To help combat the spread of coronavirus alcohol dispensers and temperature monitors have become the normality in many public places. By combining these devices with an access control system can help enforce their usage. See videos below
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.
In view of this pandemic situation, we would like to introduce to you the advantages of our new exit button the EBC-1.
- Cross-contamination is reduced as there is no need to physically touch the button to unlock the door.
- The EBC-1 uses a capacitance proximity sensor instead of infrared making it less affected by environmental factors such as dust and sunlight, etc.
- The unit has a mechanical override which means it can be pressed like a regular exit button if necessary.
- There is also an optional wireless remote control to open the door remotely.
Download the Datasheet: http://public.sensoraccess.co.uk/Products/Hardware/EBC-1_Datasheet.pdf
Sensor Access Technology has developed an integration with the very latest DOAS Mitsubishi Lift system. ELSGW (Elevator Secure Gateway)
Mitsubishi Electric’s DOAS system optimizes 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 GuardPoint10 the cardholder operation can work in the following ways:
The passenger waves an ID card over the card reader in the hall and then enters an authorized floor number.
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.
Learn how to configure GP10 with ELSGW support: https://sensoraccess.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360006991377-GuardPoint10-with-ELSGW-
Due to the increased use of smartphones, QR codes are becoming significantly more practical as they are free to create and can be sent to a user’s phone remotely.
For instance, a temporary room or accommodation can have QR codes sent to a visitor’s phone. This gives the guest temporary access without the need for the reception to issue a card or keys.
QR codes are also very common in ticketing systems, such as entertainment tickets or transport passes. For example, the buses in Brighton and Hove use QR codes. This allows people to use their smartphones to easily purchase tickets and quickly scan them on-board the bus.
Our new QR Reader has a Wiegand output which allows it to be connected to most access control systems. The QR reader also has an inbuilt Mifare proximity card reader. This means regular employees can have proximity cards, while QR codes can be issued to visitors etc.
Download the datasheet http://public.sensoraccess.co.uk/Products/Readers/Special/QRCodeRFID.pdf
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:
What is the cheapest way to install biometric access control on my office?
Here at Sensor Access, we understand the need for security on peoples buildings so to reduce the cost of people wanting to install biometric fingerprint based access control systems we have launched our new Guardpoint 10 access control system which when used in conjunction with our 4 port controllers results in a significant fall in price.
Why is it cheaper with Guardpoint 10 and the 4 port controllers?
Normally if you install a biometric access control system for a building with 40 doors you would also have to install 40 controllers (one for each door).
With Guardpoint 10 and our 4 port controllers you only need to buy 10 controllers as opposed to forty, it doesn’t take a mathematician to see how this reduces the total cost of the installation.