Electronic access control is a system of granting or refusing access to a building or part of a building or external perimeter via credential. The Remsdaq Integrated Security division are experts in access control and our systems are the most efficient and convenient way to secure a building and its assets.
Access control devices from Remsdaq include the EntroStar and EntroNet which are 2-door and 8-door controllers that can be installed within systems covering up to 3,200 doors and cross building or campus installations. Credential authorisation and management is made through the EntroWatch software suite. The Entro series also features a range of readers including the EntroPad card reader, keypad and request-to-exit (RTE), biometric and OSDP readers and wireless lock integration.
Biometrics readers rely on individual biometric characteristics such as finger prints or facial recognition. The ‘readings’ taken are compared to those stored within a software database with a decision then being made on whether to authorise entry or deny it. Biometric finger print readers can typically be configured just for fingerprint or for fingerprints with a four-digit pin code.
OSDP stands for Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) and is an access control communications standard developed by the Security Industry Association (SIA). OSDP readers communication with OSDP enabled access door controllers using a level of encryption preferred by some organisations including financial institutions.
Where OSDP is not specified, access control systems will typically use Wiegand communications between the readers and access door controllers.
Wiegand is a wiring standard which is commonly used to connect compatible card readers to compatible access door controllers.
As well as securing a building and its assets, the Entro series was the first access control system to use native BACnet; a communications protocol for Building Automation and Control (BAC) networks based on the ASHRAE, ANSI and ISO 16484-5 standard protocols.
Originally developed for the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) industry, having a BACnet enabled door controllers allows energy managers to track population and movement within a building. This information can be tied back to data from the sensors monitoring lighting and the HVAC system in order to optimise energy usage and provide a more productive environment for the building users and visitors.
The Entro series is designed for a wide range of buildings, businesses and organisations from small to medium to large that need to protect their users and visitors and prevent theft. Rather than relying on simply locks and keys, electronic access control is uses to approve or deny entry through any controlled day, whether in working hours or outside working hours.
The credential can be in the form of a card to be read, key fob tag, mobile phone app or biometric reader. The credentials can be indefinite or time limited, amended and cancelled using the EntroWatch software package and EntroPad desktop reader.
Remsdaq supplies access control kits including door controllers, card reader devices and software solutions that can be used for applications ranging from a single building to enterprise-wide projects with multiple buildings across a campus or a range of campus sites.
Each Remsdaq access control solution is a self-contained ‘eco-system’ that includes access control management software, door controllers and card readers. Integration options allow the use of third-party hardware and software solutions including HIKVision CCTV, Invixium and IECO biometric readers, OSDP readers and Salto wireless locks.
Remsdaq access door controllers use the BACnet interface defined by ASHRAE, ANSI and ISO1648405. Using a smart building interface, access and population information from Remsdaq door controllers or credential movement databases can be used to improve overall building performance, reduce energy usage and contribute towards a more productive environment for building occupants.
Remsdaq supplies two access control sytsems: the Entro and StarNet series. Each system has its own software and hardware products and can be used with a selection of readers.
Remsdaq Entro and StarNet access control devices can be found around the world protecting a wide range of buildings.
Typical installations include schools, colleges and universities, commercial buildings, hospitals and medical centres, industrial manufacturing sites, retail outlets and shops, hotels, restaurants, clubs and leisure centres, banks and financial institutions, server rooms and data centres as well as military, prison and secure government facilities.
The Remsdaq development team is responsible for our access control software packages including EntroWatch and StarWatch. Having a skilled team of software engineers in-house allows us to respond to client requests and support complex installations both in the UK and overseas. The team is also responsible for integration with leading brands of related access control and video monitoring systems and our Sabre perimeter intrusion detection system for outside fence monitoring.
EntroWatch is a complete access control management software package from Remsdaq designed to work with the Entro range of control panels and card readers as well as a fast-growing range of integrations for Biometrics, wireless locks and CCTV video streaming. EntroWatch can be used to manage access control installations from two to over 3,200 doors in a single package. Global lockdown provides a single click action to lock down all site doors in an emergency. The lockdown icon appears at the top of every screen in EntroWatch. Specified doors can be excluded from the lockdown sequence. Actions can be configured to operate automatically (e.g. fire alarm), via a schedule (e.g. disable alarms during office hours) or via an operator instruction (e.g. turn on all the floodlights).
CPNI is the UK government authority providing protective security advice to businesses and organisations involved in national infrastructure. Remsdaq supplies CPNI approved versions of its access control systems for government high security projects.
Remsdaq access control systems can also be integrated with the Sabre PIDS. This fibre-optic based perimeter intrusion detection system can generate alarms within the Remsdaq access control software for tamper, cut or climb intrusions, allowing CCTV operators to locate ‘break-in’ or ‘break-out’ activities along a fence installation.
In the UK Remsdaq works through a network of approved installers and systems integrators. Outside the UK the company works with approved Business Partners who may be country or regionally based within EMEA, APAC, the US and South America. Please contact us for more information or to locate your nearest Remsdaq installer, integrator or partner.