Added access control benefits with PT AD

October 2014 Access Control & Identity Management

Powell Tronics takes access control one step further with its incorporation of MS Active Directory into the ImproNet access control system. John Powell, MD of Powell Tronics points out that many larger corporate organisations require a higher level of access control management in terms of linking Internet and IT access to physical access into the main property and sections of the building.

“By providing an interface between MS Active Directory and the ImproNet access control system, PT-AD, we have been able to add an extra level of security to the employee access process. The biggest problem with access generally occurs when an employee is dismissed or resigns, and while the IT department revokes their access to the company’s intranet, Internet and data, unfortunately the facilities department is not always aware of the change in employee status and the employee’s access control card, or their data in a biometric database, is not erased or redeemed,” he explains.

By using PT-AD, when an employee is disabled or removed from the Active Directory, PT-AD automatically removes their physical access on ImproNet. When a person is disabled in the ImproNet system, records of their access movements remain in the system for reporting, thus allowing management to see their access history.

In strict corporate environments, blocked access is also applicable in cases where an employee incorrectly enters their password three consecutive times. They will be denied access to the IT infrastructure and in turn their access will be revoked from the access control system and they will not be permitted to leave or enter the building until the matter has been verified and resolved by the IT and/or security departments.

Powell points out that PT-AD can link employees’ access to their specific workgroups by simply allocating them to specific security groups within AD. For example, all sales staff in a branch would be assigned to the sales security group for that particular organisational unit, which through PT-AD would be given access to the demo room, the canteen, boardroom and reception area. If they were required to travel to other branches, then they are simply added to the other relative security group in AD and within a poll cycle their access would be programmed to suit.

As a further enhancement to PT-AD, the management of operators of the ImproNet access control system is catered for by the PT-ADOS module, where an ImproNet operator logs in to the ImproNet suite using their Windows credential login information. This added feature eliminates the need to manually create users and allocate access to the various access applications and servers, with the added benefit of additional security as PT-ADOS enforces the existing AD password regulations.

Powell says that PT-AD has benefitted a number of end users, including various educational facilities where students are readily provided with physical access to their boarding houses, libraries, lecture rooms, canteens, as well as network access to IT systems specific to their area of study.

PT-AD successfully bridges the technology gap between network and physical access, allowing companies full control over how their employees access their facilities based on their network access.

For more information contact Powell Tronics, 0861 787 2537,,


Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

The benefits of electronic visitor management
August 2019, Powell Tronics , Access Control & Identity Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
Access control is a critical aspect of estate security as it represents the controls put in place to restrict entry (and possibly exit) along the outer boundary of the location.

Addressing risks by means of access control layout and design
August 2019 , Access Control & Identity Management, Security Services & Risk Management
In order to develop a suitable, practical and appropriate security system for any organisation, it is essential to first develop a master security and life safety plan strategy.

Secure hands-free access
August 2019, Suprema , Access Control & Identity Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
Suprema’s facial biometric terminals bring no-touch access into secure residential estates, high-rise apartments and luxury homes providing fast, easy and intuitive user authentication with the added benefit of hygiene.

MorphoAccess Sigma Extreme
August 2019, IDEMIA , Products, Access Control & Identity Management
MorphoAccess Sigma Extreme from IDEMIA is a touchscreen device with multiple recognition device interfaces (NFC chip reader, PIN and BioPIN codes, contactless card readers).

Outdoor access terminals
August 2019, Suprema , Access Control & Identity Management, Residential Estate (Industry), Products
Rugged, dust- and weather-proof access control solutions that provide exceptional durability in extreme conditions is a strong requirement for many residential estates.

MorphoWave Compact
August 2019, IDEMIA , Products, Access Control & Identity Management
The MorphoWave Compact captures and matches four fingerprints on either the right or left hand in any direction. It is robust to environmental factors such as extreme light or dust.

MorphoAccess Sigma Lite
August 2019, IDEMIA , Products, Access Control & Identity Management
IDEMIA’s MorphoAccess Sigma Lite and Lite + are fingerprint access control terminals, offering time and attendance in and out function keys.

Eliminating forced gate opening scenarios
August 2019, ET Nice , Home Security, Access Control & Identity Management
When activated by the gate forced open alarm feature, the transmitter transmits a wireless alarm signal up to 750 metres in any direction.

IAM has business on high alert
August 2019 , Access Control & Identity Management
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is now a must in commerce and the need to protect digital assets is driving the development of solutions and widespread adoption

Came acquires Turkish company Özak
August 2019, CAME BPT South Africa , News, Access Control & Identity Management
Came broadens its market horizons and signals growth and consolidation in the Middle East.