Intelligent access terminal

May 2013 Access Control & Identity Management

CEM Systems has announced the release of emerald, a multifunctional intelligent access terminal. emerald features an IP reader and controller in one, a built in Voice over IP (VoIP) intercom and a range of remote applications, all in one powerful, integrated device.

“As an innovative intelligent access terminal, emerald is revolutionising the security industry,” said Andrew Fulton, senior director global sales, CEM Systems. “emerald was designed with high security and flexibility in mind and provides users with a whole new access control experience. With emerald users get the same best-in-class security they have come to expect from CEM readers, but with a range of new and innovative features such as scramble keypad for PIN security, integrated Voice over IP (VoIP) intercom and remote server-based applications, that provide users with true security intelligence at the door.”

As part of its modern design, emerald features a large 4,3-inch graphical LCD screen with hardened glass and anti-glare coating. This touch screen uses capacitive technology and displays a range of predefined messages and icons to cardholders depending on their privileges and access levels. For example, Wrong Door, Lost/Stolen Card, Expiring Card and Access Granted. With a built-in mini PIR sensor, emerald provides energy saving motion detection and features a unique scramble keypad option for personal identification number (PIN) verification.

Using a built-in microphone and speaker, emerald also provides fully integrated audio intercom functionality at the door. This enables two-way communication between users and security personnel when assistance is required. Security can assist cardholders by executing an ‘Oneshot’ command to remotely open a secure door.

One of emerald’s features is the ability to run key applications at the door that are remotely hosted on the CEM AC2000 database server. These remote applications act as a security intelligence point and are available to users with specific card holder status. They display real-time security information and statistics such as card status, scheduled visitors, top system alarms and most recent alarms on the terminal. Additional applications include ‘first and last swipes’ that can be used for time and attendance purposes, ‘card details’ for individuals to determine access levels and card expiry date and ‘change PIN’ that allows users to proactively change their own PIN without contacting the system operator. A range of maintenance applications are also available. These include ‘recent alarms’, ‘devices with most alarms’ and ‘device settings’ which allow engineers to locally diagnose devices and change network information remotely.

emerald supports MiFare (CSN) and DESFire (CSN) smartcard technologies and has offline reader capabilities for up to 250 000 cardholder records. This ensures zero system downtime and provides the highest level of security measures. emerald also has onboard Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology which allows the device to be powered using an Ethernet cable.

emerald not only controls access to restricted areas but opens up a world of possibilities by bringing security intelligence directly to the edge.

For more information contact Tyco Security Products, +27 (0)82 566 5274, [email protected],


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