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Case Study: Health Center South chooses Tyco Kantech access control solutions

Introduction

Located in Dothan, Ala., Health Center South is a new, multi-level, state-of-the-art medical facility featuring an onsite surgery center equipped with cutting-edge technology, surgical suites, secure underground parking and a café. The 200,000 square-foot, five-story $25 million building opened in May 2019, after two years of planning and construction.

The goal of Health Center South is to provide a collaborative working environment for those in the healthcare field. Every office is built-to-suit and can be customized by each tenant. The resources offered at this facility enable doctors and medical professionals to raise
their standards of care, and commit to a mindset of progress in the field. In addition to its office suites, this facility also features an entire floor dedicated to research and educational workshops.

This center is a convenient alternative to patients traveling to and from other hospitals. Streamlined access to the center allows tenants to run more efficient businesses, while less travel time for clients, allows medical staff to spend more time engaging with clientele.

The surgical suites available mean patients won’t have to find outside care, while medical professionals are able to offer more cost-effective services.

Challenges

As this facility offers state-of-the-art medical equipment, surgical facilities and houses personal medical data, Health Center South wanted to offer tenants the strongest security possible. As with many outpatient facilities, the flow of both patients and medical staff can pose a security risk – making access control a priority. With this in mind, the facility was built with the ability to put all conduits and boxes into concrete, thus eliminating the need for any future retrograding.

Health Center South features a private underground parking garage, the first floor houses the lobby and café, second floor is clinical care, with the third and fourth floors featuring a research facility, education and conference space. Tenants will be able to reserve and use the educational and conference spaces. Members of the public will also be able to rent those spaces for educational or private event purposes.

With the building layout in mind, and not knowing what future tenants needs might be, Health Center South needed a coverall security system in place, which could easily be adapted to each individual tenant’s needs. Access control would need to be expanded as much or little as possible.

The Solution

To create a forward thinking, technologically outfitted medical facility, Health Center South brought in Harris Security Systems – a systems integrator located in southern Alabama. John Gamble, project manager for Harris Security, said he began to design the project in 2016.

Gamble said the medical facility is an impressive addition to the area, which isn’t a large metropolitan area with many multi-story buildings. “This was a large-scale building and project for Dothan,” Gamble said. “Health Center South wanted the best security system possible.”

To ensure the security of the medical facility with visitors, Health Center South installed turnstiles integrated with Kantech EntraPass security management software, which is the only way for the public to gain access to the facility. Card access doors are available, during non-public hours for authorized individuals. The use of turnstiles adds a heightened level of security to the facility, which future tenants can find benefit in.

Additionally, electronic gates and barrier arms secure the private parking garage, which makes up the first underground level of the campus.

Health Center South’s card access doors are controlled by Kantech KT-1 control panels, which support two readers (IN/OUT) and can be managed using an embedded web browser. They also utilized the KT-400 control panels, allowing for management of four doors and up to 100,000 cards from a web browser. Kantech controllers are configurable in Standalone Mode for basic, cost-effective door security using a simple web browser – no EntraPass software required.

Gamble said Harris Security also installed Kantech ioSmart capacitive touch keypad readers. “This was a cost-effective solution for Health Center South as its open technology allows for versatile building and suite access for the center’s staff and management.”

Tara Black, director of development at Health Center South, said it was important that management could monitor and maintain the building’s security while not on-site. This was made possible by the installation of Kantech EntraPass web software, which is integrated with the hattrix hosted/managed access control solution – utilizing EntraPass.

“These programs enabled us to choose a flexible and scalable solution, while also allowing management to connect and oversee access points from anywhere,” Black said.

Health Center South also utilizes the Kantech EntraPass go mobile administration software, which allows management to remotely control the security system from anywhere, at any time. Management is able to interact with the onsite EntraPass software, while making real-time updates, creating cards, locking and unlocking doors and requesting reports.

Tennille Finch, project manager for Health Center South, said this project was a large undertaking for the area.

“Health Center South is the single largest building that will bring together healthcare providers into one space in Dothan, Ala.,” Finch said. “We wanted to make sure we had a great system to offer tenants.” As tenants, businesses will have access to private, access controlled offices, as well as the option for secure, underground parking, Finch said.

Additionally, Health Center South offers a backup UPI generator in case of power outages, ensuring patients will receive optimal care. The facility also offers advanced fiber optic technology, so all tenants will have the advantage of connectivity.

As such, any future and current tenants will have ease of access with the Kantech EntraPass go Pass mobile app. Each staff member will be added into the EntraPass system with the appropriate credentials to conveniently access secured areas. All users have to do is connect to the EntraPass server and it will give you a list of doors you’re authorized to enter and at what time, working just like an access card would.

Once a tenant moves into their space, staff members will be issued a card. EntraPass go Pass will ensure that tenants will only be able to access the lobby, elevator and the building space they rent. Health Center South is able to implement this through its integration with Kantech REL8 relay control modules, which enables elevator control.

The Future

Health Center South expects this building will be at 80 percent capacity within the next five years and each individual space will be outfitted with its own access control system once rented.

At that time developers of Health Center South already plan on looking into integrating its access control system with its video surveillance system.

The Customer – Health Center South

Health Center South is a new multi-specialty office space for the medical community in Dothan, Alabama. Centrally located between two hospitals, this premier property has many amenities and is close to a regional airport and the Gulf Coast. The vision for Health Center South is to simply give tenant practices the space, the resources and the environment to grow. Heath Center South is a vibrant medical center designed for truly exceptional healthcare professionals to thrive in a collaborative space.

The Integrator – Harris Security Systems

Harris Security is an innovative security company dedicated to custom security needs at an affordable price. They are a locally owned and operated business providing security services to southern Alabama for more than 25 years – a tried and tested local company to suit all security needs. Harris Security specializes in residential and commercial security systems and monitoring, as well as camera systems, card access, fire detection, medical emergency response systems and interactive services connecting customers to their home or business through smart phone, tablet or PC.

Health Center South/ Tyco Kantech Case Study

Johnson Controls releases EntraPass v8.20 with seamless configuration and enhanced user functionality

The latest version of Tyco Kantech EntraPass security management software launches further simplifies how users remotely access the EntraPass go mobile app.

With EntraPass v8.20, EntraPass go Pass mobile app users gain improved search capabilities and other efficient upgrades to deliver remote and real-time access. EntraPass go Pass requests will no longer be attached to a selected SmartLink, eliminating the need to configure every connection. Users will now be able to access any inbound connection with little to no obstacles.

Enhanced users/card search functionality is also a significant enhancement of EntraPass v8.20. Users will be able to search for a profile, while keeping the search menu open – eliminating the need to start each search fresh. This solves the previous pain point of having to reopen the search menu, if a user had clicked on the wrong profile.

This update also opens the EntraPass Security Management Software to macOS users. EntraPass v8.0 will be compatible with the High Sierra system or higher.

Additionally, EntraPass v8.20 includes an ‘email’ field in the CSV report exports, which will be particularly beneficial for hattrix partners. This feature allows a manager to easily choose a set of accounts/owners and export email addresses, along with additional account statistics.

An additional benefit of EntraPass v.8.20 with EntraPass go Pass mobile app is the ability to view exacqVision video in hattrix, with seamless connection, easier configuration and no port forwarding. By enabling this feature within the server, the need for IT involvement is eliminated and customers will be able to connect their exacqVision NVR to the hattrix system.

For a detailed list of features and benefits, please refer to the New Product Announcement.

Johnson Controls introduces EntraPass v8.10 with audit trails and feature enhancements for more streamlined operation

The latest version of Tyco Kantech EntraPass security management software launches enabling new functionalities such as expanded audit features and other enhancements for a more streamlined experience for users.

For faster auditing and troubleshooting, EntraPass v8.10 users can run audit reports based on cards, components and operators, including a detailed report of who made changes to a card or component and when the changes were made. This will help to satisfy some of today’s corporate and regulatory requirements. Cardholder information fields have been expanded to include at least 20 editable fields (Corporate Edition), including a Unique ID for improved export/import.

Additionally, advancements in backup options in this latest version are designed to prevent any version conflicts or errors in the backup process for seamless operation.

Information at the user level is also easier to access and verify. Administrators can now easily see the most recent door, card or event access messages by cardholder, see when the cardholder’s secondary access level has expired and go paperless by saving access levels and links directly as a PDF.

EntraPass also adds support for up to eight ASSA ABLOY wireless locks through the KT-1 door controller, reducing installation costs and is compatible with Windows Server 2019 Datacenter.

For a detailed list of features and benefits, please refer to the New Product Announcement.

Kantech Releases EntraPass v8.0 with Mobile App Enhancements and a Redesigned web Interface

The latest version of EntraPass Security Management Software launches with new features relating to short range wireless technology, multi-factor authentication for mobile cardholders and an improved web client user interface.

EntraPass v8.0 software offers several enhancements to the EntraPass go and EntraPass go Pass mobile apps. EntraPass go, which allows remote use of the EntraPass software, provides support for American Dynamics network video recorders (NVRs). EntraPass go Pass mobile credential now supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capabilities in ioSmart Multi-Technology Readers. EntraPass operators can choose to ignore BLE technology, enforce BLE or use a combination of both when appropriate. Multi-factor authentication is also available for EntraPass go Pass cardholders presenting at any door with an ioSmart reader. In addition to the existing card and PIN authentication, biometric data can be used as a second form of authentication offering an added level of identity protection with more secure access to doors using a mobile phone.

In some cases, ioSmart readers in combination with EntraPass go Pass multi-factor authentication can replace the need to install an expensive biometric reader”, said Gabriel Labrecque, Product Manager, Kantech Software/ Integrations, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “On a per door basis you can disable the card reader, meaning that only EntraPass go Pass will be allowed to unlock the door through the use of biometric verification from the phone itself.

EntraPass web, where Silverlight is now no longer an installation requirement, has been redesigned to provide a more efficient and user-friendly interface for an enhance user experience. For operational speed, graphical icons are more intuitive, tabs replace the dock views and the system remembers the exact position of the most recently opened screen. Setting up hardware components is simplified by a sequential column layout, while the logical visual architecture makes monitoring and changing the hardware configuration direct.

Furthermore making sure installations are cyber secure, ITV2 Type 2 encryption has been added as an integration option for use with both the DSC PowerSeries Neo and PowerSeries Pro intrusion panels.

New Product Announcement

Kantech debuts streamlined scheduling and Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Compatibility in EntraPass v7.50

The latest version of EntraPass Security Management Software launches with new features developed to streamline scheduling for EntraPass Special Edition and installation compatibility.

Now available in EntraPass Special Edition, Action Scheduler allows operators who are managing access control to create actions and tasks on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The actions are based on door and relay behaviors such as locking and unlocking doors, arming alarm systems and toggling relays. Once programmed, these actions are native to the KT-400 and KT-1 door controllers as long as the latest firmware is installed.

The use of KT-1 and KT-400 allows users to connect to EntraPass via the controller or to use the controller in standalone mode. The migration path from a standalone unit into a new connection in EntraPass is now simplified, with an easy-to-use import tool that will migrate all of the configurations.

With the exception of Database Access with EntraPass Global Edition, all EntraPass versions now support installation on Windows Server 2016 Datacenter.

New Product Announcement

Kantech streamlines scheduling and account maintenance with EntraPass v7.40

The latest version of EntraPass Security Management Software launches with new features developed to streamline scheduling and account maintenance for operators.

Available in EntraPass Corporate and Global Editions, operators managing premise access control can add to security capabilities by creating actions and tasks on a daily, weekly or monthly basis with the new Action Scheduler under the Operation menu. The Action Scheduler is ideal for locations where meetings can happen at sporadic times such as town halls or other types of special events. The actions are based on the door and relay behaviors such as locking and unlocking doors, arming alarm systems and toggling relays. Users can customize actions completely by combining Action Scheduler with the powerful Smartlink Task option.

EntraPass can now intuitively automatically deactivate operators that have not logged in for a pre-determined amount of days, allowing for easier account maintenance with the Operator Auto-Deactivate feature.

The latest version of EntraPass integrates with American Dynamics VideoEdge version 5.1 and now supports exacqVision version 9.0.2, bringing added control for premise security and management.

In addition, administrators who also use Kantech’s hattrix, a cloud-based access control solution utilizing EntraPass security management software, can now more easily manage account service types and view and change account statuses with color coding for easy viewing.

New Product Announcement

Kantech Launches EntraPass v7.30 with ioSmart Technology

Introducing the latest version of the Kantech EntraPass Security Management Software with support for Kantech’s ioSmart Card Readers and Cards, as part of an end-to-end encrypted access control solution. EntraPass v7.30 also includes integration with HID Mobile Access® for quick and easy access to doors using a mobile phone while maintaining management of credentials through EntraPass.

Along with the newly added support for the ioSmart Smart Card Readers and Cards, EntraPass v7.30 will continue to support the ioProx Card Readers and Credentials. With the mult-technology options available on ioSmart Readers, the migration from Proximity cards to smart cards is easy with Kantech. EntraPass v7.30 now supports HID Mobile Access credentialing. The integration makes it possible for users to gain access to a facility using a credential on their smartphone from a BLE-enabled HID reader. The user receives an invitation from security personnel on their smartphone and can quickly download the credential. All credentialing is managed through the EntraPass Corporate and EntraPass Global Edition software.

“The ongoing evolution of EntraPass, with the addition of our ioSmart technology, reflects our continued focus on and acknowledgement of the changing needs of our customers,” said Rajeev Dubey, Director of Distribution Product Management, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “EntraPass v7.30 is the link that puts modern, easy-to-understand and scalable access control technology into the hands of security administrators.”

This latest edition of EntraPass offers several enhancements to the EntraPass go, EntraPass go Pass and EntraPass  go Install apps. Added to EntraPass Go, which allows remote use of the software, is a link to “auto populated fields” that assists operators by bypassing the need to filling out configuration details to start using the app. EntraPass go Pass, the mobile credential feature, now works with Android as well as iOS devices (including Apple Watch) and supports widget use, so users can unlock doors from a widget rather than having to open an app. EntraPass go Install has been updated with a reader driver list and the ability to switch accounts without having to log in and out. There is also a new tutorial for EntraPass go Install with additional user information.

EntraPass v7.30 is available on Special, Corporate, and Global Editions as well as hattrix.

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Kiwanis Village Lodge Migrates to Kantech Security Solution

The Challenge
Kiwanis Village Lodge had an imminent need to migrate to an IP-based security system as it’s door controllers were non-functioning and legacy system was no longer serviceable by the manufacturer.

Kiwanis Village Lodge

The Solution
Kiwanis selected Kantech EntraPass Corporate Edition and KT-1 Ethernet-Ready door controllers to protect its seniors and secure its campus.

Benefits
  • Intuitive User Interface provides ease of use for both security and non-security personnel
  • Reduced expenses by utilizing existing hardware and infrastructure
  • Single button enrollment reduced installation time
  • Quick and easy installation limited system downtime
  • Easily managed access rights to doors for more streamlined management
  • Scalability extends the reach of EntraPass for future expansion

School Campus Enhances Perimeter Security with Complete Tyco Security Products Solution

About Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls High School educate students in West and South Yorkshire, England. The large campus includes about 4 buildings of varying sizes some dating back to the 16th century. A 19-person governing body and 500-person teaching and support staff work to better the education for 2,100 pupils yearly.

The Challenge

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls’ High School, located in Yorkshire, England, wanted a completely unified security system to secure the perimeter of the campus, while minimizing investigation time and improving security operations. Additionally, they wanted cameras that produced clear images to identify people as well as a management system that was easy to use.

 

Wakefield Grammar School

The Solution

After a complete site survey and evaluation, the school selected Reflex Systems of South Yorkshire, England as their integrator.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar and Wakefield School increased its security across its five-school campus with a complete Tyco Security Products solution including:

exacqVision Kantech Onboard

“They had done quite a bit of research on everything. Once they came to us, we decided that going with the Kantech embedded software was the best decision from a future-proofing point of view,” explained Steven Ward, technical director, Reflex Systems.

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Improved Camera Performance

With camera performance and image quality being the two most important factors for the school, the new Illustra Pro cameras give them the opportunity to cover all entry and exit points on campus and see critical details in areas with no sunlight. The strong integration between exacqVision VMS software and Illustra cameras simplified the deployment and optimized the performance. exacqVision automatically discovers cameras and addresses in exacqVision with EasyConnect.

exacqVision EasyConnect

Reduced Hardware Expenses

exacqVision recorders with Kantech Onboard reduce the hardware expenses and amount of rack space needed with the access control system pre-loaded on the network video recorder. The recorder came pre-loaded and pre-licensed with Kantech EntraPass Corporate access control system software at no additional cost.  With the integration of access control and video into one system, they were able to improve response time to critical alarms and events. With exacqVision CameraLinks, school operators can quickly access the most needed commands from live view and further search video evidence associated with entry and exit points.

“The installation went absolutely seamlessly. We prewired extra IT points where cameras were going to be and when it came time to connect everything to the network, they were snapped in and up and working right away. It was a great experience.”
– David Butterfield
Estates and Contracts Manager
Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

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