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July 20, 2021

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The 2022 State of Physical Access Control Report

Security products round-up – July 2021

IFSEC Global takes readers through the latest product launches and updates to hit the security market in July. Releases include new access control credentials, software updates to cloud-based solutions, NVR and ANPR camera launches, high security turnstile and entrance system launches, and integration partnerships! 

HID Global

Feature-rich MIFARE DESFire credential

HID Global has announced what it says is the most feature-rich implementation of the latest MIFARE DESFire EV3 credential. The credential implements the technology’s full range of capabilities, including AES128 encryption, a secure channel for protecting card data from ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks, and a random unique identifier for protecting user privacy.

The credential works with readers based on EV1 and EV2 products and is interoperable with HID Signo, iCLASS SE, and multiCLASS SE readers. In addition to choosing standard or custom security profiles to meet their specific needs, users can take advantage of HID’s Secure Identity Object model that protects a credential’s identity data through key diversification, authentication signatures and encryption.

Users can create multi-technology cards with HID’s credential to provide a smooth migration path from legacy, low-frequency 125 kHz-based systems to modern and secure credential technology.

“Our credential based on NXP MIFARE DESFire EV3 delivers this technology’s full range of advanced security and privacy capabilities, and reinforces them with HID’s powerful model for identity data protection,” said Harm Radstaak, Senior Vice President and Head of Physical Access Control Solutions at HID Global.


Vanderbilt Industries

ACTpro access control update

Vanderbilt Industries has launched the latest version of its cloud-based ACTpro access control system, which the company says provides customers with a robust, scalable and comprehensive access control platform.

ACTpro is a network-based access control system that benefits from multiple integration scenarios with video management and workforce management applications, to address the needs of typical access control and security situations. The role-based software suite streamlines the installation, management and monitoring of the system.

New features include the support of custom card format and integration with NetworkOptix. ACTpro 3.1 will also support custom Wiegand card formats that can be sent to individual controllers. This allows the customer to have different credential Wiegand formats at a single door and integration with NetworkOptix, to give operators the ability to instantly visually verify access control activity and video events directly from ACTpro.

“The combination of these powerful technologies ultimately removes the need for control room operators to use two separate software platforms for visually verifying access control events,” said Michael Moyna, Senior Product Manager at Vanderbilt International. ‘Instead, operators can conveniently view live streams or recorded video associated with a door directly in ACTpro.”


Hanwha Techwin

New NVRs deliver AI video analytics

Deep learning AI video analytics have been made accessible to more users, thanks to the introduction of eight and 16 channel Wisenet X series NVRs.

By reading the AI metadata captured by Wisenet AI cameras, the new NVRs are able to help users to quickly and accurately search video for objects and the attributes associated with them. The use of video analytics enables the simultaneous detection and classification of various object types, including people, vehicles, faces and license plates, and is supported by Wisenet AI algorithms. These are said to identify the attributes of objects or people, such as age group, gender or colour of the clothing a person is wearing.

Key features of the new NVRs are: a new user interface; a new trapezium design which extends the life of HDDs by enhanced heat dissipation; up to 32MP recording with improved support for Wisenet 4K, 8K, thermal imaging, PTZ and multi-sensor models; WiseStream II complementary compression technology, which when combined with H.265 compression, improves bandwidth efficiency by up to 75% compared to current H.264 technology; dual HDMI and VGA outputs; automatic recovery back-up; and event push notifications to smartphones.



Certificated full-height turnstiles

Secured by Design member Meesons has launched the new Fortis range of full-height turnstiles, certified to Loss Prevention Standard (LPS) 1175: Issue 8 up to C5 (SR3).

The Fortis is a high security, 4-wing rotor, bi-directional full height turnstile that remains secure, preventing forced attacks. Available as a double unit, the Fortis Duo enables a higher throughput of users while preventing unauthorised entry. The range features different operational transit modes such as free-flow exit, unidirectional or bidirectional flow of authenticated users.

The turnstile is said to complement the company’s range of security revolving door and security portals to provide a robust physical barrier on the perimeter fence line. The Fortis range now enables specifiers to secure the perimeter entrance to a site, through to the building façade and internal zones, says Meesons.


Chubb Fire & Security

Remote response for fire and security

Chubb has unveiled a range of complementary remote fire safety and security services for “improved connectivity, responsiveness and overall peace of mind”. Chubb visiON+ uses data analytics to automatically help decision-making, building on the company’s remote alarm monitoring capabilities by providing:

  • Immediate proactive support and remote troubleshooting for fire and security systems
  • Remote connection of monitoring centre operators to surveillance systems to help appropriate response
  • An app allowing workers to share their precise locations and status with monitoring centre staff
  • An online dashboard and app enabling customers to monitor and manage their accounts
  • Customer access to Chubb’s cloud.

Chubb says that by combining its experience in fire and security with these remote solutions, customers will be able to take advantage of direct, immediate and easy connectivity with Chubb 24/7, along with appropriate verification and response. By connecting their existing physical security systems with Chubb’s remote offering, customers will also be able to manage the significant challenges presented by the new hybrid working model.


Automatic Systems

New-style high-capacity speed gates

A new generation of SmartLane speed gates – which have “high detection capacities and reflect the latest architectural trends” – has been launched by Automatic Systems.

The speed gates have a throughput of up to 60 people a minute and an opening time of 0.3 seconds. With 12mm-thick tempered glass obstacles and a height of up to 2000mm, they offer a walkway of 600 or 900mm for disabled people or service access, depending on the chosen configuration.

Detection performance has been optimised with the integration of DIRAS infrared detection technology with up to 135 cross-beams, which track the progress of pedestrians in the lane, and which are coupled with dynamic and predictive algorithms (size, position, direction) to ensure optimal fraud detection. The doubled DIRAS cell system in the lower part of the lane also allows for the detection of children, as well as items such as trolleys and caddies. The new models are said to comply with the latest standards on impact forces and entrapment risks.

Several configurations are available, with or without extensions, open or closed.  Identification systems such as biometric readers, QR codes, or badge readers can be integrated. SmartLane can be connected to SmartTouch and Smart&Slim monitoring panels, incorporates dynamic LED lighting signals to guide users, and is available in a variety of finishes – from stainless steel to painted steel, bronze or gold.


Axis Communications

All-in-one ANPR camera kits

Axis Communications has unveiled two all-in-one camera kits with the company’s License Plate Verifier pre-installed, and optimised IR to help provide the right image settings for number plate recognition.

AXIS P1455-LE-3 is suitable for use in freeflow, slow-speed traffic, such as in city centres, gated communities and campuses. It comprises a compact IK10-rated fixed bullet camera with HDTV 1080p resolution, and offers a 29mm telephoto lens to deliver a high pixel density, allowing for sharp numberplate images up to 20metres.

AXIS P3245-LVE-3 is a vehicle access control kit supporting different levels of security. It includes a vandal-resistant, HDTV 1080p fixed dome camera, so is designed to be secure even when installed at lower, more accessible heights. It verifies numberplates against a list of authorised or unauthorised number plates stored in the camera, and provides built-in support for Axis’s network door controller for integration with credential management systems.


Eagle Eye Networks

Integrated cloud-based video and intruder alarms

Video verification of intruder alarms has been brought onto a unified, single platform by cloud video supplier Eagle Eye Networks and cloud alarm signalling company CONXTD.

The integration creates a platform where Eagle Eye Network’s VSaaS solution brings video verification, live video and cloud storage to CONXTD’s risk management and monitoring solution. This platform allows security managers to manage sites, collaborate with their teams and view real-time reports and notifications.

Users can configure CONXTD to access video in the Eagle Eye platform when an event is received from an alarm system, for example, to monitor video when a door access event or intruder alarm occurs. In addition to enhancing security, the system also reduces false alarms.

“Eagle Eye Networks and CONXTD share a vision, which includes making security easier and more accessible for users,” said Rishi Lodhia, Managing Director of Eagle Eye Networks. “Our open API (application processing interface) platform offers endless possibilities, and makes it feasible to transform your video surveillance system into an even more powerful tool. It creates a great partnership from which our joint customers experience exceptional value.”



Access control and time and attendance partnership

Security management and time and attendance have come together in a collaboration between TDSi’s GARDiS access control system and Thinking Software’s RotaOne platform. Integrating the two systems provides an accurate record of people’s movements, which is appropriate for managing time and cost savings when running a business that employs contracted, casual and salaried staff on complex or repeating shift patterns. The integrated solution also ensures full monitoring for compliance reporting and safety.

RotaOne can be deployed remotely and hosted in the cloud and is fully scalable – from a small SME team up to a full multi-national enterprise. Integration is backwards compatible with existing installations (running the latest updates of both platforms) and both TDSi and Thinking Software offer their solutions through fully trained installation partners.

“GARDiS is designed to not only deliver the most secure of integrated access control solutions, but also to be highly flexible and adaptable to the needs of our customers,” said Gwen Curran, Channel Partner Manager North at TDSi. “As a highly popular time and attendance solution, RotaOne is the perfect integration partner for GARDiS, enabling users of both systems to link their technology investments and enjoy the benefits of combining data and having a powerful overview of operations.”



eVisitor updates

Maxxess has released a major update to its eVisitor visitor management solution, with new mobile access integrations and touchless reader choices to support more flexible workplace operations post-pandemic.

The new release includes options for mobile access control using smartphones, with authorised visitors and site users now able to pass through secure entrances using a choice of more convenient and hygienic contactless and touchless methods, including secure, GDPR-compliant biometrics. Touchless kiosks allow reception staffing levels to be reduced, and are said to provide faster, more convenient check-in and entry for guests.

For the growing number of organisations wanting to switch old-style access cards or fobs for smartphones, eVisitor now allows access to be granted when users place their phones in front of a reader like a standard card. Users can ‘press and enter’ using remote control; they can slide their hand across the reader without needing to take out their phone; they can pat on their phone while it’s in their pocket; or they can just approach the reader.

Multiple readers can operate in the same area, as technology is able to differentiate between access points and distances up to 20metres away.


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