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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: access control, access control for apartment buildings, multifamily access control, wireless lock systems, Schlage locks, building access control, PremiSys NDE, 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: Visitor Management, access control, hospital security, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, healthcare security, hospital ID badges

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

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

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

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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