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Biometric at Central Bank

The Central Bank of Nigeria has selected the CEM AC2000 SE (Standard Edition) access control system to secure many of its premises across Nigeria. The products from Belfast-based CEM Systems, part of Tyco Security Products, have been supplied by CEM approved reseller Pentagon Distribution.

Edward Van Trotsenburg Export Manager at Pentagon, said: “CEM AC2000 SE was chosen because it is a powerful and fully integrated security management system, offering powerful access control, alarm processing, photo badging, power management and integration to third party systems. CEM are also able to provide fully integrated biometric solutions with the S610f fingerprint reader. This means that CBN can efficiently increase security levels at required areas.”

Philip Verner, Regional Sales Director, EMEA at CEM Systems, said: “The Central Bank of Nigeria required an access control solution that provides the highest level of security, and that is scalable to meet the needs of their different offices throughout the country now and in the future. AC2000 was the ideal solution to help CBN meet all their requirements. The Central Bank of Nigeria is one of many recent finance industry wins for CEM Systems and represents a growing trend for CEM in the sector and the African market.”

AC2000 SE offers integration using industry standard interfaces to link to third party systems. CBN required the AC2000 to integrate with a Bosch video interface, to control video and access. The AC2000 application Alarm Event Display (AED) responds to alarms in real time providing an on-screen interface to external CCTV with allows CCTV switching, remote door broadcasting and audio output in response to alarm events.

AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging & Pass Production System) allows CBN administrators to produce permanent and temporary ID passes for staff and visitors. The bank also uses CEM’s AC2000 WEB Visitors application. This gives the original AC2000 Visitors feature and is accessible via the web. This means that users can log in remotely via a web page to manage visitors without the need for client access control software on their PC.

To meet the requirement for minimal downtime on site, CEM’s AC2000 Failover was selected to create a secondary server that can take over from the main server in the event of system failure. The switch between the two servers is automatic and results in zero data loss, with notification of the event being sent to system users and administrators immediately. Besides numerous software options chosen by the Central Bank, a variety of CEM hardware is on site. CBN is installing CEM’s S610e intelligent card reader, which gives off-line validation and decision making at the point of entry, even when host communication is not available. The S610e also features a keypad and backlit LCD which provides messages to cardholders such as Wrong Time Zone, Lost/Stolen Card and Access Granted.

CEM S610f biometric fingerprint readers are being deployed in areas that required more security. The S610f is a biometric and access control reader that is used to control access to restricted areas, which is managed and monitored by security staff using the AC2000 SE system. Hardware also included the S3030 Portable reader, pictured, that can be used for identity card validation at temporary entrances which have no power, and can be used as a mobile device for random checks within pre-defined zones. The display of card-holder details on the reader such as name, date of birth and job title and also cardholder photograph, allows for visual verification of cardholders.

About the bank

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is charged by the Federal Republic of Nigeria with the overall control and administration of the monetary and financial sector policies of the Federal Government.


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