Create a Smarter System by Integrating Access Control with Video Surveillance

As technology progresses, so does the ability to integrate Video and Access Control – and in today’s world, it just makes sense to integrate these systems to enhance your surveillance needs.


Building security has increasingly become a challenge. Video is a critical tool in providing security as well as determining actions after an incident occurs. Access control provides a more focused means of controlling entry into a building, office space or IT room.


Access control systems are very flexible in what they can control besides just access to an area. For example, criteria can be set identifying who is certified to run a machine, disarm an alarm system, control lighting or activate conveyor systems. This can be time controlled and with the video system running alongside it, verification of these actions can be monitored. Were proper procedures followed in activating the machinery? What caused the failure? Who was it that started the process? There are an unlimited number of options in bringing the two platforms together.



Compare live video with photo credentials

When access credentials are presented to gain entry to an area, whether valid or invalid, the video system can save a clip of the activity for later review. This provides the ability to see who is entering or attempting to enter and when. A live video feed can also be accessed on a security monitor, giving security staff the ability to verify against the on-file photo credentials – this is called Video Verification. Video Verification is a widely used tool for high security or high value storage facilities. The credential holder can present their access credential and security would be able to verify their identity and allow or deny access – a very useful tool in the event of a lock down situation.



Power each door controller over Ethernet

Having Power Over Ethernet (POE) hardware is a great advantage and can provide cost savings. Anywhere there is a network drop, POE can be added, either at the switch or down the line, which reduces cabling runs and dedicated power supplies. Both the camera and access systems can take advantage of this. The access control system can manage the reader, door contact, request to exit and locking device off of the one network connection. (Some locking hardware may still require a power supply depending on electrical draw).


The POE solution makes is easy to add on to the access control system since it is taking advantage of the existing network structure and the same is true for the IP video solutions – making a scalable and flexible system that can grow with your company.



Integration made simple and matched to your needs

Access control is easily integrated into your Video and/or Intrusion solution to create a strong marriage between the systems, allowing for control and verification of activities within your company. Whether your company has a large, multi-site, multi-building application, or a small, single office application – the system is matched to your needs.

Randy Baldonado
Randy Baldonado is the Director of Sales Engineering and Project Management at ITech Digital. He works with our security solutions installation and support team to build partnerships with customer IT departments.
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