Isonas Door Access Control Systems Serve Schools

For more than 40 years, school facility managers and security personnel responsible for selecting a door access system have essentially had one option: a local control panel hardwired to power and individually wired to a maximum number of door...

The installation of the ISONAS access control system was accomplished by Golden West Technologies of nearby Rapid City, SD.

“We have supplied dozens of schools with network infrastructure and security systems,” states Dave Wentworth, security sales engineer for Golden West, “so our confidence in being able to meet the District’s budgetary requirements as well as provide a top of the line access control system specifically tailored to the needs of a school district was a task with which we were very comfortable.”

The project called for the installation of 28 door access points and was finished in just two months, well within the time allotted for the work. The project also included the installation of the ISONAS Crystal Matrix Access Control software management program. The system rollout was managed by John Hoag, manager of building security.

“The Crystal Matrix software system allows me to manage the set-up and permissions for all entry points in the system and to monitor them as well,” says Hoag. “It was easy to train personnel in each of the separate facilities on how to do the access control management tasks for their individual locations, so I now oversee the day-to-day operations of all the security systems while individual requirements are decided on a local basis by each school.”

Connecting to the existing network has another major advantage not yet mentioned: the latest video surveillance camera systems are now IP-based as well and the ability to hook up and integrate the two together to the network, provides a synergy and unification of management.

“Until about two years ago, security cameras and access control systems were completely separate and often proprietary,” explains ISONAS’ Crenshaw. “This meant separate wiring and installation, management software and multiple maintenance contracts.”

“However, today there is a strong desire to have unified management of security components,” adds Crenshaw. “Because we provide an IP-based network device it is exceedingly easy to integrate with video surveillance camera software.”

Since most video surveillance hardware comes with its own management software, the ISONAS software has been designed to interact with, or is already pre-integrated into the packages provided by the leading video camera providers.

“The combination of video and access control running on the network allow us to control and monitor activities in an emergency in a very comprehensive and effective manner, from a secure location,” says Hoag. “We made appropriate investments in physical security systems, and we continue to make strides in perfecting our procedures in the use of those systems to live up to our commitment that our schools are safe, caring places.”

The network devices are also powered by low voltage through the Power over Ethernet, versus the high voltage requirements of the panel for additional energy savings over the life of the product.

For the security of clients, employees and company property, facility managers and security personnel should ditch the traditional panel-and-wiring model and consider an IP-based system for its lower cost per door and simplified installation.

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