Microsoft SA's head office implements System 42 access control system

Dec '99 Access Control & Identity Management

Unauthorised people attempting to enter Microsoft SA’s new Sunninghill offices will not find access to the building and strategic areas easy following the installation of an NT/SQL server System 42 access control system.

Designed and developed by KSS group company Evolving Management Solutions (formerly Siltag and ETC), the System 42 access control solution prevents unauthorised entry to the premises and strategic internal areas that are only accessible by authorised staff.

About 250 Microsoft employees, business partners and certain visitors use their (RF) proximity cards to gain access to the building and strategic sectors of the offices by way of swiping them near the readers which are linked to an advanced client-server architecture to open doors and turnstiles.

Microsoft SA’s Technical Director Shane van Jaarsveldt says: “We have harnessed the power of Windows NT and a Microsoft SQL back end database integrated with the System 42 access control system to provide a world class access control system.

“The integration of these three technologies has resulted in a solution that meets the needs of our access control and equals those of large corporations, military and high security utility installations,” says van Jaarsveldt.

Due to the versatility of the System 42 system, it has also been linked to Microsoft’s cashless canteen facility allowing cardholders to use their cards as point-of-sale debit devices through an interface with the SQL database.

Martin Doyle, MD at Corporate Security, which was contracted to implement the access control system at Microsoft, says that while System 42 is not designed as an ‘intruder repellent’ it is an effective means of prohibiting access to people who have no right to enter specific areas.

“About 35 readers have been installed at strategic areas linked to the back office server that alerts controllers if unauthorised access is attempted at specific areas,” he says.

Recently, ETC and Siltag merged to form a single business unit called EMS. EMS addresses the growing need for the use of IT in developing electronic resource management systems that are suitable for implementation within the IT environment. Solutions include access control and management systems, personnel management systems, time and attendance systems and visitor logging systems.

For details contact Steve Mason of Evolving Management Solutions (EMS) on tel: (011) 789 3858 or e-mail: stevem@kss.co.za





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