19 November 2023
5 min read
In an era where security breaches and unauthorised access pose significant threats to businesses, the demand for high-security entrance solutions has never been higher.
But there’s no silver bullet solution for entrance security – no one-size-fits-all approach. Every building is different, every company operates differently, and the way people interact with a building’s physical spaces varies greatly from location to location.
Boon Edam, a leading player in the industry, provides a nuanced approach to address the diverse needs of different buildings and companies.
According to Michael Fisher, Managing Director of Boon Edam Australia, it’s crucial to custom-design the system around the client's unique requirements.
“When speaking with an entry expert, make sure they are looking to understand your needs first, rather than trying to push a particular product on you and fit your needs around it,” says Fisher. “Not only will you likely save on costs, but it will also save the embarrassment of installing entrance security and still having a breach occur.”
Fisher highlights the primary objective of high-security entrances – preventing tailgating or piggybacking to ensure only authorised personnel access secure areas containing valuable equipment or sensitive information. Unlike low- to medium-security entrances, high-security solutions must not only deter and detect unauthorised entry but also actively prevent it.
To meet these challenges, Boon Edam integrates advanced technologies into its high-security entrances.
Its revolving doors can have integrated biometrics (including facial recognition) which not only determine that only one person is inside, but exactly who that person is, and whether they match the authorised credentials.
Boon Edam's high-security revolving doors and portals can optionally feature StereoVision 2 technology, a sophisticated overhead piggybacking detection system that combines optical and near-infrared sensors.
“The technology measures the time it takes light to travel from the overhead system to an object in the compartment and back. In doing so, StereoVision can accurately tell the difference between two people entering at the same time vs. one person entering alone, even if the individual is carrying additional equipment such as a bag or suitcase,” says Fisher.
Another key contributor to the success of a security entrance is how the technology is used, says Fisher.
“One thing to avoid is positioning biometric readers on the exterior of a high-security portal. Having the biometric reader on the outside allows for one person to authorise from the outside, and then an unauthorised person can also enter, and gain access. The interior reader is only checking if there is one person – it is the biometric reader that ensures it's the authorised person, which is why it's so important this is placed inside the security entrance.”
Addressing cybersecurity, Fisher suggests implementing protocols such as third-party penetration testing, securing control panels, and limiting access to the security system. This holistic approach ensures a robust defence against evolving hacking tactics.
But in the race to always stay one step ahead of cyber-criminals online, it can be easy to overlook a crucial component of an effective strategy – physical security.
“Omitting physical security from a data protection strategy is like deadlocking and alarming your front door, but then leaving the back window open. It creates a vulnerability that can easily be exploited by savvy hackers.”
One of the easiest ways for a hacker to gain access to a secure server and to sensitive information is to enter the physical premises and connect directly to on-premise hardware. This is where physical entrance security – like speed gates or security portals – is so important.
“The hacker or threat doesn’t always have to be external to the company, either. It could be a disgruntled employee accessing an area they are not authorised to enter, and causing intentional harm.”
In these cases, a single breach can have catastrophic consequences, and it could be the company directors who are legally liable if they haven’t met their duty of care obligations.
High security entrances need to perform their job, but also blend in aesthetically with the building or facility they are protecting.
In balancing enhanced security with aesthetics and convenience, Fisher emphasises Boon Edam's commitment to user-friendly design. The Circlelock Combi, a half portal that can be retrofitted to existing doors, exemplifies this commitment. It combines high-security features with an existing door, minimising renovation costs and ensuring a seamless integration of security measures.
If a revolving door solution is required, Boon Edam’s Tourlock door is a great option for a seamless and contemporary aesthetic, while maintaining a high security standard.
Fisher says often a layered approach to entrance security is required, which may mean, incorporating Boon Edam’s slick and modern full-height turnstiles, speedlanes, and high-security portals tailored to specific security needs. The integration of physical security with a broader security plan, including cybersecurity measures, completes the comprehensive defence strategy.
In staying ahead of the curve, Boon Edam actively embraces emerging trends and customer feedback to innovate its entry solutions continually. Fisher highlights the integration of facial recognition, lift destination control, and touchless entry solutions, showcasing the company's commitment to adapting to evolving security trends.
The access control revolution is marked by the dynamic evolution of high-security entrance solutions. Boon Edam's commitment to understanding client needs, integrating cutting-edge technologies, and maintaining a user-friendly design philosophy positions it as a leader in the industry. As businesses face increasingly sophisticated security challenges, Boon Edam provides a formidable ally in the ongoing battle for secure entrances and protected spaces.
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