Often times when the topic of access control is considered, logical access – to databases or desktops, for example – dominates the discussion. The logical aspect, however, is only one facet to a comprehensive access control solution.
One company who is attempting to redefine access control is Shuttle Computer Group (SCG). Founded in Taiwan in 1983 by current Chairman of the Board, David Yu, Shuttle’s vision was to forge a company that could offer cutting-edge security solutions that were easy to deploy, featured low cost of ownership and were available worldwide.
In addition to its line of PC solutions – a suite of products that includes configurable systems, PCs and network attachable storage (NAS) – it’s the company’s All-In-One touchscreen systems that are providing an alternative to access security.
Shuttle’s recently released HR70 physical access solution employs the use of biometrics to enable system operators to opt for a combination of facial recognition, card reader and fingerprint.
The HR70’s combination of hardware and software enables the system operator to set security level verification based on one, two or all three biometric modalities, that is, verification can consist of facial recognition alone, facial recognition plus fingerprint or verification could require all three modalities with the addition of a PIV and CAC compatible contactless card.
Featuring a seven-inch LCD touch-screen panel complete with two 2.0 megapixel, 720p high-definition cameras, the HR70 solution is able to capture high-quality images. Moreover, the touch screen solution is powered by an Intel Celeron 847 17W CPU that will allow for quick database searches and subsequent matches.
The solution features USB 3.0, RS232 and two-way RS485 communications support, meaning programmers have options in how they undertake actions like opening doors, lifting garages, sliding bolts and unlocking locks. The devices can also be connected to a network, enabling for remote monitoring from a centralized location.
In the past, biometric solutions have posed some issues because they can be expensive and technologically taxing for developers. Shuttle intends to offer the all-in-one touch screen solution at a competitive price, primarily targeting system integrators in the digital signage, point-of-sale systems, security, education and health care sectors.
While Shuttle is pursuing professional relationships with companies looking to implement large-scale security solutions, the company already has connections to the security market.
“Shuttle has several business relationships with leading display manufacturers such as Mitsubishi and ViewSonic,” says Marty Lash, director of sales and marketing at Shuttle Computer Group. “In addition, our partners are providers of private labeled product as well as confidential manufacturers in the areas of security, POS systems and digital signage networks.”
Shuttle’s HR70 solution is expected to drop mid-July and will come with a standard three-year limited warranty. Official prices have not yet been determined, but those interested can expect a price tag to be below $1,500 per unit.