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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

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

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

5 Reasons to Invest in a School Access Control & Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Keeping students and staff safe at school is of the utmost importance. No school administrator wants any student, faculty member or staff member to feel unsafe at any point in the school day.

However, school security systems have a number of unique challenges.

  • There are a variety of different levels of personnel at schools, including administrators, teachers, janitors and substitute teachers, meaning there will be a number of different access rights.
  • Schools frequently welcome visitors of all kinds, each of whom presents unique challenges.
  • Modern security threats, including gun violence and terrorism, mean school security directors must constantly evolve.
  • School facilities can be extremely large and spread across multiple campuses, making them hard to manage.

With challenges like those listed above (and more), it's no wonder that even the idea of considering a school access control system is enough to make an administrator's head spin.

However, selecting a modern access control system for your school is one of the smartest investments an educational institution can make.

With budget season for schools in full swing, now is the time to consider bringing your security system into the modern age and creating a safer learning environment in the process.

It's time to modernize your school security system

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Topics: access control, access control software, school access control, access control for schools, school security systems

Lockdown, Remote Unlock & More: Understanding Key Access Control Terms

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 19, 2017 10:30:00 AM

As a concept, access control can be overwhelming. It covers a variety of different things, from keeping unauthorized personnel out of a facility to controlling where people can go once they're inside the building.

With many broad concepts, there are industry terms that are extremely important to insiders; however, the meaning may not be as obvious to the beginner or the outsider.

Access control is no different: there are a variety of industry terms that are essential to understanding the concept whose meaning may escape the average user.

Whether you're looking for a school access control system or searching for a physical security solution for your warehouse, brushing up on these industry terms will help you be better informed, making it more likely that you end up with the perfect solution to meet your needs.

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Topics: access control, access control software

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing Access Control Software

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 31, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Choosing the right access control software is an important decision. After all, this software is going to be trusted to keep your facility safe from trespassing, burglary and other unwanted actions.

Simply put, "I'll take whatever" isn't going to cut it when it comes to choosing the right solution.

Purchasing an access control solution is an involved process filled with lots of research, which can lead to customers feeling a little overwhelmed by the scope of what they're encountering.

"Surveillance? Controller boards? Wireless locks? I don't know, I just want something to keep the bad people out!"

It's enough to make even the most vigilant building manager or security official want to give up on the whole endeavor. 

The key to buying the right access control software is to ask yourself a series of questions designed to filter out the options that don't meet your needs.

By focusing on what you want in a system and eliminating the features that don't matter to you, you're able to zero in on the right solution, without all the stress.

Cameras, doors, reporting and more

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Topics: access control, modern security, building security, access control software

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