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James Moore is the Managing Editor of IFSEC Insider, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry. James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Insider, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
February 4, 2020

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Tech tips: Vanderbilt Bluetooth Readers

Vanderbilt answers some of the common questions asked by users and installers of its new range of Bluetooth Low Energy readers for access control.

In late 2019, Vanderbilt launched a range of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) readers to its access control portfolio, in conjunction with ACT Enterprise. The readers are a secure and flexible identification solution that brings access credentials to Android and iOS smartphones.

Vanderbilt-BluetoothReaders-20Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is transforming the future of access control and removes the need for a physical card or tag, highlights Vanderbilt. Simultaneous support of smartphones and a wide range of smart cards bridge the gap from traditional access credentials to cardless mobile access control and allows seamless integration into existing locations.

What do the Vanderbilt BLE Readers consist of?

  • BLE hardware with Vanderbilt software
  • Vanderbilt virtual credentials purchased via a software license
  • Wiegand & OSDP interface options
  • Compatible with MIFARE Classic & MIFARE DESFire EV1, EV2
  • Compatible systems: ACT Enterprise
  • FREE end-user app for Android and iOS
  • IP65 water-resistant with waterproof electronics

Are Vanderbilt’s Bluetooth Readers secure?

The readers have data encryption with 128bit AES encryption and randomization. This is the same grade of encryption used by banks and hospitals.

What is the total cost of ownership?

In comparison to other brands in this area, Vanderbilt is offering a one-off license purchase as opposed to a subscription-based model that would include annual charges per virtual credential. Instead, our approach means you will have no hidden or extra costs and make significant savings in the long-term.

How do I manage access rights using Bluetooth Readers?

Creating, deploying, and the management of access rights can be carried out by the administrator directly in ACT Enterprise for easy management.

How do Vanderbilt’s Bluetooth Readers work?

The ACT Enterprise software is used to add and distribute virtual credentials, much in the same way as a traditional physical card or tag is allocated to an employee or visitor. This is because the management software adds a user, then adds the credential to a user and then sends the credential to the mobile phone of the user.

This initial set-up is therefore carried out by the software (ACT Enterprise). Once the set-up process is complete, the reader (Bluetooth reader, normal card reader) is used to check if a presented card or mobile phone has the access rights to enter the building.

WATCH: Set-up and authorisation of Vanderbilt Bluetooth Readers

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