25 May 2021

Fortus Excited by Vanderbilt’s Technology-Driven Portfolio

Fortus has the distinction of being the first Diamond Partner of the Vanderbilt Aspire Program from Ireland.  “With access to useful sales tools and marketing support, Aspire offers several tangible benefits for our team, which ultimately benefits our installers,” says Brian Gartlan, Managing Director at Fortus.

Aspire was designed to give distributors like Fortus access to tools, support, and opportunities to perform and meet today’s market demands. Fortus are a highly respected distributor of tailored security solutions with a broad reach throughout Ireland making them a noteworthy Diamond member of Vanderbilt’s partner program.

Today, two aspects of Vanderbilt’s product portfolio greatly excite Fortus as they continue to cement their reputation of tailored expertise and project management in the security industry.

These products are Vanderbilt’s ACTpro access control system, particularly the product’s new ANPR integration, as well their Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) readers that offer an effective form of contactless control. 

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“Right away, I knew that the ACTpro integration with ANPR was an excellent example of integration between access control and video,” says Gartlan. ANPR is a camera that can read a vehicle license and send a numerical representation of the license plate and is ideal for sectors such as logistics and transportation.

Troy Sullivan, Country Manager for Sales in Ireland at Vanderbilt, explains: “You can now connect license plate recognition cameras to the ACT controller, and the conversion from the license plate to a card number is done within the ACT system. So, instead of setting up a card reader, you just have to set up a camera to read the license plate, and it will open the barrier for you. This is ideal for warehouses, depots, supermarkets – anywhere where you might need to track the number of deliveries coming and going throughout the day.”

Gartlan picks up this point and expands on its significance: “For example, from an operational efficiency and timing point of view, the ACTpro-ANPR integration can help busy distribution centers to coordinate time slots for delivery with fleets of trucks which can lead to huge cost savings and security benefits.”

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Gartlan and his team are also impressed by Bluetooth offering, an area where Vanderbilt’s expertise is fast expanding with the recent release of VCredential. This is a cloud-based credential management platform that allows you to create Bluetooth credentials that will work with Vanderbilt’s ACTpro, ACT365, Omnis, SPC, and multiple third-party systems.

Bluetooth credentials can be used through your smartphone and are time and cost-effective alternatives to managing physical credentials. “As with all smart technology,” Sullivan stresses, “you have to be conscious of cybersecurity. Vanderbilt’s Bluetooth solutions are protected with 128bit AES encryption and randomization - the same grade used by banks and hospitals.”

Gartlan states: “Bluetooth credentials and readers play to ageless customer pain points like time and convenience, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also ideal for health and safety concerns. This is where Bluetooth credentials trump fingerprint and pin code readers as they can be a very high point of contact in a time when clean surfaces are a must in society.”

In fact, with Vanderbilt’s Bluetooth solutions, you can shake your phone from up to 10 meters from the reader to gain access to your point of entry.