Handheld Badge Validation and Emergency Mustering
Avigilon Access Control Manager (ACM)
XPressEntry and Avigilon ACM Integration
Telaeris XPressEntry integrates with Avigilon using the Avigilon Access Control Manager (ACM). XPressEntry adds handheld access control and emergency mustering capabilities to any compliant ACM system.
What does XPressEntry Provide?
XPressEntry provides two main features to ACM.
- Handheld Access Control
- Emergency Evacuation Management
Handheld Access Control
Using XPressEntry handheld devices, security guards can authenticate personnel in ACM from anywhere. This might include a remote gate or the lobby of a site. The handheld simply displays the user’s name, a photo of the user, and Access Granted or Access Denied upon the scan of a badge. All badge scans are recorded for later reporting. This can be done in terms of simple employee validation or can audit entries into and exits from a secure area.
Emergency Evacuation Management
XPressEntry handhelds are also used as an electronic roster for managing employees during an emergency event. When the horns sound and it is time to move to the muster area, safety administrators can utilize the handhelds to quickly scan all users to safety. The Handheld Devices keep a live list of who has been scanned in safe areas and who was still in the building at the time of the emergency or drill. This list is based on who scanned into the building that day using the Avigilon readers.
How does it work?
XPressEntry Integrates with Avigilon using the ACM .NET API. The API allows the XPressEntry Server Application to pull all relevant access control information such as Cardholders, Badges, Pictures, Access Levels, Areas and more. XPressEntry uses this information to determine who has access to use a specific handheld device and who has access at any virtual doorway.
Additionally, XPressEntry Server App subscribes to the Avigilon event watcher, which allows XPressEntry to receive all card scans that occur in the Avigilon system. XPressEntry uses this scan information to determine who is and who is not on site or in the facilities at any given time.
The XPressEntry Server Application sends all records of movement of cardholders to each handheld unit, as well as updates for cardholder badges or privileges and new and deleted cardholders. Each handheld unit stores this information locally on the device so it can do work online or offline.
Reporting and Updating the Avigilon Information
Upon scanning in Entry/Exit or Verification modes, XPressEntry handhelds grant or restrict access, and send the activity back to the XPressEntry server for future reporting. If enabled, XPressEntry Server can send these activities back to the Avigilon Events Database using a SQL Stored Procedure. The image below displays Handheld Activities that were sent to the Avigilon Event Log.
- XPressEntry handhelds must be connected over the network in order to receive updates that occur within ACM . Handhelds cannot be updated while being used in offline mode.
- There is no API function to insert scan events or activities into ACM. Telaeris has built a stored procedure that can insert Handheld Scan activities into the Avigilon Events database. However, this does not get reflected in the ACM Entrance Events report, which does not pull events from the database.
The XPressEntry Server is constantly pulling the latest ACM information. The initial data sync may take significant time for large ACM systems (an hour or more), but subsequent syncs take less than a minute as XPressEntry only pulls newly updated information. Once XPressEntry Server pulls the data, it sends new data out to all connected handhelds instantly. The time it takes for a new data entry to move to all XPressEntry handhelds is less than a minute when the handhelds are connected.
The XPressEntry Server receives ACM scan events almost instantly. This information will be pushed to a handheld device in muster mode within a few seconds or less.
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