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Enhanced support for smartcard technology is the key benefit of the latest version of the popular SiPass Entro access control system, which has just been released by Security Products from Siemens. SiPass Entro 6.55 features upgraded hardware which very efficiently handles the additional data associated with smartcards, as well as new software and firmware to provide full compatibility with most commonly used Wiegand card data formats.

This means that in organisations where smartcards are being used for other purposes, such as personal identification, it will in almost all cases be possible to use the same cards for access control. In addition, organisations with earlier versions of SiPass Entro now have a convenient and cost-effective upgrade path that allows them to take full advantage of the latest smartcard technology while retaining their existing wiring infrastructure and access control database.

In developing the SiPass Entro 6.55, Siemens has given particular attention to ensuring that the system remains easy to use and administer, despite its increased functionality and performance. The user interface is consistent with earlier versions, eliminating the need for existing Entro administrators to learn new techniques, and major smartcard data formats are preloaded into the system in the form of ready-to-use templates, so administrators require no specialist knowledge of card data structures or encoding.

Like its predecessors, SiPass Entro 6.55 is a flexible and eminently scalable access control system that can monitor and control access to facilities with up to 512 doors and 40,000 cardholders. It enables customised access rights by categories and offers a complete range of reports. Straightforward integration with security CCTV installations based on SISTORE digital video recorders is also offered and, as SiPass Entro supports Windows Terminal Server 2003/2008, convenient central management of up to 10,000 remote sites is possible.

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