CEM SYSTEMS AC2000 – SMART AND FLEXIBLE
The CEM Systems AC2000 security management system has successfully been installed at many of the largest education facilities around the world. Manufacturing both the access control hardware and system software uniquely enables CEM Systems to meet the high scalability and integration needs of schools and universities.
SECURITY CHALLENGES OF MODERN DAY SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
1) Public versus private areas of campus
Schools and universities need unrestricted free access to public areas of their campus to welcome the local community. However beyond these public areas, security then needs to be gradually increased using barriers and access controlled doors to protect areas such as libraries, plant rooms, labs, high-tech classrooms and student accommodation blocks.
The AC2000 security management solution supports multiple device types from wireless locks to fingerprint solutions which are ideal for specialist technical labs and server rooms. Indeed many education sites use a hybrid device approach to security with wireless locks installed on classroom doors and server cabinets and intelligent IP card readers with internal database on external doors with high footfall.
2) Securing student halls of residence
There are many challenges to securing student dormitories. How do you get large numbers of access controlled doors deployed quickly?
Wireless access control is proving the ideal solution. Using wireless locks you can easily secure doors without investing in too much infrastructure. As no cabling is required, wireless locks are also easier to deploy; especially in the case of new retro fit buildings with glass doors.
There is also the challenge of students inevitably forgetting their access control cards and not being able to gain entry to their student accommodation rooms. CEM Systems’ innovative emerald access control terminal with built-in VoIP intercom solves this problem. Students returning to dorms with no access control cards can simply call security via the emerald integrated intercom, providing bi-directional communication when assistance is required. It effectively removes the cost of purchasing a separate intercom solution from the access control system. Alternatively universities could opt for mobile credentials.
3) Building systems integration
Within a busy, large scale and complex educational environment multiple building systems must work together. Schools and universities often require a complete, fully integrated access control, intruder, fire and CCTV solution that connects directly to their IP network. The solution must also integrate seamlessly with existing student enrolment and staff databases for operational efficiencies.
4) ONE smart card solution
University access control cards can be used to perform other school functions such as follow me printing, library access, canteen charging and cashless vending.
Using the latest smart card technology, a number of operational sub systems can subsequently write their data to the one multifunctional smart card. To combat against the threat of card cloning, CEM Systems recommends using a highly encrypted DESFire smart cards (like DESFire EV2) that cannot be cloned. It is also important to opt for card readers that offer the highest level of in-built smart card technology.
Another area which is proving challenging to schools and universities is whether they should manage their own smart card keys. For user convenience schools can either use pre-personalised smart cards with encrypted algorithms or using the CEM AC2000 Utility software application, colleges can buy blank smart cards and maintain on-site control of their own smart card keys.
5) Legacy security equipment
The move away from legacy technologies such as 125 kHz, Proximity and early MIFARE smart card technologies, to a more secure smart card technology is still a major challenge for schools today.
When implementing a legacy security migration process, challenges include cost and the physical management and roll out of the new smart cards; especially when multiple sites and large numbers of cardholders exist.
CEM Systems has vast experience in replacing incumbent access control systems. We work closely with customers to gradually migrate them from unsecure technologies to a more secure smart card technology with encrypted algorithms. Legacy products can be supported using cost-effective CEM Systems DCM door controllers. Multi-technology card readers can also be utilised to simultaneously read dual technologies during the migration path.
6) A large card population and batch enrolment
Educational facilities have high attrition rates and often conduct a mass enrolment of student records within weeks.
The CEM AC2000 security management system comes with a comprehensive range of software applications including the AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging & Pass Production System), which enables the college to design and batch print professional ID cards for staff, visitors and students. The user friendly AC2000 WEB personnel application also enables site security to access the AC2000 database via a web browser to update student / staff records on the go.
7) Health & safety emergency mustering
The safe evacuation of staff, students and visitors off site in the event of an emergency is a high concern on campus. The AC2000 Mustering and In Zone monitoring reports offer schools the ideal solution. During health and safety emergency ‘mustering’ scenarios, administrators simply run an In-Zone report providing the total occupancy count within campus. The CEM S3040 portable card reader can also be utilised to enable cardholders at muster points the ablity verify their identity against total campus count.
8) Student / Exam Time & Attendance
Many educational sites are using the CEM emerald access control terminal and portable card reader for T&A purposes within classrooms and exam rooms.
9) Highly scalable, enterprise solution
Schools must be safe in the knowledge that their security infrastructure can support an unlimited number of access controlled doors and expand as their needs inevitably change and grow. The CEM Systems AC2000 access control security management system is highly proven as a powerful access control platform which supports an unlimited number of cardholders, doors and remote enterprise sites.