What to Expect from Sensor Access in 2017

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Brand new GuardPoint software

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:

Sensor Access Technology GuardPoint 10 Brochure

 

Print screen images of Sensor Access' new GuardPoint 10 software for customers to expect in 2017
Figure 1: image of the new GP10 Software

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

Image showing print screens of three computers displaying the new updated features of VantagePoint for customers to expect in 2017
Figure 1: image of the new VantagePoint software

New GuardPoint 10 License Proposal

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Image of the GuardPoint 10 logo - applicable to our new license software process

Here at Sensor we have been working hard on our next generation of GuardPoint Software – GuardPoint10. We value your opinions as our customers and would like to take into consideration your feedback on how you think the new software should be licensed

We are proposing two options:

Option 1: Modular License 

We currently license GPP allowing bolt-on modules as a site expands

For example you would purchase GuardPointPro 10-16 [GPP license allowing up to 16 readers]

If you wanted to add a ‘badge printing ability’ or a ‘workstation client’, you would purchase the relevant additional module

Option 2: Layered License 

This offers 3 levels of functionality: Gold, Silver and Bronze levels

Each level contains set modules with the final level containing all the modules. For example:

Gold: GPP10 – 512 with SQL, badge printing, 4 x workstations, graphics plus, video plus, TA+ ect.

Silver: GPP10 – 256 with SQL, badge printing, 2 x workstations and TA+

Bronze: an entry level system with SQL, badge printing and TA


We really value your opinions and would appreciate any feedback or ideas you may have regarding our proposed licensing methods. Please email us with your suggestions at brittany@sensoraccess.co.uk

To download the GuardPoint10 introductory brochure, please click the link below:

Sensor Access Technology GuardPoint 10 Brochure

 

White Collar Boxing 2016 Charity Event – Robert Owen

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Sensor Access is proud to support Robert Owen in a white collar boxing event to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Robert Owen (Technical Director/Trainer) will be flying the flag for Sensor in a boxing match on the 11th of December at the Grand Hotel, Brighton.

Robert boxing pose with glove pointing towards the screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They are battling cancer on all fronts, consistently trying to find new prevention, diagnosis and treatment facilities to save more lives. Being entirely funding by the general public, they require all our help to ensure more people beat cancer!

To keep up to date on Robert’s progress and offer any tips on how to not get knocked out – check out the companies Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SensorAccess

And if you would like to sponsor Robert in raising money for cancer research, please follow the link below. Any donation is appreciated:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RobertOwenBoxing

Sensor Access Project: Dubai Airport Free Zone – UHF Readers

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A GuardPoint Pro system using UHF readers has been installed and commissioned by Alpha-Plus Security at the Dubai Free Zone Parking Facilities
The reserved parking areas for the tenants are world-class facilities and therefore required long range vehicle identification readers.

About The Free ZoneDubai Airport Free Zone where UHF Readers were installed

A free-trade zone is a geographic area where goods may be landed, handled, manufactured or reconfigured, and re-exported without the intervention of the customs authorities.

The Dubai Airport Free zone authority or DAFZA is the leading free zone services provider in the Middle East. Investment incentives and tax exemptions are just some of DAFZA’s exclusivities. The companies within the DAFZA free zone achieve greater functional efficiency and lower operational costs.

DAFZA’s Parking Facilities  

The original parking facility was abused by the tenants as the barriers could be controlled remotely, allowing people to enter whenever they chose. There were many cases of loss and damage to the parking facilities due to lack of monitoring.

Access for authorised personnel only

To add the level of security that is required to ensure the car park was managed correctly, long range readers UHF readers were chosen as the credentials could easily be placed inside the car windscreen. UHF cards are an advantage to the system because they don’t use batteries which need to be replaced.  The uPass UHF reader from Nedap was chosen, with a read range of 5 metres. The benefit of a long range reader is that the vehicle does not have to stop to present their card, ensuring a smooth flow through the barriers.

The UHF readers are connected back to the Sensor Access control panels which are controlled overall by the GuardPoint Pro software. The GuardPoint Pro software controls all aspects of the car park administration, making the enrollment of cars to the system very simple. The GuardPoint Pro software also allows full reporting of the usage of the car park as well as allowing high-level security features such as anti-passback and ’cause and effect’ reactions. The GuardPointPro car parking module also manages the capacity of the car park and ensures companies can only use their allotted spaces.

The system was installed by Alpha Plus Security & Alarm Sys who provides professional security solutions for local authorities, industrial and commercial clients.

Fingerprint biometric reader

The Key Benefits of Using Fingerprint Biometrics in Access Control

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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:

  1.  Fingerprint characteristics cannot be guessed and are very difficult to steal.
  2.  Your access credentials cannot be lost or forgotten.
  3. Using biometrics can be a cost saving because you do not need to buy any proximity cards or tags.
  4. Fingerprints biometric readers are simple and intuitive to use.
  5. Online biometric systems can easily be expanded. Fingerprint templates can easily be downloaded from the main system when new readers are added.
  6. Using fingerprints for access control is now more accepted amongst people due to the increased usage on devices such as  mobile phones.
  7. Using biometrics with an online access control system gives a clear audit trail with a definitive answer on who committed a security breach.
  8. 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.

Image of a woman scanning her smart card and using biometrics - finger print recognition

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about what biometric solution sensor access can offer please visit our website
or contact us at sales@sensoraccess.co.uk and telephone +44 (0)1273 242355

Image of an example VP solution - a black VP-Bio that requires fingerprint recognition

Sensor’s VP-Bio: A Simple to Configure Biometric Solution

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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.

Key Features: 

  • 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)
  • Integrated enrolment
  • External options available

The new VP-biometric reader is the most cost-effective biometric solution for the VantagePoint access control system, please see: http://www.sensoraccess.co.uk/vantage-point/

The VP-BIO reader is extremely easy to setup and use, no additional software is required for setup.  To learn how simple it is to setup, please see:
https://sensoraccess-vp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/208088569-VP-BIO-install-Guide

 

Image of the Spire Healthcare reception - the site of Sensor's latest project

New Project Secured: Spire Healthcare, UK

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Spire Healthcare is a leading provider of private healthcare, with 39 private hospitals throughout the UK. The company is built on a proud heritage of over 25 years’ experience of running successful private hospitals. Sensor and one of our partners have taken on a new project test site with the possible expansion to all sites nationwide.

The test site is comprised of 3x VC-4, 1 x VC-2 controllers which were used in conjunction with 12 SF-mini readers. VantagePoint Enterprise edition was used with an added workstation for the administration of the system. Spire Health Care wanted a fully TCP/IP solution which could be expanded upon in order to fit with their existing network. This ensured it was simple to use, and the process of opening and closing all doors from inputs for fire tests was enabled. VC controllers were chosen because they could utilise existing network and have the ability to communicate with each other without a server. After an initial period, we expect this site to expand with a nationwide roll out.

For more information, please download the Datasheet

Anti-Pass back violation

The Benefits of Anti-Pass Back in Access Control

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Anti-Pass Back (APB) is to prevent the cardholder from handing his card to another person to use. To use anti-pass back, you would typically have a reader on both the entrance and the exit sides of the door. Once the cardholder has used his card on the entrance, the card cannot be used again at the entrance until it has been shown to have used the exit.
Anti-pass back (APB) is most commonly used in car parks and on turnstiles on construction sites or sites using the access control system as a form of time and attendance.

APB is a proven and effective way of managing car park spaces as it prevents a second car access on the same credential. For T&A situations it can also prevent people from presenting their friend/colleague’s cards as it will not work again to allow the late colleague through unless the badge was clocked out again.

There are a few types of anti-pass back known as hard, soft and timed. In a timed setup, the cardholder is only blocked out for a set period of time on an APB violation. Soft anti-pass back still allows the cardholder access yet notifies the access control systems operator that this has occurred. In hard anti-pass, the APB rules are strictly followed: cardholders are denied access to a violation of the APB rule.

When using anti-pass back, it is always best practice to wire a door contact. The access control system can be set to only move a cardholder from one area to another unless it sees a valid card followed by a movement in the door rather than just the valid card being presented.

Both VantagePoint and GuardPoint Pro can use all types of anti-pass back. VantagePoint is unique in that the controllers can update APB movements to each of its controllers over an ethernet and without the server software running.

To learn how to setup anti-pass back in VantagePoint see:

https://sensoraccess-vp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205768541-Configuring-Anti-Pass-Back