Expand Existing Physical Access Control Features at Low Cost

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A unique new soluion exists for upgrading existing physical access control systems at low cost.

Common Credential Systems, a San Antonio technology company, offers a unique, patent-pending approach to Physical Access Control retrofit or upgrade called Common Pass™. Existing access control systems of virtually any model or type can be quickly and inexpensively up-graded to include almost 400,000 card capacity, FIPS-201 and other high-security PIV cards, mixed card formats, global Internet-based management and reporting with AES-256 security, advanced schedules and other features. And Common Pass™ can do all this with zero down-time and no impact on existing cardholders. Originally designed for Homeland Security first-responder applications, this technology is popular among building managers, large distributed businesses, schools and universities, and many others.

Chris Fox, CTO at Common Credential Systems, says, "The Common Pass™ product eliminates the need to remove and replace your expensive, existing systems. Instead, it simply clips-in next to those systems and greatly expands their capability and security. Your costly infrastructure is not wasted, making the upgrade easily affordable.

"Furthermore," Fox adds, "Existing cardholders can continue to work uninterrupted when the new Common Pass™ hardware is installed -- and then new cardholders, new policies and new credentials can be implemented at a rate that the users and the facility can handle. The system can even translate new technology FIPS or other cards to your existing card numbers, allowing you to use your old system (all or part of it) for as long as you want."

This new unique technology (under patent protection) is available only from Common Credential Systems (http://www.commonpass.com). It makes the implementation of biometrics easier and more flexible, and lowers the cost by allowing simpler, lower-cost biometric devices to be used.

Fox says, "It is this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that has made us the best option in primary and secondary school lockdown security, system enhancement and easy transition from old technology to new. The Internet-based system allows distant facilities to be brought under one coherent control and reporting strategy for the first time - globally. And, emergency scenarios are pre-programmed so that they take affect instantly in response to an alarm, attack or disaster."

The Common Pass™ technology is a lower-cost solution for aging or inadequate access control, and it has been regarded as the best possible solution for regional school lockdown and incident management, even if the school has no access control at present.

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