Nedap Identification Systems and Security Management

Nedap download: Using smartphones for successful access control

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Nedap Identification Systems is a leading specialist in systems for long-range identification, wireless vehicle detection and city access control.

Their readers, sensors and controllers monitor and control the movement of vehicles and people with technology that can be applied to security, traffic and parking applications.

Based in the Netherlands, with its headquarters in Groenlo, the company has subsidiaries in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain and Spain. According to its website, NEDAP was established in 1929 and has been listed on the stock exchange since 1947. With over 720 employees, NEDAP is a medium sized company with partners throughout Europe.

AEOS – A smart security solution

The company’s most notable security product is its flagship product AEOS which is a physical access control system and integral security management solution that combines access control, video management, intrusion detection and locker management in one product.

Where other products are based on fixed hardware, the company has based its solution on versatile software. This means that customers can configure their security systems to their requirements by adding software as needed. In this way, a security system can in the future be added with the click of a mouse and without the need to replace existing hardware within the building.

Recently NEDAP has announced that their AEOS access control system will equip 48 buildings of Swiss Re with the latest version of AEOS. Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, generally known as Swiss Re, is the world’s second-largest re-insurance company.

Through a state-of-the-art badge system, using Mifare Desfire card technology, employees with specific safety and security clearance will be able to access dedicated Swiss Re buildings. Their implementation of AEOS is part of the Global PACS project to replace ageing access control systems in Swiss Re buildings around the world.

Staying focused pays dividends

NEDAP has reported steady growth in profitability in recent years and this profitability is continuing. The company operates through a number of diverse units which include Healthcare, Identification Systems, Livestock Management, Security Management and Staffing Business Units, all of which posted growth last year.

Overall the company saw an increase in operating profits of 31% in 2017. Revenue rose by 12% to €182.2 million euros which was up from €163.2 million in 2016.

While other security manufacturers pursue growth through acquisitions, NEDAP’s business strategy has been to maintain its focus on ongoing investment in its main platform, AEOS, which is now on its sixth generation of controller. Indeed, the company has recently sold one of its important subsidiaries in order to ensure a stronger focus within its existing portfolio.

In 2017, the company reported that it had sold its Nsecure subsidiary, the specialist system integrator for security systems, in order to focus on the development of flagship products.

However, the company does also continue to work in close partnership with other specialist companies in the field. In June 2016, at IFSEC 2016, NEDAP announced a strategic partnership with video management software company Milestone Systems.

The MD of security management, Sieger Volkers, reported at the time that: “the best of video management and access control will be combined into a solid, seamlessly integrated security solution.” He added the company were committed to: “developing a deep integration between our Access Control platform and XProtect, reducing delivery risks and complexity for our mutual partners.”

Continuing to innovate with access control

In January of this year, the company launched its first slim reader for mobile access control. The reader is the newest addition to the company’s MACE platform which was launched in 2017. MACE (an acronym for Mobile Access Control Entities) is a platform consisting of readers, apps and a cloud based server that enable the use of smartphones to identify people.

It was develop in response to the global shift of smartphone credentials replacing physical cards. MACE supports Bluetooth, NFC and QR-codes to identify people using virtual credentials.  The new MACE smart reader can therefore read virtual credentials on smartphones, in addition to conventional smartphones.

The technology can be used with any access control system or any other system where people need to be identified quickly, such as parking, and the virtual cards can be customized to reflect the corporate style of individual customers.

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