The Advantages of Choosing a Wireless Access Control System

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“WE LIKE TO LEVERAGE the benefits of wireless,” says Paul Ahern, president of Cypress Computer Systems in Lapeer, Mich. “Wireless lets you keep more of what could be spent on installation in your own pocket. Instead of having your customer’s money go to someone else for trenching, electrical, cabling or other labor overhead, it all gets spent with you, usually leading to more of your own product being sold.”

Wireless systems let customers achieve wired system benefits without the cost of hardwired systems. Installing wireless typically is faster than implementing a traditional hardwired solution. When wanting to retrofit older buildings with new access control systems, a wireless solution may be the only viable option you can use. Also, wireless readers are not limited to doors — wireless solutions exist for exit devices, gates and elevators. Wireless systems work with most of today’s access control systems.

Existing ID credentials will work with the new wireless solution. Access privilege changes and audit records are available at the central control terminal, all from a common database, which simplifies data entry and management. This also eliminates the need to go door to door to upload changes and download records, making wireless locksets a good alternative to offline, standalone locking systems. In addition, all wireless transmissions are typically encoded and may use AES128-bit private keys for heightened security.

Popular Applications That Scream for Wireless

According to Ahern, the most popular uses of wireless are in those situations where companies decide to extend the perimeters of their facilities. “With a wireless access control system, you can easily extend their solution up to 10,000 feet,” he says. “That’s almost two miles!”

Ahern says Cypress access control specialists recommend wireless for connecting to parking lots; extending the access system across the road, railroad tracks or river; creating temporary reader installation at a construction site; and where it is simply undesirable to trench, cable or pull wire.

“We are seeing wireless devices used the most in K-12 education spaces to secure individual classroom doors,” reports Rick Caruthers, executive vice president, Galaxy Control Systems. “It seems that the overall cost of a wireless reader now allows users to consider doors for access control that were otherwise considered cost prohibitive.

“The main concerns we find are controlling visitors, securing perimeter doors and creating emergency lockdown,” adds Caruthers. “We also find that wireless locks are making it more affordable for school systems to consider devices for each classroom door where, in the past, typical locking hardware proved to be too costly. Wireless also benefits dealers and integrators themselves. The number of doors installed increases due to the lower cost of a wireless device versus a traditionally secured door and the extra components and labor needed to install it.”

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Marinas are a good example of a wireless access control application, here being used throughout a waterfront boat storage area from entrances to docks to use of fish cranes.

Education is also a good market for Kastle Systems of Falls Church, Va., as well. The company targets the school market and has developed an integrated security solution for educational institutions that employs the latest advances in technology, including wireless access control. “Wireless access control provides better cost, convenience and aesthetics than many wired solutions. Plus, you are eliminating the old metal keys for more advanced access cards,” emphasizes Nikhil Shenoy, director of product marketing for Kastle. “Anywhere that you find a lot of doors within a contained suite or space, wireless could be a better alternative than wired. We use wireless tech on interior rooms in commercial real estate settings, whether it is the door to a bathroom, office, copy room, mechanical or communications closets, or meeting room as it reduces the cost and labor of wiring traditional carded systems. Wireless is a great solution for resident doors in multifamily buildings. For instance, we just finished a 375-resident door, multifamily wireless project in New York City.”

“Where we get the ‘oos and ahhs’ with wireless is with our handheld wireless mobile readers,” adds Ahern. “They are used to read credentials in applications where it just would not be practical to use a fixed reader. Whenever we offer one to a prospect who uses it for the first time, we always get a big smile.”

According to Ahern, the top prospects are places where an organization wants to check IDs of people in trucks and buses, verify staff attendees at training centers, create an access point away from buildings or establish emergency assembly points and muster stations.

Entry is basic to access control systems at marinas both small and big. For instance, the Blue Water Yacht Club in Sausalito (Calif.) uses its system to control a vehicle gate, dock gate and two restroom doors while a Miami Beach (Fla.) marina uses its system to control many dock gates, restrooms and parking garages. The Port of Everett (Wash.) consists of a hodge-podge of legacy systems that have been integrated into a security system with in excess of 60 access points in an area greater than 3.5 acres that features links up to a mile apart. Continue reading

Disney Parks, SeaWorld Orlando Announce New Security Measures

New Security Measures

For the Good of everyone, theme Parks around the country are stepping up security in response to issues of the world we now live in.

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Officials at Disney theme parks in Florida and California and SeaWorld in Orlando are boosting security measures and banning toy guns to protect tourists.
Disney parks are adding metal detectors and deploying more security guards and trained dogs, the company confirms. In addition to the toy gun ban, workers are removing the items from its shops, including squirt guns, reported Fox News.

Also, guests who are 14 and older will no longer be able to wear costumes to the parks, Fox News said.  None of the parks made clear exactly how long the new security measures would last.

The increased security measures are taking effect at Walt Disney World in Orlando, as well as Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California. Company officials said in a statement, “We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate.”

Universal Studios was also adding metal detectors at its parks in Orlando and Hollywood, California, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

In addition, SeaWorld Orlando is boosting its security presence at the park for the holidays, officials told Fox News, adding, “Guests entering SeaWorld Orlando can also expect thorough bag checks as well as wand metal detector checks.”

None of the parks made clear exactly how long the new security procedures would last.

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Drones have a place in security

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Drones have applications in physical security, according to 76 percent of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll. In fact, about half of poll respondents said they are working with drones already.

“Drones fill a gap in surveillance for complex environments or where … security provisions are [not] available,” wrote Ryan Taylor, principal of Trusys, a security consulting firm.

“There is a place for them, but the technology and legislation around their use have a ways to go. I do not see them replacing traditional methods of protecting sites, but they could be used to augment security operations,” said Taylor.

Twenty-one percent say drone usefulness in security remains to be seen. Three percent of respondents said drones are fun, not for security.

Asked about their opinion of drones, 24 percent described themselves as “drone enthusiasts.”

“I’m already testing drones for use by our security department,” said Michael Gonzalez, senior physical security IT systems administrator at Hawaiian Electric Company, and an SSN “20 under 40” End User award winner this year. “Several other departments within my company are testing them for their own use as well. It isn’t going away any time soon, especially over here.”

Respondents shared ideas about how drones could be used in physical security.

AJ Hunter, project coordinator for security operations for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., said drones would be good for “patrolling and monitoring areas not suitable for humans, applications of facial recognition software and other analytics to provide a level of access control, and transportation of keys and/or key cards are just a few ideas involving the use of drones.”

“I can see them replacing a guard tour. Also, I could see them having applications for a campus security environment,” said another reader.

“Drones have a ton of applications,” Jumbi Edulbehram, regional president Americas with Oncam Grandeye said. “We’re working with a drone manufacturer that’s putting our 360 fisheye cameras on drones used for security, farming [and] events.” (Read more about Oncam’s work with drones here)

Seventy-one percent said they are looking drones’ usefulness and whether they could be good for business.

Five percent of respondents said drones are a fad.

Several respondents said that drones have to overcome specific difficulties. “[We] have not used them yet, but I believe they can respond quickly to provide video from an event. We need to develop [drones’] storage and charging facilities,” Patrick Mahoney, CannonDesign technology architect, said.

Ron Petrarca, director of operations at Electronix Systems said, “Some applications are being discussed. What happens depends on how much the government will regulate the use of drones in the commercial sector.”

“I can see a ton of applications, especially once the limitation of battery life and government regulations are worked out,” said another respondent.

If drones enter the security market, they’ll be a small segment, according to 26 percent. “Patrolling is still a big part of security and this could pique the interest of a couple niches,” said one reader.

It’s too soon to tell if drones will enter the market, said 27 percent.

One reader expressed concern about widespread drone applications. “I believe drones are a serious invasion of privacy.”

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Biometric – MasterCard Will Put Selfies to Work for Authentication

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MasterCard on Monday announced facial recognition and fingerprint technology that essentially would allow customers to take selfies to help authenticate their identity when engaged in mobile shopping.

The rollout, which is planned for this summer in the U.S., Canada and part of Europe, follows a pilot of biometrics by MasterCard and International Card Services with Dutch participants.

The 750 ABN AMRO cardholders who took part in the pilot were able to complete their purchases without PIN codes, passwords or confirmation codes, MasterCard said. 

Ninety percent of the participants said they preferred using biometric identification over passwords, and 75 percent said they believed biometric identification decreased fraud, the company said.

“The Dutch consumer is very progressive in embracing new technologies,” said Arjan Bol, country manager for MasterCard.

The company is looking into integrating the technology into apps for banking and technology companies to make it easier to use a selfie or fingerprint for authentication.

The announcement comes days after HSBC launched a biometric rollout designed to offer a higher level of mobile protection to 15 million customers in the U.K. by the summer.

The system will allow customers to access their mobile app and telephone banking accounts through voice and fingerprint technology.

It will be expanded to the U.S., France, Canada, Mexico and Hong Kong once those governments provide regulatory approvals for the system.

Facial Recognition and Fingerprints

MasterCard last year tested facial recognition and fingerprint scanning in the U.S. with First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Under that program, employees of the credit union used artificial money and biometrics to test whether cardholders can be authenticated using fingerprint scans on smartphones or facial photographs.

The program was scheduled to run in September and October with more than 200 credit union employees. Participants made virtual donations to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, with facial recognition and fingerprints authenticating their identity.

MasterCard and First Tech introduced the concept for that biometrics pilot at the White House Cyber Security Summit last year.

Customer Acceptance

Consumers will use the dual authentication system if they think it offers them more convenience, said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

“I like the concept,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “If MasterCard can make it work quickly and unobtrusively at point of sale, then it should help drive mobile payments.”

Using two forms of authentication should drastically reduce false positives, where another person is confused with the consumer, and false negatives, where a person is unable to prove that he or she is the legitimate purchaser, Teich said.

The U.S. Global Entry system has been using a dual authentication system for about five years, he noted. Under the Customs and Border Protection program, people are authenticated using a combination of facial and fingerprint recognition and a passport optical scanner.

Financial institutions have faced challenges in the past over how to promote various payment options, while preserving security, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“Traditional methods are not as successful as they might be, mainly because so many consumers opt for simplistic, easy-to-remember and -crack passwords,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “Given those challenges, MasterCard’s concept of using a selfie as a second authentication factor is highly intriguing.”

Biometrics Buzz

Biometrics “is a hot topic of discussion and demonstrations” at Mobile World Congress, said Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends, who is attending the conference in Barcelona, Spain. Retina scans and fingerprint technology are “already here and working in smartphones like the iPhone.”

Mobile World Congress producer GSMA has been working with mobile operators on its Mobile Connect platform for mobile transaction authentication. “It’s simple and as easy as tying one’s mobile identity to one’s cellphone number,” she told the E-Commerce Times.

GSMA announced at the conference “that it had reached 2 billion users — and this is just the beginning,” Schreiner said. “As we look to simplify our digital lives, passwords will surely be replaced by the next great app.”

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