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Access Control (Software) Winner: Vanderbilt ACT Enterprise

Vanderbilt’s ACT Enterprise offers all the features required from an advanced access control system. It supports up to 99 doors as standard. Should a higher number of portals require protection, then a simple licence upgrade is all that is needed to increase the number of supported doors to 4,000.

ACT Enterprise and the associated hardware can be deployed on an IP network. A traditional RS485 deployment can also be supported, offering a high degree of flexibility for engineers.

With an increased focus on credential cloning, ACT Enterprise offers a secure approach to card management by using the latest DESfire EV1/EV2 technology and Open Source Data Protection (OSDP) protocols to prevent card cloning and/or reader manipulation.

ACT’s door controllers have been designed to be simple to install in the field, and as a result they can be specified with or without integral PSUs.

Another step to support integrators and installers is that whilst ACT door controllers are fully customisable, where standard operation is required, the controllers are supplied pre-configured and ready to use, allowing the quick implementation of an operational system.

ACT Enterprise includes a number of updates to enhance the solution. To help with integration and allow the creation of a total security solution, ACT Enterprise integrates seamlessly with the company’s SPC intrusion system.

SPC offers versatile alarm management functions. It makes use of cloud services, apps and a dedicated software suite to deliver added value. The system’s infrastructure supports hard-wired or wireless options.

Integration is a key priority for Vanderbilt, and the latest ACT Enterprise update ensures integrators and installers can have confidence in delivering a seamless solution. Via the interface, users can access graphical maps displaying all access control and alarm points, presenting a single interface for system management.

Alongside the advanced integration capabilities, ACT Enterprise is supported by intuitive smartphone apps. These deliver real-time monitoring, system management and user administration, enabling authorised persons to lock and unlock doors, manage users and view real-time access control reports.

To facilitate the introduction of smart functionality, one of the headline additions to the latest version of ACT Enterprise is rules mapping. Rules are a flexible method of allowing triggers to implement actions. These can be security-related, or can deliver business efficiencies, automation of site management tasks, or interaction with on-site personnel.

Rules are one of driving elements of smart solutions, allowing the creation of logical relationships between single or multiple triggers and various resulting actions. Actions can be instigated by events such as access control transactions.

Rules mapping uses a drag-and-drop interface, and multiple elements can be combined by simply drawing a link. The use of ‘operators’ allow relationships, such as AND, OR, etc..

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