We are in the final of the GIT Security AWARD 2023

The voting for the GIT Security Award 2023 has started. We are pleased that our new product “Advanced Identity Manager” (AIM) has been nominated by a neutral jury in the category D “Access Control & Intruder Alarm”.

AIM is an innovative software platform for consolidated identity management which is being marketed internationally on a project-related basis by Advancis. Several independent access control systems from different manufacturers can be synchronised easily, securely and across locations using the Advanced Identity Manager. AIM acts as a superordinate “information broker” between the individual access control systems and thus enables cross-system data exchange.

With AIM, each employee ideally receives only one access control card (badge) and can use this to pass through all areas that have been activated for him, regardless of which access control system or location he or she has to verify himself against. AIM enables the continued use of existing access solutions without having to give up the advantages of standardised processes and central data maintenance.

The use of AIM and the associated harmonisation significantly reduces the management effort for initial administration and ongoing maintenance of user profiles and group rights in companies with a heterogeneous system landscape. The logical and physical identity of an employee, together with the relevant technical parameters of an access control card (badge), is synchronised via AIM across all connected systems and ensured anytime. Thanks to AIM’s cross-system information exchange, users only need to be administered at one point in the system network (e.g. initially as part of the IT administration in the Active Directory). This means that personal user/identity/ and group rights can be defined centrally according to the employee’s function or role and rolled out across multiple systems. Using standardised (PLAI) and proprietary interfaces, AIM enables connection to various access control systems. In addition, third-party systems such as HR tools and visitor management systems can also be connected. The persons managed here are automatically synchronised by AIM with the connected systems (access control system & active directories).

Currently, AIM is being marketed internationally by Advancis on a project basis. Please find more information about AIM here.

We need your vote to win the award! Please select AIM in category D – we appreciate your support.

WinGuard manual update: Software security and hardening

In general, security – according to the principle “Security by design” – has utmost priority for Advancis already during the product development of new WinGuard functions and interfaces. To support you even better concerning project requirements regarding software security, we have dedicated this topic in the WinGuard manual. In the chapters 11 and 11.6. you find helpful information about the existing security mechanisms in WinGuard as well as different possibilities to harden existing systems.

WinGuard Sales Training 2022

Did you already know that Advancis offers a WinGuard Sales Training online (in German language)? The training consists of several different modules and helps to understand the project goals of customers, shows how to develop suitable solutions and what is important to finally win the contract.

There are three more upcoming training dates this year. More information on our website.

Showroom Update

We would like to thank Multicomsystem OHG for the new assembly point column that has recently been installed in our WinGuard 3D showroom. In connection with a fire detection system, the Interflex 6040 access control system and the GE800 intercom from Commend, it can be demonstrated how various events are processed via the integration of all four systems in WinGuard.

For example, in case of a fire alarm, a building must be evacuated. After the announcement via intercom has been triggered automatically, persons leave the building, go to the assembly point and register at the point column via their badge so that the control centre is aware who is missing and might be trapped inside the building. Visit our virtual showroom to see how situation management works with WinGuard.

WinGuard Training Dates 2022

The new WinGuard training dates for the year 2022 are online. Both the Basic Training for new users and the Professional Training for already experienced users and administrators will provide you with comprehensive knowledge about the functions and further developments of our vendor neutral security and building management system. You can find the dates here.

We look forward to your participation, either in our in our modern training center in Langen/Frankfurt or online via Microsoft Teams. The number of free places is limited – register now!

Important information: WinGuard is not affected by the Log4Shell security vulnerability

Immediately after the security vulnerability in the Java library Log4j named Log4Shell (CVE-2021-44228) became known, we have investigated possible impacts on our software products and informed our integration and technology partners accordingly:

Our PSIM platform WinGuard is secure and not affected by the recently publicized Log4Shell vulnerability. Also, none of the interface modules developed by us are affected.

Information about the further development of WinGuard is contained in our Release Notes.

Further information concerning the Log4Shell vulnerability can be found in the official statement of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

The new WinGuard Android App

The new WinGuard Android App (version 2.0) is now available in the Play Store. The most important new features are the secure encryption of all connections via TLS (as of ASIPServer 8.4.8.2) as well as the logging of fault reports to improve analysis and faster troubleshooting. The WinGuard App, which is of course also available for iOS, is particularly helpful in the current situation as it facilitates working from home or from remote workstations.

UVS and Advancis announce Technology Partnership

Video wall technology experts Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) based in the UK have worked with PSIM manufacturers Advancis to display their WinGuard security and building management software application with the UVS Lucidity video wall controller.

WinGuard from Advancis unifies control of security, building automation, IT and communication systems and provides operators with an instant picture of full situational analysis for decision making, command and control of all systems.

The combined video wall solution, which will be further developed to meet specific project requirements, is now being demonstrated to potential clients at UVS’s HQ and northern demonstration facility in Burnley, Lancashire/UK, providing the following benefits:

  • Complete range of video wall display technology to suit the client requirements
  • From WinGuard, any required data and source type can be displayed anywhere on the video wall(s) in any format, including IP video, graphic sources, message boxes, web browsers
  • Enhances proactive event and incident management
  • Increases situational awareness for operational staff when dealing with critical events
  • Seamless control and automation of the video wall from within the WinGuard application

UVS Managing Director Steve Murphy said: “We are delighted to be working closely with a global leader like Advancis and this integrated technology enhances our overall offering, bringing significant and tangible benefits for the client.”

Advancis are at the forefront of the PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) industry with offices and partners around the world. For more than 25 years we have developed a truly open software platform with over 450 supported system integrations.

Allan Dickinson, Technical Manager UK at Advancis, states: “With the collaboration with our technology partners such as UVS, we can offer a comprehensive functional scope and a joint value solution for our customers.”

WinGuard X4 wins silver Protector Award!

We are very pleased to have won the silver Protector Award for our open PSIM platform WinGuard X4. The entire Advancis team would like to thank all of you who voted for our product!

It is our mission to develop high-quality software that offers optimal support for the security personnel in the control centre and on site with regard to event processing. With the new WinGuard version which will be released at the end of this year with numerous innovative functions and a modern software architecture, we will aim for the first place in the category of alarm technology at the next Protector Award.

 

C&C Partners in Poland have realised their 10th WinGuard project

Congratulations to our CWI partner C&C Partners in Poland for the realisation of their 10th WinGuard project! Our collaboration started in 2018 and has constantly moved forward since then. C&C Partners are not only acting as a certified WinGuard integrator offering sales & service to end customers, but also support us with regard to the additional testing of new interfaces for the Polish market. For example, integration of the recently developed interface to the Integra 256 system by Satel was additionally verified by C&C Partners. We would like to thank C&C Partners for the excellent collaboration so far and look forward to a lot of upcoming joint projects.