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5 Reasons Why an Access Control System Will Lead to a Safer Facility

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 11, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Physical access control systems can be configured in several different ways and can have a number of different components.

However, the main goal is always the same: to increase safety and security at a site.

Most people are familiar with the basic idea of access control, but oftentimes an access control system is viewed as just another way to lock doors.

After all, that's what they're supposed to do, right?Just let some people in, and keep other people out?

Well...not exactly.

While it's true that card readers and compatible locks are key parts of a good access control system, the truth is that an access control system is so much more than a series of locks and card readers.

Aside from managing access to doors, an access control system is able to enhance security at your site in a number of ways.

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Topics: access control, card access, building access control, security tips, modern security, PremiSys

Why Smart Access Control Is Essential For Today's Multi-Family Properties [White Paper]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 1, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The main focus of today's multi-family complexes is to provide a welcoming, secure environment for residents. 

Whether it's a property management company running an apartment building or a homeowner's association managing a condo complex, a great deal of time and effort is spent on making sure that the property is run in a way that keeps the residents happy.

Property amenities usually play a role in these efforts as well. The managers of these properties want their facilities to have the "latest and greatest" everything, from theater rooms and roof decks to basketball courts and swimming pools, in order to keep current residents happy and to attract new ones.

In many cases, "property upgrades" made by these facilities focus on those kinds of upgrades: the attention-getting ones that will look good on the front of a brochure.

However, there's an upgrade that can help improve quality of life for residents and ease of management for condo boards or property managers: switch up the way residents gain access to the property.

The physical lock-and-key set-up is no longer good enough

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Topics: multifamily access control, building access control, access control, access control for apartment buildings, modern security

Two More States Recently Passed School Security Legislation

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 26, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Given recent events, it's no surprise that school safety and facility security are big talking points for legislators across the United States. 

From City Council meetings to State Senate hearings, legislators at all levels are debating measure after measure, all of them designed to increase security for students, faculty and staff at schools of all kinds.

While we all wish these debates and laws weren't necessary, the sad reality is that schools now need to take active measures to keep personnel safe from both internal and external threats.

By putting legal requirements around such measures, governments are taking steps to ensure that schools are kept safe, regardless of size, type or location.

Learn more about what these two states are doing to secure their schools

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Topics: access control for schools, access control, school security systems, laws and regulations

"Why Bother?" How to Get the Internal Buy-In For a School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 21, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Every school administrator has a vested interest in making his or her school or school district as secure as possible.

Besides the obvious reason of wanting students and staff to be safe at all times, no administrator wants to look like he or she was caught unprepared in the event of an incident.

Oftentimes the people "on the ground," so to speak, are aware of the shortcomings of school infrastructure, whether those shortcomings are outdated security equipment or leaky spots in the roof.

These people see, experience and are inconvenienced by these shortcomings and issues on a daily basis, coming to and leaving from the building or campus.

If you tell these people that an issue needs to be fixed, chances are they're already well aware.

However, in today's school districts, there's usually an off-site entity making decisions on large purchases, whether it's a county education chair, superintendent of schools or the head of a school board for a town. 

These people aren't likely to be as familiar with a school's security needs as the students, teachers and staff.

This means that when they see "new school access control system" for Johnson Elementary School on the budget request form, they're going to need some convincing to sign on the dotted line.

Help the higher-ups understand the need behind the need

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Topics: access control, access control for schools, education, building security, school security, school security systems

3 Must-Have Features for an Effective School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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

Go Beyond Cards: 2 Ways to Diversify Your Access Control Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 5, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Access cards are a great solution for door control. They're easy to use, combining a familiar form factor (the card) with a simple swiping motion to grant access to doors, closets, cabinets and more.

In the world of door and access control, cards are king. Access cards have been around for decades, and haven't really changed much: a slot here, a serial number there and maybe a little slimming down.

However, while we love our cards, proximity technology has advanced since the early days of the prox card. Proximity chips have gotten smaller in both thickness and diameter, enabling manufacturers to do things with the chips that weren't possible 15 or 20 years ago.

These new options for access and door control provide the best of both worlds, offering familiar proximity technology in a sleek, modern package.

So...how can you diversify your door control and access card program?

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Topics: wearable technology, tech tips, door control, proximity cards, access control, key fob

IDenticard Access Control Announces “Partner of the Year” Award Recipients

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 6, 2017 9:30:23 AM

IDenticard® Access Control announced the recipients of its “Partner of the Year” awards, honoring a select group of systems integrators for their stellar efforts over the course of 2017.

“While we appreciate the outstanding contributions of all of our systems integrators, we are thrilled to recognize the achievements of these partners as part of our 'Partners of Excellence' program,” said Andre Motta, General Manager for IDenticard Access Control.

“In addition to being top sales performers," he added, "our Partners of the Year have developed long-term, strategic relationships with IDenticard.”

And the recipients are...

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Topics: access control

Bring a Friend: The "Two-Man Rule" & What It Means for Data Center Security

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM

It's something everyone heard at some point as a child: "Use the Buddy System!"

Along with making parents feel better and keeping kids safer, the idea of the Buddy System also added a layer of accountability to any action: whatever was going on, there would be two people there to witness it.

In the field of information and data center security, there's a similar idea: the two-man rule.

The two-man rule adds accountability to any data center operation, adds security by preventing rogue individuals from doing any harm and lessens the dangers that can come from a lost access card or key.

In short, the same principle that guided the Buddy System that helped keep you safe as a child can help keep your data safe today. 

What is the two-man rule in data center security?

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, server security, modern security, data security, two-man rule, security tips

What Are Wireless Door Locks, and How Are They Used?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 30, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The "lock and key" combination has been an essential part of facility security for centuries.

From medieval dungeons to today's homes, using a physical key and metal lock to gain entry to a place is something the majority of people have done at some point.

The lock and key is classic. It's reliable. It's trustworthy.

However, technology marches on, and with the advance of computers and electronic components, card-based access control systems became common.

Particularly at office buildings, out went physical keys and in came access cards paired with card readers, controllers and other technology.

These card reader systems often have a few different components, including a wired card reader, a lock that takes orders from the reader and access control software that sets the rules and manages cardholders.

As these became more popular and the technology improved, a new alternative emerged as a complement to wired locks: wireless door locks.

Wireless door locks offer the same convenient functionality as wired locks, but with easier installation, lower costs and a wealth of management options.

See how seamlessly wireless door locks can fit in your system

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Topics: building access control, access control, multifamily access control, access control for apartment buildings, PremiSys NDE, Schlage locks, wireless lock systems, wireless door locks

3 Keys to an Effective Hospital Safety & Security Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Unfortunately, it's a frightening reality: violent incidents are occurring at healthcare facilities with an increasing degree of frequency.

While most hospitals and medical centers took an interest in security in the past, today's climate has made a stronger focus on security an essential part of any healthcare facility.

There's only one problem: adding a comprehensive security system to a hospital can be an overwhelming undertaking due to the number of things that need to be taken into consideration.

Making a healthcare facility more secure is a lot more complex than, say, securing a small office building.

At the office building, adding a security guard to the front desk and some locks to the doors should be enough, as most offices aren't dealing with dangerous/controlled substances and there won't be many visitors coming and going.

It's a very different story at a hospital, however.

On the average day, visitors come to see patients, pharmaceutical representatives visit doctors and there's staff changeover with interns coming and going or physicians visiting from other hospitals.

It gets chaotic pretty quickly. So how do you cut through the noise and find that perfect, effective hospital security plan?

Focus on three distinct areas

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Topics: access control, hospital security, Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, healthcare security, hospital ID badges

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