Impro extends Improx range

December 2000 Access Control & Identity Management

Westec Electronics recently installed the ImproNet and ImproX system, manufactured by Impro, at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

With its ergonomic design, colour and loads of additional features such as read-write capability, expanded modularity of both soft and hardware and, most of all, the metal terminals have attracted a tremendous amount of interest.

The ImproX range of hardware which is available in both keypad and standard versions could be used under harsh environmental conditions or in areas prone to vandalism. All terminals have advanced functionality that makes it suitable for time and attendance, shopfloor data collection and job costing applications. Others such as canteen management and CCTV control also benefit from the added features. Some other features are barcode and magnetic stripe card reader connectability, interface for biometric readers and 16 inputs and 16 output units.

Extended read range scanners makes the system versatile, providing a solution for underground pipe and cable location and identification and many of those applications where a longer read range is required. Furthermore, the popular Dyna-Scan range of RF readers has been added to the Improx range to further increase functionality and versatility providing a read range of more than 15 m.


The ImproNet Access software suite is a multi-user, networked management system for access control applications using the ImproX range of hardware. It is designed for use with Windows 95, 98, 2000 or NT. The suite is just one of the modules available in the comprehensive ImproNet software package. Other modules include time and attendance, canteen management, energy control, video management, building management and many other software modules developed either by Impro Technologies or by its business partners.

ImproNet Access module is an access control management system providing a wide range of facilities, including lift (elevator) control, full customising of LCD display, keypad input for shopfloor data collection, job costing, time and attendance and asset management.

The system is supported by a SQL database capable of storing terrabytes of information and data. The database format ensures easy integration, export, import and availability and manipulation of data. The suite includes powerful reporting and alarm monitoring capabilities.

ImproNet Access is also scalable, and therefore may be used for both desktop (single PC) and client/server (multiple networked PC) system architectures. In subsequent releases other capabilities such as facial recognition and video imaging will be included.

Because of its modular nature the customer only needs to purchase the modules required for a particular application. If the application is access control, the customer need only purchase the ImproNet Access module. If the customer requires access control plus building management, then the two modules would be purchased. The system will be available from Impro Technologies' dealers.

For more details contact Laurie Badenhorst, Impro Technologies (011) 476 9186 or e-mail:


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