Commercial/Building Access Control System Integrator: Design, Sales, Installation & Service
Building Access Control System Services -Willow-Springs, IL 60480
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 Willow Springs, 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 Willow-Springs, IL 60480 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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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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In 2016, an unnamed US energy company left some 30,000 records (containing information about its security assets) exposed for more than two months (a total of 70 days), in violation of energy sector cyber security regulations. When the incident was initially reported, the name of the company was withheld.
That company has now agreed to a $2.7 million-dollar settlement, and its name has now been made public, along with some additional details about the incident.
Initially, the company admitted that they unintentionally exposed the database in question, but that it contained fake data. As the investigation into the matter continued, it became apparent that the data was not only real, but that it included hashed passwords for administrators that hackers could have easily reverse-engineered. PG&E subsequently reversed their fake data assertion.
The exposed data was found by independent security researcher Chris Vickery, who indicated at the time that the database contained details for some 47,000 computers, virtual machines, servers and other devices.
In addition to that a number of non-encrypted email passwords were found, along with 120 encrypted passwords. In Vickery's words, "This would be a treasure trove for any hostile nation-state hacking group."
According to the official NERC notice regarding the incident:
"The data was exposed publicly on the internet for 70 days. The usernames of the database were also exposed, which included cryptographic information of those usernames and passwords. Exposure of the username and cryptographic information could aid malicious attackers in using this information to decode passwords."
Once PG&E was made aware of the problem, it took a server offline, which removed the exposed data. They also brought in third-party forensic experts to investigate, and as a result of that investigation, revised a number of their security policies.
Overall, the company's handling of the matter was spotty at best, but in light of the record-setting fine, the hope is that we won't see a similar instance of carelessness in the future.