Nowadays we often hear about terrorist attacks in the news. Terrorists walk freely into a building looking like a normal civilian. Access control systems have become a crucial component to identify people entering into the building. Only with the correct access permission are visitors allowed to enter the building. In general, all users can be divided into 2 types, namely tenant and visitor. Tenants are building users that repeatedly enter / exit the building on a regular basis. Visitor on the other hand are non-regular building users that come to visit a specific tenant in the building. By managing this 2 group of people correctly, you can effectively filter out all the would-be perpetrators from entering the building. This can significantly reduce security threats inside the building.
SoyalEtegra is a security software suite that offers Access Control System (ACS) and Visitor Management System (VMS). Both of these softwares can support picture capture capability. Buildings with an ACS can set access permission for all tenants for e.g. who can go through which door, at what time and using what method (card / pin / fingerprint)? The building can utilize a VMS to monitor incoming visitors and reject all black listed visitors.
All tenants must be registered into the ACS in order to obtain an authorized access card. SoyalEtegra offers SORS encryption, which prevents cards and readers from being cloned. Both the card and reader are encrypted with a unique key A and key B. The card and reader must match each other in order to be granted access permission. The ACS also comes with time attendance, lift access, alarm monitoring and E-map as a complete security monitoring system. The building operator need only to ensure that all tenants are registered into the ACS and they will be classified as a “good” person.
To obtain access permission into the building, each visitor needs to specify which tenant (as registered with the ACS) that they wish to visit and will then be checked-in into the VMS. Each tenant should then verify the identity of their visitor before inviting them to the building, thus the accountability can be assured.
To double up on security, ACS and VMS will automatically capture pictures when a user flashes their card to gain access. These pictures will be associated to the events and user profile registered in the software. In the ACS, a security guard can then view user profile pictures, names, departments, current picture capture, before picture capture, event dates, event time; all in a single screen as each person flashes their card on the reader. All ACS and VMS pictures captured will be stored in a database, and these pictures can later be used as visual evidence in the event of a crime.
A guard may not be able to distinguish if a person who flashes the card during entry,is the same person that flashes a card to exit by just looking at the video live view from a DVR; or continuous running access event log. With ACS,the picture capture feature provides more useful information in a single screen that can help the guard to understanda threat situation more effectively.
SoyalEtegra supports the full series of Soyal access control readers and controllers and is optimized to be more affordable. SoyalEtegra ACS and VMS work hand-in-hand as a complete building security solution, especially for buildings such as condominiums, gated and guarded residential, guard houses, office towers and factories.