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Why airport access control should integrate with other systems

Why airport access control should integrate with other systems
While access control plays an important part in airport security, integration with other systems — especially video — is key to producing the results operators need to secure their facilities.
While access control plays an important part in airport security, integration with other systems — especially video —  is key to producing the results operators need to secure their facilities.

Needless to say, to keep premises safe and secure, airport operators need access control systems, which now feature increasingly advanced capabilities. “Some access control systems include threat level manager modules that can sync up with government threat levels,” said Mark Williams, Director of Sales for EMEA at AMAG Technology. “Airports can align their access control systems and change security levels to match government threat levels. When a threat level changes, the airport can change its security settings.”
Mark Williams, Director,

Access control systems have become more integrative, which is important for airport operators. “If multiple solutions are truly integrated and talking to each other, then a change in one system should make the appropriate changes in other systems in nearly real time,” said Eric Widlitz, VP of North America Sales at Vanderbilt Industries. “For example, if an employee is fired and now becomes a risk, just by checking a box in the human resources system would automatically remove their access rights and privileges throughout the airport without ever accessing the access control system. In the case of a disgruntled employee that potentially can cause harm, this automation becomes critical to the safety and security of a facility.”

What to integrate

An airport access control system should be able to integrate with a variety of systems. “Your access control platform should seamlessly integrate time and attendance, ID badging, fire alarm, video, public address, intercom and intrusion. Access control should also integrate to Active Directory and provide LDAP and role-based access control for the organization,” said Andre Datyelian, Marketing and Sales Specialist at Maxxess Systems. “The combination of physical security and communications is crucial for every airport. By combining ‘systems intelligence’ (security) and ‘human intelligence’ (communications), you dramatically increase users’ situational awareness with unparalleled capabilities to detect and respond to unfolding events in real-time.”
Andre Datyelian, Marketing and Sales
Specialist, Maxxess Systems

Meanwhile, video surveillance plays an important part in airport security, too. While integrating access control with video has become somewhat of an industry cliché, it remains as important and useful as ever for airport operators.
“Airports need video management integrated with their access control system. When an alarm occurs, the video immediately pops up so the officer can see what is happening and respond quickly. Workflow modules outline what steps must be taken to address the alarm, which ensures the proper procedures are followed and quick action taken,” AMAG's Williams said. “Tools that allow officers to manage access control and video functions from one screen also aid in the response and provide a higher level of security. The ability to address alarms and videos from one screen along with a workflow aid provides unified alarm management and streamlines the process around what happens when an alarm comes in as officers receive, review and respond.”
“Access control works very well in combination with CCTV and surveillance systems. For example, it is an excellent way to check who is entering a protected door or to verify who is using credentials at a remote secured access point,” said John Davies, MD of TDSi. “Video surveillance is an important addition to access control systems, as it allows the security team to assess any situation and is perfect for checking the causes of an alarm activation. It is also very useful in tracking suspects, or perhaps a missing child, as they move around the site so the security team on the ground can be directed to their location.”

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