Viscount gets patent

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia— Viscount Systems, a software company specializing in physical and logical security solutions, has been awarded a U.S. patent outlining the system and method for physical access control using QR codes and mobile devices, as part of its Freedom Access Control Solution.

Physical access control has traditionally required a card reader and a hard-wired access control panel to allow individuals to use access cards to pass through a controlled door/barrier. While highly effective and typically secure, this approach typically costs approximately $2,000 per barrier, Viscount said. The newly-patented technology replaces card readers and supporting hardware with a QR Code at the door, allowing individuals to scan the code with their smart mobile device to gain entry.

“Our customers demand a high level of security, but often have myriad IT needs that require their attention and resources,” Dennis Raefield, Viscount president and CEO, said in a statement.  “Our QR Code innovation dramatically lowers the cost of deploying traditional access controlled doors, while also offering an unprecedented level of flexibility, security and convenience to IT and Security leaders across both the government and private sectors.”

QR codes can be placed in a number of locations. Viscount’s patented QR Code technology is part of its Freedom Access Control Solution, a software-centric, IT-empowered physical access control system. The systems is compliant with the U.S. Government’s FIPS-201 standard and HSPD-12 initiative.