World Security Report News2014-09-10 07:22:51

Siemens Aliro offers web-based access control for small and medium-sized businesses

The new Aliro access control system offers a clearly structured system architecture with user-friendly software and intuitive mobile applications. With its flexible operating concept, the system can be managed from virtually any Internet-connected device.

Since each door has one access control unit, Aliro's architecture is very straightforward. This makes it easier for installers to design the system and prepare cost estimates. The access points can also be used as capture stations, eliminating the need for additional hardware. With system costs proportionate to the number of doors to be protected, the architecture also improves cost transparency for users. This makes Aliro ideal for small to medium-sized businesses such as retail outlets, health centers and offices requiring a straightforward access control system that, as a distributed application, can manage up to 512 doors, 10,000 users and 100,000 access cards.
Access points can be connected to the system via the IP network as well as via traditional bus connections (RS485). The access points are preconfigured for standard applications and can be used without any modification. If needed, installers can easily customize the standard configuration to meet user-specific requirements.
Aliro uses current-generation MiFare card readers from Siemens. They feature an integrated OLED display which shows messages and instructions based on user rights, thus allowing direct interaction with the card holder. The user interface is available in eleven European languages. Offered by the Security Products business segment, Aliro is compatible with all common reader technologies on the market. It supports not only the local integration with intrusion detection systems but also features such as anti-passback.
Since the software used by Aliro is web-based, it needs to be installed on only one PC. The software automatically detects the access control units in the system and, if the installation is IP-based, assigns them network addresses. Configuring the software is quick and easy thanks to its intuitive user interface.
Authorized users can monitor and administer Aliro from anywhere using a standard web browser. Dedicated smartphone applications are also available. These mobile apps have a modern, intuitive user interface and support all major functions such as monitoring doors and alarm systems, unlocking doors, and managing users.

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