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Johnson Controls introduces an RS-485 input/output module offering an all-in-one solution for access controller expansion

Introducing the new Tyco Kantech RS-485 Input/ Output Module, which combines and enhances the flexibility of Kantech expansion modules into a single, cost-effective 16 terminal unit.

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The RS-485 Input/Output Module provides additional capacity for Kantech door controllers (up to 62 modules per), such as the KT-1 and KT-400, beyond the traditional confines of like modules. The Input/Output Module also reduces the need for installation of the module in close proximity to the controller due to conventional cable lengths, offering installers faster, easier installation up to 1.2km from the controller. This frees up valuable space inside the controller cabinet for additional equipment, such as integration alarms.

With this added capacity, installers can harness multi-functional features such as output supervision for locks, which enables supervised lock power that is configurable for each output; inputs, relays; elevator control programming and the Serial Peripheral Interface extension which allows users to configure ports as needed. The RS-485 Input/Output Module is compatible with EntraPass Security Management Software v8.10 and higher and also comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The new module is also firmware field upgradable and uses encrypted RS-485 communication for additional security and versatility.

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 also 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 software integrates with American Dynamics Video Edge 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

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.

Access Secured Areas with Your Mobile Phone using EntraPass go Pass Mobile App

Pay for coffee with your phone, board an airplane with your phone…and now access secured areas with your phone. EntraPass go Pass allows users with appropriate credentials to quickly and conveniently access secured areas simply by pressing the appropriate icon of the door in the app, as they approach the door or from anywhere in the world. A leap forward in convenience, EntraPass go Pass turns an iOS mobile device into an access control credential. You can save doors that you access frequently into a Favorite list for quick and easy access. Once the app connects to the Kantech EntraPass server, it presents you with a list of doors that you are authorized to enter…just as if you had an access card. Since the app communicates directly with the EntraPass server, organizations can leverage their existing card reader infrastructure and save on the cost of new card readers required with other mobile credentialing technologies.

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  • 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 (v7.10), or as part of your hattrix hosted/managed security subscription

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.

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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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