CorporateThe role of physical access control systems like Xatlas is to regulate where and when people (or vehicles) can enter places or access physical resources, and to record all events related to these controlled entities.


Physical access control systems are composed by hardware subsystems and software components. Axess TMC provides a wide variety of hardware subsystems, from monolithic terminals to modular compositions of controllers and peripheral devices, which in turn can be grouped in closely assembled sets, or installed as sparse, distributed configurations which will be greatly ensuring a perfect access control and time & attendance solution for all corporates. These systems rely on efficient and secure communications between all components, and this is achieved in our systems by a combination of standard secure protocols like HTTPS, and proprietary ones, running on private or public IP networks and on specialized field buses as well.


Readers are the most common automatic means of identification, used to get users ID from all kinds of credentials, and Axess TMC’s readers range from traditional magnetic and barcode badges, to current RFID in 125KHz or 13.56MHz technologies, branded as Mifare, HID, Legic, Desfire, iClass and other vendor names, to biometric fingerprint readers. The readers are connected to door controllers or terminals, with clock&data, Wiegand and RS485 interfaces (via a Field Manager in this last case). I/O modules physically control of the gate or door, and sense its status and that of other sensors in the environment with the security given by digital supervised input lines. I/O modules are also Field Devices on RS485 connected to Field Managers or door controllers.


Door Controllers, such as SuperMAX and AX-Gate, are intelligent autonomous Ethernet (PoE) IP modules for DIN rails, which can also be delivered as electronic boards. They connect credential readers and have on board I/O lines to control the gate status. They can work on-line, under real time control of field managers, or off-line, using data distributed and maintained by the field managers.


Terminals are also intelligent autonomous Ethernet (PoE) IP devices with connectors for I/O andreaders, which can be mounted on walls or stands, and feature a display and a keyboard.SuperTRAX and Xpoint Touch in particular are full touch screen terminals, embedding TTS and VOIP built-in high level controls, which can also be programmed. As well as performing a security function, they are also highly suitable as Time & Attendance, labor data collection, and info-point units. GPRS and WiFi complete their connectivity options.


Field Managers and Field Controllers are the core elements of the distributed scalable architecture. They are embedded linux processors that contain a copy of the main database and control Field Devices via RS485 or Terminals, and Door Controllers via Ethernet or other IP connections. Thanks to real time peer-to-peer communications, global anti-passback and fault tolerance are fully supported.


The Central Server WSM (web system manager) is at the core of software functionalities and is accessed by operators at GUI PC stations. In the E-Xatlas enterprise version, it supports fault-tolerance by multi-server redundant hot-swap features. Unlimited operator profiles can be defined, their actions are all recorded for system auditing, while data changes are immediately transferred to field managers.


Video surveillance Integration is a key point of modern access control systems. Xatlas can be interfaced with DVRs and NVRs to provide visibility of live and recorded video events, captured from a wide variety of camera types, working in different combinations of motion detection and 24H modes. Advanced video analysis and recognition features can also be used in conjunction with the Xatlas system.


The Actors of a controlled system are normally the employees of internal and external companies, vehicles and visitors. They are managed with any possible data and credentials, including picture, signature, fingerprints, and customizable functional and organizational attributes.


System Events can be any type of status change relative to simple or complex gates, and any other condition that can be sensed by digital inputs or 3rd party security devices. Events can generate alarms of different severity levels, start programmable sequences of actions, and send messages like email or SMS or popup camera views on selected workstations.


Data Analysis and reports relative to user activity and system events can be performed by using quick, pre-built query options, or with fully custom-built complex queries compiled with a powerful integrated query wizard. The ability to connect to other systems is very important since personnel and environmental information is normally managed and exchanged by a pool of software applications that are usually provided by different 3rd-party vendors. Xatlas supports most of the standard systems interconnection technologies.


The Import and Export of system data to/from 3rd party applications makes it possible to retrieve Xatlas user data (typically from HR systems but this is also possible from almost any other conceivable system, such as directory systems, via LDAP) and to export transactions. Import and Export can be carried out automatically via the direct read/write (or FTP) transfer of text files (in CSV format, or with a fixed record length) or by writing data directly into the database tables (MS-SQL, Oracle, DB2, and Postgres are all supported).


Web services (SOAP) are an optional module available to application developers. This module makes it possible to perform all user data management operations (add/modify/delete users, cards, vehicles etc), to manage access control rights (add/modify/delete authorizations), and to monitor and control the whole system status in real time.


HTTP validation (REST style) is another system interface available to developers to add their own real time control, verification and approval of any access attempt performed by users, in addition to, or in replacement of, those performed by the Field Managers.


SNMP interfaces both as incoming or outgoing traps are another possible way of exchanging data and control actions.