Safe as houses

October 2005 Access Control & Identity Management

Project scope

Over 16 000 persons enrolled (staff, residents, contractors, scholars, gym members).

Five entrances secured (including on-site gym and school).

12 full height turnstiles.

18 vehicle booms.

More than 50 Sagem MorphoAccess terminals outdoor and indoor models. IP65 waterproof readers used at the main entrances.

Five Softcon Sagem Enrolment and Management systems. Softcon Access control and CCTV monitoring and management system.

Fully automated on-the-fly biometric enrolment of visitors.

All biometric transactions are 1:many identification (fingerprint only), and matching speeds average less than two seconds per person.

The history

A new concept in secure living is being developed at Midstream Estates in Centurion, Gauteng, the first of what ABSA chairperson Dr Danie Cronje calls 'security cities'. The concept is expected to explode in South Africa in coming years as a result of increasing security consciousness throughout the country.

Midstream Estates, which is being developed on 250 hectares of 1200 hectares set aside for this purpose, will be sub-divided into 1500 stands.

In order to achieve the very high level of security required in this project, it was found necessary to implement cutting-edge technology to control access to the property, as well as to a gym and school located on the property.

The first system installed was based on a biometric system that could not operate effectively in an identification or fingerprint only mode. Users were required to enter a PIN number before placing their finger. This created unnecessary delays and bottlenecks at the entrance, as many users kept on forgetting their PIN numbers, or took a long time to enter them.

A comparison test was run for one month where a Sagem biometric system was installed at an entrance opposite the existing biometric system. The two systems were run in parallel in order to determine which was the more powerful solution.

After one month Sagem was selected as the winner in the test and was selected as the standard throughout the site.

The solution

The Sagem biometric system at Midstream is thought to be the largest residential biometric system in operation in South Africa, utilising 50 ruggedised Sagem MorphoAccess (OMA 300) readers and 12 Sagem MorphoAccess (MA 300) readers. All readers have the capacity to store 96 000 fingerprints, thus easily catering for all persons on the estate.

All residents, staff and contractors are registered once only at the main guardhouse. All demographic data, including stand number and photographs, are captured.

Visitors are registered automatically in the visitors' lane, from the convenience of their vehicles. In a process that takes no more than five seconds, a visitor's fingerprint is captured into the system and the boom is opened. After the visitor has gone through the boom, his or her fingerprint is immediately removed from the in-bound reader and written to the outbound reader. On exiting, the visitor places his/her finger on the scanner, is identified in approximately one second, and the boom opens.

Images of all persons and vehicles entering the site are recorded on a state-of-the-art digital video recording (DVR) system.

The local school and gym have also been secured using Sagem biometric technology. Among the unique features deployed is the automatic deletion of gym members' access rights when their contracts expire.

The goal

In a development of this size and standing, it is essential to implement technology that enables fast and accurate identification-based access control. It was also considered important to avoid the high costs and administration that would have been incurred in managing a card-based system for approximately 10 000 users.

The benefits

Efficient access control, the elimination of cards and associated administration costs, on-the-fly visitor enrolment and processing, increased safety and security on site and the ability to better manage large numbers of contractors on the site.

"Try to visit existing sites in order to see the biometric equipment in a live environment. This gives a real indication of how the system performs. Run a test or pilot before selecting a solution," is the advice from Midstream.

Fact file

System integrator: Infinite Access, Thomas Tocknell, 012 653 8333, Thomas@infinteaccess.co.za

Sagem products distributed by Ideco Group, Gary Jones, 011 840 7800, info@ideco.co.za

Midstream Estates, Jan Van Loggerenberg, 012 661 0915.




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

HID addresses identification challenges at ID4Africa
August 2019 , News, Access Control & Identity Management, Government and Parastatal (Industry)
Being able to verify people’s identities is critical for a nation’s growth and prosperity and yet HID says nearly half of all African citizens can’t prove who they are to vote, travel freely and receive government benefits and services.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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).

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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.

Read more...