Smarter Security: Securing Smart Buildings with Intelligent Technology

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A walk into any smart building is typically riddled with checkpoints. Entrants are not only checked at the main entrance but also at different entry points throughout a building complex. Although turnstiles and sensors work efficiently, there are still chances of a security breach for many reasons. Even with the latest security device configurations to guard access and entrance points, breaches due to tailgating and unauthorized or stolen privileges are still common. Additionally, in the wake of ever-evolving security access techniques and entrance breaches, hardware devices such as sensors and video cameras often become outdated a few years after installation. These devices are rendered useless if items or people are smuggled into a facility using stolen vehicles or credentials, which enables people to access restricted areas.

In a world where security and access challenges prove to be plentiful and unpredictable, Smarter Security offers a range of entrance and access control solutions that help more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies stay secure amidst evolving security risks. Smarter Security has a strong history and foundation of understanding entry control problems and knows how people expect their buildings, lanes, and lobbies to be secure. Blending hardware innovation with the latest technology trends and software, Smarter Security specializes in providing Fastlane® optical turnstiles, intelligent access control, and risk adaptive software solutions.

What sets the company apart from its competitors is the SmarterESP (enterprise security platform). This platform uniquely integrates disparate systems and sensors throughout the building. When prescribed combinations of concerning events are detected, it automatically triggers your prescribed responses. Its competitive advantage lies in its ability to bring in a diverse set of information to monitor the facility for abnormal behavior, evaluate it, and make real-time decisions to secure the building. “SmarterESP is the first risk-adaptive solution using commercial off-the-shelf components,” says Clayton Brown, Executive Vice President, Smarter Security.
“It also provides seamless integration with HVAC or building automation systems via BACnet.”

Nevertheless, it is the intelligence, design, and performance of Fastlane turnstiles that have made Smarter Security a leader in entrance and access control security solutions. Often used in Class A building lobbies, government facilities, corporate and university campuses, Fastlane turnstiles automate tailgate detection, minimize false alarms, and enforce society or building policies. Unlike competitors’ turnstiles, they are equipped with an infrared matrix and neural network technology that makes thousands of calculations per second based on passage speed, luggage being carried or pulled, distance to the pedestrian behind, and direction of movement. The turnstiles aren’t just smart but incredibly reliable. Multiple installations have even survived floods and hurricanes.

Smart Security’s turnstiles are also designed to secure entries into buildings that need wider turnstile lanes, such as hospitals. Offering easy access to multiple entries, for either gurneys, pallets, building maintenance equipment, or pedestrians, Smarter Security has created the industry’s only ‘side-by-side’ collusion technology that detects collusion and eliminates the need for a separate gate. Another offering by Smarter Security is Door Detective® that detects tailgating and unauthorized access anywhere within a building’s interior doorways. As people often hold doors they accessed, using their pin or authorization credentials, for others, it leads to unauthorized or undetected entries. Door Detective combined with SmarterAccess adapts to such behaviors in real-time. It can see through spaces using the latest software and adjusts access permissions accordingly. “It is similar to turnstiles but for the interior of the building at different points,” explains Brown. The company also provides frictionless and biometric smart mounting for cameras, sensors, hand sanitizers, and more devices required in a smart building.

Moving beyond federal and corporate buildings, Smarter Security also serves financial institutions with SmarterLobby, which can integrate with weapon detection systems to sense concealed weapons and automatically lockdown turnstiles barring an armed individual from entering a facility. To further enhance this offering, Smarter Security has launched ballistic resistant glass barriers that can protect security guards as well as other occupants inside the building in active shooter disasters. One banking institution in the Midwest partnered with Smarter Security to leverage its weapon detection solution to protect their tenants from any active shooter situation and to prevent anyone from entering their facility with a gun or knife. “When our systems detect suspicious activities in the lobby as defined by the client, the turnstiles lockdown instantly to ensure no person enters or exits the building. We made this financial institution a weapon-free zone,” mentions Brown. “Along with handling tailgating, these turnstiles also functioned as policy enforcement devices, a job that usually falls on the building’s security guard. The turnstiles now assist the client to automatically enforce the building managers’ policies to respond to threats by evaluating data in real-time.”

For such distinctive products and customer service, Smarter Security has been on the Inc 5000 list for six years and won the Security Industry Association’s Best New Product: Access Control Software and Hardware Solutions in 2019. Already leading the critical smarter access and management software industry, the company is now looking forward to improving its existing systems with the latest technologies and risk adaptivity. From an expansion viewpoint, Smarter Security hopes to add more government facilities along with SmartCity and Smart Building projects to its customer base to secure their premises better. “Our ability to understand a client’s needs for turnstiles, access doors, or their security operations based on real-time activity is truly ground-breaking,” ends Brown.
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Smarter Security

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Austin, TX

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Clayton Brown, Executive VP

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Smarter Security has a strong history and foundation of understanding entry control problems and knows how people expect their buildings, lanes, and lobbies to be secure. Blending hardware innovation with the latest technology trends and software, Smarter Security offers a range of entrance and access control solutions, such as Fastlane® Optical Turnstiles, SmarterAccess, SmarterLobby, SmarterManagment, and Risk Adaptive Software for smart buildings to operate securely. The company’s SmarterESP, enterprise security platform, uniquely integrates disparate systems and sensors throughout the building. When prescribed combinations of concerning events are detected, it automatically triggers your prescribed responses. Another offering by Smarter Security is Door Detective® that detects tailgating and unauthorized access anywhere within a building’s interior doorways

Smarter Security

"Smarter Security Engine is the first risk adaptive solution using commercial off-the-shelf components"

- Clayton Brown, Executive VP

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