If you handle security for a large organisation that has complex needs or requires high levels of protection, you’ll be well aware of the challenges involved. It’s why we built our AEOS physical access control system on an open platform, so it integrates easily with third-party technologies and provides the flexibility and control you need. One technology that’s deeply integrated with AEOS is ID-ware’s online credential management system (OCMS). It’s a pairing that brings a host of benefits, including increased security, efficiency, flexibility and auditability.

ID-ware is a European company providing state-of-the-art physical identity and access management (PIAM) solutions, such as its OCMS. Through our Technology Partner Programme, we at Nedap have partnered closely with ID-ware for many years. And, together, have provided integrated systems for customers worldwide, including several blue-chip multinationals in Europe and government institutions in The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.

 

Take central control

ID-ware developed its OCMS as a centralised, web-based system to enable customers to easily request and personalise identity badges and manage the lifecycle of physical access control credentials. It’s a natural add-on for AEOS as it complements AEOS’s functionalities with contractor, visitor and credential management.

Supported by adaptable workflows, ID-ware’s OCMS lets you manage authorisation requests and access rights centrally and audit all processes. It also comes with a large library of connectors that makes it easy to integrate with other systems such as HR databases, identity management, active directory services, time and attendance registers, lockers, cashless vending and more. Not to mention, of course, physical access control systems (PACS) like AEOS.

Add value in a variety of areas

The specific reasons for integrating ID-ware’s OCMS with AEOS tend to differ from customer to customer, but the overriding drivers are usually to improve:

  1. Security
  2. Flexibility
  3. Efficiency
  4. Auditing
  5. Compliance

 

Use one system

A key reason for implementing this integration, for example, is because you want to use one centralised, web-based system to manage access rights and badges for employees, visitors and contractors. Using AEOS with ID-ware’s OCMS not only helps to improve efficiency in this way, it gives the flexibility to tailor your system to your needs. And it helps increase security by ensuring access rights remain accurate.

 

Unite several systems

Another common reason for using this integration is because you have several locations and multiple physical access control systems. We’ve worked with customers who implement a central AEOS environment in combination with ID-ware’s OCMS to connect their PACS globally – and enable them to manage access rights centrally, across all of them. By doing this, you can replace your existing PACS (or not) at your own pace, rather than having to invest in a new system globally, all at once.

 

Automate tasks and processes

Other customers have wanted to implement a process-based management system that allows tasks to be automated as much as possible. Linking ID-ware’s OCMS to AEOS allows you to achieve this. As with centralising processes, automation can help you increase accuracy by avoiding human error and duplication, which in turn increases efficiency and security.

 

Improve auditing and compliance

If you’re in an industry or organisation that demands regular stringent audits and compliance with regulations such as GDPR and more, this integrated approach can be valuable. By linking ID-ware’s OCMS to AEOS, you can enforce compliance and tailor detailed audits to meet your objectives.

 

Stay agile

Having such a great level of flexibility on all aspects of physical access control and identity management is crucial as the world changes with ever increasing pace. It’s vital you can quickly and easily adapt to meet the new demands you constantly face, without making compromises.

Gain freedom

In summary, implementing ID-ware’s OCMS with Nedap’s AEOS can save money, automate and streamline processes, enforce compliance and enable easy auditing – all while increasing security. Which leaves you free to focus on other things.

 

Work with one united team

If you do choose to implement an AEOS and OCMS integration, another benefit is that you only have one point of contact – us at Nedap. While ID-ware implements the OCMS element of the system, we’re responsible for implementing your system overall and for liaising with you.

Having worked together for many years, we have a strong, trust-based relationship with ID-ware that allows us to operate as one team rather than separate technology providers. We have processes to ensure you get the right support when you need it, and relevant software updates as they become available.

 

Use best-of-breed technologies

Technically, there’s a deep integration between our two systems and you get exceptionally high quality from each. Because, while we maintain a clear focus on perfecting physical access control, ID-ware stays focused on perfecting physical identity and access management – so you get best-of-breed technologies from both of us.

 

Stay up to date and futureproof

The integration of AEOS and OCMS has been proven in multiple different customer environments, and we constantly test and update it by releasing new versions. There’s huge potential for using physical access control in combination with a PIAM solution. And we’ll be releasing valuable new features in the first half of 2022. This includes mobile credentials that are independent from access control readers, and a native app for both IoS and Android.