has Uptime Institute Tier 3 certification, which includes redundant, switchable systems. There is an A side and B side to each system; if one side is ‘down’ for maintenance or a malfunction, the other side is fully functional to ensure uninterrupted service. “Customers have already had one disaster,” says Fordham. “We make it as painless as possible for them not to worry about their data, to make them feel secure. In a disaster there are other things to worry about, such as their home and families. We want security you can see and security you can feel.”
The new Pokemon Go video game, which has taken the world by storm, combines real-world landmarks and locations with virtual creatures in a smart phone video game that requires players to walk around in the real world to “find” the imaginary creatures. It’s a little like what the security industry has been trying to do for years: To achieve convergence of physical and cyber worlds. Pokemon Go Security Risks To be sure, the new game has presented its own set of security challenges and issues. Those challenges include the safety of players, whom the game encourages to congregate in public places, where they might be targeted by criminals. There are also questions of legal liability as the game places PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms – designated meeting points essential to playing the game – in areas where a player might conceivably be injured. Not to mention the danger of players crossing the street while concentrating on the game and looking into their smart phones. There has already been a lawsuit (the first of many?) filed by a New Jersey man who claims the game’s developer (mistakenly) placed PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms on his and other people’s private property. The lawsuit states that, after the game’s release, “strangers began lingering outside of his home with their phones in their hand,” and “individuals knocked on [his] door and asked for access to [his] backyard to ‘catch’ a Pokemon that the game placed [there] without his permission.” When a video game leads to charges of trespassing, surely it’s evidence that the cyber world and physical world have converged. Physical And Cyber Security But could the game’s convergence of physical and cyber gaming be seen as a model for the security industry? It’s not as far-fetched as one might think, and there is already some overlap. If physical and cyber accesssystems were combined, thesame password (or fingerprint)used to log into a computer would be used to open a door Currently, physical access control systems tend to be separate from cyber access systems, requiring a totally separate infrastructure and credentialing. If they were combined, the same password (or fingerprint) used to log into a computer would be used to open a door. A Facebook identity would be used to sign into a building (as well as a smart phone app). A Microsoft Outlook calendar appointment would interface with an access control or visitor management system to provide credentials to someone who has an appointment in a building. A person’s location in a building would be a prerequisite for signing into a computer system. There are other examples, many of which you hear talk about in the industry. Progress Towards Convergence Even so, the perception in our market is that the virtual world and the physical world – and their respective security systems – are separate and likely to stay separate for the foreseeable future. Maybe Pokemon Go argues against that assumption. To the extent that the separation is a mindset (and possibly a roadblock, or at least a mental block, to progress toward convergence), maybe the game will demonstrate what’s possible. We have seen perceptions in the consumer market translate into trends in the security market before. In addition to being a (reportedly) fun game, Pokemon Go makes a case that the cyber world and the physical world can be combined into one entity. What happens in the physical world impacts the results of the cyber world, and vice versa – and for better or for worse. When the security industry understands that, we will make progress toward the elusive goal we have been talking about for a decade or more – convergence.
A chain of one-stop shopping destination is one of the pioneers of discount shopping center in the UAE and Dubai. With a selected chain of suppliers, they offer the widest choices of products at very affordable prices. The products of this retail chain range from daily food items to beauty products and perfumes. Household items such as kitchenware, tableware, appliances, decors and electronics including mobile phones and computer accessories are also available here. The store offer apparels such as ladies wear, menswear, and children’s wear, in addition to shoes, bags, school and office supplies. Branches of this retail chain are located in more than eight locations with the one in Sharjah being the biggest branch till date. Easy Attendance Management Since branches of this retail chain are spread across UAE, managing attendance of every employee became a tedious task. Moreover, keeping track of each of their IN and OUT timings, overtime, leaves, and shift management for multiple locations from a single location was another challenge the retailer faced. Attendance management, multiple shift management and over time calculation became tricky challenges to deal with. Apart from that, they required specific type of reports to map everything department or location wise. Matrix offered its dynamic range of biometric hardware products along with the software solutions to complement the devices Matrix offered its dynamic range of biometric hardware products along with the software solutions to complement the devices. As the retail chain is an exponentially growing company building stores at several locations, Matrix offered its Time-Attendance module along with fingerprint and card based door controller, COSEC DOOR FOT. This solution assisted in easy attendance management of employees along with their shift and overtime management. Analysis Of Employees’ Attendance The solution also allowed generation of several specific types of reports with detailed filtering options for smooth process and analysis of employees’ attendance details. Matrix People Mobility Management solution assisted the retail chain achieve following results: Centralized Attendance Management and Monitoring Easy Shift & Schedule Management Elimination of Overtime Issues Smooth HR Process with Various Precise Reports The products used for providing solutions: COSEC DOOR FOT - Fingerprint and Card based Door Controller for Time-Attendance COSEC CENTRA ME - Application Server Platform with 500 or more Users and Expandable up to 1,000 Users COSEC ME TAM - Time-Attendance Module for 500 or more Users COSEC USER100 - User license for 100 users
Students of all ages in state schools are entitled to a safe learning environment. If students don't feel safe, they are not able to stay focused during classroom lessons and activities. That’s why Narre Warren South. P-12 College has upgraded its security with the installation of a sophisticated SALTO access control and ID pass system. Located south east of Melbourne, Australia, Narre Warren South P-12 College is a unique school on one campus with two sub schools, Primary, (Prep to Year 6) and Secondary, (Years 7 to 12). It follows the P-12 Curriculum which is designed to provide diversity and pathway opportunities, ensuring students maximize opportunities that exist after school and ensure people achieve their learning goals in a fun and supportive learning environment. Mechanical Key System The College previously used a mechanical key system for its security needs Home to over 2000 students and 200 staff, cultural diversity is a feature of the College with at least 50 ethnic groups being represented speaking 68 languages. A third of the College’s student population come from families where the language background is other than English. The College previously used a mechanical key system for its security needs; however this was increasingly complicated to manage as keys multiplied, and it was difficult to guard against key duplication and copying. Another negative was the cost of re-keying and replacing locks to maintain security if keys were lost or not handed back. Security Arrangements The College also had a number of challenges when it came to managing and limiting traffic flow through the staff car parks, both inside and outside school hours. To alleviate such problems, the College decided to look into upgrading its security arrangements and called in local security specialists Eclipse Security Systems. Director Greg Flood takes up the story. “We met with Brett Dyer, (the College’s Property and Maintenance Manager), and explained how SALTO solutions are in use around the world in educational environments including universities, university housing, schools, research institutes, academies, kindergartens and more where they provide security, access control and campus management.” Cost-Effective Package Brett liked the fact that SALTO could offer a solution that was education proven" “Replacing keys with smart access control would give the school much more control over its security. For instance installing smart online wireless locks on main entrance doors would enable the school to incorporate these doors into its lock down procedure. At busy student drop off and pick up times in the morning and afternoon, the school gates could be automated to improve traffic flow and ease congestion.” “And since Narre Warren South P-12 like almost all state schools hire out their sports, meeting facilities etc to third party groups outside of school hours, the new access control solution would make it much easier to manage access for such short term visitors. Brett liked the fact that SALTO could offer a solution that was education proven and offered a secure, flexible way to have all the above benefits and more in a versatile, cost-effective package that was future proof and gave a great return on the schools investment dollars.” Scheduled Automatic Locking Most external doors have a mix of offline and online SALTO XS4 escutcheons" “The removal of the old system and the upgrade to smart locks was smooth and straightforward, and we’ve now retro-fitted in excess of 100 doors and automated a number of perimeter gates. Most external doors, plus the addition of a number of internal office doors across all the blocks, have a mix of offline and online SALTO XS4 escutcheons, as well as control units and wall readers.” “The most important thing for us is to ensure that we are doing everything we can to safeguard our children. Our new access control system furthers this goal” says Brett Dyer. “We went with Greg’s recommendation of SALTO for its functionality and value for money. We particularly like how easy it is to use and program, especially the issue and management of contactless smartcards for external user groups." "The scheduled automatic locking and unlocking of external doors and gates is a huge time saver, and so far we’re pleased with the product and the capabilities it now gives us.”
Johnson Controls has announced that the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA has installed Software House’s C-CURE 9000 security and event management platform as part of a comprehensive visitor management system designed to increase security by verifying member identity and restricting access of non-members. Dr. P. Phillips’ YMCA, located in Doctor Phillips, Fla., is the largest of 27 facilities that are part of The YMCA of Central Florida. This single location serves 11,000 active members. The facility recently completed an $11 million renovation and expansion project, which also included an upgrade to the physical access control system to incorporate biometric technology to improve the member check-in process. Biometric Fingerprint Access The turnstiles help to manage the flow of visitors and identify when a person does not have membership privileges to gain accessThe comprehensive system integrates Software House C-CURE 9000 with biometric readers from iDentytech and swing glass optical turnstiles from Automatic Systems. Together, the systems manage the flow of visitors into the facility by enabling members to gain access using a biometric fingerprint reader instead of swiping an access control card. The turnstiles help manage the flow of visitors and identify when a person does not have membership privileges to gain access. Membership enrollment information resides in C-CURE 9000, which serves as the central component of the overall access control system. Johnson Controls' integration arm served as the systems integrator on the project. Accurate Accounting Of Membership Status “With the old system,” said Dan Humbert, director of IT for the YMCA of Central Florida, “the only way to tell which family center membership someone held was by the color of the barcode. With the C-CURE 9000 system that’s all automated. We can now capture the information on where they can work out directly in the system.” A major benefit of the new access control system and membership program is that it provides more accurate accounting of membership status. The system can flag out-of-date memberships, so when a person is denied access can be directed to the desk where they can pay on-site and be reinstated.
Jutting up to a height of 126 meters, the 36-story Prime Tower is Zurich’s tallest building and number two in Switzerland. Its 40,000 square meters of floor space can accommodate more than 2,000 workplaces. It is striking with its futuristic architecture and dark green reflective exterior. The tower’s impressive details include a 10-meter-high entrance hall and the CLOUDS bar and restaurant on the top floor boasting an unmatched view far out across the surrounding landscape. Bosch Networked Security Solution The operator relies on Bosch to keep the building safe and secure. And to meet the Prime Tower’s unique requirements, the company’s experts recently implemented a modernization project. One of the new system’s technical highlights is a combination of electronic and biometric access control. “Our owner, the firm of Swiss Prime Site Immobilien AG, attaches great importance to monitoring who exactly is inside the building at all times,” explained Annika Hammes, who heads the trustee department at Wincasa, a building services outfit that was contracted to design and execute the solution. Electronic And Biometric Access Control Error-free biometric identification is accomplished by reading the vein patterns on the backs of people’s hands Error-free biometric identification is accomplished by reading the vein patterns on the backs of people’s hands. This is done contactlessly for very easy, comfortable use. A total of 120 hand vein readers have been installed in the building and connected to the controllers of the eight elevators. Once employees and guests have been biometrically registered, they board lifts that automatically take them to the right floors. Encrypted ID cards are used to access the rental units, thereby making sure that people can only enter zones for which they have been authorized. All relevant security information is collected in a management system so that the responsible employees always have everything in view and can respond quickly when there is a need. Bosch handled everything for this project: advising the client, and then planning and implementing the system. The modifications were made without interrupting use of the building, which was a major challenge not only for the project team, which therefore had to work very swiftly, but also for the tenants themselves. “This called for very close cooperation between the Bosch team and the mixed-use site management (MUSM) team of Wincasa AG, which met the requirements for continued building use while the work was ongoing,” explained Hammes.
Princeton Identity Inc., a provider of secure biometric security systems, has announced the deployment of its Biometric Conex, designed to assist customers with quick and accurate personnel authentication for campuses and facilities. The Conex is a 20-foot long standard shipping container outfitted with on-the-move facial, iris and fingerprint biometric capture technology, which can be operational in less than 24 hours. Biometric Conex Princeton Identity is showcasing the Biometric Conex at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC The first two containers will be shipped in October to government facilities. Princeton Identity is showcasing the Biometric Conex at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC. The Conex’s combination of patented authentication technology and portable configuration give organizations the flexibility to deploy these high throughput, accurate authentication units anytime, anywhere. Biometric High-Throughput System The multi-modal, biometric high-throughput system offers more secure rapid personnel authentication and the following features: Face, dual iris, and 8 fingerprint rapid enrollment of personnel and on-the move multi-modal personnel identification Throughputs of over 15 people per minute Self-contained or networked configurations Allow list and watch list capable Can support large personnel database configurations Climate controlled, air conditioned and weatherproof Can be powered by a generator and comes with UPS backup Facility Entry Control The Biometric Conex eliminates these issues and provides a more accurate, seamless entry process Current facility entry control procedures generally rely on credentials or limited biometric information to allow entry. In many cases, these procedures can cause excessive queuing, require extensive manpower, and are limited in their identification accuracy. The Biometric Conex eliminates these issues and provides a more accurate, seamless entry process. It contains a rapid enrollment station to simultaneously register subjects’ biometric signatures – fingerprints, face and irises – which takes less than a minute to process. The fusing of these three separate biometric modalities ensures the highest level of identification accuracy and eliminates potential spoofing attacks. When subjects enter the Conex, they walk through at a normal pace without stopping or touching any sensors, gain clearance, and are granted access to the facility. Contactless Iris Authentication “The government engaged with Princeton Identity to provide these units because we are the only identification firm with patented walkthrough, contactless iris authentication capabilities to support large groups of people,” said Mark Clifton, CEO of Princeton Identity. “Our software and physical hardware provide versatile identity authentication solutions designed to verify and manage individuals’ identities for a wide range of physical security and access applications, and we are already exploring other commercial uses for the Biometric Conex.”
Ask a student, or pretty much anyone, what they think about “access control” and you’ll get a shrug. Conversely, all of us are enthusiastic about security and convenience. Students across Europe are discovering SMARTair wireless access control gives them both. Adding SMARTair access control to a door involves just replacing a standard cylinder or escutcheon with a digital, smartphone- or smart-card–operated electronic lock. It’s hassle-free to make the switch to SMARTair. And with a system design focused on user experience, SMARTair takes some of the everyday pain out of student life. Wherever you fit SMARTair, it’s easy to configure access cards to enable payments in the canteen or at vending machines; for changing room locker locks; and for the photocopier or library loans. You can’t do that with a metal key. MIFARE RFID Cards At Madrid’s prestigious Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) students now open doors with smart MIFARE RFID cards instead of keys At Madrid’s prestigious Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) students now open doors with smart MIFARE RFID cards instead of keys. CUNEF fitted escutcheons to monitor and ease access to different areas of the university for 1,600 students, without the need for expensive wired door locks. If a student loses their card, there’s no threat to campus security. A manager issues a new credential which automatically cancels the lost card — much faster than changing a lock. When Mezzino took ownership of Rialto Court — apartments for students attending Durham University and Teesside University — they replaced a mechanical master key system with SMARTair. From the company’s point of view, the high annual tenant turnover and a need for scheduled cleaning and summer shutdown were becoming difficult to manage with physical keys. Students also reaped the benefits of their new, user-friendly access system. They have the confidence no previous resident of their flat has copied a physical key. At Funway Academic Resort in Madrid, student rooms are also locked with SMARTair escutcheons. Energy-saving wall devices inside rooms regulate electricity use, and students each have their own safe locked with a SMARTair cabinet lock. The Funway gym, study rooms, games rooms, swimming pool and changing rooms, spa and staff areas are also locked with SMARTair escutcheons — and open with the same smart-card. SMARTair Openow Solution The recent launch of the SMARTair Openow solution puts credentials on a mobile phoneThere’s more to come from SMARTair. The recent launch of the SMARTair Openow solution puts credentials on a mobile phone. With SMARTair and the Openow app, students can open their rooms and authorized doors with a smartphone. If you have your phone, you’re already carrying your keys. Student services or facilities managers issue virtual keys over-the-air — and can revoke them whenever they choose — so there’s no need for a key-card handover meeting, at the beginning or end of term. A time-limited virtual key arrives ahead of the first day and automatically expires when it’s time to vacate your halls. Mobile Credentials Mobile credentials will be a big hit. Student life goes on inside the handset, as much as IRL (“In Real Life”, for the uninitiated). Last year’s Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey found a fifth of 18- to 24-year-olds even check their phone for messages in the middle of the night*. From a security standpoint, phone-based credentials have another advantage. Checking our phones is “habitual”, “unconscious” and “repetitive”, according to one study**. We know very quickly if it is missing. How soon would you notice a missing plastic card, especially if you were enjoying yourself on a night out? Biometric Security Plus, a virtual key on every student’s smartphone potentially provides an extra layer of biometric protection for every controlled university door Plus, a virtual key on every student’s smartphone potentially provides an extra layer of biometric protection for every controlled university door. Fingerprint, and even face and iris, scanners are commonplace on smartphones. ”Generation Z students were raised as digital natives,” says Felix Moran, SMARTair Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY. ”They expect convenience as a standard feature, not a mechanical solution used in Ancient Egypt. In Europe’s increasingly international, marketized higher education ecosystem, attracting these tech-savvy students is critical, as is keeping them satisfied with the campus experience.” SMARTair TS1000 Software The complete SMARTair solution includes wireless escutcheons, cylinders, wall readers, locker locks and more; the intuitive SMARTair TS1000 software; and the enhanced new Openow app functionality. It works out the box and is easy to install — and even easier to operate.