Commercial/Building Access Control System Integrator: Design, Sales, Installation & Service
Building Access Control System Services -Forest-Park, IL 60130
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 Forest Park, 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 Forest-Park, IL 60130 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:
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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So you’re interested in a camera system for your business . . .
There are many different variables to consider:
Locations – Inside, outside?
Purpose – Are these cameras in place to deter theft? Monitor a parking lot? Watch a production line?
Lighting – Do you need them to capture footage at night? Are there any lights around that might impact image quality or maybe a complete lack of a light source?
Accessibility – Do the cameras need to be out of reach? If they are outside, is there space to attach them to the building?
These are just a few things to consider and there are many more.
That being said, one major factor can impact all of these and is one of the first things you should consider.
Analog or IP?
That may sound like another language but for the most part, the difference boils down to how a video signal is delivered.
Basically, Analog cameras turn video footage into a format that is received by your recording device (DVR) and displayed on a monitor or television. IP cameras send their footage over cable or wireless and the footage is decoded by a network device. Essentially, IP cameras run on a network and the system is more like an extension of your IT infrastructure while an Analog camera system is a separate type of technology.
This may sound confusing but at the end of the day both systems can get the job done.
As always, our goal is to take the complication out of technology and provide our customers with a solution that simply works.
That being said, here are some simple pros and cons for both systems that should help you figure out which is right for you.
Analog Camera System
- Budget Friendly – an analog system is often the less expensive option.
- Variety & Custom Design Options – Analog systems tend to be easier to customize. With a large variety of camera styles and functions, these systems answer your unique needs and if you believe that your job requires some specific or unusual surveillance components, analog may be your best option.
- Dependable Technology – analog systems have been around a very long time and as such, have many software and hardware compatibilities. If you want a camera system that can integrate well with other technologies, it is important to look into compatibility before choosing anything.
- Security risks – these days we have to consider cyber security and while the probability of this happening remains low, the analog signals cannot be encrypted which means that someone else could get their hands on our signal.
- Certain features missing – While most anything you are looking to do are possible on analog systems, there are limitations. Digital zoom is one example. For images that you will need to zoom a lot and maintain clear images, analog may not be your best option.
Image quality limits – One of the most well-known drawbacks of digital systems is that the image quality is not always as clear as the IP alternative. If a crystal clear image is something you are after, it is best to consider all variables, desired zoom, PTZ requirements, face recognition, lighting etc.
IP Camera System
- Less signal interference/higher security – As this is a different type of signal run on a network, there is less likelihood for signal interference. Also, these systems are able to encrypt and further secure data. This means higher security and less risk of intrusion into your security system.
- More remote access possibilities – it should be stated that today’s analog systems have remote access capabilities and software but IP systems have a large array of options for remote viewing. PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet, all are places you can review your footage.
- Wireless options – because these systems can use your existing infrastructure, they don’t always need heavy wiring and can often take advantage of wireless technology. This gives you more flexibility for system design at times.
- Higher costs – IP cameras can run a large range of prices. It isn’t abnormal to pay a thousand or even several thousand dollars for a single camera depending on the specifications. On top of this, if your network doesn’t have proper setup, you may need to invest to get things up to speed.
- Bandwidth requirements – as with anything on your network, you are adding demand to your bandwidth. With this in mind it is important to make sure that you don’t need to increase your service. Will adding the security system to your network slow things down in the office? Make sure to discuss this with your vendor and your service provider.
With the different options on the market for security cameras, it is important that you consider your unique needs and compare them to the camera system you choose. Don’t allow a vendor to push you any one way without exploring the different technologies and how they fit your business.
A vendor who can supply both IP and Analog systems is a great place to start.
Andromeda has professional teams and representatives available to help you discuss your project and provide you with plans for the system that fits your needs; IP, Analog or even a mixture of both.
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By now, you've probably heard more than you ever wanted to hear about the critical Intel security flaw known as "Spectre."� The flaw is massive in scope and scale, impacting every chip that Intel has released over the past decade, and if exploited, would allow a hacker to take complete control over the vulnerable system.� Needless to say, once discovered, the company got to work right away on a fix for the issue.
Unfortunately, there were problems.� Whatever form the fix ultimately took, it was going to mean a performance hit to any machine receiving the update.� Early estimates were that performance could be degraded by between 17 and 24 percent.
As it turns out, things were worse than expected. �Intel's first attempt at patching the issue can only be described as a catastrophic failure, causing updated systems to spontaneously reboot multiple times a day and ruining performance.� The problem got so bad that the company formally recommended not installing the patch and waiting for a better one to be developed.
That better patch is now available, and has been extensively tested to avoid the problems that plagued the release of the first patch.� If you're running a machine that uses Intel's sixth, seventh, or eighth generation processor (Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, or Skylake), or if you're using a machine running an X-series processor, you should have already received the update via OEM firmware push.� If not, now is the time to grab it.
While it's true that we've seen worse bugs and flaws than Spectre, this is as bad as anything we've seen recently. Given how many Intel-based machines there are out there in the wild, the problem posed by Spectre couldn't get much bigger.� Don't leave yourself vulnerable.� Get the update today.