When deploying a physical access control system in a high-end building that will host celebrity visitors there’s a balancing act between making the system easy to use and secure.
This is what AMAG Technology is facing when it comes to deploying the system at 10 Hudson Yards in New York City, the first office tower under construction that will eventually include more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space when completed and be the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. Construction on the 52-story building began in December 2012 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.
The first tower selected AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Enterprise v7.0.1 Card Access Control System, says Bill Kotwicki, northeast regional sales manager at AMAG. The access control system will include card access readers, and will integrate with Genetec’s video management system, Building Intelligence’s visitor management system and Schindler elevators to provide destination dispatch.
Coach, L’Oréal and SAP will occupy office space in the building, giving the building fashion, technology and beauty brands, and a Fairway Market at ground level will bring a much-needed amenity to the neighborhood. The building will also include a 60-foot passageway that connects with the High Line Park and the public plaza.
Because of the high-end clientele visiting some of these brands is the need to a secure but unobtrusive visitor management system, Kotwicki explains. After checking in visitors will be guided to turnstiles that will direct them to elevators where they will automatically go to the correct floor.
Employees at Hudson Yards will be issued a credential, the company is still working out which card technology will be used in the facility, Kotwicki says.