In a recent post, we referred to the growing use of smart cards to advance electronic access control and wanted to explain a little more about these smart cards. This article offers a good summary, but we’ll condense it a little more.
It’s been exciting to see infrared sensor technologies develop over the years. Early infrared sensors, which can provide better images than conventional CCTV cameras especially at night, were too bulky and expensive for most organizations to employ. As outlined in this article, improving technology has made infrared technology more widely available.
Just how much is the popularity of electronic access control systems growing? This article provides some insight and states that they are one of the fastest growing sectors of the security industry. Biometric systems and smart card technology are among the developments spurring this growth.
There’s more to effective access control than just putting up some fences, cameras, and security lighting. As this article outlines, access control also encompasses determining which zones of a facility require protection and what level of protection each zone requires. Access to these protected zones almost always involves a method of identifying personnel, and there are many different ways of doing this. Here are two main categories.
One of the most promising developments in biometric identification has been iris recognition systems. As this article explains, this technology makes use of the unique pattern of specks in each person’s iris to verify the identity of that person. Iris scanning has been used on a limited, experimental basis in both the U.S. and Europe and offers many advantages.
The last few years have seen a much wider application of biometric technology to improve access control and security. This article cites several of these uses, which demonstrate the potential of biometric identification. Here are a few of these applications.
Biometric identification, as this article describes, is being used more and more for security purposes. Privacy concerns hindered development prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, but some biometric technology such as fingerprinting and DNA identification made inroads. Now, there are a wide variety of biometric technologies available for access control and other security purposes.
Last month the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they are working together on two memos regarding federal secure identity management cards. These are cards that were issued in accordance with HSPD-12, which we talked about in our last post. There’s not much info on what these memos will say, but this article offers some speculation about them.
Another post-Sept. 11 security change was Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD 12). This directive created a standard form of identification to gain access to government facilities and mandated adoption of this standard by all government agencies. This Website provides more information on HSPD 12. Though the directive is directed at government agencies, like HSPD 3, the private sector can take some cues from it to enhance its security.
The final level in our look at the Department of Homeland Security’s Threat Advisory System is the final Severe (Red) Threat Condition. This Threat Condition indicates a severe risk of a terrorist attack and suggests a swift response. This response is usually not meant last long but until the severe threat passes. This Website has all the details, but here are a few key points.