Access Control

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Thu
07
Sep
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Roger Pearce: The Early History of Access Control

Access control and security consultant, Roger Pearce
Access control and security consultant, Roger Pearce

The history of access control in Australia is a long and fascinating one and no one is better equipped to fill in the gaps than electronic security consultant, Roger Pearce, who has been working in access control since 1974. He speaks with SEN editor, John Adams.

JA: You’ve been an independent security consultant for more than 20 years, held the ASIS CPP qualification, been SCEC-endorsed and last year you were awarded an OSPA for Outstanding Security Consultant of the Year. You’re also one of the longest serving members of the electronic security industry with first-hand experience of the development of access control. It’s a unique perspective. 

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Thu
10
Aug
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CSD Now Distributing EyeLock Iris Biometric Range

Eyelock iris scanning solutions now available from CSD
Eyelock iris scanning solutions now available from CSD

CSD now distributes the Eyelock product suite covering a range of iris-based identity authentication, hardware and software solutions to its broad customer base in Australia.

EyeLock’s technology provides an unprecedented level of convenience and security with unmatched biometric accuracy, making it the most proven way to authenticate identity aside from DNA. EyeLock’s proprietary iris authentication technology looks at more than 240 unique iris characteristics and provides a fast, user-friendly experience. EyeLock is one of the only companies in the world to utilize dual-eye authentication.

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Tue
20
Jun
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Special Report: Installing Access Control Systems

Inner Range Integriti access controller at SCUH
Inner Range Integriti access controller at SCUH

Not long ago the complexities of installing access control meant it was an area of business closed to installers with less experience. Times have now changed and careful techs who want to branch out are now supported by a range of solutions that combined simplicity of installation with considerable expansion.

SOMETHING it’s easy to forget when it comes to access control is the lateral nature of the beast. Because solutions are modular, they are constrained only by the capacity of management solutions and the intrepidity of installers. What this means for installation teams making the jump into access is that they can start easy and go hard. 

According to Chris Fitzpatrick of CS Technologies, access control is certainly now open to dedicated alarm installers thanks to simplification of installation, setup and commissioning processes.

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Mon
15
May
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Access Control Manufacturer Paxton Ranked in FT1000

Adam Stroud, CEO, Paxton
Adam Stroud, CEO, Paxton

PAXTON, a UK-based access control manufacturer of IP access control solutions has been ranked in the Financial Times FT1000 list of fastest growing companies.

The league table, published in cooperation with Statista, lists the 1000 companies in Europe that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2012 and 2015.

Paxton, which was founded in 1985 by Tony Ratcliffe, now group chairman, employs more than 300 staff and is based in Brighton, East Sussex, with several international sales offices. All products are manufactured locally at the Paxton factory in Eastbourne and exported to over 60 countries worldwide.

The company’s future growth plans include a turnover goal of £100 million by 2020 and this summer it will open a new, 29,000sq ft. Technology Centre alongside its current Brighton head office, further increasing the investment Paxton can make into product development.

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Thu
20
Apr
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CS Technologies EVO Access Control Solution: Review

CS Technologies EVO controller
CS Technologies EVO controller

CS Technologies Evolution access control range is a pair of full function access controllers, the EVO4 4-door and EVO2 2-door, featuring network access control boards with RS485 and TCP/IP Ethernet communication support, lift control, and seamless alarm integration via 4-state monitored expansion boards.

CS Technologies has a deep history in the electronic security industry – the company’s roots go back to the late 1980s – and this informs the nature of its systems, which combine the solid reliability of proven hardware and the profound functionality of decades of evolution. The long history of this company should come as no great surprise – local access control manufacturers are the norm, not the exception in ANZ. All the local access control manufacturers are quality makers, combining strong and rapidly evolving software solutions with thoughtful suites of hardware and passionate local service. 

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Mon
03
Apr
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Schneider Integrates Access Control, Automation For SCUH

Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Queensland
Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Queensland

Schneider Electric has installed an Inner Range Infiniti access control and automation solution at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) at Birtinya in Queensland. The integrated security and automation system includes thousands of doors, thousands of devices, 8000 cardholders, and integrates 16 sub-systems, including 360 Jacques intercoms and nearly 800 Pelco cameras. 

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Thu
16
Mar
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The Interview: Sir William Gallagher

Sir William Gallagher
Sir William Gallagher

Sir William Gallagher heads up New Zealand electronic security manufacturer Gallagher, a company that is unquestionably a world leader in access control and automation solutions. Sir William is a witty and erudite lateral thinker, rich in anecdotes, who rarely takes his eye off underlying business principles. 

JA: How old were you when you first started on the factory floor at Gallagher, Sir William?

SWG: SCUBA diving was my thing when I was young – I was still at school and was running a little business making SCUBA regulators. I was about 22 when I joined Gallagher – it was a 10-man band back then and now we have 950 staff on the direct payroll and about 1100 staff in total. We’ve certainly grown a bit. 

JA: What do you put the growth of the Gallagher business down to?

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Wed
15
Feb
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APAC Access Control Market Growing at Nearly 17 Per Cent

Very clever Gallagher mobile-based door access reader
Very clever Gallagher mobile-based door access reader

Persistence Market Research reports the global electronic access control (EAC) systems market is forecast to increase from $US15.4 billion in 2013 to $31.2 billion in 2019, growing at a compound annual growth (CAGR) of 12.6 per cent.

And according to the report, the Asia-Pacific EAC systems market is expected to record the highest CAGR growth of 16.7 per cent to reach $9.6 billion in 2019. Usage of EAC systems in the commercial sector (the largest end user in 2013) increased by 13.9 per cent CAGR during 2009-2013 to reach $4.6 billion in 2013.

Terrorist attacks, vandalism and violence in public places such as city centres and educational institutions are some of the factors leading to increasing demand for EAC systems, according to Persistence. 

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Wed
01
Feb
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Access Control Comms - RS-485 or Weigand?

Weigand cable - tried and tested but not most secure for some applications
Weigand cable - tried and tested but not most secure for some applications

Q: Which is best for communications between access controllers and door readers – Weigand or RS-485?

A: This is an interesting question. There’s a lot more behind Weigand and RS-485 than you’d think. Some of your choices need to be application specific but it depends on the product you are using, too. 

For a start Weigand readers are unsupervised – this means if they are breached, your customer will not know. If they are smashed or completely removed from the wall and carried away, the system will not report this. The maximum Weigand run is about 150m – this might be fine in some applications but in larger sites it can be limiting. You also need to install Weigand in a star config around a controller, making for complex wiring schedules. 

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Thu
26
Jan
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Affordable Access Control Options

Bosch G Series offers affordable access control
Bosch G Series offers affordable access control

In years’ past, the notion of affordable access control usually meant significant functional compromise. No longer. It’s now possible to source highly capable access control solutions that offer integrators and end users affordability, functionality and flexibility.

ARGUABLY the biggest winner in the shift to new technology has been affordable access control. In this market segment, a combination of must-have modular functionalities combine with mobile and browser-based interfaces to deliver something bigger than the sum of parts. In many ways, the affordable access control market is everything the domestic security and automation market is struggling to be. Why the difference? Because SMEs need reliable and well-supported access control and intrusion detection solutions, while residential users are driven almost exclusively by price. 

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