A mantrap is an access control feature which provides high security measures for a designated area with two or more doors. Mantraps are used in secure areas to effectively detain unauthorized personnel. This design is typical of high security locations such as banks and hospitals.
In simple: a mantrap requires personnel to enter through the first door of the assigned location – while the other doors remain closed – before they are granted access at the second door.
Difficulty of forcibly gaining entry
Evaluates personnel in the mantrap before releasing them through the second door
Allows entry of only one person at a time
Helps to prevent tail gating
How it works
A mantrap consists of two or more doors – a perimeter door and an interior door closest to the protected area. The perimeter door and the interior door must be equipped with locks, door sensors, and readers. Access is granted either through the reader or through its RTX button, and the door status is given by the defined door contact. Second access cannot be granted from the reader until the previous door is opened and then closed. This security process allows only one single door to be open at a time, so once access has been granted to the first door, the outside door remains locked.
Figure 1: image of an example mantrap
The mantrap feature is standard in all versions of the GuardPoint Pro Software. A standard door controller which supports two or more doors is all that is required, no additional hardware needed. GuardPoint Pro also has the flexibility of harbouring different variations of the standard mantrap. For instance the second door can automatically open after the first door is closed or the second door could require additional acknowledgement from an input before opening.
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If you have a mantrap requirement or wish to find out more please contact us on either of the following:
GuardPoint 10 is a 2017 complete redesign of GuardPoint Pro which seamlessly unites access, alarm and video into one platform meanwhile providing an operator friendly solution and user experience.
Before we release GP10, we are in the process of asking the opinions of our customers on the provided two options, asking for the preferable method of either modular licensing or layered licensing. See previous post for more details
For further information of GuardPoint 10 please click the link below to download the brochure:
New release of VantagePoint software with 2 new controller types
As part of our ongoing development of VantagePoint, we will be releasing a new version of its software as of 2017. Customers should expect this to feature various operational improvements as well as support the new 2 door and 8 door controllers
The new controllers will allow VantagePoint to stay a cost effective solution for all sizes of site installation. Both controller types will have 100,000 cardholder capacities as well as an on-board web interface paving the way for simple systems to be setup, without the need for customers to install any additional software
Are you considering whether to upgrade your access control system to use biometrics?
The key benefits of using biometrics as opposed to using standard proximity credentials are:
Fingerprint characteristics cannot be guessed and are very difficult to steal.
Your access credentials cannot be lost or forgotten.
Using biometrics can be a cost saving because you do not need to buy any proximity cards or tags.
Fingerprints biometric readers are simple and intuitive to use.
Online biometric systems can easily be expanded. Fingerprint templates can easily be downloaded from the main system when new readers are added.
Using fingerprints for access control is now more accepted amongst people due to the increased usage on devices such as mobile phones.
Using biometrics with an online access control system gives a clear audit trail with a definitive answer on who committed a security breach.
Cost savings can also be made in terms of using biometrics with time and attendance. It prevents cardholders from using other people’s cards.
Both of Sensor Access’ access control solutions can be integrated with fingerprint biometrics. When considering fingerprint biometrics it is important to consider the environment and the people who will be using them. If the environment or the user’s hands are very dirty it would be worth considering readers which can read the finger a few layer of skin below the surface. For situations of where people do not want fingerprint data stored centrally, it would be worth considering storing their own fingerprint on a smart card that they carry with them. Using a smart card which carries your fingerprint means the reader itself no longer need to store the finger templates which means no limitation to its capacity.
To learn more about what biometric solution sensor access can offer please visit our website
or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and telephone +44 (0)1273 242355
Sensor offers a range of biometric solutions to compliment and complete the VantagePoint product range. Solutions include a range of fingerprint and iris recognition products. Typical applications of these products are found in high security buildings, server rooms airports, and any other locations where it is more efficient and beneficial to not carry a card.
Not required to carry any cards or fobs for entry
Eliminating the possibility of lost credentials
Possible cost saving (no card population to maintain)
High security (used as a further level of authentication)
GuardPoint 10 is our next generation access control platform which seamlessly unites access, alarm and video into one platform. Utilising state of the art technologies, GuardPoint 10 provides a powerful and elegant operator friendly solution. This updated software is a complete redesign of GuardPoint Pro which is developed in the C# Language to offer a new vibrant and engaging user experience. The new GuardPoint 10 architecture is split into 3 independent layers:
GUI – The graphical interface using the latest Microsoft technology.
Server – This implements the requests from the operator and updates the database. It also allows easy integration to external systems.
Network manager – Manages communication with the controllers and communicates simultaneously with controllers on multiple networks.
GuardPoint 10 utilises a full range of intelligent control devices that can manage, 1 door, 2 door, 4 door, PoE and dedicated input and output control outputs. The system is compatible with many reading technologies using smart cards and biometric readers
Each software layer is independent which means the modification of one layer does not alter the other. This flexible and stable system is due for release September 2017.
Sensor Access are pleased to inform you that all our software is now all shipped out on USB key in soft format offering ease of use and handling, reusable storage USB Key and now leaves no excuses for not backing up your system. The USB key can be written to so is an ideal place to back up your customers access control database.
The Sensor Energy Saving wall switch is a card operated electrical switch. It allows you to control a power switch using a proximity card. This product is ideal to use where a building management solution is required and is great for energy saving measures and new green rules being introduced. Download the Datasheet
Sensor Access are proud to bring to the market a collection of long range readers which are suitable for a variety of different applications. This cost effective solution is a great addition to Sensor’s diverse range of products. These readers offer passive reading technology, ensuring maximum performance and as the cards do not require a battery, this makes them much more cost effective than an active tag.
Available in three varieties
The S-UHF-R2 reader is ideal for hands free and DDA applications and offers a read range of up to 2 meters.
The S-UHF-R4 and S-UHF-R10 readers are designed specifically for outdoor applications, and both readers comply to IP66. With up to 4m and 10m
read range respectively, these readers are ideally suited to car parking applications.
Easy installation and integration
All readers are easy to adapt to existing systems. The readers do not require any electronic tuning to ensure a quick and simple setup.
Where a parking management solution is required, GuardPoint Pro offers a simple yet smart integrated Parking Control Module (PCM) to allow simple capacity control for multiple areas and companies. This software module allows you to set up parking zones of which you can allocate a number of spaces to different cardholder groups. The parking module ensures important members of staff or visitors can always have somewhere to park.
When the car park is full or a group has filled all of their designated parking spaces, actions can be performed for example a message on a display panel or denying access altogether. Providing a full solution when used together with the long range readers.