Looking for a Virginia SWaM? Here we are!

Access Control Specialists is a Virginia SwaM certified and a Micro Business in Virginia. We can provide alarm monitoring, locks, access control, and cameras. Other products and services we provide include:

Handicap Door openers

Electrified Locks

Power supplies for locks, cameras, and security systems.

All types of IP based cameras, POE switches, NVR’s, combo recorders, and video converters of all types.

Access control on one door or 101. We can work on most systems and provide turnkey installations.

Check us out by giving Jeff a call at 540.309.7233.

 

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Burglar Alarms are Back!

Access Control Specialists are pleased to announce that we will be installing alarm systems again.

There is new technology available that does not require a phone line for monitoring. Still at a low $30 a month, no hidden fees.

We sell you the system at a reasonable cost, less than $1000, sometimes less than $500, and install it for free!

That way, if you are not satisfied with our service, you can call someone else!

We know that won’t happen,,,

We work in the New River Valley, including Blacksburg, Radford, Montgomery and Giles. Also in the Roanoke/Botetourt areas. We will travel as well for the right incentive.

Call us today at 540.309.7233

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Distribution Warehouse Employee Photo Security – Keeping Everyone Honest

We have developed software that takes a picture of employees entering distribution warehouses and then shows that picture to the security desk when they are checking out of work.

This product lets you know if people are wearing the same thing when they leave as they were when they came in!

You can also review the video later to spot check guard procedures and catch folks who take advantage any guard distractions. When there’s a break or a shift change it can be easy to slip something past the guards. Video cameras never stop looking!

The Software takes a quick picture, (3 seconds) as they read their ID card in and then shows that picture instantly when they read their card out.

Employees can get in and out quickly with no delay. Amazon at one point had a lawsuit concerning how long it took their employees to get in and out. This can help  to prevent those types of issues. Other methods, like having the employees turn out their pockets and checking bags, can be performed during the 3 second period in, and as they check out.

A bonus is that all activity at the gates are being recorded so if you need to go back and double check someone suspicious, the film is available later. You can keep it as long as you want with enough computer storage or delete it more often if you have privacy concerns!

Give us a call for pricing and availability. It takes about three days to install. It requires a server and two guard stations for a normal installation but is scale-able upwards or downwards as needed. The solution can be federated across multiple locations or be free standing. You can provide some of the equipment or we can do a turnkey installation.

Call today! Jeff @ 540-309-7233

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Genetec Tech Support, want a faster way?

Sometimes it seems to take a while to get information from Genetec tech support. As certified technicians, we would be happy to work with you on issues that need to be resolved quickly.

We have access to the full database as well as to live personnel who can answer questions and trouble shoot your issues.

With 15 years in the access control business we have seen just about any problem you  can imagine. We are also Locksmiths and equipment installers. We are experienced in all areas of your project. Wiring, installation, computers, routers, cameras, locks, power supplies, readers and any other issues related to door security.

IP cameras and conversion from analogue cameras are something we worked through the changes over the years. You can’t get better instruction than that!

Give us a call or email. jeff@access-cs.com or 540.309.7233

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We are a Virginia SWaM and Micro business.

Fincastle Consulting, Inc. DBA: Access Control Specialists is a registered SWaM in the commonwealth of Virginia. Registration number: 647565.

We are posting this just to provide that information to customers who are looking to comply with the Governor’s executive order number 20 require use of businesses such as ours for purchases under $10,000.00.

We can provide the following:

Locks and locksmith services

Security and fire alarm monitoring.

Security equipment.

CCTV cameras.

IP Cameras, NVR.s and DVR’s.

All types of Access Control.

Card Readers.

HID cards, FOBs and electrified locking devices.

Enterprise level Access Control systems.

Stand alone access control systems.

Please contact us at 540.473.2030 or jeff(at)access-cs.com for further information.

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RV Alarm systems? Who would they call?

Today’s new touch screen alarm systems would work well in an RV. As long as there is the appropriate cell service, the panel could send you emails and updates to your smart phone. If you don’t have a smart phone, you could have a central station call your regular phone if there was an alarm or notification.

You could adjust your thermostat, be notified if the temperature dropped or rose above a certain point, and even know if someone entered the motor-home or trailer!

Direct to phone service starts at $20 a month with central station involvement adding $10 to the bill. The central station would have to be updated with your location to dispatch emergancy services. Two-way options are available for medical alert patients while travling with the system. The central station could speak directly with you to determine the location.

The systems are easy to install and can be programmed via the network once powered up. Send us an email at jeff@access-cs.com for more information!

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Are IP Cameras ready for prime time?

Many people have put off upgrading their analogue cameras due to the high price of upgrading to IP cameras. In the last year, prices have dropped across the board and quality has jumped. A 1.2 megapixel camera was $750 a year or so ago. Today, there’s a 10 MP camera with LEDs available for $250!

Another factor is that most businesses now have at least one computer capable of handling the larger file sizes and bandwidth necessary to host the IP feeds. More business owners have smart phones making it more useful since most of the cameras have apps for viewing offsite.

Many camera manufacturers offer free software for small installations. Combined with use of an existing computer, a new system could be installed for less than the original price of the analogue system!

Call today for a free analysis of your needs, 540-315-4363.

 

 

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Access for the Navy Yard Shooter – We all need to clean out the database on a regular basis!

It’s not clear how the shooter got access to the secure base but it is clear that many systems managers do not delete old users on a regular basis.

When folks leave for a new job or medical leave, many times we do not remove their access authorization to secure areas. Even though the user may come back in the future, it’s a simple task to clear access and return it when they return.

Anything could happen while they are gone. A family member or acquaintance could get hold of the credential and breach security for a variety of reasons! A few minutes a week and this security hole can be plugged quite easily.

Communication with HR can provide a weekly list of who’s not going to need access for a period of time and those credentials can be edited to make sure there’s no unauthorized entry.

We recommend that the credential have the access removed instead of deleting the credential. That way if unauthorized entry is attempted, there will be an electronic trail. If you video system in integrated with the access i.e. Genetec, you will be able to determine who attempted entry.

Take a look at your databases today and make sure you are not leaving your facility at risk by having cards or FOBs floating around that are not longer authorized. It’s for everyone’s good!

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Distribution center video entry and exit system to control loss.

Access Control Specialists can now install a video entry exit system that allows you to see if your employees are leaving in the same condition they arrived in.

Each employee reads their card on the way in and a short video is taken. When they exit, the video is shown on the monitor so the security officer can compare the appearance of the employee with their “entry” video. The system is automated, so all the officer has to do is look at the monitor. The employee’s file picture also pops up on the screen so the officer can confirm that the person wanting entry is the person who is on the card.

Here’s how it works:

Check in by reading at the entry reader.

Check in by reading at the entry reader.

Check in at the entry reader and the officer can see that your picture matches the one on the card. It pops up on the left-hand monitor and also takes a three-second video of the employee entering.

This camera takes a short video of each employee when they enter.

This camera takes a short video of each employee when they enter.

When the employee exits:

The employee reads out when leaving.

The employee reads out when leaving.

The employee’s “entry” video shows up on the screen so the officer can determine if they have changed while at work.

"In" picture shows up on "out" card read.

Completely automated entry and exit security pictures for any distribution center!

Call today, 540-315-4363 or email jeff@access-cs.com today for more information.

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Lock-down for your access control system.

How do you lock-down your access control system?

With concerns about school security, many security managers need to know how to lock-down buildings with their access control panel. Most access software’s have a procedure for locking down some or all doors in a facility.

Genetec has a plug in specifically for lock-down. You can lock down by control  panel so a bit of forethought is needed if you want to lock down your building in stages. The public areas can be kept separably locked down from the office or computer areas. This give you a greater control over the security of the building.

 

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