Commercial/Building Access Control System Integrator: Design, Sales, Installation & Service
Building Access Control System Services -Cook-County, 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 Cook County, 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 Cook-County, 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:
Biometrics have held a home in many a sci-fi fan’s heart for decades now.
Does the phrase, “Open the pod bay doors” mean anything to you?
What is Biometrics Data?
Use of biological data (fingerprints, voice, retinas and more) as an access tool used to be reserved to television sets and movie theaters.
Star Trek made great use of biometric technology for storytelling.
- Voice ID – A spaceship capable of identifying different passengers by their voice and more
- Retina Scan – Passengers using retina data to access specific data
- Basic Vitals – With a device called a “Tricoder” body scans when done that would give data on lifeforms, vitals and medical information.
- Face Recognition – Face scans allowed characters to gain access into “Darkness”
Now, Star Trek was not alone in the creative use of biometrics for storytelling. Other films and shows have taken their own spin on futuristic uses of biometric data as well.
Biometrics Security In Reality
These days we have access to many forms of biometric security . . . many times at the tip of our fingers (pun intended).
The modern day smartphone has a fingerprint scan to unlock the phone, facial scanners that recognize eye contact directed at the screen, voice activated IA (think Apple’s Siri) and more.
At work, biometric scanners grant access to buildings and zones or clock employees in and out.
Facial recognition software allows government entities to find criminals and missing persons.
It is safe to say that the future of Biometrics has arrived and with ongoing advances in technology, these scans and devices will become more available for developers and engineers to integrate into our daily lives.
Just last week we published an article on different tips and tricks for best password practices.
Dual authentication increases security of your accounts in a big way. There are a few different options available. Users generate random number and sent it to their phone/email or some provide separate applications that generate timed codes themselves to use.
With Biometric data, dual authentication can use fingerprints, voice, face recognition or any other number of biological data points to ensure only the correct user has access to whatever is being protected.
The Use of Biometrics Data in Financial Institutes
To take this a step further, specific institutions such as banks and other financial services are producing their own biometric dual authentication applications for added security and protections.
Most banks have apps for phone access. This is almost a must for the industry and a commodity for users these days.
With heightened regulations and cyber threats every day, companies like Wells Fargo, Barclays, Citigroup and more are looking to security professionals and app developers to integrate biometrics with cell phone applications and produce security powerhouses.
With one out of every 2500 calls into financial institutions cited as a fraud call. It is in both the user and bank’s best interest to bring on this added level of security.
Companies like EyeVerify are developing applications. These applications make use of current/future technologies in smartphones to perform retina scans on the go. This is the perfect answer to the financial industries ongoing battle for user security and increased dual authentication practices.
Keep on the lookout for biometric advancement and integration across the tech and security sphere.
If you believe added layers of security or authentication via biometric data could improve your day to day or have a question, feel free to contact our account management team.
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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 CCTV 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 CCTV professional camera 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 selected a cloud based solution, your cameras connect back to a physical recording device at your facility. Professional recording devices are becoming more like a PC or a server. They require regular updates/patches to help improve functionality, decrease bugs and resolve issues.
2. Don’t Forget to Dust
Don’t leave all the cleaning for a paid service. Make sure your recording equipment is dusted and well kept. Typically, the recording equipment will be mounted on a rack in an area where you keep the rest of your IT equipment (servers, routers, phone equipment and other hardware).
3. Testing Regularly for Recording Functionality
It might sound strange to be told to regularly check your footage or confirm that your cameras are working. However, when there aren’t regular incidents or needs to look at footage, it can be easy to forget you even have the cameras at all. The 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. Keep Camera Lenses Clean
Just like regular testing, it is important that you check and clean your camera lenses regularly. You never know what might get on them. If you wear glasses or sunglasses, think about how often and easily they get dirty. Often times, you don’t notice until you put them on. Imagine looking through your CCTV Security Camera System. Would you be able to see clearly?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 often.
5. Semi-Annual Professional Service/Checkup
There are many small things that can happen to a CCTV professional camera system that are best left for professional technicians.
- Faulty Equipment
- Port Forwarding
- Wiring Issues
- 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 – ideally this would be from the company that installed your equipment in the first place. At this time they can handle all of the above and possibly even more.
A quality CCTV professional camera system is an investment. However, the protection and security they will provide you with 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 extend the life of your system today!
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Researchers at FireEye have recently unearthed a particularly nasty new campaign that is both multi-faceted and dangerous.�At the heart of the attack are hacked websites which display seemingly innocuous popup message informing the site visitor that their browser is out of date. It will helpfully provide a one-touch solution to the non-existen21t problem via a button that promises to download the latest version of the browser in question.
The server then responds to the findings reported by the initial script by uploading the initial payload.� This varies based on the details gleaned, but generally includes some type of banking trojan malware and a backdoor such as Dridex, NetSupport Manager RAT, or similar.� If the initial scan reveals that the target computer is part of a corporate network, then an additional payload is also injected onto the target machine, but we'll get to that in a moment.
The first part of the payload will busily ferret out login credentials and other sensitive information, exfiltrating any files of value back to the command and control server.
Only when this operation has been completed and if the computer is part of a corporate network will the second stage we referenced earlier trigger, which is a strain of ransomware, normally BitPaymer or DoppelPaymer. The ransomware spreads through the network as far as it is able, encrypting files network wide.
These two ransomware strains are known for their hefty ransom demands, which often run into the hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars.
This multi-stage approach is dreadfully effective.� It not only allows the hackers to squeeze a wide range of sensitive data from infected systems, but then, locks them down hard and demands a hefty payment.� Be sure your staff is aware.� This one's about as dangerous as they come.