Access control system for nursing council

July 2003 Access Control & Identity Management

A Centaur Access System, supplied by Honeywell and installed by Enforce Security Group, was commissioned at the South African Nursing Council's premises in Pretoria.

Enforce's Alf Gother says prior to the implementation of the new system, security measures were totally reliant on physical surveillance and intervention. His brief was to provide a far more effective and efficient approach to perimeter security at the facility and to implement a higher level of security to specific high-risk areas within the building.

"We have achieved this by implementing a three-part integrated solution - proximity based on-line access control, weapons and explosive substance scanning at the main access points and a digital video management system," he says.

"This solution will ensure that security manpower is far more efficiently deployed and that general access to the facility is effectively managed.

"The Centaur system provides the broadest possible design flexibility when selecting proximity-based access readers. Choosing the right reader for a specific application is easy, especially when replacing or upgrading an existing system is required."

Developed by Position Technology, the Centaur Access System offers some unique features for simple, trouble free control of building access. Intelligent reader controllers ensure that the system keeps working even if the computer fails, while the system will accept many types of reader technology including proximity and Weigand, bar code, magnetic stripe, Weigand interface keypads and biometric verification technology (fingerprint, handprint, iris-scan and facial recognition).

Centaur access control software provides the user with realtime information on the status of the system. Centaur software is Windows NT, Windows 95/98 and Windows XP compatible and can be configured to work with other applications, offering a unique solution to a variety of applications.

For more information contact Frank Fowles, Honeywell, 011 695 8010.

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