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Security Upgrade from Prox to iCLASS SEOS

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Traditional RFID cards, referred to as proximity cards, are not as secure as they used to be. Just like with any security technology, they longer they exist, the more that people can learn to get around it. With proximity badges existing for more than 20 years, that’s exactly what has happened. Prox credentials can be read affordable devices and easily duplicated, making it an insecure option to keep your organization secure.

Fortunately, when a large health care organization came to the conclusion that enough was enough, they found that they weren’t alone. One of the world’s leading security experts has developed the next step in access control security, and the team at AdvantIDge was ready to help them take the necessary steps to implement it. The new iCLASS SEOS technology from HID Global offers the same credit card sized credential that can be personalized as a visible ID badge. This contactless smart card offers an additional layer of encryption in the embedded chip that makes duplicating them impossible. Best of all; the new technology has a similar price per card, so keeping your facility secure doesn’t mean paying more for future credentials.

To be read by the same access control system, the new smart cards require a new reader be installed at every door with electronic controls. With over 1,000 doors across multiple campuses, changing out every single required reader was no easy task. Not to mention the 10,000+ cards that would need to be issued to employees and contractors. Fortunately AdvantIDge was able to offer a plan to transition them from the older prox card technology and into the new SEOS seamlessly and safely. HID RP40 readers were configured to read both the old and new technologies simultaneously. This meant the medical organization could begin the process of doing reader replacements as well as issuance of the new card type right away. This allowed them to support both proximity and SEOS badges in the field at the same time. Once the transition was complete, the prox reader portion of the reader can be easily disabled making the new secure iCLASS SEOS badges the only option moving forward.

With an upgrade plan from AdvantIDge, you can secure your campus in addition to control who has access to your facilities, monitor public spaces and protect the most sensitive areas. An access control system should be personalized to your organization’s needs and restrict entry access into specific areas or rooms. Access into high security areas often requires two factor authentication by authorized personnel who carry the appropriate ID card credentials and know a unique piece of data like a PIN. Healthcare security systems can provide video surveillance in parking lots and throughout facility grounds, notification alerts when unauthorized entries or exits to/from buildings are attempted, access control for front doors and protection of patient records or other sensitive data.

Contact AdvantIDge today at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 to upgrade the RFID technology in your security system to move away from traditional prox cards before you become the next news headline.