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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

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

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 to Get "Smart" & Ditch Keys for Apartment Building Access

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 30, 2016 4:00:00 PM

It's something most people will do more than once every day, most times without ever giving it a second thought: using a key to open a lock.

Whether it's to open a locker at the gym, start your car or get into your apartment at the end of a long day's work, keys have long been the standard for locking and unlocking doors.

The old adage states, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." However, the fact that something "ain't broke" doesn't necessarily mean it can't be made better.

Many people, particularly those who live in single-family homes or small apartment buildings, don't realize how much of a hassle keys can be, as they only have a few for their front door, back door and garage.

But for those who manage multifamily buildings like condo complexes or high-rise apartments, the stresses of life with hundreds of keys are all too familiar.

Keys getting lost. Keys getting duplicated. Outgoing tenants failing to return keys. The list goes on and on.

For the sake of convenience and security, now is a great time for multifamily apartment buildings to look into leaving keys behind and getting "smart" by using smart cards or other contactless access credentials for their access control programs.

Whether you're the head of a condo board at a complex in Key Largo or the building superintendent for a high-rise tower in Manhattan, there's a better way to give your residents convenient, secure access to their homes.

Reconsidering keys is the "smart" thing to do

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Topics: access control, access control for apartment buildings, multifamily access control, building access control, smart credentials

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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 18, 2016 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

5 Ways an Access Control System Can Help Increase Safety in Schools

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 2, 2016 3:00:00 PM

In a perfect world, schools would be places where teachers could focus on educating young minds and students could focus on learning, unbothered by external threats or concerns.

Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world.

Today, having a plan for school security is of the utmost importance, whether at a neighborhood elementary school or a sprawling college campus.

We've touched on school security before, discussing how Visitor Management helps make schools safer by keeping certain threats outside. 

However, there's another way to increase safety in schools, keeping threats out and monitoring potential threats inside: installing an access control system.

How does access control lead to a safer school?

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Topics: access control, building access control, school safety, school security, PremiSys NDE, building security

5 Ways an Access Control System Will Increase Safety at Your Site

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 10, 2016 1:25:00 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, modern security, PremiSys, security tips, card access, building access control

3 Ways PremiSys™ and Schlage® Locks Work Together for Better Building Access Control

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Finding the perfect building access control solution is no small task.

A facilities manager must consider a variety of different factors when researching systems, including how the system is managed, what kind of hardware and installation is required, what the costs look like against the budget and more.

With so much information to consider, buying an access control system for a building can seem more like studying for a final exam than making a purchase.

To make things even more complicated, facilities managers often seem to want things that contradict each other.

They want an access control system that's easy to manage, yet complex enough to be secure; affordable, yet robust enough to be impressive.

Fortunately, there are two solutions that come together to make the requests above go from seemingly impossible to within reach: the PremiSys access control system and Schlage® wireless locks with ENGAGE technology.

Why are PremiSys and Schlage locks better together?

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

5 Reasons PremiSys is Perfect for Multifamily Building Access Control

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The key. It's such a simple thing, something most people interact with on a daily basis without giving it much thought.

Keys have been around in a form similar to the metal ones most currently use for nearly 6,000 years, standing the test of time to remain a useful, functional tool.

However, as property managers and management companies of multifamily buildings know, keys can be a real pain in the neck to deal with.

Property managers are responsible for all aspects of keys at their site, including keeping track of the number of keys issued and the prevention of the creation of duplicates. Also, when a tenant moves out, new keys may need to be issued. If a set of keys is lost, locks need to be changed for security reasons, meaning more new keys. If you want to limit access to certain rooms, like gyms or resident lounges, that's another lock and another key. 

Keys, keys and more keys. In today's ever-changing, technology-laden world, isn't there an easier way to manage multifamily buildings?

Why yes, there is.

Property managers, meet PremiSys.

PremiSys is our access control system that,  due to integration with ENGAGE technology from Allegion, allows you to say "goodbye" to keys, and say "hello" to a modern, secure wireless lock and security solution.

Find out the 5 reasons why PremiSys will have you saying "goodbye" to keys

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Topics: tech tips, access control, access control for apartment buildings, PremiSys, multifamily access control, card access, building access control

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