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6 June 2011

Access Decisions between Smartcard and IP-Enabled Reader Deliver a More Secure, Flexible and Scalable System

BRACKNELL, England, June 1st , 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today introduced the IdentIPoint™ access control system in the United Kingdom. IdentIPoint is an IP-based system that shifts intelligence to the card reader using smartcard technology. It eliminates the need for centralized access controllers, and allows access decisions to be made locally between the smartcard and the card reader. The result is a more secure, flexible and scalable system that is simpler to deploy and maintain.

“IdentIPoint represents a true shift in how building operators manage access control throughout their facilities,” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “Instead of running low-voltage cabling from a door to a multi-door controller stored in a remote location, the reader can be installed at any door and connected to the nearest network point-of-presence. And because the security credentials are managed by the smartcard, the number of cardholders a reader can support is virtually limitless.”

Traditional access control systems rely on controllers connected to card readers to manage physical access at entry points. There is often significant cost and complexity in deploying these systems, both in wiring and hardware, since controllers are typically located far from the card readers they manage. Memory constraints also limit the number of doors and cardholders an individual controller can support, creating an inflexible architecture when new doors need to be secured.

The IdentIPoint system features a smartcard that contains all cardholder credentials, including access rights, permissions and a biometric template if applicable. This makes the card more than just a unique number, but also a certificate of authenticity used to validate the user. When the smartcard is presented to a network-connected IdentIPoint card reader, the access decision is made locally at the reader instead of an access controller. The transaction is subsequently logged by Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), a facility management platform that boosts efficiency and reduces operating costs by integrating core building technology.

In addition to reading cardholder credentials, the IdentIPoint reader has the ability to write to the smartcard directly, making cardholder enrolment and security updates dramatically easier. Cardholders can be enrolled into the system through any designated IdentIPoint card reader, and if a cardholder’s role or access rights need to be modified, their updated credentials will automatically be written to the smartcard.

IdentIPoint also allows building owners to secure remote doors where networks are not present. When a cardholder accesses a remote door, the standalone reader can write access events to the smartcard, enabling the transaction to automatically upload to EBI as soon as the cardholder accesses a network-connected reader.

Additional features and benefits include: 

    *  Security threat level management that allows building operators to reconfigure facility access rights for cardholders within seconds to respond to time-critical events

    * Support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) and WiFi 802.11, adding greater flexibility in the network architecture.

    * Encryption at three levels — 3-DES between DESFire® Cards and reader; 128-bit AES between reader and EBI; and 3-DES between IOM and reader

    * Auto-discovery tools and wireless handheld device support that make installation, configuration and commission far simpler

    * Card readers for outdoor and indoor applications including fingerprint

    * CISPR 22 / FCC Class B certification, which allows healthcare facilities and other radio frequency-sensitive environments to use the system

Security Products magazine recently selected IdentIPoint as the winner of its 2010 New Product of the Year Award for access control systems in the United States. The Security Products awards honour outstanding product development achievements.

Honeywell is already working with customers to install the IdentIPoint access control system, which is now available globally. For more information, visit are not responsible for the content of submitted or externally produced articles and images.
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