ACCESS CONTROL SOFTWARE


Telcred provides a software system for physical access control, designed and developed from the ground up to leverage the cloud, smartphones, and IP networks. We believe in reusing existing infrastructure, such as IP networks and smartphones, and in open systems which make it easy to integrate with external systems and to assemble “best of breed” solutions without getting locked in to a single vendor.

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 Cloud

The Telcred administrative system is provided as a cloud service, accessible from any web browser. Integration with third party systems is easily accomplished through a REST API. For customers who wish to host the administrative system on their own server, this is possible as well.


  IP or Standalone

Telcred lock controllers can be connected over an IP-network or operate completely standalone. In both cases, Telcred’s unique model with access rights on the card or phone guarantees correct access control decisions for all users of the system at any time.


  Mobile

The Telcred system works with Android smartphones that support NFC. Updated access rights are automatically sent to the phone within seconds, and the phone can then immediately be used to open the door. Contactless smartcards can be used interchangeably.


  Secure

Telcred’s security model builds on proven cryptographic techniques combined in a novel way, making it impossible to clone or manipulate access rights. The model relies on digital signatures, making it much less vulnerable to attacks compared to traditional systems.

TRUSTED HARDWARE PARTNER


Telcred has partnered with Axis Communications to offer a joint solution with Telcred software running on Axis hardware.


Axis is the global market leader in networked video with 2 000 employees in more than 40 countries and more than 70 000 reseller partners all over the world.


Axis is a strong supporter of open standards and interfaces. In addition, Axis works with select software companies that can add value to Axis customers through its Application Development Partner program.


In 2014, Axis entered the market for physical access control products with their A1001 Network Door Controller, and it won the Detektor International Award for the best access control product the same year.


The A1001 can interface with many different peripherals, such as security cameras, fire alarms, door sensors and relays.


With Telcred’s solution, one A1001 is placed close to each door, on the inside, and connected to the request-to-open signal of an electric lock. After connecting a reader on the outside, a user is able to open the lock using either an NFC phone or a contactless smartcard.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We currently support the A1001 Networked Door Controller from Axis Communications, but hope to add more hardware platforms in the near future.
In order to get the offline capabilities and strong security, it is necessary to use contactless smart cards or Android smartphones with NFC.

However, we also support traditional contactless cards with a static ID, e.g. Mifare cards.

In Telcred’s system, the access rights for a user are stored on that user’s phone or card in the form of a digital “ticket”. When the phone or card is presented to the reader, the ticket is sent via the reader to the controller, where it is evaluated and compared with the controller’s identity. In other words, no access rights are stored in the controllers, and therefore they do not need to be updated when access rights change.
For standalone use, we support HiD multiCLASS SE readers. For traditional cards with a static ID, most modern readers can be used.
Even though all Telcred door controllers can do access control offline, there are some benefits with networked controllers. A networked controller can update the access rights on a card it interacts with and it can send logs in real time. At the time of installation, a controller is configured to operate in either networked or standalone mode. However, even networked controllers continue to do access control if they temporarily become offline.
A lost card or phone can immediately be revoked on all networked door controllers. If such a device interacts with a networked door controller it will not only be denied access, but its current access rights will be wiped as well. A phone which is connected to a mobile network will also have its current access rights wiped. The “tickets” with access rights are time limited, so even cards which do not interact with networked controllers will stop working soon after they have been revoked in the Access Manager system.