Introducing GuardPoint’s: License Plate Number Recognition

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Sensor’s GuardPoint software integrates License Plate Number Recognition (LPNR) – a full number plate reading and recognition system for vehicle access control such as car parks, reserved areas and airports.

This module plays an essential role in managing and restricting traffic and personnel flow to and from your site, with overall monitoring of staff parking.


How does it work?
A special camera is needed that is designed to act as a reader in a vehicle access control situation. As a car approaches, the camera reads the license plate which is then matched against the database of license plates previously entered into the access control system (GuardPoint). If there is a match, the corresponding user ID is sent to the access panel associated with the gate, and is granted access.

Image of a blue car with a target imposed on the number plate - demonstrating the process of License Plate Number Recognition (LPNR)

License Plate Number Recognition is a highly accurate system, capable of reading vehicle number plates without the need for human intervention regardless of time of day, speed of vehicle or climate. This is accomplished through the use of high speed image capture, detection of license plate characters within the images provided, and the decoding authorisation process. All user data is stored in your present access control system.


The Benefits of LPNR:
Control multiple locations/barriers in different car parks
Recognise all license plates with numbers and letters
Fully comprehensive reporting features
Fast and efficient access control
Fully automated functionality: reducing overall labour costs
High quality and functional cameras: ensures shorter queues in peak times getting in or out from work
Housing: designed for easy mounting on walls and poles
All sourced images can be exported to JPEG format
Monitors number plates both day and night


To find out more about Sensor’s ‘License Plate Number Recognition’ module, please contact us through our website or alternatively:
Phone: 01273 242355
Email: sales@sensoraccess.co.uk

Introducing GuardPoint Pro’s: Guard Tour Module

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Image of a Sensor reader being swiped to represent the Guard Tour and Patrol module

The Guard Tour module is often overlooked in the GuardPointPro access control system.

This module allows you to utilise your existing access control system for guard patrol tours, as well as allowing you to accurately monitor times and movements of your security personal.


How does it work?

The Guard Tour facility allows various points on the premises to be defined as checkpoints which make up a ‘Guard Tour’. These points may be simple alarm points such as push buttons and key operated systems, or specific readers where the guard must pass a badge.

Screenshot taken in GuardPointPro of windows open within the Guard Tour module

Image 1: screenshots taken from GuardPointPro


The Benefits of a Guard Tour include: 

Simplicity – all information is stored in the Guard Point Software, accessible at any time including a history log of all guard tours in secure databases

Accountability – ability to track and create digital footprints of employees as well as achieve real-time management and guard-tour monitoring

Automation – ability to configure reports to be sent to clients in real time

Data Analysis – allows for the remote monitoring and analysis of data, with the option for real-time notifications

Remote Management – ability to relieve time-consuming paper procedures of assigning tasks and managing multiple areas, offering data interoperability and extensive management and communication


To find out more about Sensor’s ‘Guard Tour’ module, please contact us

Sensor Access’ BioPlus W2 Fingerprint Device

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In the New Year, Sensor Access will be releasing the BioPlus W2 Fingerprint Device – the new access control device paving the way in biometric technology. The BioPlus W2 has direct integration with GuardPoint10, providing an easy to use platform for managing your user fingerprints.

Image of the BioPlus W2 with key points listed next to the image

This new biometric device uses a powerful ‘quad-core CPU’ as well as Live Finger Detection (LFD) technology to provide class-leading performance. Designed with ruggedness in mind, the BioPlus W2 has the ability to withstand most climates and is a perfect solution for areas that experience tough environment and outdoor installations. The metal IP67/IK09 housing ensures that the biometric device is protected, meanwhile providing significant protection against invasive moisture, dust and liquid damage.

To find out more about the upcoming release of the latest biometric reader, please contact us

New Staff Announcement

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Paul Barrett
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:

Email: paul@sensoraccess.co.uk

Tel: 01273 242355

New: Features Added to GuardPoint Corporate

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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 Readers: New in Access Control

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Image of Sensor Access bluetooth reader with a mobile phone being presented to it with the Sensor logo on the screen

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
  • User-friendly
  • Future-proof
  • 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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Destination Oriented Allocation System (DOAS)

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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.

Image of an example Digital Display Keypad (DOAS)

The Operation

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.

For further technical information see: https://sensoraccess-gpp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000591632-Mitsubishi-Lift-support-with-E-LIP

Making Better Use of Your Access Control System

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Image of a man holding a phone with the Sensor Access logo - making better use of access control systems

 

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.

Automatic-Emailing

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.

Key Benefits:

  • 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

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.

 

Man on computer using GuardPoint Pro - making better use of your access control 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