Commercial/Building Access Control System Integrator: Design, Sales, Installation & Service
Building Access Control System Services -Chicago, IL
Protect your organization from costs involving: Employees, Inventory, Theft, and more.
Andromeda sells, installs, services, and supports a host of recognized, top-quality access control systems in order to provide the best possible solution to your office and building security needs. We focus on Access Control installations for local, medium-sized businesses like yours in Chicago, IL.
By integrating an electronic building and office access system with security camera and burglar alarm systems through your computer data network, your business can reap many additional rewards beyond basic security/protection functions involving your employees, your inventory:
- Comprehensive intruder deflection & defense (including detection, restriction)
- Audit-trail and automated attendance reporting (to greatly improve and simplify other aspects of your daily, weekly, and annual tasks!)
No need to change locks, make or replace keys
All devices can be programmed by time-of-day and day-of-week on a "per entry-way" and "per employee" basis
Know who goes where and at what time - all the time!
Time and Attendance Reporting
Paperless time cards with break and lunch verification
Produce Email alerts and phone/camera system responses to entry breaches
Require two access methods for entry to sensitive areas
If someone does not enter legally, the same person is unable to exit.
Disable access entry at a moments notice.
Telephone System Control/Monitoring
Link 2-way intercom & door control to your phone handsets!
Andromeda Technology Solutions is a technical services provider offering 24/7 emergency response to areas like yours in Chicago, IL with remote access converging voice, data, surveillance, and access control systems.
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We provide Building Access Control system design, installation, help, setup, repair, and tech support throughout Chicagoland and NE Illinois.
Besides the immediate Chicago metropolitan area, we are pleased to provide Access Control services to most of the surrounding suburbs.
AndroPedia Tech Library
As part of our service, it is important to keep our client-partners well informed on Access Control system developments, news, and best practices. Here is just a sampling of typical items from our AndroPediaSM library archive:
Professional integrated security systems are important to every business. We’ve shared the different features burglar systems provide that have nothing to do with a break in , the top five reasons you should replace your traditional lock and key with an access control system, and other educational materials over the last few months. Many times, customers consider security systems as separate components:
- Security Cameras
- Access Control
- Burglar Systems
With integrated security your solutions can work together to improve security, reduce risk and even improve productivity. That being said, we’ve decided to dedicate the next few Security Blogs to this topic. Thru our next blog posts, we will be covering different scenarios/features that can be maximized with integrated security solutions.
Integrated Security – It Does A Whole Lot More Than You Thought
Environment Regulation – your burglar system can be equipped with special temperature sensors that will alert you if specific areas – a server room for example – exceed or dip below assigned parameters. This can save you from a great deal of hardware trouble and headache. Imagine though that with integrated security you can take this concept to an entire office building or warehouse. With integration, you can set up your facilities to monitor activity via security cameras and configure automatic lighting, heating or cooling settings for when people are present/absent. This can reduce your utility costs greatly and is an eco-friendly option for your business.
Improved Productivity – increased productivity is something everyone benefits from both personally and professionally. Traditionally, employers depended on security cameras or time clocks to monitor productivity. This was a start but hardly a way to collect data or truly motivate staff. These days software can be integrated that monitor’s user activity via the network. Keystroke logging software, web traffic logs, firewalls and other software applications can track productivity. On top of this, the data gathered show user/department trends, and any number of additional data points a company wants to gather. While some employees may grumble at the idea of close monitoring, this data can be a way for business owners to dole out promotions, bonuses and other rewards.
Visitor Management – with integrated security, visitor management for professional buildings and residential buildings is managed with software and closely monitored. No more sign in sheets, lost badges or calling up for an escort/permission (of course you can still do these things if desired). Integrated security reduces labor requirements and demands while also increasing security and protocol. A proper solution can automatically register visitors, print passes, give instructions on where to go and alert appropriate staff/persons of visitor arrival. There are even components that can be used to manage traffic flow within a facility to avoid wandering (both by foot and behind the wheel).
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We’ve all seen professional security camera systems on sale online and at the big retailers. Systems with 10+ IP cameras on sale for less than 5K on Amazon or other large online retail databases.
And if you haven’t seen these systems, don’t go looking them up unless you are looking to install them at home – and even then, we’d suggest doing so with caution.
It is understandable that you might be tempted to purchase one and install it at the office. There are so many tempting options to choose from like wide angle, thermal, wired, wireless, smart, CCTV and also voice integrated cameras.
But while the price tag associated with these systems appeals to you, there are some big things to consider and reasons that these systems appear “too good to be true”.
Let’s dive in . . .
In some cases, you don’t really know where a professional security camera systems come from and if they might be infected.
Over the last few years, cyber criminals and hackers have gotten very creative in new ways to infiltrate your life and business.
There have been numerous incidents of professional security cameras purchased online preloaded with malware. This malware can be used to hack into a system and see what is going on in the business or even at your home.
That is some seriously creepy and scary stuff!
Even worse, since most of the systems sold online are IP based, they are connected to your network. If you install an infected system that is like giving a hacker or cybercriminal the keys to your server and saying, “have at it”.
A professional camera system purchased online probably won’t have the same warranty or manufacturer guarantees.
While an upfront investment in a professional camera system will surely be larger, you are also purchasing professional installation and in most cases a product with a professional quality warrantee as well.
For example, Andromeda is partnered with Honeywell and when we install a professional camera system for you it comes with a 60 day satisfaction guarantee (meaning we will come back to make minor adjustments if you find that your view is off or a piece of equipment is faulty), and a 3 year manufacturer warranty.
You are also offered a service agreement that includes all maintenance, cleaning, updating and any equipment swaps. This type of regular maintenance leads to a longer lasting and better functioning system all around.
When you buy a system online . . . you’re the one stuck installing it.
Now, we aren’t questioning whether you are handy or capable of doing it yourself, but installing professional security cameras can be a pretty big job.
Depending on what type, there may be wiring required, a power supply must be available, you have to mount the equipment, and you may need to program the system and many other details.
Andromeda staffs professional engineers and service technicians to take care of this for you and when it comes to your business, you want to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing things were properly installed.
On top of installation itself, the systems sold online are often manufactured by little known brands overseas. This means that if something goes wrong you are often on your own. Local service companies and professionals won’t be able to come out and trouble shoot for you.
With a lack of service available, the lifetime of your equipment tends to be much shorter than professional alternatives.
We understand that a camera system and installation may seem like a pretty big expense, but as with many other technologies and services, you want to make sure you aren’t putting good money into a bad solution.
You may save up front, but the risk of much larger costs down the line simply doesn’t outweigh the benefit.
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Luxottica is the latest company to fall victim to relentless hackers.
Even if you're not familiar with the name, if you wear glasses or contacts, you might have dealings with the company even without realizing it.
As the world's largest eyewear company, they produce all the best-known brands, including:
- Oliver Peoples
- Michael Kors
- And many others
In addition to that, they work closely with all the biggest names in eye care, including EyeMed, LensCrafters, Target Optical and others.
Unfortunately, if you've gotten your eyes examined at any of the places just mentioned, or if you own a pair of glasses bearing one of the brand names mentioned above, you may have reason to be concerned. The recent hack exposed personal and protected health information for patients utilizing the care centers we mentioned above.
According to the notification the company sent out last week, hackers were able to breach the company's defenses by way of their appointment scheduling app.
Once in the system, Luxottica determined that personal, protected customer information may have been compromised. The data potentially included the full name of the patient, any contact information saved in the system, appointment date and time, the patient's health insurance policy number, and any notes your doctor may have entered into the system relating to prescriptions, health conditions or recommended procedures.
In addition to that, if you had saved your payment card information or social security number in the system, those items are also at risk. At this point, the company has provided no specific information about the scope and scale of the breach, so there's no way of knowing exactly how many patient records were compromised. Out of an abundance of caution, if you get your glasses from any of the companies mentioned above and you scheduled your eye appointment online, the safest course would be to assume that your data has been compromised and proceed accordingly.
It's unfortunate, but this will certainly not be the last high profile attack we read about this year. Stay vigilant out there, and stay safe.