electronic access control

Use Your Phone as a Credential

Credential.  This is a common term used in access control.  It can be a card, a key fob, a finger, or any number of things.  Basically, it is just a way of saying “this person has permission to open this door”. Cards and key fobs can easily be lost; and a finger can be difficult to enroll.  However, all of these problems may become a thing of the past.

Near field communication (NFC), a set of short-range wireless technologies used in close proximity between electronic devices—think pass pay for your credit card—will be used with smart phones to hold data enabling the phone to become a convergence platform as a credential.  No more lost cards.  No more extensive enrolling for biometrics.

By permitting Common Access Cards (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards to be carried on mobile devices, an organization will now be able to issue credentials over the air.  Access will be granted and changed seamlessly through cloud technology.  Now if we could just guarantee people won’t lose their phones!

If you have any access control needs, or if we can expand upon the concept of NFC, please give us a call at 816-842-3700.

Local Plumbing Wholesaler gets Boost from S2 Access Control

Midland Metal recently re-located to a larger building with no cameras and no access control system.  Not wanting to spend the time or the money to build the infrastructure needed for an IP network system, Midland needed cameras for observation and an access control system that could all be controlled and managed from a remote location.

Kenton Brothers stepped in and gave them an S2 IP based access control system with remote management to allow for instant updates to control doors from any device via a wireless connection.  In addition, we provided a wireless I-Vision remote release system with a hand-held wireless remote control allowing Midland Metal the ability to see visitors and allow entry from anywhere in the facility.

Midland not only needed to be able to control access to the facility, they wanted to be able to observe the warehouse floor and the back dock to ensure quality control and correct order fulfillment.  Kenton Brothers installed several cameras and a hosted Watch My Stuff camera allowing a ‘cloud’-based storage solution to limit the threat of stealing stored video images.

Now Midland metal can control quality, access, and video images all via the web.  If you have access control needs, or just want someone to assess your security issues please give Kenton Brothers a call at 816-842-3700.

Access Control Across the US

Harcros Chemicals Inc is a major distributor and producer of industrial chemicals with 28 branches in 20 states throughout the US.  They are committed to safety, quality, and responsible operations.  The organics plant, housed locally here in Kansas City, maintains an ISO 9001 registration along with 9 other branches throughout the United States.  The ISO registration deals with the fundamentals of quality management systems, including 8 management principles on which the standards are based.  The company plans on all facilities achieving this status in the future.

To help Harcros attain this goal in regards to security and operating performance, Kenton Brothers installed a fully integrated IP-based S2 access control system at the company’s headquarters in Kansas City and currently at 8 of the 28 branches with plans to add to the system.  This system will allow for control of all the Harcros facilities from one location, give them the ability to control access, and to make minor or major adjustments immediately.  The system will also have nearly endless expansion opportunities as the company expands to include all 28 branches.

By installing the S2 system, Kenton Brothers is helping Harcros to meet and exceed it’s goal for the highest standards in management and to meet the ISO 9001 registration at all Harcros branches.  If you have a need for high quality access control solutions, please contact Kenton Brothers at 816-842-3700.

What We DO at Kenton Brothers–Part I

It occurred to us lately, that many of our existing customers may not actually know all we do, or are capable of.  And if our existing customers don’t know, how can we expect the broader population to know?  It is because of this realization that we are writing this post; and in writing it, we realized we do so much it needs to be split up into 2 parts!

So, we give you Part I: the Foundation of Security which is hardware, locks, and keys.

To have a truly secure location, you must begin with the doors.  Do the doors close properly?  What type of lock is on the door?  Who has keys to the lock and is there a Masterkey System?  Does the door need to be opened and closed from a remote location?  Do you want certain people to access the building during certain times?  What if the power goes out: do you want an electrified door to remain locked, or open?  All of these questions fall under the category of locking hardware and access control.

From the most basic single-cylinder lock, to advanced network-based IP access control with internet configuration and self powered power levers, Kenton Brothers can engineer, install, and service them all.

Once the doors are secure, you move on to the actual building, grounds, and product: video surveillance.   But that will be for next week!

If you have any questions or needs, please call us at 816-842-3700.


What Is A Credential? What Options Does Your Business Have?

Post written by Penny Jackson, Marketing and Sales Specialist at Kenton Brothers

I remember when I first started working at Kenton Brothers and needed a way into the building before normal business hours. I heard Tom Feekin (Operations Manager at Kenton Brothers) tell someone “We are going to give her so-and-so’s old credential.”  I didn’t know what he was referring to at first, but then a key with proximity chip (you’ll learn what this is if you keep reading!) was handed over to me.  Eureka!

Let’s take a quick look at the definition of credential:

cre·den·tial   /krɪˈdɛnʃəl/  Show Spelled[kri-den-shuhl]  Show IPA


1. Usually, credentials.  evidence of authority, status, rights, entitlement to privileges, or the like, usually in written form: Only those with the proper credentials are admitted.

2. anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.

I find it interesting that we use the word “credential” in the security industry to refer to a factor that allows passage.  The example sentence in the first definition (italicized) could absolutely refer to someone having the wrong key, pass code, card, or biometric [biometric, by the way, refers to a unique physical trait used to identify a person, such as a fingerprint.].

When it comes to the world of security, examples of credentials include keys, codes, cards, and biometrics. So what are the differences between these credentials?

A key used to work a mechanical lock is the oldest and most recognized credential. In the past couple of decades, we’ve seen more and more doors operated through an access control system that requires a pass code. Now, swipe cards, proximity cards (a card that works by being in close proximity of the reader, like the paypass on some credit cards) and smart cards are becoming more commonplace.

These systems tend to offer more secure means to control the access to a building and they also offer the opportunity to track who have been coming and going. Now, with the rapid advances in technology, a biometric can also be considered a credential to allow passage. A person’s fingerprint or even iris can be used to identify whether or not they are allowed passage. These systems are typically used for more secure applications as it is nearly impossible to use someone’s iris or fingerprint without their knowledge. At the highest point of security, we recommend multi-factor authentication. For instance, you’d have a pass code memorized to punch into a keypad, in addition to presenting your fingerprint for access.

So what kind of credential do you have?  Do you think your office is properly secured for individuals coming in and out? Have you been wondering how to increase the security of your building or space by limiting who has access?  Depending on your security needs, a traditional mechanical key may not be sufficient. Your desired security level should dictate the access system you have and the credentials you use to control it.

Call us at 816-842-3700 to learn more about your options!