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Lockdown/Lockout: The Feature a Modern Access Control & Security System Needs

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 18, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In the event of an emergency or some kind of intrusion, every second counts. It's frightening, but a few seconds here or there can be the difference between a close call and a tragedy.

During these emergencies, one of the easiest ways to minimize the amount of damage that occurs is to isolate the threat.

Isolating a thief, an active shooter or any other troublemaker helps prevent the threat from moving around or hiding, while also making it easier for an organization to direct first responders to a specific area.

Again, because seconds count, time spent running around locking or unlocking doors to seal off a room, wing or building puts people at risk, both from doors not getting locked in time or from potentially coming into contact with whatever the threat may be.

For these reasons, lockout/lockdown capabilities are an essential feature for a modern access control system.

The lockdown feature helps isolate threats and protect personnel

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Topics: access control, building access control, school safety, building security, access control software, access control for schools, lockdown

The Hospital Dilemma: Balancing Security & a Welcoming Atmosphere

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 11, 2017 1:00:00 PM

On the surface, it seems like the ultimate contradiction: you want to welcome guests and make it easy for them to visit while also having security measures, like a Visitor management system, in place that are strict enough to keep your facility safe.

It seems impossible, like you're asking to go swimming without getting wet. Some things simply don't go together.

This is the safety dilemma faced by many large organizations on a daily basis, but one industry finds this to be a particularly vexing problem: healthcare.

Running a successful hospital comes with a long list of requirements, among them two that directly clash: welcoming guests and patients while also keeping security tight.

As we've discussed before, hospitals are, unfortunately, fertile grounds for violent incidents.

Whether it's a disgruntled spouse, a former patient holding a grudge or a family member blaming a doctor for the death of a loved one, hospitals are filled with a powder keg of emotion on a daily basis.

With an environment that is so emotionally charged, it would make sense to strictly limit the number of people allowed on site; however, a facility that discourages guests is a facility that isn't going to have much success.

The solution is clear: hospitals must find the happy medium between security and easy visitor access.

But how?

Security and welcoming guests don't need to be mutually exclusive

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, building security, healthcare security

IDenticard & Allegion Discuss Access Control in "Tech Talks" [Video]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 9, 2017 1:00:00 PM

When IDenticard® and Allegion® first got together, the reason for the partnership was clear: the two entities wanted to come together to continue to bring disruptive and innovative access control solutions to market.

While the two sides have worked together on many projects, the most recent and most robust collaboration involves IDenticard's PremiSys™ access control system and an integration with Allegion's Schlage® wireless locks with ENGAGE technology.

The integration brought flexible, easy-to-use wireless locks to PremiSys, and brought modern, feature-rich access control software to Allegion's locks.

The result has been a beneficial set-up for both organizations, and the two sides recently got together to discuss the partnership, trends in the access control industry and more.

We're ready for our close-up...

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Topics: tech tips, access control, access control for apartment buildings, wireless lock systems, wireless door locks, access control software, wireless locks

A Modern Threat: The Importance of Data and Server Rack Security for Military Bases

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Today's military and intelligence units have a tough task at hand as they face a sobering reality: traditional methods of protecting a country and its citizens are no longer good enough.

Gone are the days where the latest weaponry and a strong army was all that was needed to keep peace at home and discourage conflict abroad.

The modern age requires those charged with protecting a country's people and interests to be prepared to fight both traditional and cutting-edge threats.

It's ironic, actually: the most visible forms of military security, like fighter jets and tanks, are borderline useless when it comes to protecting the country against one of today's biggest threats: cyberattacks and data theft.

As the world has become more connected through the Internet, smartphones and other forms of modern technology, cyber defenses have become increasingly important.

A half-century ago, "hacking" as a concept didn't really pose a tremendous threat; today, a powerful hacker could potentially take down a country's electric grid, disable air defenses or even force an unauthorized weapons launch, all with some malicious code and a few key strokes.

It's clear: protecting computer infrastructure and data has never been more important.

In this day and age, cybersecurity is national security

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, server security, data security, government access control, data center security

Why LogoClips Are the Perfect Way to Carry a Healthcare ID Badge [Image]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 1, 2017 3:00:00 PM

It's no secret that the world of healthcare has its fair share of unique identification and security challenges.

From how to choose the right Visitor Management system to how to design that perfect employee badge for doctors or nurses, questions about healthcare ID and safety are plentiful.

However, there are also aspects of a healthcare ID program that move beyond mere questions and are instead essentials, namely a good ID card and a good way to carry and display that card.

In many parts of the country, patient-facing healthcare workers are required by law to wear an ID badge with their name and photo.

These policies exist for a number of reasons. ID badges foster a more friendly environment in the facility by allowing patients to know the name of the person who is providing care. They also bolster security by positively identifying authorized personnel, helping decrease the likelihood of impostors.

The fact that ID badges are a requirement means that, by relation, having a way to wear those ID badges becomes a de facto requirement as well.

With so many card-carrying options out there, is one option really that much better than another?

Yes, actually.

Customizable, convenient and easy

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Topics: healthcare, healthcare ID tips, logoclips, id card holders

3 Must-Have Features for an Effective School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Whether you're at a factory or a multi-family building, security is security. Your goal is to protect people and property, keep threats out and minimize risk.

The idea behind a security and access control system is safety, regardless of the site.

However, it goes without saying that different kinds of sites are going to have different needs. For example, a military base is going to require a little more security than a suburban office building.

Several industries have niche needs as well, including the education market.

Schools face unique challenges when it comes to security. Administrators must consider both internal and external threats, keeping children and staff safe while also ensuring that the school remains a positive learning environment.

Supply theft, sprawling campuses, unauthorized visitors, threats of violence...all of these are things schools need to consider when looking for the right security system.

Fortunately, a good school access control system is able to take all of the above into consideration.

Finding the right system is all about doing your homework

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Topics: access control, school security, access control software, access control for schools, school security systems, lockdown, dynamic mapping

3 Reasons Why Visitor Management Is of Extra Importance in Healthcare

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 26, 2017 1:00:00 PM

We've spent a lot of time in this blog talking about why Visitor Management is important for sites of all kinds.

While the specifics may vary depending on the industry, the basis of every Visitor Management system is the desire to keep a site and its personnel safe from harm.

This desire applies to all kinds of worksites, from hospitals to factories and everything in between.

However, it's not a stretch to say that Visitor Management is a little more important for overall safety and security in a few industries. Healthcare is one of those industries.

We recently discussed calls for increased safety at healthcare facilities and how a good Visitor Management system goes a long way toward achieving that goal of increased safety.

You may be wondering, "what makes healthcare so different? Isn't building safety basically the same everywhere?"

While it's true that there are common threads between site safety at all kinds of workplaces, there are unique aspects of healthcare facilities that make the need for hospital Visitor Management a little more pressing.

The unique safety challenges hospitals face

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Topics: Visitor Management, hospital security, guest safety, facility safety, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, hospital visitor management

Calls for Stronger Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Measures Continue

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It's a sad reality: those who work to protect the most vulnerable among us are in turn among the most susceptible to violent outbursts and attacks while on the job.

As we discussed in a previous blog post, studies have shown that healthcare workers have a rate of workplace violence that is 20% higher than workers in other industries.

This means that doctors, nurses, surgeons and other technicians are far more likely to be harmed on the job than office workers, retail employees and others in the general employment population.

These people work tirelessly to help their patients get healthy, saving lives on a regular basis. For decades, violent outbursts at hospitals and other healthcare facilities have been unfairly swept under the rug and viewed as "part of the job."

However, those attitudes are beginning to change, and the change is starting with the workers themselves.

Employees are saying "no more" to workplace violence

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, healthcare security

A Quick and Easy Way to Make Your Badge Buddies Last Longer

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Badge Buddies role-recognition cards have become as common a sight in hospitals and medical centers as stethoscopes, scrubs and white coats.

These ubiquitous ID accessories are popular for a number of reasons. They're affordable, they meet some state ID requirements and they're easy to customize.

When doctors, nurses, technicians and other hospital employees go about their busy days, Badge Buddies go along for the ride.

However, Badge Buddies were often left exposed due to their larger size, as they don't fit in standard-sized ID badge holders.

This left Badge Buddies (and the ID cards attached to them) exposed to all aspects of hospital life, including the potentially dirty hands of patients, dust, water and sanitizer, which can be harmful to printed imagery.

Being exposed to abuse like this drastically reduces the life of both the Badge Buddy and the employee ID badge, increasing both cost and frustration.

However, there's now a quick and simple way to increase the life of both credentials.

A new way to hold your Badge Buddies

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Topics: healthcare, badge buddies, badge holders, healthcare ID tips, id card accessories

Lancaster County Business Chooses IDenticard to Secure Its State-of-the-Art Headquarters

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Lititz, PA (July 7, 2017) — When a fast-growing digital marketing company needed to secure its new, state-of-the-art headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, it didn’t need to look far to find the perfect access control solution.

After all, Lititz and Manheim are just a few miles apart. 

Listrak, based in Lititz, and IDenticard Access Control, based in Manheim, recently partnered to bring a secure, innovative access control solution to Listrak’s brand new headquarters. 

Founded in 1999, Listrak grew quickly and has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America in each of the last two years.

This rapid growth led to the company having multiple offices spread throughout Lancaster County, with a headquarters in Lititz and additional offices in Lancaster.

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, access control, building access control, case study, card readers

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