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A simplified access control solution with KT-1’s Standalone Mode

Kantech’s innovative KT-1 single door controller is now available with embedded simplified access control software for one door systems, the ideal choice for those seeking a cost-effective, easy-to-use, single-door application.

With KT-1’s Standalone Mode, using a dedicated web browser, the popular KT-1 Ethernet-ready single door controller now has the option to be controlled and managed via simple and intuitive web based software – no EntraPass software is required. This makes the KT-1 a viable option for small businesses and individuals with basic access control needs such as being able to assign card access and run reports.

Full-fledged security management can be daunting for small businesses,” said Rajeev Dubey, Director of Distribution Access Control Product Management, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls, “but KT-1 Standalone removes the complexity from that process by giving users a web-based system that ups the ante on security, while bypassing the investment required for computers and software.


With no software to install, KT-1’s Standalone option broadens the horizon for dealers and installers as well. With a simplified and quick installation option, KT-1 Standalone is appealing to an installer base beyond the traditional access control installers who can forgo having to attend training to learn a new software system or receive special certification. The wizard-based platform walks installers through the process in minutes.

Users with growing access control needs can easily migrate to the next level with Kantech EntraPass or hattrix software.

New Product Announcement

ioSmart Smart Card and Multi-Technology Readers for an end-to-end encrypted access control solution

ioSmart Smart Card Readers and Cards provide a cost-effective migration from proximity cards to advanced smart card technology. The ioSmart family provides enhanced security through end-to-end AES-128 encryption over RS-485 when used with Kantech’s KT-1 or newer KT-400 door controllers but can also be used with any other access controllers using Wiegand protocol.

The readers offer an optional capacitive touch backlit keypad for enhanced security, illuminated keypad brightness and adjustable color programmable LED bar giving the ioSmart card readers an ecofriendly and esthetically pleasing design. ioSmart card readers are field firmware upgradable and have BLE hardware included, making them future proof. With both Mullion and Single Gang mounting options available, ioSmart card readers will fit any indoor or outdoor application globally. The new readers and cards are also now available in several Starter and Expansion kits.

Kantech ioSmart cards come with encrypted sectors for pre-programmed card credentials to simplify installation and have sufficient sectors open for end customers to use for other applications.* [Software to program card sectors not sold/supported by Kantech]

The ioSmart family of products is proof that end users don’t have to sacrifice usability and easy installation for higher level of security for their access control systems,” said Rajeev Dubey, Director of Distribution Product Management, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “ioSmart is also a standout when it comes to esthetics enhancing the overall ambience of the facility. Apart from offering end-to-end encryption on supported Kantech products over RS-485, ioSmart readers’ ability to read several card formats over Weigand makes it an attractive option for non Kantech access control systems as well

The RS-485 configuration connected to the Kantech controllers provides additional inputs and outputs such as door contact, Request-to-Exit and/or lock output saving considerably on wiring and labor costs. The ioSmart family supports ioSmart SSF MIFARE Plus EV1 encrypted cards in addition to MIFARE Plus ISO/IEC 14443A and 14443B card serial numbers. Other supported formats include Kantech’s ioProx (XSF) and HID Prox 125KHz (Kantech Secure Format KSF, standard 32-bit format, standard 26-bit format and Corporate 1000).

New Product Announcement

Kantech Launches EntraPass v7.30 with ioSmart Technology

Introducing the latest version of the Kantech EntraPass Security 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 software offers several enhancements to the EntraPass Go, EntraPass Go Pass and EntraPass 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.

EntraPass Go Pass Support for Apple Watch®

EntraPass Go Pass for the Apple Watch® extends the power of the EntraPass Go Pass mobile application to the iOS Apple Watch environment. Using EntraPass Go Pass on an Apple Watch makes credential use even easier. Instead of searching through a bag or pocket for a smart phone, you can push a button on your watch when you enter or exit a restricted area.

apple-watch

Using EntraPass Go Pass, cardholders download the EntraPass Go Pass app to a mobile device and then accept a credential invitation from the system administrator. Once the invitation is accepted, end users can then gain access to doors simply by pressing the appropriate icon of the door in the app on the device. When the application is downloaded to an iOS mobile device paired with the watch, the “Go PASS” icon will appear on the watch indicating to the user that the app is now ready to be used on their Apple Watch. A list of the end user’s favorite doors will appear once the app is opened and the user can simply tap on the appropriate door to gain entry. All user activities are recorded on the EntraPass server for the system administrator.

The app communicates directly with the access control system’s server via Wi-Fi or cellular connection, allowing organizations to leverage their existing card reader infrastructure for added cost-savings, while also simplifying credential verification for card holders.

Key Features of EntraPass Go Pass

  • Use your mobile device to access secured areas
  • Works with any Kantech reader
  • Solves problems of lost cards
  • Great for visitors, temporary workers or high turnover personnel populations
  • Fast, easy authorization process
  • Access defined by privileges in EntraPass
  • Use with traditional EntraPass Corporate or Global Editions, or as part of your hattrix hosted/managed security subscription
  • Ideal solution for visitors, temporary workers or high turnover populations when frequent card issuance can be an administration burden

Press Release

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.

BenefitsIP Camera

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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ID Solutions Chooses Tyco Security Products hattrix Access Control Solution

The Challenge
ID Solutions, a large information technology company, needed a comprehensive and scalable access control solution to help operate/manage security for the firm’s multiple properties, tenants and locations. ID Solutions also required a centralized system on one unified platform with a single user interface that could be monitored remotely from any internet connected PC or mobile device.

The Solution
With the help of integrator CCS, ID Solutions identified Tyco Security Products’ Kantech hattrix security service as the best fit to manage several multi-state properties, including rental units. ID Solutions opted for CCS’ hosted service in which all access control data resides in secure, cloud-based servers managed by CSS while giving ID Solutions security staff the ability to monitor day-to-day security tasks.

Benefits
  • Significantly reduced costs by outsourcing the system’s database, server applications, and hardware infrastructure and maintenance
  • Simplified security operations as CSS provides the initial configuration of the system and its components, and updates and advanced software changes
  • Streamlined daily operations as ID Solutions staff performs day-to-day security tasks from a single, centralized interface
  • Monitoring from virtually anywhere with EntraPass Web or EntraPass Go mobile app