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PAC & GDX demonstrates smart thinking with new Architect range of readers

by Brian Sims

PAC & GDX, the  provider of access control and door entry solutions, has announced the availability of its new Architect range of readers. By integrating cutting-edge radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth technologies into the Architect range, PAC & GDX has made it possible for smart phones to be used as an access control identification tool, thereby providing the highest level of convenience, flexibility and ease of operation for end users. 

Offering “unrivalled” levels of modular scaleability, Architect can be configured to suit every application from a single door to a fully integrated global Internet-based system. The range currently comprises two variants. The ‘Architect-A’ is a compact-sized reader, while the ‘Architect-One’ is a Mullion reader specially designed for installation in small spaces. Both variants are available in two options, either with RFID only or with Bluetooth and RFID.

PAC & GDX is so confident in the production quality of these two product ranges that it is offering a lifetime warranty.

“In modern workplaces, the majority of employees have smart phones, so using these devices for access control purposes makes perfect sense,” explained Pete England, global product manager for PAC & GDX. “People don’t want to be carrying multiple keys and tokens around when their smart phones can do the same job. Architect is the only solution that provides secure identification modes without the constraint of having to swipe a card.”

Five identification modes

An access control system needs to perfectly meet the requirements of the environment in which it’s installed. Architect offers five identification modes for a unique user experience. Card Mode allows a smart phone to be used as a classic badge, Slide Mode makes a user’s hand a card and, with Tap-Tap Mode, a user taps their smart phone twice and a Bluetooth signal is sent to the reader to unlock.

Remote Mode allows a smart phone to be used as a remote control and, last but not least, Hands-Free Mode means a user can simply walk past a reader.

In light of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, organisations must do all they can to avoid unauthorised access to personal information. When using an Architect reader, PAC & GDX ensures the process is highly secure thanks to the implementation of encrypted SQL databases and an EAL5+ crypto processor.

AES 256-bit SSL encryption is also employed at server level – which is the same grade used by banks and hospitals – while master key databases are not stored, but instead regenerated and authenticated after each use. This means that there’s no transit of personal data when using Architect.

Designed to be used in a wide variety of environments and applications, Architect readers have a rugged design that makes them weather and chemical resistant and able to self-extinguish in a fire. They’re also vandal resistant to IK10, which means that they’re protected against 20 J of impact. This is equivalent to the impact of a 5 kg mass dropped from 400 mm above a surface.

Reduction in inventory

With growing demand for access control technology that’s intuitive, flexible and secure, products also need to be environmentally friendly. This was an important factor for PAC & GDX when deciding to launch the Architect range. The entire unit is recyclable as no resin is used.

Furthermore, the use of smart phones as credentials reduces the need for physical tokens, which then reduces inventory, as well as logistic and transport costs. This isn’t at the expense of style, though. Bespoke fascia designs are available to complement an organisation’s corporate profile.

“PAC & GDX is driven by constant innovation and the desire to push the boundaries of what’s possible with access control,” concluded England. “Smart phones offer new possibilities. It’s estimated that over 20% of people within organisations will be using them for access control by 2022. It’s why we’ve launched the Architect range, which combines convenience, flexibility, operational ease and efficiency, high levels of security, modular scaleability and a vandal-proof design. Anyone with a traditional physical-based token and reader system that wants to embrace newer technologies now has the perfect solution within reach.”

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