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:
Last month we dove into three functions integrated security can offer your business: Enhanced Environment Regulations, Productivity Boosters and Visitor Management. (check out part 1 in case you missed it)
In this second part of our two part series on Integrated Security we will dive into a couple more features and introduce you to the Honeywell Pro-Watch Ecosystem.
Integrated Security – It Does A Whole Lot More Than You Thought Part 2
Employee Training & Certification Management – I know what you are thinking. How can a security system help me manage my employee certifications and training? Well, with applications and the right security suite, you are able to manage this information easily. On top of that, you can connect these pieces of information to key fobs and employee access protocols. For example, imagine your facility requires certain certifications and ongoing training for compliance reasons. You can monitor employee information. Fobs will automatically shut off access to controlled areas of your building if an employee does not have the proper documentation on file. This is only one piece of Compliance Report Management available to you with a professional integrated security suite. Never spend time worrying about compliance for NERC, Title 21 HIPAA, TSA etc. again.
Mass Notification – with integrated communications management you have the ability to automate notifications to assigned groups. The most common use for this is to send out information. Most notably to customers, employees and community members about closings, weather alerts and/or other urgent information. Get your message to the masses with a few clicks of a button!
Now, with all of these features in mind, it is important to point out that not EVERY integrated security suite provides these features. One of the most important things you need to be aware of when considering your solution is whether it is open or closed platform.
An open platform solution integrates easily with third-party systems. This means you can customize your solution to the needs unique to your business. As new technologies emerge and new software comest to market, an open platform system will grow with you. These same flexibilities are not easily attained with a close system product.
Ultimately, this is why Andromeda Technology Solutions partners with Honeywell to provide our customers a range of professional integrated security options via the Pro-Watch Ecosystem.
For more information on Pro-Watch and other Honeywell products, give us a call and speak with a representative today.
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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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There's a new threat making the rounds called 'Metamorfo' that you should be aware of. The malware began its life as a banking trojan.
This news is from researchers at Fortinet, who report that the malicious code has recently gotten some upgrades that make it particularly nasty.
Like many similar programs, this one finds its way onto target machines by way of phishing emails. In this case, the vehicle of choice seems to be emails that claim to have an invoice attached in the form of a Microsoft Word document.
If a user receives this email and opens the 'invoice' he or she will be informed that the message cannot be properly displayed without enabling macros. Of course, enabling macros is the mechanism that allows Metamorfo to be installed on the target device.
Once installed, the malicious code will first check to be sure it's not running in a sandbox or virtual environment. Once it has confirmation that it is not, it will run its Autolt script execution program, which it uses to evade detection by antivirus programs that may be running on the target system.
Safe from detection, it will then shut down any browser sessions that may be running and prevent any new browser windows from using the auto-complete function when entering passwords. It then begins prompting the users to manually enter their passwords. When they do, the keystrokes are mapped and sent to a command and control server that the hackers control. It's a fiendishly clever way of making sure the hackers harvest as much password information as possible from each system they infect.
Be very wary of opening attachments from any unknown and untrusted source and make sure all your systems are fully patched and up to date. It's not a perfect solution, but it will certainly minimize your risk.