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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

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

3 Ways the PremiSys™ Dashboard Makes It Easier to Monitor an Access Control System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 3, 2016 3:55:00 PM

Monitoring an access control system can be difficult. Between managing door alerts, controlling user access, maintaining your hardware and responding to alarms, monitoring a busy system can sometimes feel like sitting in Mission Control at NASA.

Yes, the point of an access control system is to make a building more secure, but you don't want that security to drive your facilities director nuts.

Access control systems can be complicated (as they should be, by nature, if the point is to increase security). However, you don't want a system that's so complex and so unwieldy that it becomes more of a burden than a benefit.

If only there was a tool out there that allowed a user to monitor all aspects of a security system from a single screen...

Oh, wait. There is!

It's called the PremiSys Security Management Dashboard (referred to hereafter simply as Dashboard). 

Dashboard is an add-on software management tool for the PremiSys Access Control System. It's an award-winning piece of software, as it was named the Best New Product in Access Control Hardware & Software at the 2015 SIA New Product Showcase.

So yeah, it's pretty cool.

The point of Dashboard is to give users maximum control over all aspects of their access control system, essentially serving as a one-stop shop for every part of a system. To make things even better, Dashboard is optimized for use on the iPad®, meaning you can use it to monitor your facilities on the go.

Dashboard gives PremiSys users the ability to monitor their system in a more concise manner, making it easier to increase security and preventing your facilities director from ripping out even more of his hair.

How can the PremiSys Dashboard make your security director's life easier?

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, modern security, PremiSys, security tips, card access

Product Spotlight: IDentiPROX™ Key Fobs

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 2, 2016 3:20:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature that will run multiple times a week, designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: IDentiPROX Key Fobs
Product Category: Proximity Cards and Accessories
SKU: IDPROXKFOBXXX

Proximity technology remains one of the most popular tech formats for building access control.

With several different formats to choose from and the convenience that comes with just waving a card in front of a reader, it's no surprise that office buildings, schools, government facilities and more have made proximity their technology of choice.

The proximity card, also known as a prox card or a proxy card, has long been the standard when it comes to proximity access.

Normally the size of a credit card (2.13" x 3.38"), proximity cards contain a thin wire and a proximity chip that enables the card to be read and processed by a compatible reader.

Proximity cards provide the added benefit of being able to be used for identification as well as access. For example, our JetProx proximity cards can be customized using a standard inkjet printer, enabling you to use the same card for ID and access.

This is great for organizations that need a card or employee badge that can do both. However, some organizations would rather keep their ID and access control programs separate, while some may avoid issuing ID cards entirely and just need an access solution.

What are those organizations supposed to do, just buy a card and leave it blank?

Nope. They can use the IDentiPROX Key Fob, our latest proximity accessory.

Why is the IDentiPROX Key Fob a good alternative to the prox card?

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Topics: access control, product spotlight, IDentiPROX, proximity accessories, card access, key fobs

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