When an organisation grows, security becomes a more pressing matter. It all starts with creating a fitting security policy. For your organisation you want to base this policy on the latest risk analysis and the legislation that is in place for your country or multiple countries. One of the aspects in a security policy is door access control. How can you handle this in a secure, efficient and user-friendly way for your company?
A system that offers a future-proof solution is Nedap’s access control system called AEOS. It can help you protect your buildings, your assets, your people and in the end your whole company. AEOS is a multifaceted, flexible system that lets you control physical access to all locations within your company. This system can handle all sorts of door access control, it can be used for multiple doors.
Nedap Security Management started many years ago. We started with a door access control system and grew to an entire security platform as we are today. Up from the year 2000 our focus was to have door controllers that are configurable and adjustable to the needs of our customers. Whether they are in need of a two door access control system, four door controller or even eight, all is possible.
In 1978 we launched our first so called Pocket Pass, providing customers door access via card readers with a hands-free reading range of 60 cm. This is where the foundation of door access software was made. AEOS was born and software in our own door controllers determined how the hardware should behave. In the following years, AEOS developed from a door entry access control system to a Security Platform. Wireless door control was added via integrations with wireless door control system manufacturers. And keyless entry became the default. AEOS these days will provide a solution for all and can handle all sorts of systems such as NFC or a wireless door.
One of our technical engineers working with AEOS access control
Wesley Keegstra one of our technical engineers often receives the question, what is it you do at Nedap? And his first reply always is, “We do everything between a badge and opening the door.” And everything that is around that door like intrusion or video. Personally I’m responsible for supporting our technical partners, to help them install, maintain and support our product called AEOS.
When I started at Nedap, AEOS was a door access control system. We managed and controlled doors and a big benefit was (and still is) that the software in our door controller determines how the hardware should behave. Making it really flexible and adjustable to the customer needs. I often compare it with Lego. “You can build something according to the manual in the box, or let your imagination go wild.” This you can do with AEOS as well. Whether you want a two door access control system, a four door access control system, or remotely control a door. With AEOS you can build any type of access control door. It’s not just a door controller that provides access for doors. It’s not just door access software. It’s an full Security Platform were AEOS manages everything related to the security system. AEOS is capable of integrating with systems like VMS, biometrics, elevators but also wireless door access systems or provide NFC door access control.
Integrating access control into your existing IT infrastructure
The standardisation of AEOS also enables collaborations with technology partners, and ensures AEOS can integrate seamlessly with a wide range of third-party solutions and legacy systems. AEOS is compatible with every kind of business structure and can be integrated with all the most commonly used access control products available today.
An interface with third-party databases lets you work from one single source of information, making employee and contractor registration much more efficient. The information third-party systems can retrieve from AEOS, for example, includes personal data, identification and verification details, authorisations and rules such as time schedules, access points and authorisation templates. You decide which events to release for export, and exported data can then be used by third-party systems such as PSIM and time tracking systems.
AEOS’s extensive interface options also make it easier for employees, visitors and contractors to use your access control system. It can, for example, be linked to room booking systems. So, as soon as a room’s reserved in the booking system, the authorisations for that room are automatically sent to AEOS.
More automation leads to greater security
Different aspects of your operations, such as risk management, hospitality and productivity, come together in your security policy. A solid security system enables you to strike the balance between risk management on one hand and freedom of movement for employees and visitors on the other.
User-friendliness was a key focus when developing AEOS as we believe access control should be designed around the people using it. AEOS’s structure motivates security staff to follow instructions very accurately. And, because it offers extensive possibilities for automating tasks and allows easy registration of responsibilities, it further improves your security levels.
Everything under control concerning door access control
With AEOS, we enable you to protect the physical security of your people, premises and buildings, while also bringing freedom to everyday life and a host of commercial benefits. AEOS’s generous array of features, unique architecture and easy authorisation management enable your organisation to operate as smoothly as possible. And, with many options for integrating other security solutions next to door access control, from video management to intrusion detection, AEOS provides the optimum security management platform.
At Nedap, security isn’t primarily about technology. It revolves around people and the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives. Through our access control system, we make sure people can focus fully on their jobs, knowing their security is in our expert hands. We call this Security for life. And, through AEOS, we provide the ultimate, long-term foundation for any kind of access control, anywhere in the world.
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Frequently asked questions
At a very basic level, access control is a means of controlling who enters a location and when. The person entering may be an employee, a contractor or a visitor and they may be on foot, driving a vehicle or using another mode of transport. The location they’re entering may be, for example, a site, a building, a room or a cabinet. We tend to call it physical access control to differentiate it from access control that prevents people from entering virtual spaces – for example when logging into a computer network.
If you decide to use an access control system, it’s probably because you want to secure the physical access to your buildings or sites to protect your people, places and possessions. That’s just the start for access control systems though. The right system, used well, can add value in a range of ways. You can use it, and the data it generates, to boost not just security but productivity, creativity and performance.
Today, physical security is about so much more than locks and bolts. Many modern physical access control systems are IP-based, powered by smart software and able to process large quantities of data. This provides more functionality, flexibility, scalability and opportunities for integration. It also means they’re part of your IT network, so it’s essential they’re protected and upgraded – just like your other IT systems.
From our perspective, a centralised access control system is always preferable – whether you have just two locations in the same town or hundreds spread around the world. Centralising your access control brings a range of far-reaching benefits.
For the people using your building, biometrics can give a better experience compared to an access badge. These days, biometrics are used for both identification and verification – sometimes even both at the same time. Being allowed to enter your building just by scanning your hand or face makes access control more convenient than ever.
Mechanical keys are the simplest form of physical access control and the method many smaller organisations use. Even for a small company, however, using mechanical keys has several flaws and limitations – especially as an organisation gets bigger. Below are just some of the problems presented by using keys.