Boon Edam, a provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced they will be presenting a live webinar entitled, “Securing the Facility: Best Practices for Integrating Access Control & Biometrics with Security Entrances,” at the fall Virtual Security Showcase (VSS), held from Nov. 10-12.

VSS is a virtual event created to establish and maintain connections among security industry professionals while promoting ideas about how to keep people, facilities and organizations safe and secure.

Boon Edam’s 40-minute webinar will be held on Nov. 10 at 3:00 p.m., hosted by two Enterprise Technology Specialists, Brad Whaley and Zac Ellett, who each have more than 25 years of technical expertise. Both have been involved with installing security entrances, running installation training programs for integrators and helping national and global companies specify and install advanced entry solutions integrated with credential readers, biometric devices, access control systems and more.

Whaley and Ellett kick off the webinar by explaining that most access control systems are designed to track events that occur at swinging doors, not security entrances. This limitation and the working principle of swinging doors makes it impossible to know for sure who is in your building, leaving an organization vulnerable to risk and liability, such as crime, violence, regulatory fines, loss of productivity and litigation.

Security entrances are designed to mitigate unauthorized intrusion from tailgating, and when they are integrated with an access control system, can offer much more in terms of metrics on the events that occur at the entry. Many integrators do not know how to integrate security entrances to achieve these results. Whaley and Ellett share a few case studies about improper integration and the impact it had on the end user. When done right, metrics can help to identify patterns for investigation and action. For instance, if some entrances are experiencing high levels of tailgating attempt alarms or invalid credential alarms, security teams can train staff on the proper use of a turnstile. Cameras can also be turned on when the access control system receives a tailgating event alarm.

Whaley and Ellett conclude the webinar by discussing common integration techniques. They share the many ways that credential and biometric readers can be mounted. They also talk about some mistakes they have seen in the field in terms of integration, including incorrect device placement and devices that authenticate a person too quickly or from too far away.

To sign up for Boon Edam’s webinar and 20 other webinars from companies in the security industry, visit the VSS website at