Farpointe Data has announced that long time employee Francisco Alcala has been promoted to Sales Manager North America. Alcala has created a record of success with Farpointe Data. He has demonstrated the ability to win new customers. In one recent situation, he brought on a new buyer and, over the past year, grew it to become one of Farpointe’s largest. He has also proven he can nurture existing partners and successfully launch new products such as Farpointe’s mobile access control reader platform CONEKT.
Farpointe Data will show that access control system manufacturers, integrators and dealers will be able to provide their customers with a broadened line of Conekt smart phone mobile access control products with multiple new customer-requested reader models. On display for attendees to use at the ISC Show will be a reader that combines BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) radio capability with support for 125 KHz proximity technology, Conekt compatible keyboard readers.
Farpointe Data will exhibit how the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) helps system integrators improve interoperability among mobile access control and security products at PSA TEC in Denver, May 3-6. The standard also applies to peripheral devices such as card readers and other devices at secured access doors/gates and their control panels. OSDP importantly offers the option of secured, encrypted communications between reader and controller.
Your personal identity (PI) is any identification, presented in numbers, icons or letters, that is used to describe you and only you. Your phone number, email address, Social Security number, and a host of other identifiers distinguish you from your neighbor, a fellow in Sri Lanka or your sister. Using any of the above should help differentiate you from others. Since too many people can have the same name, birth date, password or other descriptors, the above should further discern that it’s you, not somebody else with your PI.
The ability to use mobile phones as access credentials is one of the biggest trends in a market that historically has been slow in adopting new technology. Research analyst Gartner has predicted that, by 2020, one in five organizations will be using smartphones instead of traditional physical access cards to access offices and other premises. Yet, this new information comes directly on the back of a focus by users to assure that their card-based access control systems are secure.
Farpointe Data announced that its Conekt mobile smartphone access control identification solution now integrates advantages that Apple iOS 12 delivers, such as 3-D touch, Widget, and Auto-Unlock, into the Conekt Wallet App, version 1.1.0. All new improvements create increased user convenience. For instance, the newly improved Widget lets the user make up to three mobile access control credentials as widgets. This saves time by allowing quicker access to credentials.
Farpointe Data announced that access control system manufacturers, integrators and dealers will be able to provide their customers with a mobile, smart phone application and hardware that provides free download, user’s choice of smart phone or smart card, and distribution via existing or independent access control software. Multiple Conekt credentials can fit into a single smart phone wallet app. Installer adjustable read ranges can be more than 15 feet (4.5 m).
It’s evident that the majority of security installations are becoming more and more complex. No longer content to monitor and manage separate access control, fire alarm, video surveillance, intrusion, and HVAC control systems, corporate security and technology managers want to consolidate and integrate various disconnected security and facility management systems. At a dramatically increasing pace, the Information Technology department is leading the initiative, particularly given the trend toward convergence of physical and logical security systems.