Today, convergence and integration are common buzzwords used in the security industry, but they are far more than buzzwords. Gone are the days when security vendors sold a product based on their own proprietary technology without a care as to how or if the systems can fit into the client’s existing infrastructure. To be sure, many companies are still structured in a way that allows for silos of competence to be built with their own technical infrastructure and skills, but these are luxuries that fewer companies are allowing as the cost, business and security benefits of integration become more apparent.
Effective use of biometrics and other access technology requires more than just a reader, it requires software, hardware, infrastructure and services to make the whole solution function as required. And it’s only in considering the whole solution that customers are able to select the optimal vendor for its needs.
In this Integrated Solution Profile, we look at SmartProtect, which permits the integration between Suprema’s access control management software and Milestone. SmartProtect is a South African software developer that designed a Milestone plug-in that enables the linking of Suprema’s access control management platform and the Milestone platform to allow for adding VMS functionality to Suprema’s platform and pulling through access control and alarm events into Milestone.
neaMetrics worked with SmartProtect offering integration support in the sense of access to Suprema’s BioStar software and product support to enable this integration.
Suprema is a leading access control manufacturer and Milestone is a leading open platform IP video management software provider. An extensive need existed to enable integrated video management for Suprema access control deployments as well as to provide Milestone users with the option to incorporate access control into its current system.
SmartProtect links all access control events from BioStar (Suprema’s access control management system) to Milestone, linking specific camera feeds to Suprema access readers. The SmartProtect plug in stores the access events next to the video feed related to accessing the premises.
The interface also allows for monitoring specific users using the access control system as well as specific events triggering control room display when they occur, i.e. if a specific high security point is accessed, access denied or alarm events received, or if a flagged person accesses the system, that particular event will be displayed in the control room with the linked video stream. This enables effective control room management as operators’ attention is focused on particular access control activity.
The BioStar event and Milestone video data is stored in SmartProtect and data retention can be configured according to user needs. This data can be used for forensic investigation through searching for a particular user to trace him/her through the controlled environment and retrieve associated video for each event.
Suprema access control events are also fed through to the Milestone event engine. This allows for event management through the extensive Milestone interface notifying users of alarms or access activity received with interactive2D and 3D map interfaces and event recording.
Any current Milestone XProtect VMS site can now seamlessly incorporate Suprema access control. Any Suprema BioStar deployment can now incorporate Milestones open platform VMS. This integration is not limited to any specific industry and is currently implemented in mining, hospitality, industrial and corporate business sectors.
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