Antonio Torquemada, CEO Beep! Access Denied!
Soon after the alarm from an access control system at the entry gate of an office went off, the new hire was asked to fill out his details at the reception to receive a visitor pass to enter the office premises. Each time a person with an unknown identity, be it new joiners or non-employees, enter the premises, they are greeted with a similar beep. Ever wondered why organisational facilities have restricted entry to authorised personnel?
It is essential for organisations to limit the entry of unwanted guests into their premises to minimise risk. Many times, they also control entry to certain highly confidential areas within the office, even to employees. The purpose of an access control system is to uphold security and let the security administrator monitor and track those being granted access.
A well-designed access control system allows organisations to be one step ahead of the threats while complying with stringent security compliance mandates at a low cost. Ensuring a high level of security and access control can work wonders for organisations, not only in building confidence among consumers and employees but also in extending a host of additional benefits such as access history. To this end, the access control system should be introduced in accordance with a broader plan to protect an organisation’s equipment, resources, and any other assets within the office space. This is where Madridbased NÜO Planet wields its expertise in the security landscape.
"Our certified partners act as our ambassadors before the clients and ensure that the company’s quality standards are always met throughout the life cycle of the product"
With the aim of providing simplicity in the complex environment of access control, NÜO Planet delivers state-of-the-art, easy to use, high-end access control solutions to guarantee security to businesses of all sizes, from big corporate buildings to smaller facilities and offices. “Our corporate mission is to create and develop solutions based on continuous technological innovation, with the simplicity of use, durability, and a unique design,” states Antonio Torquemada, CEO of NÜO Planet. A factor that distinguishes NÜO Planet from the rest is that it encourages creativity in problem-solving and development methodology, which maximises the user experience to a great extent.
A Holistic Solution for Access Control
The company follows the motto of no more one size fits all approach as a result of which its flagship project—NÜO— comprises four brand new systems, namely, NÜO Go!, NÜO One, NÜO W&M, and NÜO SKY which are designed for different purposes. NÜO Go! is a cost-effective highsecurity system that adapts to a client’s needs and can be easily scaled as and when required. With NÜO Go!, clients can start with a single door and effortlessly add up to 20 doors and 250 users. Even, if their control needs evolve beyond this limit, they can further expand the system up to a total of 48 doors by adding offline units of NÜO Tok electronic locks. Furthermore, all this scalability is easily achieved with a plug and play approach, where clients can simply plug in new hardware and the system will automatically detect, configure, and make it available moments after the connection.
NÜO Go! comes with embedded software and provides an intuitive graphical user interface that transforms any tablet, computer, or even a mobile phone into a powerful access control hub for clients.
Several extended functionalities are also included as standard from which supervisor mode, dual intervention, and airlock functions stand out. The doors set in supervised mode requires the supervisor presence within the controlled area before any authentication request from any other user is granted; this further enhances control over sensitive areas. Dual intervention goes a step further by requiring actions from two different actors before access is granted. For high-risk areas such as banks and jeweller, the airlock functionality ensures adequate control of ingress and egress by preventing more than one unit from a group of selected doors from opening at the same time. Automatic logging of all the events provides insights into system and user behaviour, including any attempt to tamper with the system to gain unauthorised access. With a comprehensive catalogue of readers for every need, fingerprint and smart card technologies, for indoor and outdoor use, wireless or wired, touchscreen displays, and specialised functionalities such as attendance control units, NÜO Go! covers all control requirements with an exquisite design.
Our corporate mission is to create and develop solutions based on continuous technological innovation, with the simplicity of use, durability, and a unique design
Similarly, NÜO One is an advanced system and targets the specific needs of corporations, industrial facilities, and large building complexes such as hospitals and universities. Following a user-centric model, NÜO One provides a holistic approach to access control systems with unlimited combinations of specialised proprietary hardware that seamlessly integrate with the new NÜO software command centre to unleash unrivalled performance, ease of use, and adaptability. Setting up a new door is as simple as selecting one of the available preprogrammed functions, and associated readers can be added by graphically dragging and dropping the automatically detected units to the desired location within each blueprint diagram. This level of integration is only achievable with the company’s planned strategy in which all NÜO components are conceived to work together from the very early design stages, ensuring complete compatibility and the highest security level. “With security deeply embedded in NÜO One, our proprietary system topology is designed to specifically protect any installation from physical attacks or tampering attempts by limiting the ability to access the system from our readers. The readers can only communicate through secure encrypted connection with the door units to inform of active events while restricting unauthorised access,” says Torquemada.
NÜO One also reinforces security with a keep-alive service that continuously monitors system status and alerts the operators of abnormal situations. Furthermore, both security functionalities and system operation are protected from external factors, such as power or network failure, with a built-in backup power supply and a distributed intelligence approach, which helps in minimising the potential threats associated with such scenarios. With NÜO One, clients can have everything under control from a single building to multiple remote sites with an intuitive integrated command centre that empowers the operator with new levels of supervision.
NÜO Planet also offers NÜO W&M, which is a digital intercom system with IP technology. Clients can welcome their visitors with a sophisticated video-intercom with high fidelity audio and superior video quality or give access to employees with the latest biometric reader and highsecurity smart card—all integrated into one terminal. In fact, the company also takes care of parking and pedestrian access through its NÜO Sky, which is an outdoor access control system that can function under extreme weather conditions. This equipment is offered in various forms and can be recessed in the wall, placed on the surface, or in a post anchored to the ground.
NÜO Planet brings to fore a holistic solution with all these access control systems perfectly integrated. These systems’ readers, controllers, application, and software are designed in such a way that they automatically recognise each other and work effectively to handle the visitors and employees seamlessly. NÜO Planet also provides free software/ firmware updates for life through its web application. Above all, the company’s access control systems ensure the highest security standards by fully integrating the latest biometric technology, MIFARE Plus EV1 SL3®
high-security contactless cards, advanced encrypted authentication and highlyresistant hardware (IP67, IK08). Alongside, the combination of dynamic lighting, world-class image sensors, and advanced image processing algorithms produce a robust identification system able to cope with the most demanding scenarios. With an architecture designed for maximising uptime, the system handles several anomalous situations such as power failure while delivering the same level of security as in normal conditions.
Extensive Research and Certified Partners
With 40 years of experience in producing high-security solutions, NÜO Planet develops all the in-house laboratories and processing facilities, with specialist teams closely collaborating to produce not only a product that integrates the most advanced functionalities but a piece of furniture that oozes quality. The company also partners with certified installers for the installation of its security systems in clients’ premises. Each of these installers goes through a rigorous application process and is carefully evaluated before being accepted into the program. All the certified Installers have full access to the continuous training program and in-house services, ranging from a 24/7 technical help desk to personalised support from technical, commercial, and projects departments. “Our certified partners act as our ambassadors before the clients and ensure that the company’s quality standards are always met throughout the life cycle of the product,” informs Torquemada.
The company also focuses on R&D to be able to anticipate the market needs and address the actual security concerns of clients. The company’s NÜO AWA reader incorporates the latest research results and can operate in extreme environmental conditions, being ideal for indoor/outdoor use while providing the highest security wherever it is installed. This makes it ideal for environments with intensive working conditions, such as industrial or health sectors, or with very high-security requirements, such as the financial sector, which has been increasingly adopting it. With a continuous improvement approach to product development, NÜO Planet anticipates the market needs and addresses the actual security concerns of clients to offer coveted solutions and functionalities. In fact, NÜO Planet is a pioneer in biometry research, with more than 20 years of experience in identification technologies, fingerprint templating, and high-security readers. The combination of lighting, image sensors, and image processing algorithms produce a robust identification system to cope with the most demanding scenarios, with reliable identification of worn, damaged, wet, or dirty fingerprints, and the integration of anti- spoof and live finger detection measures. “Our commitment relies on a technology that goes a step further, where security is backed up by a robust and reliable optical system that provides precise and adequate access control in a wide range of environments from industrial to corporate or retail,” explains Torquemada.
With a clear internationalisation agenda, NÜO Planet is currently consolidating its presence in Latam and actively exploring new markets, especially in Asia and Africa, in the short term, and the U.S. The company’s expansion scheme is based on establishing a network of certified installers in each region. NÜO Planet continuously works toward developing new technologies and functionalities. To that end, the company has five new products scheduled to be released in 2020. With such an appetite for innovation, NÜO Planet is poised to take the security landscape by storm.