Thermal cameras can be used to help the detection of a fever and therefore mitigating the spread of COVID-19. See below video demonstration of the FRS-1T (Facial recognition camera with thermal detection) working with the GuardPointPro access control solution.
Creating healthy and safe environments is now a key requirement in helping people return to work and re-start their normal activities.
To improve and help safeguard against Covid-19 or any infectious virus sensor access controls systems can provide the following solutions:
- Room capacity monitoring.
- Touchless door operation.
- Temperature detection.
It is very important now to ensure people have sufficient space to be able to maintain the current guideline of 2 meters apart from each other. This is where capacity counting can play an important role to prevent overcrowding of a space.
Within the Guardpoint10 there is a highly configurable module called “Areas” This allows spaces (buildings, rooms, etc.) which can be defined for monitoring the occupancy. Capacity can be set to each area which in turn can trigger a configurable action. The action could be to stop allowing more people in or send an alert email, many options are available.
The screenshot below showing the area module in GuardPoint10:
|GP10-AREA||GuardPoint 10 real-time visual and reporting of cardholder movements.|
|GP10-AGR||GuardPoint 10 additional cause and effect actions such as: Send a email and Run External application.|
Further information can be found: http://www.sensoraccess.co.uk/software/
Touchless Door Operation
Reducing the points of human contact on a door will reduce the point of cross-contamination. Proximity readers are contact-less but exit buttons usually are not. Therefore we are offering a capacitive exit button “ETC-1” which has an advantage over infrared versions as it is more accurate and not as affected by smoke, dust, fog, sunlight, etc
The ETC-1 can detect your hand up to a range of 5 cm from the button and has a mechanical override in case of power failure
Contactless exit button with a capacitive sensor with a mechanical override.
Further information can be found: http://www.sensoraccess.co.uk/exit-buttons/
Facial recognition readers have been around for a while but recently this is now being combined with a thermal recognition camera.
The thermal sensor allows the reader to measure the body temperature at the same as doing facial verification. This helps companies to stop any employee or visitor who is exhibiting high body temperature from entering the building and therefore protecting the people inside the premises from possible infection.
8“ Thermal Facial recognition reader with either Wiegand output. Supports temperature detection via thermal imaging, live detection and Automatic light compensation.
The new API centre in GuardPoint10 allows many possibilities in making GuardPoint10 much more than just an access control system. The API allows systems to be linked together and provide automation as well as personalized applications for specific needs. For example:
- A schools existing student management software could be used to also create the student on the GP10 system.
- A building management software could be used to control the doors and alarm inputs
Completely new applications can also be created to interact with GP10. The are many possibilities which means customers can have applications tailored to their business needs.
There is an example Visitor Sign in application that you or a developer can download and experiment with.
To make the development process easier we provide the API with a Postman collection of examples and tests.
The Postman tool is a free tool for managing RESTful API call collections in various conditions and can be used as the API descriptive doc and testing tool.
For more information on setting up the API see: https://sensoraccess.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360022197731-GuardPoint10-API-Center-
The demand for flexible office hours is rapidly growing around the UK due to the massive amount of freelancers and contractors using shared office spaces and working varied hours and shifts. The result of this change in working habits is that offices need to be manned 24/7 or you need to implement an access control solution.
Our Access Control Software combined with our hardware means there are several options to control access to the buildings.
There are various types of key cards that can be used as an alternative to the traditional metal key and will open an electronically-powered door if you swipe it (swipe reader), tap the card on it (proximity reader), or insert it (insert reader).
Here at sensor access, we provide the following options:
- Proximity cards are contact-less due to a wireless antenna embedded in the plastic. When the card is brought into proximity with a reader the antenna receives an electrical charge which is known as the Wiegand effect.
- Key fobs look more like plastic keys rather than cards, but they also allow keyless locking and unlocking of coworking spaces using the Wiegand effect.
- Smart cards possess a microchip, which is difficult to duplicate, so they provide a higher level of security than the magnetic stripe cards. Such cards do not require contact with the reader and are popular among laptop owners and office staff.
- Biometric Access Control is the most secure option and involves employees registering a fingerprint which is then scanned by the reader to confirm your identity and grant you access.
For more information on Access Control visit our contact us page
New Version of GuardPoint released
A new version of GuardPointPro has now been released and is ready for download. This new version has many new features and improvements. Full release notes can be found here
GuardPointPro to check the validity of badges without the need of a hardwired reader.
Multi-Frame View Photo screen
This new window allows the operator to observe the photo of cardholders using multiple readers all in parallel.
End to End encrypted Mifare DESFire Readers
For sites which require an end to end encryption which meets most military and government standards support for new serial readers are available.
QR codes and barcodes can now be read using the Magellan 1100I scanner.
Many more features and improvements have been made in the new version.
To download click here
To be able to upgrade to the latest GuardPointPro you will require a license dongle with minimum version 3.00.0xx otherwise please contact:
UK and EMEA Sales Manager
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Barrett to Sensor Access as our UK and EMEA Sales Manager.
Paul has over 25 years of experience in the security industry, on both the installation and manufacturing sides of the business. His knowledge in how to manage a security company has allowed him to demonstrate what he feels are important issues and challenges for our customers.
Since Paul has joined us in September, he has been focusing on who our customers are and how we can best assist them in gaining contracts, increasing their margins and securing maintenance contracts. With this in mind, we have employed a new route to market that will allow companies to differentiate themselves, and a genuinely different partner programme that rewards companies with more than just a glass paperweight and a pat on the back.
Paul has said: “The Sensor Access control products already stand out from the crowd: quality built hardware, feature rich, with an intuitive and reliable software used by both engineers and system users alike – a characteristic considered a rarity. I genuinely believe that we and our customers have a fantastic opportunity to change the Access Control market for the better. Of course, it often comes down to pricing and margins but ultimately it is about a company’s reputation and how it values its customers. Value is what we will be offering our customers and this will allow them to do the the same for theirs.”
For any sales queries, please contact Paul on either of the following:
Tel: 01273 242355
Sensor Access has recently improved the GuardPoint Corporate edition by allowing additional modules such as LIFT, Video and Galaxy to be added. The GuardPoint Corporate package is a solution suitable for installations of up to 128 readers and includes modules such as Badge Printing, Graphical Maps, SQL and two additional workstations as standard.
GuardPoint Corporate is a cost effective solution compatible with our low cost NX range of controllers, which come in 1 and 2 door flavours.
To find out more, please contact us
Bluetooth connectivity technology is a recent development in access control, offering the ability to control your system using just your smart-phone, as well as an alternative authentication option. This works by allowing users to open doors from a distance by simply using their phone. The Bluetooth signal can be activated either by using a gesture such as rotating the phone or from pressing a button within a phone application. By combining the phones own authentication facilities with the Bluetooth application, two factor authentications can be achieved for extra security.
Bluetooth readers are therefore providing a simple and secure identity management process that is both user-friendly and convenient.
Advantages of Bluetooth Readers
- Simple security identity management
- Allows users to open doors from a distance through gesture technology
- Offers additional layers of authentication for protection
Bluetooth technology is very apt for our current climate, with increasing numbers of mobile phone users. This new technology will offer a convenient yet very high security access control solutions while providing an overall user-friendly experience.
Sensor Access will be offering Bluetooth technology within its current design of readers. To browse our current range, please click here
Keeping the current SF, Mifare or SP technology and combining it with a Bluetooth antenna will offer an upgrade path to existing system to move on to Bluetooth whether it be for the benefits or Bluetooth range or higher level of encryption and security.
For further enquiries regarding bluetooth readers, please contact us
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Sensor Access has developed a way of integrating the new generation of smart lifts made by Thyssen. The Thyssen lifts incorporate a new feature called destination control. Lift destination control systems offer improvements that can help speed up travel times and improve efficiency.
How it works
Our new development incorporates access control integration – customers can restrict access to the cardholder via time schedules and particular floors or destinations. For example: one user can be assigned access to only the ground floor and third floor from Monday to Friday. The operation is such that the cardholder swipes their card on the lift reader which in turn displays only the floors the user has been granted access to on the lift floor selection panel.
The Operation in GuardPoint Pro
To operate the Thyssen Lift Integration, the badge holder swipes a badge at the access control reader located outside of the lifts. The user then chooses their desired destination on the input panel from the displayed list of authorised floors. They are then directed to a lift based on availability, efficiency of the system and grouping of people travelling to the same level. The lift then takes the user to their destination without the user having to touch any other button.
Figure 1: image of GuardPoint Pro and Thyssen software compatibility
There is now a new option of choosing Thyssen lifts when selecting a lift controller in GuardPointPro.
Case Study: Paris
This integration with smart lifts is operational in a 10-floor office building in the centre of Paris. This site is equipped with five lifts from the Thyssen company. There are 20 Thyssen destination selectors equipped with badge readers, two on each floor.
Find out more
If you require any further information on the Thyssen software integration or wish to find out more, please contact us on either of the following:
Tel: +44 (0)1273 242355