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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

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

Data Protection & the Need for a Modern Server Rack Security Solution

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 30, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Nowadays, cybersecurity and data theft are two of the hottest topics in the world of technology.

The rise in the importance of and interest in cybersecurity has been driven by a number of high-profile incidents that have occurred over the past several years:

  • There have document and data dumps perpetrated by individuals like Edward Snowden and Reality Winner that have revealed sensitive government information.
  • There has been ongoing discussion about the involvement of Russia in "hacking" the United States Presidential Election.
  • There have been massive global malware attacks, like Petya and WannaCry, dedicated to stealing personal or customer data and holding it for ransom.

To put it simply, data security is a big deal in today's technology-focused world, and it's only going to get bigger.

Organizations around the world, terrified by the prospect of becoming the next company that has its customer data stolen and by having to deal with the ensuing PR fallout, have responded to these threats by ratcheting up their data protections.

These attempts have included things like two-factor authentication, biometric authentication and varying levels of encryption. 

While they're effective at addressing certain types of threats, these methods don't address a central vulnerability: your servers and data centers themselves.

Don't ignore the physical when you focus on the digital

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, data security, two-man rule, building security, hacking

Should You Integrate Surveillance Video with Your Access Control System?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

If you ask ten people to give you the first image that comes to mind when hearing the word "security system," chances are you'll hear "surveillance camera" or some variation of that term pretty frequently.

And it makes sense: to most people, a surveillance camera is the very symbol of security, whether it's looking over busy city streets from atop a utility pole or stuck up in the corner of a local convenience store.

Surveillance cameras are a powerful security feature for a pretty simple reason: they provide irrefutable record of whatever is going on at a site. 

With today's technology, audio can be somewhat misleading and still images can be doctored. However, "let's go to the tape" is still worth its security weight in gold.

For this reason, many organizations shopping for an access control or door security system have surveillance cameras on the brain when comparing and contrasting various systems.

Because access control systems and surveillance cameras are, on their own, pretty complex pieces of hardware and software, it's no surprise that the level of compatibility between the two varies so wildly.

Some access control systems integrate flawlessly with surveillance video equipment, while others have trouble or just barely scratch the surface of the camera's capabilities.

However, before you go looking for a system that can handle high-powered surveillance cameras, there's a basic question: should you bother?

"Let's go to the tape" or take things off-camera?

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Topics: access control, building access control, building security, access control software, surveillance video, video integration

3 Reasons Electronic Door Locks Continue to Grow in Popularity

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 23, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

It could be argued that basic key/pin-and-tumbler door locks are one of the most ubiquitous inventions in human history

That may sound like pure hyperbole, especially when one considers things like electricity, indoor plumbing and the Internet.

But think about it: how many times on a daily basis do you encounter a basic, cylindrical pin-and-tumbler lock?

The answer, of course, is dozens. There's probably one on the front door of your house, one on the back door, one on the locker at your gym, one on the front door of your favorite coffee shop to lock up at the end of the day...the list goes on and on.

The standard pin-and-tumbler lock is reliable, trustworthy and familiar. It's been used in some format for more than six thousand years. (That's a lot of keys...)

However, technology marches on, and the key/pin-and-tumbler lock isn't immune to the relentless advance of modern progress.

Like the iPod® rendered the DiscMan® obsolete, or like Amazon is bringing about the death of big box stores, electronic locks are slowly but surely replacing key/pin-and-tumbler locks at facilities of all kinds.

An innovative security solution for modern times

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Topics: access control, access control for apartment buildings, Schlage locks, access control for schools, wireless locks, electronic door locks

Open Up: Should You Use Access Cards, Key Fobs or Access Wristbands?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 14, 2017 11:30:00 AM

In today's office buildings, factories and schools, physical keys are becoming a thing of the past.

Sure, keys still exist and will always be used in certain places. Some organizations are a little resistant to change, while others may lack the necessary room in the budget to overhaul an access control system.

However, access credentials are becoming more and more common, as swipe/scan cards, wristbands and fobs are replacing physical keys in more and more locations.

The reasons behind these changes vary from place to place, but most organizations switch to access credentials because they're easier to manage and offer increased control over security at a site.

When it comes to choosing a modern access credential solution, you have three real options: access cards, access wristbands and access key fobs.

All three options perform similar tasks, namely interacting with card readers to unlock doors. Both allow an organization to introduce a more modern security solution to a site at a reasonable cost.

There are also clear differences between the three solutions that will almost always make one option clearly better than the other two when it comes to meeting a site's specific needs.

How will you open your doors? 

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, access control, proximity accessories, UBand, access wristbands, access credentials, card readers

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

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 31, 2017 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, education, school security, building security, access control for schools, school security systems

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