An access control system allows the end-user the ability to control who goes through which doors, and when they can gain entry to those doors. This is usually done by placing a proximity reader on a door and controlling the door with an electronic lock. When the user presents their credentials to the reader, the access control system quickly (within milliseconds) makes a decision as to whether or not that user can gain access. If they can, the system will release the lock, and if they can’t, the system will not release the lock. All of this is typically saved by the access control system so the user can run reports at a later date to see exactly who has gone through which doors and at what times.
2nd Generation vs. 3rd Generation
NWOSS provides both solutions, but we recommend the 3rd Generation Solution provided by S2 Security due to the client server independence.
Some of the advantages of the S2 system are:
- S2 devices are native IP devices and not serial devices converted to IP using a lantronics box or some other black box device.
- The network controller is a solid-state device, which means that the electrons and/or charge carriers are confined within the materials. No moving parts – better reliability and efficiency.
- A completely embedded software suite which includes:
- Linux Operating System
- PostgreSQL database server
- Apache web server
- Netbox security management software
- Since there is a built-in web server on the net controller, you can access the software from any PC, using any browser, on any operating system, at any location in the world; provided you have an internet connection. This is the true beauty of 3rd Generation.
- The S2 system is designed around an open architecture, which makes integration with other “best of breed” applications much easier. Where as your traditional access control systems are typically an all-in-one system, which makes it very difficult to integrate third party appliances.