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Firmware update

A new firmware update for Inner Range’s intelligent access control product Inception means that users can present biometric credentials besides traditional access cards to gain entry.

Facial recognition, fingerprint scans and iris scans can all now be used as access credentials. The product firm says this allows for more advanced security configurations. For example, during office hours users could present a face scan, or card or PIN to access a building; while after-hours, facial recognition is revoked, and users must present a card and their PIN.

Inception users can also present virtual credentials on their mobile phones via a REST API protocol to gain entry, in another addition to the system. The REST API protocol is version 4. The update also includes a new functionality for customers to add their own branding and logos to the system, as seen when someone logs in to the system, or when they produce a PDF or HTML report.

It also allows security managers to freeze credentials if they are lost or stolen. Credentials can be marked as ‘inactive’ so they cannot be used. But they are not deleted from the system, saving time and hassle when a user needs to be reinstated. If a rogue user attempts to use the credentials, the system withholds access and notifies the system manager.

Tim Northwood, general manager of Inner Range, said: “Biometrics and mobile phones are increasingly being used instead of, or alongside, access cards so we’ve updated our powerful yet budget-friendly Entry level system, Inception, to incorporate them. We don’t think you need a very large or complex system to benefit from these new technologies and we’re delighted to open up the possibilities for Inception users.”

The latest firmware update for Inception is available now for all new and existing customers. Inception is available direct from Inner Range, or via global distributor Anixter. Visit


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