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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Budget fire and burglar alarm monitoring?

We can provide inexpensive fire and burglar alarm monitoring for you. We are located in the Blacksburg, Virginia area. Our office is in Riner, Virginia.

We will take over your non-propriatory burglar alarm panel for $20 monthly. Fire for $35 with daily test. Open/close reports or other services have additional fees.  Cellular backup is an additional $7.50 a month. Equipment costs vary for cellular equipment depending on your existing panel. The average cost for a device is $225. We can provide a new 2Gig panel with three doors. one motion, and a key fob for $495. Cellular is included in that package as well.

The panel can control lights and thermostats as well. Just programming your thermostat to lower when you are out could save enough to cover the monthly fee.

You can eliminate your landline for your alarm panel. Commercial fire alarms do require a phone line.

It comes in a countertop version for apartments or students. Completely programmed and self installed for $395 with a 24 month monitoring commitment.

Our central station is Dynamark Monitoring in Hagerstown Maryland. UL listed and super friendly and helpful on the phones. Fast response to alarms and call-ins.

Give us a call today at 540-315-6343 and leave your contact info. We will return your call quickly.

 

Thanks for considering Access-CS for your security needs.

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Access-CS now a certified Genetec Integrator!

What does that me to you? We can now provide an enterprise level access control, video and license plate recogniton solution. Genetec is a leader in the industry and we are now a authorized dealer.

The Genetec platform supports badge in badge out as well as anti-pass back features. All activity can be viewed from the Security Center locally or remotely.

We can now provide turnkey integrated security solutions. We can install all parts from door hardware to the server and all parts in between. That means if there are issues you only need to deal with us…one stop shopping!

Of course, we can still set up an internet and smart phone interface with the Genetec product.

 

 

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Can you save money by using on-line thermostat control?

Yes you can! If you use the on-line thermostat control available through the 2GIG panel you can reduce your heat or cooling when you leave and then turn it back to your comfortable temperature 30 minutes before you go home so you return to comfort.

The department of energy estimates you can save 10 to 15 % of your heating and cooling costs by changing the temperature by 15 degrees for eight hours each day. See the article here.

Your alarm panel would pay for itself if your average energy bill is $200 a month. What a deal! Call us today.

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Update to wire thieves story and video…Captured!

Our film of the guys stealing wire from our recycling barrel enabled local law enforcement to track down and arrest the perpetrators. They will be be taken out of the pool of possible thieves in the area for a while.

Thanks to the Botetourt County Sheriffs Department for their work and success on this case. Keep in mind that it would never have been solved without the video record. They would not have know where to start or who to look for with out the documentation.

Call to have CCTV installed at your business today!

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Lots of burglaries this time of year – How about an alarm system?

Many areas are seeing an uptick of home and business burglaries in the Roanoke area and the New River Valley. We can provide a 2GIG alarm panel kit with three door window contacts, one motion detector and one key fob remote control. These alarm panels do not need a phone line as they use the cellular control channel. The monthly monitoring fee is $20 a month including the cellular line. We do not require a contract so you can Fire us if you want! Not like the others who have 5 year contracts.

3-1-1 Alarm Kit!

We also sell you the equipment, the others lease it. The above package is just $500 plus tax installed in the Roanoke and New River Vally areas. Call for pricing further out. We are licensed in Maryland and West Virginia as well as Virginia.

No hidden fees no hard up sell. This will provide you with protection and is expandable to control electrical devices in your home or business.

Give me a call (Jeff) at 540 Three Zero Nine 7233.

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Oops, robbed the wrong place this time!

We have these guys stealing some recycled wire we were saving to take in. Looks like a crime of opportunity. They stopped at the shop to change drivers, Perp one must have a suspended license and didn’t want to drive to court, and noticed our stash of wire in a couple of recycling cans. They decided to come back after court and pick it up…guess they will be going to court again!

This is just some cameras we have on returns and for testing. If you need real cameras to protect your valuables, give us a call for a free estimate!

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Robbery at a convienance store. Film of the bad guys.

Two guys robbed a gas station in Buchanan VA last week. They cut the phone line so our security system didn’t go off. We have fixed that issue for the next time. It’s always good to have a cellular backup on an alarm or even a cellular primary line. It’s faster and harder to circumvent! The following is film of them breaking into the ATM in the store. Check it out and see if you recognize them.

This is the raw video with more of the robbery. A little shorter but in fast motion.

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