Continental Access: Security, Mobility & Seamless Integrated User Interfaces

Successful integrators provide end-to-end solutions that work for their customers’ business operations, where all points of controlled entry work the same, easily and intuitively

Continental Access' Scott Schramme speaks with SSI Editor-in-Chief Scott Goldfine about key access control trends for security integrators.

While in the past access control was all about unlocking doors, servers and Big Data, today’s end users are looking for convenience over a more comprehensive security footprint.

There’s been marked growth and adoption in ACaaS, mobile readers, credentials, integrated wireless locks and smarter seamless security for building occupants.

Successful integrators provide end-to-end solutions that work for their customers’ business operations, where all points of controlled entry work the same, easily and intuitively. Naturally, one of the favorite interfaces is the omnipresent smartphone.

Continental Access’ new app, available on Apple and Google Play, provides the end user a built-in credential on their phone that always stays in sync with the enterprise system, and saves on lost card replacement costs. That can be a substantial operational budget savings, given the CA4K platform is scalable from a few to thousands of doors and/or sites.

Plus, the mobile credential is reader brand agnostic, working with any type of reader, saving more money. That same app lets integrators elevate customer service, controlling multiple hosted clients’ systems, by merely shaking the phone to swap between each, for remote system management of doors, authorized users/ privileges, threat levels, muster, lockdown/unlock, globally or by APBs — exactly as if in front of any CA4K enterprise workstation.

With evolving convergence of access and locking, Continental features unprecedented seamless integration with sister division Alarm Lock’s leading Trilogy Networx wireless locking, transforming each to perform as wireless single-door controllers.

Working seamlessly, identically amidst Continental’s own conventional and PoE controllers, each wireless Networx lock is fully distributed, acting in real-time, as an intelligent edge device. They feature HID or multitechnology reader, are self-powered with Trilogy’s class-leading multiple years of battery life (requiring no PIM or extra panels or power) and can be networked via a wire, WiFi or PoE gateway to control up to 63 locks.

All Networx lock models work the same and are available for all interior/exterior applications, i.e., cylindrical, mortise, exit alarm/panic-device trim, narrow stile glass doors, keypads (integrated w/Otis elevators).

Meanwhile, ArchiTech Networx Series offers the same Grade 1 access locks, customizable with 300 styles, trims and finishes.

Judy Jones is Vice President, Marketing, NAPCO Security Technologies

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