The Web is playing host to all sorts of guests who come to visit and security is among them. The integration of Internet, network and remote access techniques is beginning to dominate the industry. By combining digital hardware with computer applications and communications protocols, processes and all forms of data are sent and shared over the virtually limitless topology the digital domain can provide.
The security world has not completely turned, however. At points in the network there still remain those portals where the data stream must be converted to or from analog. User interfaces and input and output devices allow this to happen. They enable you to view images, enter data, and offer unique credentials. Systems perform operations without you even there such as unlock doors or send alarm notifications to all parties who need to know.
This month’s selection includes technology that crosses the line: are they a service, a product, or both? Either way, they illustrate the trend in security to offer cost-effective solutions that represent many added benefits and better security.
Fifteen years ago the question was whether computer literacy would be a requisite to survive in the security industry. The answer is now apparent.
These types of products and many others being introduced are leading the industry into the realm of network-enabled processor-based integrated systems. Take the following applications for instance...
Better Management From Above
Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst, IL houses administrative offices, a pre-school, and several meeting rooms used for special events and functions. Bethel UCC was using only a standard lock and key management system but church management felt this was not a secure solution.
“It was becoming increasingly difficult to track who had keys to the facilities,” explains Brian Barrett, Church Operations Manager. “Also, our doors are locked from the outside. If someone needed to have the doors opened for a meeting, our system required that there be another person on the other end to open the doors.”
Dan Cosgrove, account executive at Initial Electronics, Alsip, IL, was contacted to come up with an access control solution that would track usage, monitor door events, and manage the system from a centralized location. Cosgrove recommended the Brivo ACS to help facilitate the ease of access.
According to Cosgrove, he installed the Brivo ACS on the main door, rear entrance and a supply room closet. Staff and meeting group leaders were assigned ProxCards and PIN numbers to access the building doors. Additionally, the sanctuary doors were placed on door timers so as to eliminate the need for someone to open them physically.
“Web-hosted access control was key for their application because it allows them to control their doors from any web browser without having to come to the church,” Cosgrove states.
The Bethel UCC administrators have also benefited from Brivo’s web-based administration capabilities by being able to log onto their account from any computer, to monitor activity and to manage access without having to be on site. This has been especially helpful on days when the church is closed.
Brivo ACS automatically aggregates all customer data and management controls into one centralized system. Adding, changing or deleting access credentials can be done on the fly, 24/7 thanks to the remote administration capabilities of the entire system from any web browser anywhere.
Brivo ACS combines secure, wide-area networking via Ethernet Broadband or secure wireless network, and central hosting with a simple point-and-click browser interface, so access can be controlled online from anywhere at anytime. The WAN-based ACS allows a company to network a single access control system for all its facilities, whether they are spread across town or across the world, and manage the entire system via a web-based interface.