#3. Ongoing Management of System Operations
Any door reader system requires normal administrative maintenance – adding new people, removing people, grouping people, schedules for different groups. By linking with other employee directories on the network, IP-based systems can speed and simplify the process of managing day to day changes.
Many organizations with over 20 employees utilize Microsoft’s Active Directory as a central point/single source to manage employee contact data, locations, and access to the network and applications. When an employee is hired, fired, changes location or changes job duties; their access is automatically changed accordingly. IP-based door control systems can be designed to update access permissions in real time as they occur in Active Directory.
For example,Active Directory Bridge software from ISONAS automatically synchronizes Microsoft’s Active Directory with ISONAS’ Crystal Matrix access control software.
“Active Directory Bridge allows you to assign personnel to groups and give them permissions for both physical and logical access,” says Radicella. “So now instead of having to manage the access control system’s permissions separately, Active Directory becomes the single source for maintaining access control permissions, which cuts down on the time and cost of management.”
With Active Directory Bridge from ISONAS, data doesn’t need to be entered twice, eliminating double work and chances for error.
Perhaps more significantly, it enhances security by immediately reflecting any access changes. If someone is fired, as soon as that data is entered into Active Directory, their access card and/or keypad code will be deactivated in the ISONAS system in real time. You don’t have to worry about updates being entered too late after the separation event—which can lead to unauthorized access..
#4. Integration with Other Systems
IP-based access control systems allow the implementation of deeper, richer security systems, particularly through their integration with IP video systems and intercoms.
“Until a few years ago, video management systems and access control systems were completely separate, often proprietary, and required separate wiring and installation, management software and multiple maintenance contracts” says Radicella. “With an IP-based network device and software, it is much easier to integrate video management and access control systems offering a ‘Best of Breed’ approach to unified systems.”
By connecting intercoms to IP cameras, for example, based on visual verification of an individual’s identity, an employee in a remote location can manually release the door. The audio connections go through the camera and find their way back to the safety station that’s running the video management software. When the call button is pushed on the intercom, the safety station is notified by an alarm sound, and the safety officer can see and talk to the person at the door. That safety officer can then unlock the door by pushing a button on the computer screen and record the event in the access control system.
Finally there is the matter of scalability. IP systems are ideal for meeting changing needs as new card readers are added, offices are leased or built, and companies complete mergers or acquisitions. Expanding the access control system is as simple as installing the reader and hooking it into the network and, occasionally, installing an additional Ethernet switch.
Since IP systems can be installed anywhere there is a network connection, multiple buildings at the same or remote locations can be connected over a LAN or WAN and easily communicate to the central control software on a computer in one of the buildings.
With this type of system, a business can scale up from one to 1,000 doors per single server by simply adding new readers as needed at a predictable cost per door using the same single cable installation. This takes much of the complexity and about one-third of the cost out of the decision to install or expand a door access system.
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