ZKTeco Welcomes the Opening of ZKTeco Ireland Ltd, the New Regional Offices for UK & Ireland

ZKTeco Ireland Ltd, the new irelandregional office for the UK & Ireland was officially established in Dublin in September 2016. The office is located between Dublin City Centre and the airport, offering excellent transport links to all parts of the country and abroad. The office includes a showroom with the latest product lines where partners can appreciate and discuss the wide range of integrated solutions that ZKTeco can offer.

“ZKTeco has been successfully distributing its products within the UK and Ireland for over 10 years. ZKTeco Ireland’s prime goal is to add further value to the existing operations by expanding into other channels, in particular the security industry, offering new ideas in access control, facial recognition video surveillance, integration projects, and workforce management solutions”.
Kiran Wolbeck, Managing Director of ZKTeco Ireland.

ZKTeco Ireland Ltd

Dublin Airport Business Park

Dublin 9


TEL: +35318427470

Mob: +353852521445


Turkish 2016 ISAF exhibition news

ISAF 2016 was the biggest festival of the security industry in Turkey, which took place on September 29th-October 2nd in Istanbul. This professional security exhibition attracted the turkeyattendance of 278 exhibitors and over 16000 visitors.

During the 2016 ISAF Show, ZKTeco presented the new product line of Turnstile and Security Gates, Green label solution with high safety and professional security integration solution ZKBiosecurity 3.0. ZKTeco was the only exhibitor that demonstrated the entire security integration solution, including Access control, elevator solution, visitor solution, detection solution, which once again proved that ZK has professional prospective of security market and the position of leading provider of security solution.


ZKAccess’ LB7000 Enables Instant Lockdown of Buildings in Event of Active Shooter Incident

By SSI Staff · December 3, 2015

FAIRFIELD, N.J. — ZKAccess, a provider of biometric and RFID security solutions, has released the LB7000, its latest access control model.

The “lockbox” enables facility managers to instantly lock down all doors on a campus, and the company says it was designed primarily in response to the rash of active shooter incidents, most notably at schools.


The LB7000 is a wall-mounted hardware device with a soft touch keypad. It acts as a switch that can lock down all doors on a campus. The LB7000 also offers the option of locking down only a grouping of pre-defined doors. If, for example, a campus has only two buildings, the facilities manager can opt to create two groups, one for reach building. If a threat is reported in only one building, the manager can accordingly lock down all the doors in that particular building and keep the doors open in the other building so occupants can evacuate.

An auto-discovery feature is also included in the LB7000, which detects and lists onscreen all the door controllers on the network. Once the emergency no longer exists, the facilities manager can press the “recover” soft key to resume normal operation of the building’s access control system.

A reader alone doesn’t cut it anymore

November 2015, Access Control & Identity Management

By Andrew Seldon.(Editor at Hi-Tech Security Solutions.)

Access and identity management readers, be they card, fob, biometric, PIN or anything else, have one thing in common, they do one job. In today’s world of integration, the reader needs to expand its scope of operation and integrate other areas of the business into its function, or itself into their functions. Whether it is supporting surveillance with onboard cameras, linking to HR or payroll to send specific messages to staff or clients as they enter, or any other functionality, readers are required to do more than control entrance and exit.

Hi-Tech Security Solutions asked ZKTeco and Suprema how the functionality of readers is expanding and what is available.

Hendrik Combrinck, MD of ZKTeco South Africa says that in today’s market, each business needs to make conscious decisions on the technology they will implement to make sure they get the most out of their purchase. Most companies opt more for a product that has a dual purpose so they can save on the full solution price. The functionalities are normally broken up into two distinct flavours: one side is looking for a hardware that encourages the user to interact more with the device, and the other side is looking to minimise the interaction between user and device.

With this in mind, he says ZKTeco is flexible with its devices’ firmware as this encourages integrators to be more creative when it comes to the end user’s needs. “We provide the normal run of the mill device that can either do fingerprint, RFID, PIN and facial recognition, but we also specialise with some clients in combining a bigger screen device with a specialised firmware that can do numerous functions, including vacation applications, job and site costing, site requisition applications (so users can order needed equipment and supplies for the site) and meal ordering to name but a few. We also have a lot of clients that integrate our terminals with payroll and ERP systems.”

ZKTeco has its own SDKs that integrators and developers can use to directly integrate its technology into their offerings.

“Gone are the days where readers or even identity systems operate on their own, especially in the current economic environment,” says Walter Rautenbach, head of Suprema SA and neaMetrics. “End users need to motivate how the technology will make a difference and it makes sense that you use identification technology, for example, for T&A and not only for granting access.

“Time and attendance is however a very vague term and is the mere building block for more sophisticated systems such as integrated HR and payroll systems as well as workforce management. Since the data is already there, it makes sense to calculate working hours and to use it for more effective operational workforce management such as knowing who is onsite, if the staff complement is satisfying contractual SLAs and even to incorporate it into evacuation procedures.”

He continues that beyond T&A, data generated can be used as sensors into external systems, such as CCTV, to add intelligence to the ‘big data’ produced, and to incorporate searchable identities into these systems, which never before incorporated personal identities.

“The usefulness and accuracy of this identity data is dependent on the type of modality used, and biometrics produces the most undisputed information. But if you think of it, even with card, PIN or fob readers integrated into video management systems, it enables forensic search capabilities which can be used to see if the holder of this particular token is really the person that it was assigned to.”

He adds that the Suprema offering includes an array of integrations and integration services that focus on creating end-user value and a significant part of its product sales are via specialised custom solutions.

“To achieve this, neaMetrics, as the distributor of Suprema in southern Africa, offers a team of expert software engineers to assist companies in providing custom solutions to integrate Suprema technology into their solutions. This expert input assists with planning the integration of Suprema into these solutions beforehand and fast tracks speed to market. These services are provided locally, enabling real-time communication and advice relevant to the African market and includes local manufacturers and providers such as Impro, Saflec, Accsys Peopleware and Jarrison Time.”

All Suprema terminals operate via TCP/IP architecture, while still offering RS-485, RS-232 and Wiegand. The new BioStar 2 device firmware set also supports Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) to enable easy integration with other access control manufacturers.

Expanded product examples

Combrinck explains that in ZKTeco’s case, most of its advanced capabilities deal with user interaction with the product, for example, different user menus for different features. “Most interactions we integrate are messaging, keyboard inputs, voice commands, touch screen interaction and different reader inputs like barcode scanners, card readers, long range scanners and even inputs from weighbridges and other smaller scales for the agricultural market.”

He adds that the ZKTeco future will be built on hardware that will support big data and IoT (Internet of things). “This includes interaction with social media, your cell phone and even your PABX system directly.”

Suprema has a collection of 11 terminals, offering biometrics, that includes fingerprints and facial recognition, as well as card/PIN only options. These terminals can all be managed under the same platform to give end-users freedom to build their access control or time management platform according to their needs and budget. The variation of devices includes functionality such as integrated video phone, touch or tactile user interface, portrait logging, voice instruction, IP65 outdoor ratings, IK08 vandal-resistant ratings, PoE and Wi-Fi.

“Over and above Suprema’s BioStar platform, the company is integrated into an excess of 20 internationally recognised access control manufacturers, including names such as Software House, Gallagher, Lenel, Honeywell, Avigilon and Paxton to name a few,” Rautenbach adds. “Time management and payroll integration offers integration into over 30 systems, including well-known names such as SAP, VIP and Pastel through solution providers such as Accsys (BCX) Peopleware and Jarrison Time.”

He concludes, “Although already used excessively, ‘Integration’ is still an important keyword that signifies the latest trends in technology. Evolution in the field of mobile, Internet of Things and cloud computing, as well as the integration of these technologies have led to a shift towards a new technology paradigm.”

Efficiency through biometrics

As the manufacturing landscape becomes more competitive, factory owners are looking for more innovative ways of monitoring production and, more importantly, productivity per employee. Even though time and attendance is vital in these environments, productivity monitoring is even more so.

Shop-floor data collection allows factories to measure the output per employee and compare it to their own specified benchmark to make sure the manufacturing lines are running optimally. Implementing a shop-floor data collection system also allows a real-time view of jobs in progress, as well as materials needed to finish a job.

If production is down in a certain period, the systems will be able to pinpoint production figures as well as the reason for loss of production; whether it was machine breakdown, a shortage of raw material at critical periods in the production cycle, or even employees that underperformed.

While collecting shop-floor data is not a new concept in manufacturing, using biometrics to do so is. Factories implement biometrics at every work station to stop fraud, theft of production time, tools and raw material. With biometrics, the employee takes direct responsibility for the tools they book out from the tool room for specific tasks. Employees also take responsibility for the period of time they take to finish a certain task. Time and attendance systems measure the time on the work site, but no one knows what happens between the factory gates and the production lines.

Each production job that needs to be completed is loaded into the system so employees can scan the job number via a barcode reader, proximity reader, or even reading it in manually on the biometric reader before scanning their finger to identify themselves as the one doing the job.

Each work station has a biometric terminal where all the employees in this workstation can clock on their assigned jobs. The biometric terminal needs to be able to read up to four levels of job data which include the main job number, activity of the employee, the method used to do the activity and even the raw materials and tools used in this activity.

The data collected from the biometric readers is normally collected and passed to the ERP systems that will do all the calculations needed for the factory to make certain decisions on employee productivity, employee placement and even factory layout. Because more accurate data is collected, the whole production time per item, job, or process can be measured and this refines future quoting to clients.

In addition, more stringent safety laws means that factories are now opting for biometrics in order to identify employees before they use certain equipment and tools inside the workplace. This ensures that on-duty injuries are curbed, and unauthorised staff are discouraged to use certain equipment.

Securex South Africa 2015

We just had an amazing time at the Securex show last week where we presented the newest products and features of ZKTeco. As usual, the show was very busy with over 7000 visitors and we were happy to welcome many partners and customers from all over Africa to our booth.


The lead theme this year was solutions. We showcased several solutions including Guard Patrol, Portable Time & Attendance, Cloud Management, IP65 Access Control and Data Collection. Visitors had a chance to brainstorm some ideas with us on how to use our products within these solutions to create a wider range of product offering to their market.
Our R&D engineers also have their hands full after my submission of product feedback, suggestions and changes asked for by our clients at show. We can meet many of these suggestions because we are the only biometric manufacturer that are open and flexible with all the aspects of our products.

The star product of the show was the S922 portable time & attendance terminal. Many of the the visitors that did not know this product were stunned by the ruggedness of the device as displayed by our sales team by dropping it from heights of 1.2 meters +. The standard model is equipped with a WiFi module, USB port and normal TCP/IP port for communicating with a software. Click here for more info.

Our engineers now also confirmed that the S922 will be equipped with an optional GPS module to track the locations where the employees clocked. The GPS feature on the S922 will be available from the beginning of July.
We would like to thank all visitors who decided to stop by our booth during the Securex show. The opportunity of a face-to-face conversation was a great pleasure for us. We are really grateful for all the feedback and positive comments that we received in regards to our products.

We would like to extend a big thank you to our current clients for visiting us at the exhibition and we are looking forward to continue our success with you as a partner.

ZKTeco South Africa

IFSEC South Africa to relaunch under well-known Securex brand

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IFSEC South Africa to relaunch under well-known Securex brand

OSH Africa to relaunch under A-OSH (African Occupational Safety, Health & Environment) Expo brand.
The world-class security, safety, fire and protection exhibition IFSEC South Africa is set to relaunch under the well-known and highly respected Securex brand for its show in 2015.

Damion Angus, Managing Director of Montgomery, said, “It’s been gratifying to see IFSEC South Africa and OSH Expo Africa build reputations as world-class events that cater specifically to the South African and sub-Saharan African markets.” He added, “We are encouraged by the success to date of both shows and we believe that they will remain the most important shows in their respective sectors in the African market going forward, under their new brand names.”

Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery said that now is the time for an exciting new chapter for South Africa’s leading security and safety event under the recognised and respected Securex brand name. It was also an opportunity to reposition OSH Expo Africa under a new name, to include a growing focus on environmental issues, effecting safety & health professionals, and to grow the brand in Africa. With the African security market poised for further growth, we believe there is a unique opportunity to further expand both shows.”

Securex South Africa will be the largest and most comprehensive show of its kind in South Africa and the only show exclusively dedicated to the very latest developments in security, safety, fire and protection. It is aimed at all those in the trade who consider issues of business and personal security, protection and safety to be of paramount importance.

OSH Expo Africa will be rebranded as A-OSH (African Occupational, Health, Safety & Environmental) Expo, and will run concurrently with Securex. This popular Expo is aimed at the African occupational health, safety and environmental markets and offers professionals and business operators from across a broad range of industries the opportunity to source new products, hear keynote seminars and take part in exclusive networking events tailored for the African market.

Securex & A-OSH Expo, South Africa will run from 12-14 May 2015, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

For further information, contact Joshua Low, Portfolio Director, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, at email joshual@specialised.com.

Official Document Download – click here

Facial Time and Attendance for “Trenes Argentinos” in Argentina

Trenes Argentinos



“Trenes Argentinos, operadora ferroviaria” was founded in 2008 by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Argentina with the purpose of managing the transport of passengers and goods within the country. Currently, it manages the passenger urban lines of Sarmiento and “Tren de la Costa” in the province of Buenos Aires.

In order to modernize and restore the country’s railway system, the national government opted for a series of improvement plans including the acquisition of new formations of transport and improving the structure of the lines managed by “Trenes Argentinos”. One of the actions in this plan was the signing of an agreement with the Chinese company CNR for the acquisition of 22 long-distance trains. The vehicles were equipped with air conditioning/ heating, internal audio system, video cameras and spaces reserved for disabled people.

For managing the employees in the different stations it was necessary a system which combines speed and efficiency. The schedule within the railway sector is very strict and many employees do not begin their turn in the same point of the line.


Within this improvement project, it was decided to implement a biometric system designed by ZKTeco.  To this end, several VF600 devices were installed in the Central Station of Once and different stations and workshops.



Trenes_6The VF600 is a time and attendance device which incorporates face recognition, card reader and password. It is simple, the employee just needs to approach the device and the camera detects the face of the user, recording the time of entry into the work shift. The whole process can be done in just a few seconds. The devices are controlled from the Central Station of Once through a TCP/IP communication system.


Trenes_4To protect the devices of vandalism and handling, ZKTeco designed a metal case made with aluminum (2 kg) and tempered glass (4 mm thick).The case was created especially for the device, taking care not to alter its performance and functionality.



Trenes_2Notably, the Government intends that the new enrollment method will be installed in all the stations, covering 100% of the defined population.




Author: Paula Herrero

Swiss Medical Group – Access and T&A via biometrics

Swiss Medical Group was founded in 1989 with the building of the Clínica y Maternidad Suizo, Argentina. This venture constituted a completely revolutionary concept in the field of technology and quality service.

Today, Swiss Medical Medicina Privada has its own five top level clinics. These include five ambulatory medical centres and six dental clinics in Buenos Aires, two in the provinces of Neuquén and Salta, and an air ambulance. The growing presence of Swiss Medical Medicina Privada at national level belongs to a strategy of expansion towards the provinces, which accounts for the existence of branches in almost all the main cities in the country.

Swiss Medical Group is one of the most important business groups devoted to protecting people in Argentina and it is the leader in the health market. In 2012, Swiss Medical Group wanted to improve its security and time management efficiency. With the introduction of ZK Argentina partner, Swiss Medical Group decided to deploy the ZKTeco fingerprint access control and time attendance system.


There are currently 19 branch offices of Swiss Medical Group that need to be managed by the access control system, 16 of these branch offices are in Buenos Aires, and the rest are in Salta, Nequén and Rio Negro. There are 278 units of iClock700 and iClock580 standalone fingerprint terminals running in 19 sites. All the personnel information is managed and centralised in its headquarters. Functions include add user, enrol fingerprint, delete user and set privilege, etc.

All the devices in each branch office site are connected to the network by TCP/IP communication; each office requires VPN to connect with HQ network. Therefore, the server can access every unit directly by the network. Access control events are transferred to the server for real-time monitoring and third-party application integration through the database. In the headquarters lobby entrance, fingerprint access control is integrated with turnstiles for entrance management. The event on the entrance is used as a time attendance record to obtain attendance reports and export to payroll system.

The manager of Swiss Medical Group mentioned, “The whole system is running very well. It solves a lot of problems and improves security along with staff time and attendance management efficiency. We are satisfied with the stability of the system.”

Products used


The iClock700 is a 3.5-inch TFT screen which accommodates both time and attendance, and access control functionality. Adopting the new user-friendly firmware the iClock700 has new features like a GUI, more stability, faster matching speed and better expandability.

The iClock700 is compatible with various types of USB Flash disks, ADMS and the former SDK. Moreover, RS-232/485, TCP/IP, and USB-host ensure a smooth data transfer between the device and PC. It has GPRS, WiFi and 3G connectivity. There is also access control connectivity via Wiegand out and in an electric lock, door sensor, exit button, alarm and door bell.


The iClock580 is a 3.5-inch TFT screen which accommodates both time and attendance, and access control functionality. With the new user-friendly firmware, it has new features like a GUI, more stability, faster matching speed and better expandability.

The iClock580 is compatible with various types of USB Flash disks, ADMS and the former SDK. Moreover, RS-232/485, TCP/IP, and USB-host ensure a smooth data transfer between device and PC. It has GPRS and WiFi connectivity. There is also access control connectivity with Wiegand out and in an electric lock, door sensor, exit button, alarm and doorbell.

Published in Access Control & Identity Management Handbook October 2014

IP makes the access control grade

In the same manner we’ve seen other areas in the security industry take the road to IP communications and gain the benefits thereof, the surveillance market is perhaps the poster child for this, access control systems are also well on their way to adopting IP as the basis for their communications.

It’s not that simple though, because there are many ways in which the various components of the access market communicate over short and long distances. In this question and answer article, we ask some of the people involved in the market, how the convergence onto the IP platform is going and what benefits the end user can expect to see from it.

Our interviewees are:

* Hendrik Combrinck from ZKTeco.

* Johannes Tlhabi from Softcon Software Control Services.

* John Powell from Powell Tronics.

Hi-Tech Security Solutions: Are you seeing more interest in IP-based access control solutions?

Hendrik Combrinck from ZKTeco.

Hendrik Combrinck from ZKTeco.

Combrinck: There is a big interest in IP-based access control. This includes IP access controllers and also IP standalone readers.

Johannes Tlhabi from Softcon Software Control Services.

Johannes Tlhabi from Softcon Software Control Services.

Tlhabi: With more lateral security systems like CCTV, intercoms as well as ancillary access control products like biometric readers being IP-based, it is only natural that no one would still want to invest time and effort in traditional proprietary RS-485 network systems anymore. The convergence between IT and security tends to be driving access control innovation in a single direction, which is IP-based.

Price as a differentiating factor between IP and non-IP access control products is no longer a consideration, as the differences are no longer that significant anymore. Competition at a level of hardware products is no longer that prominent as most of them have more or less the same functional characteristics. Non-proprietary hardware platforms are been absorbed predominantly by previously IT-only companies but proprietary systems will be a feature of the access control market for a long time to come still.

John Powell from Powell Tronics.

John Powell from Powell Tronics.

Powell: The convergence to IP technology that started a few years ago has gained momentum in all spheres of our market, and is rapidly becoming the communication technology of choice for access control particularly in biometric systems. IP offers and delivers reliable, robust speeds of data transmissions that other data technologies just can’t match. It puts IT departments in charge of the infrastructure and company’s assets, which allows security departments to focus on security management. If you compare the speed of Ethernet to RS-485, for example, Ethernet data transmission rates run from 100 Mb/s to 1 Gb/s where as RS-485 only run at 0.25 Mb/s.

Hi-Tech Security Solutions: What are the pros and cons of IP-based access control?

Combrinck: This all depends on the installed equipment. The loss of network connectivity has always been a big con for IP-based access control, but newer technology now can let the equipment function in a standalone mode while the network is offline.

The pros for IP systems are:

* Rapid deployment. Almost all businesses have network infrastructure already installed in their buildings.

* Cloud connection possibilities.

* Mobile application connection possibilities.

* Easy integration with other IP-based technologies like IP cameras.

Tlhabi: Common networking backbone for the entire security offering can be considered a big plus in as far as IP-based access control solutions are concerned. The implications of additional IP cable runs as opposed to traditional RS-485 bus communication models are acceptable, as the benefits far outweighs the effort and costs. The centrality of network management from an IT point, as well as added benefits that come up with mediums like wireless data transmission etc., are but some of the pros that system integrators are more than willing to invest in.

Powell: The pros of IP are:

* Speed, flexibility, scalability and reliability.

* Quality of service, pro-active monitoring and IT department management.

* Allows proper remote site connectivity via WAN/LAN connectivity.

* It opens up the opportunity to seamlessly utilise portable WiFi devices for access control on the move.

* The ability to accommodate and distribute large databases is enhanced.

* Integration with other IP products is easier with IP.

* IP allows shared services all on one network, which reduces that cost of deploying multiple turnkey systems.

* Support and servicing of systems has opened up to a much wider and more skilled installer/contracting base.


* Initial costs can be considerably higher than RS-485 (but over a period of time and considering the advantages, the ROI is very quick).

* Non IT or IP-enabled installers may battle to convert, without investment in training their staff.

* Ensuring full network redundancy is sometimes a challenge WRT power outages etc.

* Beware of products that use ‘serial servers’ which is a class of devices that can convert and re-package 485 data for TCP/IP passage across Ethernet, these products cause a bottleneck situation in the data transmission and do not deliver the same speeds as true IP Ethernet products.

Hi-Tech Security Solutions: Is this a similar situation to the surveillance market where the benefits of IP are clear, but the cost of new IP systems are too high?

Combrinck: Not at all. The cost of IP-based access control systems are less than proprietary equipment.

Tlhabi: Here again, it is a matter of time before the differences in cost are brought down if not eliminated. The emergence of media converters which are used to bridge the gap between traditional analogue media and new IP-based video transmission systems has in some way softened the impact of costs on full blown IP-based solutions, but the market seems to be warming up cautiously to higher prices that have been brought about by full IP-based systems.

Powell: We have found that although IP technology does enter the market at a higher price bracket than other technologies, IP solutions in access control have in fact become more cost competitive with at least a 20% drop in IP terminals to the end user compared to two years ago.

Hi-Tech Security Solutions: IP systems generally are open systems which makes it easier to integrate them into other security and business functions (in theory). Is this a valid statement in the access control market and are buyers focused on integration potential when making access decisions?

Combrinck: Yes, integration is much easier. Access control plays a big role in BMS and integration takes place daily. IP-based access control is also integrated into the following systems: POS, IP surveillance, time and attendance systems, ticketing systems etc.

Tlhabi: Integration seems to be top of mind for all system consultants at the moment. What this integration between systems exactly means is still a vague topic, but that does not mean that this can be ignored. Those manufacturers of access control systems who design systems which offer opportunities for integration with other related systems, be it T&A, CCTV, BMS etc, stand a very good chance of having their systems specified for big projects as opposed to those who develop locked-in proprietary solutions that offer little or nothing in a form of integration. The reality is that integration for the purpose of central management of various systems is an absolute necessity, provided that it does not dilute intelligence and capabilities of the individual systems involved.

Powell: Buyers and specifiers are without a doubt seeing integration possibilities as a key selection factor in their decision making process when choosing a product for a project. Other criteria that they link to these types of projects is ensuring that they are partnering with contractors that are supported by qualified and proven integration specialists as part of the supply chain.

BMS in varying degrees of integration is commonplace now and often the access control system is being used to optimise energy utilisation, control ventilation, link to CCTV, evacuation, alarm, communications, Active Directory/logical access, POS, cashless vending and visitor/contractor control systems.

Hi-Tech Security Solutions: Would IP-based access control systems not be aimed at the high-end enterprise market rather than smaller companies?

Combrinck: No, not at all. Most manufacturers have seen the benefit to cater for the small to medium-sized installations and because of the price of the IP systems being lower, it is also affordable for these clients.

Tlhabi: The answer is yes. Smaller companies at the best of times do not have the necessary infrastructure to accommodate access control systems etc., let alone their own IT requirements, and as such non-IP solutions would be best suited for these types of installation through traditional tried and tested modes of communication that would not unnecessarily put undue strain on their network infrastructure. On the other hand, corporate high-end enterprises are already running well designed and capacitated network infrastructure systems that are geared to managed, complicated network applications as would be required for optimum operations.

Powell: This is not necessarily the case as we supply many standalone IP systems for small companies. Often in access control/biometrics and time & attendance, it is more cost effective to deploy IP technology. Large enterprise companies often require a major investment in their Ethernet infrastructure with state-of-the-art managed switches/routers to deploy IP access control solutions.

Hi-Tech Security Solutions: What advice would you give a potential customer if they are weighing the options of IP or proprietary access control solutions?

Combrinck: Go IP, it is much more affordable and the installation is easier and faster.

Tlhabi: Customers need to do their homework properly when they are making an investment on an access control system, whether IP or proprietary. In most instances, an IP-based offering is made to complement an installation for high-end IT network infrastructure, with emphasis being on the creation of one central solution, but more likely the expertise, support and maintenance of the access control component of this entire solution is not up to the desired standard as you would find in more focused proprietary access control solutions.

Powell: In most cases, we would recommend IP/Ethernet because of its robustness, flexibility and it is definitely the communication protocols for today and the future. The concern with having proprietary technology as your main communication protocol is that you are not guaranteed that future advancements in technology and new innovative products will be supported in the long term, whereas IP is going to be around for many years to come.

By Andrew Seldon


October 2014, Access Control, Identity Management 

ZKTeco Dominated The Crowd At The Intersec Buenos Aireis Exhibition

The 6th International Exhibition of electronic security “Intersec Buenos Aires 2014” organized by the Argentina Chamber of Electronic Security (CASEL) was held from September 10th to 12th. With an area of over 13,000 sqm, it is the second largest exhibition of South America after ISC Brazil. It brought together important companies in the world of electronics, industrial and fire safety. The exhibition was visited by companies from local and neighboring countries such as Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Overall, more than 120 companies displayed their products for an event that drew the attention of 12,000 visitors. ZKTeco was present with a stand of 30 square meters, decorated with the corporate colors of the company, where it exposed its most outstanding devices, offering the attendees the opportunity to have the chance to interact with them.


Intersec Buenos Aireis Exhibition 1














In the words of Marcelo Sosa, CEO of the branch in Argentina: “With this show, we intend to reach a larger scope in our distribution channels and publicize the image of ZKTeco as a world leader provider in biometric solutions within the Latin American continent. The BIOCAM 300 was a popular hit during the exhibition, this is due to the fact that it is the first IP camera with integrated face recognition that combines video surveillance, access control and time and attendance. To demonstrate its performance, BIOCAM 300 was connected to a ZK windlass, when the user approached to the camera he was instantly allowed access by the turnstile.
















The SF100 access control device was the novelty within the ZKaccess division. This device integrates a compact and sleek design with a 2.4” interface and it is able to store up to 1,500 fingerprints and 5,000 cards. In one of the counters, several electronic locks were exposed from the ZKBiolock division, including the FL1000, the first intelligent lock which integrates facial recognition. We are happy to conclude that the exhibition went extremely well and left ZK with a valuable experience.


Author: Paula Herrero       Source: ZK Argentina


ZKTeco Turkey Branch Is Officially Operating

ZKTeco Inc. announced that its subsidiary in Istanbul Turkey is officially operating. This is the 16th international branch of ZK. Turkey branch aims to be the sales and service center in the Turkey market, and to provide local service towards their local customers.

ZKTeco has been providing its Biometric and RFID security & time management solutions in the Turkey market for several years. The widely acclaimed products includes fingerprint locks, multi-biometric time clocks and access control devices. Its products have been widely used in many projects in school, hotel, offices buildings. The establishment of Turkey office will make things easy for local customers and partners.

Aykut Han, the Chief Executive Officer of ZKTeco Turkey said, “Within the next two years, ZKTeco Turkey will increase investment in engineering and accommodate future growth in products and local software development. We gladly welcome more customers to enhance cooperation and to expand business together.”







ZKTeco introduces Experience Center In Vietnam

With the cooperation of ZKTeco local branch office and ZKTeco partner in Vietnam, the ZKTeco experience centre of biometric door locks has been established in November 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City. This is the first biometric door lock experience centre that opened in Vietnam and ZKTeco is planning to open 5 more experience centres. The aim of the experience centre is to deliver more information, training and customer service about the biometric door locks directly to the consumer market and clients.

ZKTeco Experience Centre

ZKTeco sales representatives in experience centre are trained to provide the best information and product knowledge to assist visiting clients and the consumer market. The professional service delivered will gradually push the biometric door locks into the market including commercial and residential estates. The ZKTeco experience centre has received numerous positive feedbacks from the clients and expressed their satisfaction towards the reliability of the ZKTeco products in the various markets.

With the new corporate identity supporting the experience centre, the brand is exposed into the consumer market, assisting the brand awareness of ZKTeco. The newly planned and executed experience centre enhances the product’s visibility throughout the entire day and customers are satisfied with the merchandising of the biometric door locks on display. Combining all the positive feedback and increased sales from the experience centre the biometric door locks department are looking forward to bright future.


Take a sneak preview of the new ZKTeco Experience Centres planned to open in major countries…

ZKTeco Exhibits Solutions at IFSEC 2014

The annual IFSEC 2014 were once again a major success. ZKTeco introduced some exciting new products and also access control solutions at the event. The new corporate identity contributed to the massive 54 square meter stand, which had a full open side to capture the front of block J completely. The new stand had a welcoming effect and visitors didn’t hesitate to come into the stand and interact with the staff.

The great success of the IFSEC 2014, can be pinned down to the solutions demonstration and the new BioCam300 which attracted people from the aisle onto the stand. The new BioCam300 embedded facial access control camera is placing ZKTeco in the lead again with innovative products in the Biometrics market. The 3-in-1 product boasts a positive gain for the 3 markets namely; Access Control; Time Attendance and CCTV monitoring. The built-in relay assists with the basic access control where the date and time stamp clearly visible in the 7-inch display can be used for the time attendance register. The 2 megapixel camera contributes to the CCTV side, making monitoring easy while staff access the door.

The launch of the new fully integrated Turnstiles also grabbed visitor’s attention and the feedback was extremely positive. The access control market were very impressed by the fact the ZKTeco manufacture the Turnstiles in-house and the price tag was way below what they expected. The Turnstile range consists of a fully integrated system using the inBio controller and F12 slave devices, giving the customer the freedom of using Fingerprint or RFID for verification. The Turnstiles are manufactured from SUS304 stainless steel, and alloy steel hub for the tripod arms.

The official stand from ZKTeco South Africa at IFSEC 2014.
The official stand from ZKTeco South Africa at IFSEC 2014.

In the Time & Attendance market, the new PT100 (Guard Patrol) system took favoritism over the rest of the products. The security market are moving fast into the “mobile attendance” sector, to make it easier for guards to be clocked in on shift and also monitor the perimeter. The PT100 consists of a optical fingerprint sensor and an embedded RFID tag, for the usage of point-to-point monitoring. The guard now has to follow the random check in point that is determined by the PT100, and confirming the check-in with fingerprint verification. Guards are now also assigned to the unit before the start of his/her shift with the fingerprint verification.

Besides the latest and greatest on display, the rest of the products were also on display ranging from Access Control, Time & Attendance, CCTV and Door Locks. The interest were overwhelming from the public on the various  products on display showing that ZKTeco still has a firm grip on the market. The feedback received from clients and visitors out of the competitive market ensured us that we are doing the right thing, and that we are gaining and extending our lead in various security markets.

We would like to take the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our new clients, and big thank you to our loyal clients for visiting us at IFSEC 2014. We believe that together we will grow and expand in business and friendship.



See our video from IFSEC 2014.


VF700 enters the worlds largest office products company

VF700, the face identification time clock, wins great reputation from customers with its elegant design and reliable quality. Recently, it successfully entered US Staples retail channel.
With the latest ZKTeco face identification algorithm and streamlined technology, VF700 can complete face identification in less than 1 second. Communicating via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB (host and client), it ensures a smooth connection and data transfer, which makes the attendance data management extremely convenient. With the recommendation of ZK US partners, VF700 gains recognition from Staples and appears at Staples website for the end users.
This is a symbolic advancement for ZKTeco face identification product in America. The product gets closer to the end users and becomes easy to access. As a user-friendly time clock, it will bring easy to offices and consumers. More and more customers will benefit from it.
About ZKTeco
ZKTeco is a leading provider of security and time management solutions. It is subdivided into five business divisions — ZKSoftware, ZKAccess, ZKiVision, ZKBiolock and ZKAFIS. ZKSoftware provides multi-biometric and RFID time attendance solutions. ZKAccess engages in multi-biometric and RFID access control solutions. ZKiVision focuses on intelligent surveillance & security solutions, ZKBiolock concentrates on intelligent commercial and consumer security solutions, and ZKAFIS aims to provide large scale fingerprint identification solutions.
About Staples
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and a trusted source for office solutions. Staples was founded in 1986, and today has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the world in eCommerce sales. With 90,000 associates worldwide, Staples has a presence in more than 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia — bringing easy to offices and consumers everywhere.


ZKTeco Inc takes the spotlight at INTERSEC 2014

ZKTeco takes the spotlight at Intersec 2014

Renowned as the region’s largest and most comprehensive trade and networking exhibition for the Security and Safety industries, Intersec 2014 offers a unique spectrum of products from the field of Commercial Security, Information Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Home land Security and Policing Security. This year, more than 1,210 exhibitors from 54 countries showcased their products.

ZKTeco Intersec Team 2014

Since 2006, ZKTeco has participated at the Intersec Expo every year demonstrating their latest security and time management products. At the Intersec exhibition 2014, ZKTeco Inc. achieved outstanding performance in their three divisions namely; ZKiVision, ZKAccess, and ZKSoftware which displayed their latest products and solutions with an elegantly decorated stand which attracted the attention of thousands of visitors. ZKiVision introduced the Biocam300, which its latest embedded face identification IP camera. The Biocam300 captured the attention of many customers due to its tremendous identification speed and accuracy while it was tested by different visitors. With that being said, many customers were astonished by the performance. This is a world-class innovative camera, thanks to the wonderful integration of video surveillance, biometric technology, access control and time attendance applications.


ZKAccess showed its biometric elevator control system, and biometric turnstiles which also attracted the customer’s interest due to its brilliant integration with IP camera and face identification. Meanwhile, ZKSoftware exhibited a series of new products, such as Biosmart-G2 and Biopad Android, the spotlight of this year’s exhibition.  Biosmart-G2 is the latest portable Android mobile terminal for mobile time attendance applications. Biopad Android is the 7-inch touch screen fingerprint terminal integrated with the Android OS.


This is a great success for ZKTeco, not only did it attract many new customers, but it also strengthened long-term relation with local partners. With this being said, every year the customers learn something new and were able to provide useful feedback through the great use of this platform. ZKTeco will continue to innovate and continually deliver ground-breaking products to the market.



ZKTeco Turnstiles Installed In Qatar

A leading ZKTeco Partner was assigned the turnstile installation contract within a commercial building group in Qatar. The customer is a real estate group holding 5 commercial properties in Doha with 300-500 employees in each building. The assessment indicated that three  TS2000 devices on each site were needed to fulfill the clients’ requirements. The ZKTeco Turnstiles are now installed with a total of 15 units in the 5 buildings.  The turnstiles serve as a protection for the premises and staff, while also allowing the client to manage all of the various security elements from a single control room located on site. The ambiance of the building while entering are now supported with the elegant style of the TS2000 turnstile, still providing security with an ease-of-access feeling.

Registered users are enrolled on the facial device mounted on the turnstile, to provide a speedily access without queuing. The installed devices can accommodate 1200 registered faces with a fingerprint option available. For added security measurements, the users must use the dual verification method. Assisting visitors, temporary access card can be assigned from the reception area by security or reception staff with a validity period.  The project outline included design, supply, installation and commissioning of 15 turnstile systems, which provided security in 5 of the building’s main entrances. The system is also integrated with fire alarm in case of emergency situations.

Turnstile Features
* Dual access for both entry and exit
* Face / Fingerprint / Proximity / Pin verification options
* Drop arm for emergency situations
* Anti tailgate design
* Alloy steel tripod hub & SUS 304 stainless steel Body.


ZKTeco controls entrances of university in Bolivia with tripod turnstile

With semi-automatic boom and rustproof mechanical properties, ZKTeco tripod turnstile has a reputation for cost-effective management solution with high reliability. Recommend by ZKTeco Bolivian partner, the tripod turnstile TS101 are successfully installed in Universidad Privada Domingo Savio (UPDS).

UPDS has been engaging in providing academic and social professionals with MBA academic teaching and research for 12 years. Impressed by the efficiency, durability of ZKTeco products and good services offered by ZKTeco partner, they choose ZKTeco tripod turnstile TS101 to control the main entrances of university. The tripod turnstile TS101 can perform verification function reasonably well. While student entering or leaving, tripod turnstile products realize the stress-free grounding entrance control and protection for the university safety.

The tripod turnstile TS101 is widely accepted & acclaimed by the fast recognition speed and easeful & convenient user access. This good momentum of development is beneficial to improving ZKTeco’s competitive strength and corporate reputation in local security industry.

University in Bolivia

Source: ZKTeco | Date: 10/02/2013 – http://www.asmag.com/showpost/15773.aspx

ZKTeco becomes a full enterprise solutions provider

During 2013, ZKTeco expanded its scope of operations to better serve its customers.


Over the past decade ZKTeco has established itself as the market leader when it comes to pioneering new and innovative biometric security technologies. Recognised internationally for its engineering capabilities and manufacturing excellence, ZKTeco is utilising this solid foundation to launch into the enterprise market. 

The move to a full solutions company as opposed to just a security product manufacturer started three years ago and came to fruition in late 2013. These enterprise solutions flow from the company’s success with its biometric hardware infiltration into the global market. In addition, ZKTeco has seen an increase in demand from SMB companies to be able to control numerous security based aspects from a central platform.

Research projects were initiated internationally by ZKTeco’s direct subsidiaries and business partners to gather the information required to bring high-quality, user-friendly solutions to the table. The company’s enterprise transition roadmap was discussed and formalised at the ZKTeco Global Enterprise Transition Strategy Conference in Xiamen, China on 28 October 2013. Xiamen was chosen as the location for the conference because the company has already opened the ZKTeco Software R&D Service Centre there. This centre will form the operations base for all future software projects for the company’s enterprise solutions. The Xiamen R&D Service team will grow to about 500 staff in the forthcoming year and as the long-term plans unfold, ZKTeco will invest in future growth within the team.

Currently the Xiamen team is perfecting the usage of cloud technology to provide cloud server platforms for SaaS solutions, cloud data backup and other software technology that will allow connections to future products that ZKTeco will release. “We are confi dent that these solutions will change the face of the market and revolutionise the way time and security management systems will function in the future,” said ZKTeco South Africa director Hendrik Combrinck. “All ZKTeco international subsidiaries, including ZKTeco South Africa, have started investing in local software development resources to be able to customise and service the global enterprise solutions that will be developed in the future. This will open many more vertical markets for all our local clients in South Africa,” Combrinck explained. The continued investment and development of new biometric technologies by ZKTeco will see the launch of new market changing products like biometric guard patrol solutions, embedded facial  recognition IP cameras, 8-channel facial recognition servers, visitor management solutions, parking systems, elevator control systems, iris recognition products, facial recognition door locks and access control embedded tripod turnstiles in this year. “Adding these products to our already extensive repertoire of solutions will satisfy more clients’ purchasing needs,” he continued. “Our local South African service and product specialist teams are ready to assist with any hardware or software query, irrespective of size. Our whole international service network is also available to the South African team to ensure that each query is handled and resolved as soon as possible. All our hardware going through the South African warehouse carries a two-year warranty, which puts us at a totally diff erent level to any other biometric manufacturer or distributor in South Africa,” Combrinck concluded.

Source: Hi-Tech Magazine January Issue


ZKTeco @ IFSEC Exhibition 2013

The well known IFSEC exhibition show was held the 18 – 20 June 2013, and ZKTeco represented the South African Subsidiary at the event. As part of our brand awareness campaign we have decided to expand on our stand size and show a very clearly distinguished division layout. The magnitude of the show gathers interest from around the continent, in the likes of African countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and this year Swaziland was also in the mix.


ZKAccess (Access Control) boasted a big interest at the show, especially the interactive solutions wall featuring our inBio460 with various inputs & outputs on display. The clients would then have a one-on-one session with our specialist explaining the solutions, and also answering any questions posted by our clients. This interactive explanation assisted clients on the various projects with our products, and we received very positive feedback from our clients.

In the ZKSoftware (Time & Attendance) side, the new S922 Mobile unit, sparked the biggest interest out of all the products. Feedback from the public turned our attention to focus more remote clocking devices and systems, as the market is turning towards mobility and remote sites. Even though the T & A market is saturated with products and services, the potential of mobile T & A opened a whole new segment.

The African countries that visited the show has again sparked an interest in the Biometric Doorlocks division (ZKBiolock). The expanding mining market all over Africa is opening doors to new Hotels and Guesthouses, and that is why they have that huge market for Biometric or RFID Doorlocks.

In conclusion the general feedback from the UBM Montgomery team and all our clients were extremely positive, and we stamp this IFSEC with a big thumbs up! We would like to thank all the clients and guests that visited our stand, and we would appreciate any feedback from your experience.


ZKTeco Team South Africa

Cross-border biometric Time Attendance rollout

ERS Biometrics rolls out largest single source contract for time & attendance
systems with EHL Group.


Although the various pilot projects took over three years, when the contract was awarded to ERS Biometrics to install fingerprint time & attendance devices at 1 000 stores of the Ellerines Holdings Limited Group (EHL), it took a total time span of just eight weeks – inclusive of training and the enrolling of some 9 000 staff members both in South Africa and Africa – for the system to be up and running.

This is the largest single-source contract for ERS Biometrics and involved all the stores in the EHL group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JSE-listed African Bank Investments Ltd. The seven furniture and appliance retailers catering for all LSM sectors are Ellerines, Beares, Furniture City, Geen & Richards, Wetherlys, Dial-A-Bed and high-end Italian outlet Chateau-d’Ax. The stores throughout South Africa and those in Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana and Zambia are integrated via GPRS connectivity into the Educos Vision payroll system.

Previously, EHL used manual attendance registers with each of the 1 000 stores faxing, or later scanning and e-mailing, reports to head office for data capturing which required 10 fulltime staff members. “Around 2009 we decided to look at a fingerprint-based biometrics T&A system as we believed we were losing a lot of money through the manual system’s inherent lack of accountability,” said Charles Myburgh, chief human resources officer at EHL.

A pilot system was put in place in a Beares’ outlet, then later at a few Furniture City stores and in Ellerines in Gauteng and Swaziland. “Data received and analysed in-depth against manual reports with graphs proved conclusively that we were losing, with leave and absenteeism balances very high and human error also playing a part in lost revenue.”


Charles Myburgh, chief human
resources officer at Ellerines Holdings
Limited Group.


Rollout in stores began in April of 2012 working in geographical areas and finally the African countries. The system went live in July 2012 with payroll. Andre Potgieter of ERS Biometrics said that the biggest challenge faced was logistical. “To prepare, configure and load devices with power supplies and batteries into our technician’s vehicles, then travel to remote destinations and install in up to 25 sites in 5 days was difficult at times. We lost 3 vehicles … mainly through potholes…”

Both Potgieter and Myburgh agreed that it was a huge learning curve for the companies. “The HR department was merely the facilitator to allow our IT department to work with ERS’s technical staff on system installation and integration into payroll. As ERS had a dedicated technical expert on site at our head office semi-permanently we experienced only minor glitches which were readily sorted out. Integration was seamless so there was no disruption of EHL’s infrastructure,” Myburgh explained.

Potgieter said that although ERS has excellent GPRS connectivity between all the devices and the clocking information is in real-time, the African countries experience problems as their local Internet is unstable making it difficult to access the Web.

“After the initial suspicion about the T & A system and once we had pointed out the mutual benefits of accurate record keeping, we had little resistance from staff on implementation. In retrospect, we believe we should have placed more emphasis on training of store management staff to understand the system operation,” Myburgh explained. To assist managers in trouble shooting, ERS is now producing an on-line help manual with quick pop-ups with full explanations.


As much of the operational success is dependent on the manager who cannot be careless in updating information to payroll when employees miss clocking in or out, ERS’s in-house developed Enforcer module – unique to ERS Biometrics – checks all records from the previous day and if a discrepancy is found, sends a prompt via e-mail to the store manager to update the records with the missing information within a given deadline time. If the store manager fails to respond, an e-mail is sent to the regional manager and if there’s no action, the query escalates to the operational executive. The nagging ensures that records from yesterday are rectified and correct before close of business today.

The T & A system is linked into EHL’s payroll Leave Management System whereby employees can apply electronically for leave. The approval is inputted into payroll which assists in explaining reasons for no or short clocks due to employees being on approved leave.

Other customised software is for stores that are located in large shopping malls with long business hours where staff operates in shifts. Working hours and payment scheduled can be programmed accordingly.

For corporate clients like EHL, ERS Biometrics has established a dedicated support service. Clocking devices are continuously monitored on a dashboard, providing a visual summary of the units and their locations, broken down by province or country. This function immediately alerts of any downtime or malfunction in the system and enables ERS to react timeously. “This function enables ERS to inform the branches before they can even detect a problem and ensures that clients have up-time all the time.” Potgieter added that EHL will have their own dashboard in place to monitor the system.

R6 m/annum saving

Myburgh said that the bottom line for implementing a T&A system is the savings that can be achieved by tightening records on absenteeism, unauthorised leave and shortened working hours through arriving late and leaving early without a valid reason. “We are seeing a saving of around R500 000 per month. Another positive spin-off and so often not recognised is that by going electronic as opposed to the reams and reams of faxes sent out before, EHL has gone green.”

For more information contact ERS Biometrics, 01 0593 0593,

info@ersbiometrics.co.za, http://www.ersbiometrics.co.za

Quality Beyond Belief

FB_Cover_9The future of security! Small, modern & elegant design. The Cube will easily integrate with any indoor environment.  It supports 0.9 megapixel (1280*720) resolution, delivering super H.264 compression image quality of up to 30 fps. The WDR function and embedded Array LED enable the camera to provide great image quality for up to 20m in dark environments. Dual video streams can be delivered simultaneously in different resolutions, frames rates and image qualities for monitoring on various platforms. The ZKIP4 series has a built-in microphone and speaker to enable ‘out-of-the-box’ two-way audio. This allows remote listening in an area, as well as communication with individuals directly. Optional WiFi or PoE are available


ZKTeco S922


ZKTeco has launched the portable S922 Time & Attendance unit. The IP65 S922 has a durable rubber casing with a drop protection rating of 1m. The unit features a 3.5” colour screen, durable ZK Optical fingerprint sensor and a fingerprint capacity of 5000 templates. The unit is fitted with a Lithium 7600mAh battery to support up to 4 hours standby time.

The unit is primarily designed for remote locations where data communication infrastructure may not be available. To solve this one can use the USB function to manually download/upload things like the transactions, user info and firmware updates plus the optional addition of Wi-Fi, GPRS or TCP/IP functions to transmit the transactions in areas where this type of communication is supported. Typical application fields are construction sites, logistics companies, Industrial, mining and agricultural environments.

Time & Attendance
Time & Attendance

The S922 Features:

  • Fingerprint Capacity of 5000 templates
  • Card Capacity of 3000 RFID Cards
  • IP65 Rated
  • Shock Resistant
  • Durable Rubber Cover
  • Wi-Fi or GPRS
  • USB standard

Backup battery

X – Marks the spot

ZKTeco X7 Access Control

The latest release from ZKTeco is the new X7. This extremely small and versatile unit is exactly what you need for your basic access control. If you believe in basic setup with no bells and whistles, then this is the perfect unit.

The X7 is unique standalone access control fingerprint & RFID reader, and is an ideal cost effective solution for users who have basic access control needs. Without a screen and communication, all the settings can easily be done on the keyboard. As there is no complicated setup, the installation costs are kept to minimum. Released with the latest ZK fingerprint algorithm, the matching speed and performance are unparalleled.

X7-03The X7 Features:

  • Standard RFID
  • Fingerprint Capacity of 200 templates
  • Card Capacity of 2000 Cards
  • Less than 1 second recognition
  • Tamper Switch
  • Small form factor
  • Integrate with 3rd party access controller panels
  • Electric Lock, Door sensor, Exit Button, Alarm, Door Bell

L x W x H : 88mm x 88mm x 33.6mm

Physical & Logical Convergence


The launch of the GATEMOUSE by ZKTeco brings biometric logical access control to your fingertips by securing your WINDOWS account and internet passwords, ZKTeco has announced that the GATEMOUSE SDK is available which opens a world of possibilities in the convergence market.

ZKTeco integrators now have the opportunity to create powerful access control or time attendance packages for any market where a computer mouse is installed. Moving your access points straight to personalised computer can increase workforce as keystroke monitoring is not a standard measurement anymore. Staff attendance and workflow management can be measured directly at the staff computers.

The GATEMOUSE SDK allows for more secure and accurate usage of the staff computer on a number of levels, such as:

  • Internet Usage
  • Document Encryption
  • Sign-on and sign-off
  • Secure sharing of data

The possible implementation of access control with the use of an active directory can increase the security levels in high-risk data departments, where the GATEMOUSE can act as the gatekeeper or biometric firewall. Access to staff computers and the building can then be linked, making the convergence of logical and physical access control possible.

The GATEMOUSE SDK package has endless possibilities to increase security and workforce, and with an affordable price tag is not an item to be missed.

ZKTeco in Hi-Tech News Magazine

ZKTeco: new name, new opportunities
1 January 2013, News

Source : Hi-Tech Magazine January 2013 (http://www.securitysa.com/5865r)

ZKTeco January 2013 cover


ZKSoftware is well known in South and southern Africa as a supplier of access control and T&A products, both card and biometric based. This successful Chinese company has carved a significant share of the local market since it first launched its local operation in 2005. Hendrik Combrinck, who together with his team has made the company a household name in the access control and T&A industry over the past several years, heads the local office since 2009.

Towards the end of 2011, the global ZKSoftware holding company restructured to be able to expand its fields of operation and ensure it delivers the optimal service to customers in order to back up its product range. The holding company is now known as ZKTeco. Combrinck says ZKTeco has been divided into five divisions, each with a specific focus area. They are as follows:

ZKAccess: ZKAccess is now responsible for the company’s access control products, from access control panels through to IP-based standalone RFID devices and Wiegand RFID slave readers. This division will also handle ZK’s biometric and facial access systems, as well as accessories for these devices.

ZKSoftware: The ZKSoftware division is responsible for the company’s time & attendance applications as well as the associated hardware.

ZKBiolock: ZKBiolock will concentrate on card, proximity and biometric door locks, especially focusing on the hotel and retail industries. It will also offer fingerprint modules to safe manufacturers and other industries that are interested in integrating biometric locks into their solutions.

ZKiVision: ZKiVision is a brand new operation for ZKTeco that has already been launched in South Africa. ZKiVision will now distribute a range of 1 megapixel (720p) IP cameras along with camera management software. Combrinck says the division has four flagship camera ranges available in South Africa at present, and these will expand over time.

The unique selling point of the camera range, according to Combrinck, is the software. Customers will find the standard camera management software on their devices, but this is upgradable to software that integrates with access control products and can even do facial recognition on the camera. The access control integration will ensure that if a door is forced, for example, the camera will automatically record the incident without being told where to focus or what to do.

ZKAFIS: The ZKAFIS (automated fingerprint identification system) division is the newest division of ZKTeco, which will be launching its product line in early 2013. This will include matching server software for integrators who wish to build AFIS for Civil ID and Commercial ID projects.

For more information contact ZKTeco (SA), +27 (0)12 259 1047, hendrik@zkteco.co.za

Forthcoming News & Events


From the Director’s desk…

I would like to welcome each and every one back  from the holiday season.  Because of your loyal support in 2012, our company became the top biometric company in the country. We will always treasure your loyalty and trust in us and we will strive to keep doing our best to provide you with better service and larger variety of products in 2013.

Hendrik Combrinck (Director)


2013 Planner:

* Hi-Tech Magazine January 2013 Front Cover.
* IFSEC 2013 – ZKTeco Launch


  • IFSEC South Africa 18 – 20 June 2013 (ZK-South Africa)
  • Intersec – Dubai (ZK-Dubai)
  • ISC – Las Vegas (ZK-North America)
  • MIPS – Russia – (ZK-Beijing)
  • ISC – Brazil – (ZK-Brazil)
  • Mexico Security – Mexico City (ZK-Mexico)
  • IFSEC UK – Birmingham (ZK-Europe)
  • Intersec Thailand – Bangkok (ZK-Thailand)
  • Intersec Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires (ZK-Argentina)
  • GITEX Dubai – Dubai – (ZK-Africa)


  • ZKiVision – Analogue Camera Range
  • ZKSoftware – Portable Devices
  • ZKAccess – Inbio Controller / ZK54 (IP65)
  • ZKBiolock – L1000 / L2000


Contact Information

Tel: +27 12 259 1047

Email: info@zkteco.co.za

Web: http://www.zkteco.co.za

ERS Biometrics achieves VIP Softline Business Partner Award

At a recent awards function hosted by payroll and HR solutions provider Softline VIP, ERS Biometrics was recognized as the top business partner of the year in the Time & Attendance industry category.

ERS Biometrics Sales Manager, Delme Hawkins accepted the prestigeous VIP Partner Award on behalf of the company. He is pictured here receiving the award from Fred van Biljon, the New Business Development Manager of VIP. The award is in acknowledgement of contribution to sales.

Softline VIP, part of the Sage Group, boasts the largest Human Resources and Payroll support infrastructure in Africa with over 5 400 business partners across 26 countries on the continent.

ERS Biometrics business relationship with Softline VIP has been in place for the past 8 years. One of the largest suppliers of fingerprint-based biometric Access Control and Time & Attendance systems with over 5 000 clients and sites in Southern Africa.

ZKTeco Holiday Assistance

With the holiday season at hand, a lot of suppliers and manufacturers are closing. We have decided to make ourselves available over this festive period. Skeleton staff will be available and can be contacted via Email or on Cellphone. All orders for stock will be processed and ready for pick up the following day. Please do note that the office will be closed on all public holidays. Festive Greetings to one and all.

Christmas Lunch
We are having our Christmas lunch on the 7th of December 2012, @12H00.

Office Close & Open
We are closing office on the 14th of December 2012, @12H00 and will re-open the 7th of January 2013.

Special Orders
If there are any purchase orders, please phone Hendrik and place your order before 16H00, and you can collect the next day.

Hendrik – +27 82 470 9853

Access Control integrated with ZKiVision Software

The integrated Access Control function with the ZKiVision Software and IP Camera is a unique function that will enhance the security levels at any premises. The automatic record function when a fingerprint is verified, will trigger the selected IP camera to start recording for a specified time period. Even if the verification fails, the camera will still record, and a playback can be monitored to identify the unauthorised person. Custom settings and actions can be adjusted on the software to trigger the IP camera with various options of recording. Warning signals can also be changed to notify the system administrator of specific actions.

ZKiVision Functionalities

● Video and Access control system is linked
● 16 Channel recording
● 4 Channel playback
● Database sharing
● Video and alarm linkage function
● Support interlock function
● Simultaneous recording
● Snap-shot function at main stream
● Motion detection alarm
● Network interference alarm
● Disk Error alarm
● Electronic Map