New Partner Announcement: A-Team Security

SPG Controls is pleased to announce a new partnership with A-Team Security, a specialist in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Support of Security Equipment, CCTV and Access Control based in South Wales.

A-Team Security‘s directors Neil O’Donnell and Stuart Townsend have operated in the industry for over 11 years and have ensured that the company has recognized quality assurance and health and safety accreditations.

A-Team Security and SPG Controls have recently implemented a project for a Welsh Agency with a Centralized Control Centre and a number of remote sites. “It’s essential that the site security and access are tightly controlled given the critical nature of the client’s operation,” said Neil

Check out the A-Team Security website: http://www.ateamsecurity.co.uk/
Check out the SPG Controls partners page to find out more about our collaborators: https://spgcontrols.com/partners/ 

SPG’s Visitor Management: How to Create a Safer Visitor Experience

When it comes to visitor management, every company wants a system that’s unique to their needs, office hours and appropriate to their staffing levels. Whether you’re a team of 10 or 10,000, there are consistent best practices that help streamline and improve your visitor arrival and experience.
Common courtesy must ensure that visitors are attended to speedily and professionally and aren’t kept waiting. Additionally, they must be managed and for example not allowed to enter restricted areas without a proper escort. SPG’s Visitor Management solution can be quickly and efficiently deployed to meet your requirements as follows;

ARCO Visitor Management System

ARCO Visitor Management System (ViMS) is a software solution within the ARCO Platform designed for a quick and accurate identification of visitors in facilities with a high frequency of guests or a high level of safety requirements.

It communicates with the SPG ID Camera and inputs data to automatically populate visitor data fields and captures live photos using desktop cameras.

ARCO Visitor Kiosk

The ARCO Visitor Kiosk is a comprehensive solution designed to quickly and accurately identify visitors. It’s perfect for buildings with a high frequency of guests, where there are elevated safety requirements or where real-time temperature monitoring and reporting are required.

Visitor Kiosks are an effective way for organisations to enhance their visitor management strategy. With intelligent integration, ARCO Platform features high-speed image acquisition, face detection, face mask tracking, and human body temperature detection. Compatible with any modern smart device with the latest browser technology, the ARCO Visitor Kiosks is configurable to match your every requirement.

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you safely manage your visitors.

Taking the temperature of remote Data Centres – Monitoring & Management with SPG Controls

Data Centres are among the most important components in modern IT infrastructures, hosting websites, web services, and web applications that we use on a daily basis. Social networking, media streaming, software as a service (SaaS), and other activities wouldn’t be possible without the use of web servers. And with cloud computing growing fast-moving more services online, web server monitoring is only becoming more important.

SPG Controls offers the perfect management system for Data Center temperature monitoring. Our ARCO Solution can easily be configured to send you and your team alerts when Data Center temperature and humidity values rise or fall.

The SPG Sensor interface card provides an easy expansion for an S1000 Smart Controller to provide analogue sensing information to be collected and then used to make local decisions as well as passing to ARCO Platform for logging. The Sensor device runs on OSDP communication, and up to 16 devices can connect to an S1000 Smart Controller.
Each sensor board supports onboard Temperature and Humidity, Light detection and an Accelerometer for movement detection. Each board has digital/analogue inputs and outputs to support the integration and monitoring of third-party devices.
Also available are optional expansions for Air Pressure, Smoke or Hazardous Gas as well as IR Remote Control capabilities.

SPG Controls suggested system configuration.

  • Ethernet /Wi-Fi/4G/3G/2G
  • Air Conditioning Rule-set Automation
  • Full Battery Backup
  • System Operational at Extreme Temperature and Humidity
  • Fan/Cooling Failure Detection
  • Water/Flood Detection
  • Physical Attack Detection Vibration / Explosion etc.
  • Temperature / Humidity / Light Monitoring
  • Hazardous Gas Detection
  • Full Access Control including Dual Card Control
  • Video snapshots on Alarm

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you secure your Server System.

S1000 Communicator – A Gateway to bring your Current Security System into the Cloud

SPG Controls’ S1000 Communicator connects third-party control panels to an ARCO Platform through a secure RS232 interface. This device has all the features of a full S1000 Smart Controller, in addition to third-party panel support.

This solution allows the third-party panel to take advantage of all the benefits of ARCO, such as Remote Monitoring and Control and the capability to add Building Management, Analog Sensors, IP Audio, Access Control and OSDP video. The S1000 Communicator may be upgraded to a full S1000 at any time.

The panels supported include Honeywell Galaxy Dimension, Honeywell Vista, Pacom 1057/8 and Pacom 8001/2. Panels are connected to the S1000 communicator, which allows bi-directional communications between ARCO and the third-party panel. In addition, the third-party panel can continue to report to the existing monitoring systems in parallel to being connected to ARCO.

 

Multi-way interlocks for Banks and High-Security Locations

Interlock systems control the locking of two or more doors so that if one door is in use or insecure, the remaining doors remain locked and refuse access. Interlocks are sometimes referred to as ‘Air Locks’ or ‘Man Traps’ and provide a high level of security.

The SPG Controls’ interlocking technology enforces safety and enables security-critical applications. Such as where positive proof of identity is required before granting access. Each door is electrically locked and monitored. The S1000 control logic monitors the state of each door for closed and secure states, thus preventing the release of the lock device. Once activated, only one door can be accessed at any given time.
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Doors can have full access control using Card Reader Devices, Biometric Devices, Pin-Pads or can simply be released using REX/RTE Switches. Interlock doors can also be remotely controlled from the ARCO Software interface, which is Touch Screen Compatible. The ARCO Interface can graphically display the Interlock status on the Site Map and can be remotely commanded to enforce or override the interlock for emergency override procedures, for instance. Updating User Credentials can also be remotely managed from ARCO.

For mission-critical operations, applications in, for example, proprietary research, or to protect sensitive personnel or data storage, using mantraps for access control can help keep your buildings secure. They’re frequently used in airports, banking operations, healthcare facilities, research labs, and government installations. They are also widely used in data centres to protect servers and sensitive digital information.

The simplest interlock Access Control System may have two doors, and standard systems can be configured to manage up to sixteen (16) doors. Individual Interlocked Doors may be controlled by an online or standalone S1000 Smart Controller. In addition, the S1000 supports interlocking capabilities as standard, meaning you can mix interlock groups with access controller doors on the same system.

SPG Controls suggested system configuration.

  • Ethernet /Wi-Fi/4G/3G/2G.
  • User Access Rule-set Automation.
  • Full Battery Backup.
  • Physical Attack Detection Vibration / Explosion etc.
  • Temperature / Humidity / Light Monitoring.
  • Hazardous Gas Detection.
  • Full Access Control, including Dual Card Control.
  • CCTV Monitoring.
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Capabilities:

  • Multi-Door interlock to a maximum of 16 Doors per S1000 Controller can be configured.
  • Up to 8 Interlocks per S1000 Controller.

Configuring an interlock is simple by selecting doors from a drop-down menu:

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you secure your Banking System.

Multi-way Interlocks for High-Security Facility

Interlock systems control the locking of two or more doors so that if one door is in use or insecure, the remaining doors refuse access. Interlocks are sometimes referred to as ‘Air Locks’ or ‘Man Traps’ and provide a high level of security.

Each door is electrically locked and monitored. The S1000 control logic monitors the state of each door for closed and secure states, thus preventing the release of the lock device. Once activated only one door can be accessed at any given time.

Doors can have full access control using Card Reader Devices, Biometric Devices, Pin-Pads or can simply be released using REX/RTE Switches. Interlock doors can also be remotely controlled from the ARCOSoftware interface which is Touch Screen Compatible. The ARCOInterface can graphically display the Interlock status on the Site Map and can be remotely commanded to enforce or override the interlock, for emergency override procedures. Updating the User Credentials can also be remotely managed from ARCO.

Common installations of interlock systems include clean rooms, bank lobbies, cash handling facilities, laboratories and jewelry stores.
The simplest interlock Access Control System may have two doors and standard systems can be configured to manage up to sixteen (16) doors. Individual Interlocked Doors may be controlled by an online or standalone S1000 Smart Controller. The S1000 supports interlocking capabilities as standard, meaning you can mix interlock groups with access controller doors on the same system.

SPG Controls suggested system configuration.

  • Ethernet /Wi-Fi/4G/3G/2G.
  • User Access Rule-set Automation.
  • Full Battery Backup.
  • Physical Attack Detection Vibration / Explosion etc.
  • Temperature / Humidity / Light Monitoring.
  • Hazardous Gas Detection.
  • Full Access Control including Dual Card Control.
  • CCTV Monitoring.

Capabilities:

  • Multi-Door interlock to a maximum of 16 Doors per S1000 Controller can be configured.
  • Up to 8 Interlocks per S1000 Controller.

Configuring the interlock is as simple as selecting the group of doors that are to be interlocked from the drop-down menu:

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you secure your Security System.

China Factories select SPG Controls for initial 100 site roll-out

We live in a world where we have unprecedented access to a wide variety of data — and Manufacturing Plants are no exception.

Together with BGB Security, one of China’s leading security integrators, SPG technology has enabled sophisticated water, electrical consumption and fire monitoring together with worker safety and environmental protection.

System Integration

The S1000 Smart Controller has been installed and integrated with existing CCTV, biometric access and cards on site. Sensors and output controls for the Fire System Monitoring are also configured to the S1000 Controller enabling the Real-time monitoring of water and water pressure levels to ensure that systems are in a perfect state of readiness.

Consolidated Cloud-based Monitoring

The web-based ARCO Platform resides in a central location and provides the collection point for all events from the S1000 Smart Controller. The software monitors security/access alarm, telemetry activity, data gathering from the sensors connected to the Controller located throughout the factory floor and prioritises events for multiple operator workstations.

Interactive dashboards, graphical and geographical screens provide easy management and data consolidation showing the current and historical status of a factory. There is the ability to drill down to view the current status and system configuration of any area, an audit trail of historical activity and performance at any site.

ARCO Solution

  • Integration to CCTV.
  • Biometrics to verify the ID of workers.
  • Provides monitoring of fire systems.
  • Integrates to give lone worker protection in hazardous areas and environments.
  • Connects to ARCO to give a graphical overview, CCTV pictures and early warning of any safety issues.

 

 

ATM Monitoring and Management with SPG Controls

Persistent physical attacks continue on ATM’s resulting in theft, disruption, damage and poor customer service. Increasingly, flammable and explosive gases are used to destroy the integrity of ATM vaults and the use of mechanical excavators and machinery still results in ATM’s being pulled from their building surrounds or free-standing locations.

SPG Controls offers a smart security system, which has been designed to protect the ATM from theft or unauthorized access. Providing early warning of failures, video and two-way audio and ensuring only authorized employees or contractors are permitted access are key attributes of our ATM monitoring solutions.

Using SPG Controls enables both efficiency and security, with our sophisticated monitoring devices providing the real-time condition of the ATM and key components. This additionally helps to control preventative maintenance, make informed decisions, and cut operational expenses. SPG’s sensor logs also provide for root cause evaluation to help mitigate future problems.

SPG Controls suggested system configuration.

  • Ethernet /4G/3G/2G network
  • Fan/cooling fail detection
  • Water/Flood detection
  • Vibration detection
  • Hazardous gas detection
  • Temperature and Humidity monitoring
  • High Temperature and Humidity operation
  • Full access control
  • Video snapshots on alarm
  • Audio alarm detection/listening

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you secure your ATM Security System.

Remote Vault Monitoring & Management with SPG Controls

In the last 20 years, the internet has proven to be a game-changer in banking. The opportunity for banks to trade faster, more simply and on a global scale has revolutionized their business, but there is still a strong demand for physical security to protect cash, documents and assets.

SPG Controls offers a smart security system, designed to protect the bank vault and the personnel opening and closing vault and bookroom doors from theft, unauthorized access or duress. Providing early warning of failures, video and two-way audio and ensuring only authorized employees or contractors are permitted access are key attributes of our vault monitoring solutions. SPG enables both efficiency and security, our sophisticated monitoring devices providing the real-time condition of the vault and key components. This additionally helps to manage preventative maintenance, make informed decisions, and cut operational expenses. SPG’s sensor logs also provide for root cause evaluation to help mitigate future problems.

This highly secured system is based on over the air technology, utilizing different types of sensors (Motion, Audio and Gas sensors as an example), IP cameras and microcontrollers.

SPG Controls suggested system configuration.

  • Ethernet /Wi-Fi/4G/3G/2G
  • Full Battery Backup
  • System Operational at Extreme Temperature and Humidity
  • Fan/Cooling Failure Detection
  • Water/Flood Detection
  • Physical Attack Detection Vibration / Thermal Lance / Explosion etc.
  • Temperature / Humidity / Light Monitoring
  • Hazardous Gas Detection
  • Full Access Control including Dual Card Control
  • Video snapshots on Alarm
  • Audio Alarm Detection/Listen-in
  • 2-Way Audio for Emergency Communications

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you secure your Vault Security System.

Active Directory Integration

SPG Controls’ ARCO Platform can use Active Directory for authentication and authorisation. The ARCO Platform communicates through Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and OpenID Connect/OAuth.

Active Directory Enrolment

Once a user account is added to Active Directory the user may be imported into ARCO from within the user screen. This maps the user detail to ARCO and link’s the account to an active directory user.
The Active Directory Groups are associated with ARCO roles via tags. As a user’s groups are updated within Active Directory their roles within ARCO are updated.
The roles may be access or operator roles, enabling control of the user’s access credentials and their rights within ARCO Platform.

Active Directory Authentication

ARCO authentication uses the standard AD FS authentication model for web applications using the OpenID Connect/OAuth concepts.

Active Directory Authorisation

Authorisation is controlled through the allocation of tags to the ARCO roles. These roles are then mapped after authorisation. Changes in the Active Directory groups are monitored, and the roles allocated within ARCO are updated to reflect the allocations.

Active Directory Configuration

Trust must be in place between the ARCO Platform and Active Directory. This is achieved within ARCO through the setup of the Active Directory configuration of the ARCO Identity Server Service.