Especially in critical areas such as the healthcare sector, there are many regulatory requirements for the security of IT infrastructures and data protection in effect. Particularly patient data needs to be reliably secured at all times. Unauthorized access to critical areas can quickly lead to high and sometimes irrevocable damage. That is why appropriate safety measures are important which will, at best, prevent any disturbance before it even happens and alarm the responsible persons in case of an emergency. A smart access control system such as the Kentix DoorLock® offers protection against burglary, sabotage and non authorized access to laboratories, practices, medicine cabinets, IT rooms and other critical areas – all with just one system.

The all-round carefree package for mission-critical infrastructure in hospitals

More than 50% of IT outages or damages that lead to loss of data are caused by human misconduct. Threats such as burglary or sabotage do not only threaten the IT infrastructure but can also lead to a cracked public image, financial penalties or legal consequences. The remedy: A reliable and failsafe access control system. It secures critical areas against unauthorized access and burglary and sends alerts to the responsible persons in case of tampering. Unauthorized persons therefore don’t have access to personal patient data, lab results or prescription medicine. Access to expensive equipment also is denied. Moreover, a smart access control system documents all access and can determine who was present where and at what time. So if it does come down to burglary or theft after all, it will be easy to find out who was present at the time and if maybe a false booking or an attempt of sabotage has taken place.

Common physical threats in hospitals:

  • Burglary
  • Theft in the sick room
  • Theft of valuable technical devices
  • Theft of pharmaceuticals
  • Arson
  • Material damage, sabotage

Smart access control for hospitals – 360° physical security of the hospital environment

The Kentix DoorLock® consists of merely two base components and is therefore very easy to install and to administer. The web based AccessPoint serves as the control center and is linked to the online door openers. Kentix offers three variants of door openers: The Wireless Door Knob, Wireless Door Lever or Wireless Wall Reader. Each of these variants is equipped with integrated radio (868MHz) and unlocks the door with an RFID chip or a transponder keycard. All the door openers can be used as stand-alone devices when operated in offline mode, or they can be used online and connect several doors and user profiles to one small or large system. A total of up to 1.584 doors and 2.000 users with time-door-profiles can be connected to one system. The Wireless Door Knob is available either for interior doors (IP55) or, in a weather resistant variant, for external doors (IP66). The doors can easily be converted by simply replacing the existing profile cylinder with the one that matches the Wireless Door Knob. Both the Wireless Door Knob and the Wireless Door Lever are available in a standard or anti-panic version which makes them suitable for fireproof doors or emergency exits. Last but not least, the Wireless Wall Reader can be used for factory gates, elevators or storage areas and is mounted in the outlet socket.

Access control for hospitals is necessary in order to secure critical areas such as:

  • Medicine cabinets
  • Laboratories
  • Operating rooms
  • Premature infant tract
  • Areas with high quality technical devices

Easy installing and administration

Installing of the system and rebuilding the doors is simple. The AccessPoint takes over the administration of the entire system. Whenever more than one AccessPoint is used, for example on large premises or distributed sites, one is determined as the Master which carries out all control. Therefore, new users or time profiles only need to be set up once via web browser with the central AccessPoint, no matter for which site. The profiles determine who has access where and when. Any user can have several profiles. One user can, for example, open certain doors at all times, others only on set dates and yet others, never. If desired, a door can be programmed as to remain unlocked for a predefined timeframe after one successful booking so that it can comfortably be opened throughout the day without having to use RFID mediums each time. At the end of the day when the timeframe runs out, it will lock itself automatically. This function is specifically helpful for doors that are used frequently such as office doors or doors to rooms that only need protection at certain times of the day, for example at night when only little staff is around. Furthermore, the administrator can unlock doors via remote control if necessary. All bookings and user profiles merge in the control center so that the administrator has all access at a glance and can quickly spot any false bookings or attempts of sabotage. No extra software is needed, everything is already included in the AccessPoint. Helpful hint: If a user loses their token or a patient leaves the clinic, the corresponding key can be disabled or deleted from the system and, if necessary, a new one can be taught in at no additional administrative effort. This way, the system reaches a maximum of flexibility without getting complicated or confusing.

Security for cabinets or safes

In healthcare, there are many suitable applications for the DoorLock in its version with a half cylinder. It can be mounted in server racks or medicine cabinets. Lockers, for example for the valuables of patients or nurses, can also be equipped with a half cylinder or a padlock that has a half cylinder mounted to it in order to protect them against theft. The half cylinder is compact and fits merely any standard cabinet doors with preliminarily set up half cylinders. With the beveled closing catch at the half-cylinder, the combination with pivoting levers is also possible for example. It is available with or without spring reset and comes in different lengths with a total of up to 50 mm.

Connection with alarm systems

The Kentix DoorLock® integrates smoothly into existing IT networks and into the remaining Kentix portfolio as well. In connection with a Kentix AlarmManager, alarm zones can be armed/disarmed with the DoorLock. A successful booking on the door opener then is enough to clear access to the room with no alarm. This way, false alarms are a thing of the past. At the same time, the rooms are secured with an alarm system if no authorized access has taken place. Moreover, the Kentix AlarmManager is in control of the Kentix MultiSensors which monitor the environment for over 35 physical threats such as critical climate factors, fire, high humidity, leakage or loss of power – all with just one system. Doors and windows are known to be among the weak spots of hospitals and should therefore be well-secured against burglary. The MultiSensor-DOOR can simply be affixed to door and window frames and detects any movement or attempts to break open the frame or knock in the window pane. For anyone that wants to play safe, Kentix additionally offers an alarm siren that can be attached to the AlarmManager or the MultiSensors via plug’n’play and will scare away intruders loudly and brightly with a flashing LED.

Advantages at a glance

The smart access control Kentix DoorLock® is easy to install and to manage. Rebuilding the doors is also simple and costs little mounting efforts. The access control system is IT linkable, fail-safe and upgradeable. Large or small projects alike are secured against unauthorized access, theft and sabotage. Another interesting function is the connection with video cameras. Each booking at a door opener triggers an IP camera which records a sequence of pictures that are saved to the logbook including the user data. False bookings or attempts of sabotage are forwarded via email to the system administrator with the pictures attached. With the Kentix DoorLock®, access control for hospitals is easily set up and maintained.

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