Lenel Announces OnGuard 2005

Lenel Systems International announced a new edition of its award-winning OnGuard product suite


OnGuard OpenCapture. OnGuard OpenCapture is a revolutionary new feature that offers the ability to integrate any industry standard IP camera into the OnGuard platform without software programming (i.e., plug-and-play). The camera vendor creates a simple configuration file for the camera. OnGuard then automatically creates the user interface for that camera, based upon the configuration file.

By providing the ability to integrate any industry standard IP camera, OpenCapture gives customers a myriad of choices that other vendors' solutions do not offer, and reaffirms Lenel's commitment to open architecture. OpenCapture also adds flexibility to the OnGuard solution by making available the unique features offered by different camera manufacturers.

OnGuard Audio(tm). In previous releases of OnGuard, the Lenel Digital Video Recorder (LDVR) supported only one channel of audio. OnGuard Audio is a new option that expands the flexibility of the LDVR by providing 16 channels each of audio and video. OnGuard Audio offers synchronized audio/video recording for each channel on the recorder.

Identity Management
In-Line Smart Card Encoding. Using OnGuard 2005, system operators can encode (customize) contactless smart cards during the encoding phase of the badge printing process. In previous releases, only magnetic stripe cards could be encoded during badge printing. OnGuard 2005 supports both MIFARE and iCLASS encoding technologies, as well as the Nisca PR5300 and the Magicard Rio and Tango direct card printers. Access control, demographic and biometric data can be encoded for use in a multitude of security applications.

Iris Identity Integration. OnGuard 2005 integrates iris identity technology, offering a new way of controlling physical access to an area by authenticating the identity of individuals previously enrolled into an OnGuard system. Iris identity integration is configured and managed as part of the OnGuard ID CredentialCenter application. Iris data capture is performed at an OnGuard cardholder enrollment station. The iris template is stored with the cardholder record in the OnGuard database, and is also encoded on the individual's contactless smart card during the encoding phase of the credential printing process. The requirement that both card and biometric information readings be made before access can be authorized provides an added level of security when verifying access using the OnGuard system. LG Electronics has adopted Lenel's OnGuard OpenCard smart card encoded information standard. OnGuard 2005 has integrated complete enrollment and encoding support for LG Electronics' Iris Access system using HID iCLASS technology.

Ultra-Scan Integration. Ultra-Scan Corporation has also adopted the OnGuard OpenCard standard. OnGuard 2005 offers fully-integrated enrollment support for Ultra-Scan's ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology, which is designed for use in ultra-secure or non-traditional applications (gloved hands, for example).

The OnGuard OpenCard standard, which was introduced in the OnGuard ET Third Edition release, is the industry's first non-proprietary, open standard for the information encoded on smart cards. It offers users the opportunity to achieve hardware and system independence, and creates a specification for true smart card interoperability across all systems and applications for which smart cards are used.

Access Control and Alarm Monitoring
Advanced Two Man Rule. OnGuard 2005 enhances the Two Man Rule feature, which requires that a minimum of two people be present in a given area at a given time. The system can now be configured to require that those two people be of a specified type (managers, for example). The feature follows the first in, last out rule in that other authorized individuals cannot enter or leave an area unless the initial two people are occupying the area at that time.