Commercial/Building Access Control System Integrator: Design, Sales, Installation & Service
Building Access Control System Services -Chicago-Ridge, IL 60415
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 Ridge, 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-Ridge, IL 60415 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.
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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:
An access control system is a great investment in the overall security of your business. It can help keep criminals out but it can also tap into advanced integration and ramp up other areas of your business.
Here are 5 of the top ways an access control system can improve security and the day to day operations at your business:
1. You have absolute control of the entrances at your building
Unlike a traditional lock and key, an access control system gives you additional control over your building.
You can control what times your doors are accessible. You can also configure different shifts and remove access from employees during hours they aren’t supposed to be in your facility. Additionally, you can install a keypad with personalized pass codes so only approved staff can be on site after hours.
For businesses with sensitive areas inside their building, access control can create special zones within the building to ensure employees aren’t accessing areas where they don’t have clearance.
We often help businesses secure interior areas like server rooms and areas where sensitive information is present. That way, only the staff or technicians you want in those rooms can get in.
2. You can begin tracking different data as well as gather data in new ways.
Because access control systems keep logs of activity, there are many different data points available for tracking.
To build on our example from point 1 – imagine you did choose to secure your server room with access control. After adding this technology you can now produce records of how often people come and go from this room.
On top of this, you can also see exactly who is entering the server room. With this technology you can make sure that there aren’t any unusual behaviors or goings on when you aren’t around.
Another great tracking application of access control is employee time management. You can use these systems and even integrate software/hardware so that your entire clock in/clock out procedure is automated by swiping a card or fob upon entry of your facility.
Imagine the time you would save from switching from physical punch cards or time logs to an automated access control system! And don’t worry, there are features available to make sure that your employees can’t fool the system by passing back cards or clocking in for other employees.
3. Professional access control systems integrate with other hardware to produce an incredible enhanced security experience.
Access control is a great piece of added security to implement at your business. That goes without saying. But where a lot of the magic of security lives is in integrating different systems together.
For example, you can integrate your access control systems with your camera systems to make sure you have footage of all entry and exit at your facility.
You can also integrate your phone system with programming so that you can access to specific locations at your building through your phone system.
One of the most popular instances of this type of integration is centered on your main entrance.
Picture a visitor approaching your building. As this visitor walks towards your front door a camera senses movement and begins recording. Footage of this recording lives on your recorder for review at any time but with new software and integration your receptionist views a live feed of this visitor’s approach from their desktop monitor.
When the visitor gets to the front door, they ring a buzzer that signals the receptionist on their telephone. An intercom at your front door allows the visitor to identify themselves.
At this point, your front desk can confirm the visitor is expected and press a button either on their phone or at their desk to release the access control locks on your front door. This allows the visitor into your building.
Pretty cool right?
4. You have protection against forgetful employees or “accidents”
We’ve all forgotten our keys or forgotten to lock the door at least once.
With access control you can rest easy knowing that your doors are secured. You can set your system up to alert you if an entry is made after hours as well.
With security camera integration you can make sure that nothing strange is going on when an employee enters and exits outside of your normal business window too.
Another added bonus of your access control system comes with programming that alerts you if a door has been left open for an extended period of time. This means that a door won’t accidentally be left ajar after work.
With special programming you can set up your access control system to integrate you’re your burglar system. With this integration you can program fobs to automatically disarm your alarm system after hours. You can also program your system to alert authorities immediately in specific situations if desired.
5. You get remote access/control of your system
The systems Andromeda installs for our clients have remote programming options that enhance your overall experience and capabilities.
If you want to disable a fob it is as simple as logging in and making changes on your computer. Unlike keys, you don’t have to change the locks when a fob is lost or stolen. Simply deactivate the clearance for that specific fob and it will no longer unlock any doors at your building.
Remote access and control also gives you the ability to lock or unlock your facility from anywhere. If you need to let an employee in the building on a one time basis or want to give a technician access to a zone in your building, you can do so without being physically present.
This is a great tool for most business owners but really comes in handy for property managers. Imagine being able to control access remotely for tenants in the middle of the night or for a worker who needs to get in the building without having to drive across town.
These are just five different ways an access control system can improve your business. With integration there are many more options and capabilities.
If an access control system is something you are considering, please don’t hesitate to call our office and reach out.
We would love to help build a solution that provides all of the above features and unparalleled security for your building.
If you have any questions regarding materials in this brief or any feedback we’d love to hear from you.
To schedule a meeting or speak with our sales & engineering team please give us a call at (815) 836-0030 or email us at Contact@WeNetwork.com
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Security cameras have many uses at your business. They can be used to deter crime, monitor employees and ensure safety on your premises. Cameras can also be used as a piece of a larger integrated security solution with software add-ons (i.e. facial recognition, temperature maintenance etc.) or equipment integration such as access control with visual intercom capabilities.
As technology advances and companies look to integrate different devices cameras will be able to do even more.
All of this in mind, your professional camera system is an investment in the security of your business and you want to get your money’s worth out of it.
On average, a professional system has a life cycle of approximately 5 years. This life cycle can be significantly shorter due to extreme weather conditions (if the cameras are outside) but new technologies are improving exposure thresholds every year.
There are many things you can do as the equipment owner to ensure that you get a long and dependable life out of your security cameras.
Here are our Top 5 Tips to Prolong the Life of Your CCTV Professional Camera System:
1. System Updates/Patches
Unless you’ve opted for a cloud based solution, your cameras connect back to a physical recording device at your facility. Professional recording devices are now more like a PC or a server. They require regular updates/patches to help improve functionality, decrease bugs and resolve issues.
2. Dust Your Recording Equipment
Your recording equipment will most likely be mounted on some kind of rack in an area where you keep the rest of your IT equipment (like your server, router, phone equipment and other hardware).
3. Regular Testing of Recording Functions
It might sound a bit foolish to say you should regularly be checking your footage or regularly confirm that your cameras are working but when there aren’t regular incidents or needs to check footage, it can be easy to forget you even have the cameras at all (maybe you won’t completely forget but you get the idea). Obviously, they last thing you want is for an incident to occur and realize too late that your cameras are malfunctioning or your recorder isn’t working properly. We would suggest adding regular testing of your equipment to your maintenance schedule.
4. Clean Camera Lenses
Just like regular testing, it is important that you check and clean your camera lenses regularly. You never know what might get on them. Additionally, make sure to clean up foliage around your cameras to avoid blocked views. It is smart to clean camera lenses at least once a quarter if not more.
5. Semi-Annual Professional Service/Checkup
There are many small things that can happen to a professional camera system that are best left for professional technicians.
- Wiring issues
- Faulty Equipment
- Port Forwarding
- System Audits (verification of views, users, permissions, updates)
We would recommend that you have a professional technician come on site at least twice a year to perform maintenance and checkups – hopefully from the same company who installed your equipment. At this time they can handle all of the above and possibly even more.
A quality professional camera system is an investment. They aren’t cheap but the protection and security they give you are well worth the expense. If you take proper care of your system, it will service your needs for years. Additionally, it makes sense to look into service packages your vendor offers to maintain a system before you even install it. Many companies include all of these services for a reasonable monthly fee.
Give us a call and let’s see what we can do to prolong the life of your system today!
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There's a new threat to point of sale (POS) systems coming out of Russia, according to security researchers from Booz Allen Hamilton. The malware, which they're calling "RtPOS" isn't bleeding edge technology, and does not approach the level of sophistication of other recently discovered strains, but that doesn't mean it should be taken lightly. These strains include RawPOS, MajikPOS, UDPOS, and Treasure hunter.
In its current incarnation, it has a limited feature set and is basically a RAM scrapper. Once deployed, it will watch a PC's RAM looking for text patterns, which are saved to a local DAT file. Of interest, it doesn't currently appear to have any sort of networking capability, so when the data is collected and stored, it has no means of actually porting it to a command and control server (yet).
There are two competing theories as to why this software is the way it is. One theory is that it's simply a rough draft. A work in progress. Although relatively benign in its current incarnation, it would be quite easy for the authors to add enhancements to the code, and possibly to update the software remotely, turning this "nonthreatening" software into a true menace in the blink of an eye.
Another theory is that RtPOS is one part of a multi-part, much more subtle attack. The purpose of the software is simply to infect and collect data, leaving it to a separate process to exfiltrate the data at irregular intervals, which would be more difficult to detect, and unlikely to draw attention.
At present, there's no clear indication which theory is correct, but both ideas are disturbing. As ever, vigilance is the key. Hardly a day goes by that researchers somewhere in the world don't discover some new threat. This is but the latest.