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.
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 technologyis 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.
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Sensor Access Technology has developed an integration with the very latest DOAS Mitsubishi Lift system.
Mitsubishi Electric’s DOAS system optimises multi-car elevator systems by allocating cars efficiently according to the floors that passengers input while waiting in the hall, helping to reduce both wait and travel times. The integration means that you can restrict access to the cardholder via time schedules and floors or destinations, increasing security and efficiency of movement around the building.
When combining DOAS with GuardPoint Pro the cardholder operation can work in the following ways:
1. The passenger waves an ID card over the card reader in the hall and then enters an authorised floor number.
2. The user’s floor is preregistered in the ID card, so after the card is waved over the reader, the panel directs the user to the elevator going to that floor. There is no need to enter the floor number manually.
Within an access control system, there are often many features and capabilities which are overlooked or that people are unaware of. These features can often increase the security and efficiency of the system. Below are a couple example features which can be used in our GuardPoint Pro system.
One of the many benefits of our GuardPoint Pro software is its versatile capacity to adapt to various different needs and requirements. There are many features within our access control solutions which often get overlooked, such as our auto-emailing feature.
Would you like to be notified when a specific person arrives in your building? Our access control software allows you to send emails triggered by any type of transaction. For instance: a visitor arrives and an email is sent to a specific person to notify them.
Wouldn’t it be useful to have your access control report emailed directly to you? Many different types of reports in GuardPoint Pro can be automatically generated. For example: a list of people in the building could be sent to you every morning.
Do you wish to be immediately notified straight to your phone when an alarm occurs? By using an email-to-SMS service, notifications can be sent directly to your phone, informing you on specific alarm and access events.
Instructions on setting up auto-emailing in GuardPoint Pro can be found here
Automatic inhibition is also a useful feature on big and busy systems. If a card has not been used for a certain period of time, it will automatically become invalid after a set number of days. This feature is useful as it will automatically block cards that have been lost, yet unreported, to the administrator. This feature is especially useful on diverse systems where it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether employees still exist or have left the company etc. This avoids human error on managing the live card population, therefore increasing the security of the system.
Figure 1: image showing utilisation of our GuardPoint Pro software
For further information on the features above, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you
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.
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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:
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)