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Gallagher wins 2021 Fortress Cyber Security Award

Global security manufacturer Gallagher has been recognised in the 2021 Fortress Cyber Security Awards as a winner in the Authentication and Identity category for its MIFARE DESFire key migration enhancement. The US award recognises the world’s leading companies and products that are working to keep data and assets safe amid increasing threats from hackers.

Designed in response to the growing sophistication of cyber attacks upon credential security, Gallagher’s MIFARE DESFire key migration enhancement helps organisations to mitigate the risk of card cloning or tampering through the improved management of key encoding used to read card credentials. This intelligent enhancement allows for cardholder credentials to be silently updated with newly defined site-specific keys for a secure and seamless cardholder experience.

“There’s no doubt that cyber crime is evolving rapidly and that this is a growing concern for many organisations around the world,” said Steve Bell (pictured), Chief Technology Officer at Gallagher. “What was produced a decade ago may present weaknesses today. This was the basis for developing the DESFire key migration enhancement so that we could give our customers an easy way in which to securely migrate site access control keys.”

As part of its commitment to cyber security, Gallagher’s security solutions are fully authenticated and encrypted to meet global standards, including the FIPS-201 standards in the US, Type 1A in Australia and also the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure’s Cyber Assurance of Physical Security Systems standard here in the UK.

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Nortech’s booster tags offer “seamless solution” for vehicle and driver access identifications

Access control solutions specialist Nortech is now offering long-range vehicle and driver identification tags to grant “seamless access” to approaching vehicles. Designed to accompany the company’s popular TRANSIT reader range, the new tags are ideal for use in staff car parks, priority vehicle control, industrial site access control, fleet and parking management.

Key features include simultaneous driver and vehicle identification, a reading distance of up to 10 metres, easy windshield mounting with suction pads and maximum perimeter security.

The TRANSIT Prox Booster (120-125 KHz), SMARTCARD Booster (13.56 MHz) and SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate (2.45 GHz and 433 MHz) enable long range driver-based identification. Driver-based ID systems, a building access card and in-vehicle booster ensure that a vehicle can never gain access to a secured area unless occupied by an authorised driver.

The booster is used in combination with a personal access credential and is an easy-to-integrate solution for vehicle access, eliminating the need to issue new cards.

The booster is placed on the windshield on the inside of a vehicle. When an authorised building access card is inserted into the booster, it’s read and then boosted to the external Nedap TRANSIT reader. The TRANSIT reader then transmits the credential ID to any standard back end security panel. If the credential is authorised and access is granted the gate will open automatically. Removal of the driver ID then allows the access card to be used for building access.

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End users also have the facility to match up vehicles and drivers as a separate ID (ie vehicle ID) can be programmed into the booster on certain models. This ensures the right driver is with the right vehicle.

Proximity access control cards

The TRANSIT Prox Booster 2G supports proximity access control cards operating on 120-125 kHz such as HID prox, EM and Nedap. The SMARTCARD Booster 2G supports ISO 14443 or 15693-compliant smart cards (eg MIFARE, MIFARE DESFIRE, LEGIC, Calypso and HID iClass) operating on 13.56 MHz.

The SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate is also available for almost all card technologies. It supports ISO 14443 or 15693-compliant smart cards (eg MIFARE, MIFARE DESFIRE, LEGIC, Calypso and HID iClass) operating on 13.56 MHz.

The advanced tag authentication of the SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate is only functional when the Security Key Pack has been installed in the TRANSIT Ultimate.

The SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate operates with two frequencies using the 2.45 GHz for robust vehicle identification and the 433 MHz frequency for advanced tag authentication using AES standards. A bi-directional communication feature in combination with the SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate has also made it possible to write information on the drivers’ access control card when the vehicle enters or leaves a perimeter.

Credits, offline access rights or other information can be changed dynamically upon perimeter access.

Typical booster applications are high-security areas like airports, seaports, military bases, utilities company sites, corporate and educational campuses, police, fire and other installations where vehicles must be assigned to a specific driver.

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TDSi to introduce benefits of MIFARE Plus and DESFire compatible readers at IFSEC International 2015

Integrated security solutions developer TDSi will be introducing the benefits of its new range of readers to visitors on Stand F1100 at IFSEC International 2015. Models in the range, which include new versions of the company’s MIFARE and Proximity Readers, are all compatible with MIFARE Plus and DESFire for added end user security and flexibility.

The new range of readers is an important addition to TDSi’s product catalogue. “Readers are a staple ingredient for many security access systems,” said managing director John Davies, “so we’ve listened closely to our customers, installers and partners to ensure these products offer exactly what’s needed and that we can stay ahead of the curve with regards to real security requirements.”

MIFARE Plus compatibility was highlighted as a central component in the development of the new TDSi readers. MIFARE Plus and DESFire technology provides even higher levels of security while maintaining the flexibility and affordability which has made the original MIFARE technology so popular.

Research suggests that installing/upgrading and using the MIFARE Plus and DESFire reader technology can cut the threat from cloned cards by 50%. For a small difference in cost, the end user customer can achieve the peace of mind of a more secure platform.

With backwards compatibility and several variant combinations, the new readers also ensure previous card reading investments are not made redundant by an upgrade and are suitable for all applications. This also offers the option to operate different types of cards on the same network, continuing the use of existing cards where appropriate until a full upgrade is ready to be implemented.

As well as the new readers, TDSi will also be showcasing the variety and versatility of its security product range, from one door applications through to multi-site systems. On display will be the company’s SOLOgarde, MICROgarde and EXcel controllers, as well as TDSi’s enterprise solutions, along with the combined possibilities of its software products (including EXgarde security management and VUgarde CCTV software integration).

Stand F1100 will be showing visitors the integration options of TDSi’s products with the expert security systems of other providers. Product and marketing manager Sarah Phillips told Risk UK: “The latest version of our complete security solution, EXgarde 4.4, has been designed to operate with the systems of other specialist providers in their field. This includes Milestone’s video surveillance solutions, Simons Voss’ wireless locking products, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio locking systems and Texecom’s intruder systems.”

The company will also be presenting the considerable benefits of joining its partner scheme, which includes support for growth and business development for members, as well as offering comprehensive technical support.

Phillips concluded: “We’re keen to discuss how our partner programme has been developed to fully meet individual customer needs and to ensure that our partners receive the exact level of support they need. The TDSi team will be available on Stand F1100 throughout IFSEC International 2015 to talk to visitors whatever their security needs.”

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Compact keypads for SPC intruder detection system introduced by Security Products from Siemens

Security Products from Siemens has introduced two new compact keypads for the SPC intruder detection system. They use touchkeys instead of traditional mechanical keys and the key interface illuminates only when touched.

With a depth of just 17.5 mm, these keypads sit unobtrusively on any wall. Model SPCK520 offers display and speech output while model SPCK521 adds an ID card reader.

The new keypads support EM and MIFARE card technologies. Advanced user authentication eliminates the inconvenience of repeated PIN code entry on systems that are armed and disarmed many times on a daily basis.

End users can download pre-recorded or customised audio files to the keypads. These audible messages assist users when various system events occur.

The large graphical display provides a wealth of information at a glance. For instance, users can access detailed information about doors that are open or ajar and therefore preventing the system from being armed.

Siemens has introduced two new compact keypads for the SPC intruder detection system

Siemens has introduced two new compact keypads for the SPC intruder detection system

 

The keypads supply system information and offer various ways to configure the parameters of the SPC system on site without additional tools such as a PC.

An optional plug-in RF module allows the keypads to be used as RF receivers for communication with wireless detectors nearby. This eliminates the need for separate RF receivers.

In addition, the keypads have push-wire terminals so that installers can secure the wires of connection cables with a single push action.

For flush mounting, Siemens offers a special frame that allows the keypad to be installed flush with the wall. An optional metal enclosure is available for installation in concrete walls.

The compact keypads are backwards-compatible with existing SPC systems. End users can choose from the eight languages that are supplied as standard with additional language packs available for download.

The SPC intruder detection series offered by Security Products from Siemens combines sophisticated protection against intruders with a cost-effective modular design and installation concept.

SPC systems are scalable up to 512 zones with 120 wireless zones.

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