QR codes with Access Control

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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

GuardPoint10 API Centre

Posted in News, Solutions

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.

See:https://sensoraccess.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002135857-API-Demo-Visitor-Portal-App

There is an example Visitor Sign in application that you or a developer can download and experiment with.

Postman

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-

 

 

Keyless Access Control for Offices

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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.

Once you have decided on the type of Access Control Solution you wish to implement then the next decision is to choose your Access Control Software, we recommend our new Guardpoint 10 software.

For more information on Access Control visit our contact us page

New Version of GuardPointPro released

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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

handheld prox reader

Handheld Readers

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

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?

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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.

Technical Excellence EMEA Award

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Sensor Access is proud to announce that the company Elcon Nova has been awarded “Technical Excellence of the EMEA region”. Elcon Nova is a long-standing partner of Sensor Access in Egypt.

Elcon Nova was given this award based on:

  1. Adding value to the GuardPoint solution with bespoke integrations. For example CCTV integration,  creating custom T/A applications, and an application that allows transactions to be added manually for people who have forgotten their card.
  2. Implementing GuardPoint’s Advanced features such as actions and processes, redundancy, integrated alarm management, counters and sophisticated reflexes using commands from other solutions.
  3. High-quality hardware installations with further customization with hardware meeting specific customer needs. For example, making a multi-controller power supply and housing.

 

The CEO Mr. Hazem Al Far and his team have the passion to provide customers the best of breed solutions backed up by 1st class installation and after-sales service with sites running successfully for its entire lifespan.

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