4 Nov 2020

5 Little-known Facts About Vanderbilt SMS

Enterprise-level security requires a streamlined approach to access management — and for many of today’s organizations, having a single-source location for integrating a facility’s access control technologies, digital video and alarm monitoring systems is the ideal approach. This is where the Vanderbilt Enterprise Security Management System (SMS) shines.

But what else can SMS do for customers? Here are five little-known functions and facts that you may not know:

SMS Web. The ability to access the system from anywhere to allow simple day-to-day tasks like quickly opening a door, blocking a cardholder or granting access as an operator is crucial in today’s threat landscape. SMS Web, which is included with SMS software, allows more freedom to control real-time access-related response.

Long history with Mercury Security. Vanderbilt has long been a partner of access control manufacturer Mercury Security, which means that for our systems integrator partners, an open-architecture approach supports the long-term success of technology deployments. Vanderbilt customers have the freedom to choose solutions that work best for a specific deployment, an end user’s needs and crucial infrastructure requirements.

Mobile credential options. Touchless access control has been a mainstay of the conversations around the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, giving rise to mobile credential demand. Vanderbilt recently launched ACT ID, which provides a free mobile credential option for customers leveraging Vanderbilt’s access control solutions.

Data integration. Within SMS, users have the ability to integrate third-party data management platforms, such as housing, human resources and event software, through VI Connect. This eliminates the need for manual updates and cumbersome import/export processes typically required when managing multiple systems. Using VI Connect reduces the workload of system administrators and eliminates costly data entry error. Additionally, VI Connect allows an institution to better leverage the investments made in third-party systems.

New way to approach COVID-19. There are a number of functions within SMS that can be used in COVID-19 protocols and response to help organizations thwart the spread of the disease. Reporting who has accessed a certain area and being able to use this information for contact tracing or controlling traffic and access through a specific entrance for additional screening measures are two ways SMS is being used. As organizations keep looking for ways to prevent the spread of the disease and adapting to a new way of doing business, many are turning to technology to achieve these goals.

To find out more about Vanderbilt SMS and how it’s used, read more about its use in Gilbert Christian Schools and Redlands Unified School District.