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Access control system installed at Rikshospitalet

Idesco Oy : 21 January, 2014  (Application Story)
A Norwegian national hospital has upgraded its access control system to improve patient safety using Slim Pin DESFire readers supplied by Finnish Idesco and installed by G4S
Access control system installed at Rikshospitalet


Rikshospitalet (The National Hospital, Oslo, Norway) recently unveiled a modern, new access control system (deployed by G4S Secure Solutions AS) built around Idesco readers. G4S deployed eight hundred of Idesco’s Access 8 CD 2.0 Slim Pin DESFire readers in Rikshospitalet’s new system. G4S had been chosen by Rikshospitalet for the superior quality of their system design, detailed implementation plan and time schedule for ensuring a smooth deployment.



Notably, G4S’ installation phase was fast and convenient, enabling them to meet a comparatively tight deadline (work commenced August 2013 and finished well before Christmas). Furthermore, whereas implementing completely new systems frequently requires significant end user resources, Rikshospitalet was pleased by relatively smooth transition. G4S’ product manager, Jan Terje By, while describing the installation, noted, “The Idesco Slim PIN reader range is well-designed, allowing it to be installed in most environments. Idesco’s convenient, new installation back-plate option particularly helped streamline installation of their readers. This was important because the hospital was fully operational throughout the installation.” Indeed, it only took an average of 15 minutes to replace an old device with a new one.

“Built-in” system evolution provided



Rikshospitalet’s former access control system had been thirteen years old when it was replaced. By the end of its lifecycle, it had grown increasingly difficult to secure replacement parts for the system. Consequently, Rikshospitalet now wanted their system designed to be cost-effective, with a built-in anticipation of future needs, updates and evolution.  Conversely, like all integrators, G4S prefers possessing full control over their system’s management, with minimal participation by third-party companies. In Idesco’s new generation, open technology Access 8 CD 2.0 DESFire readers, G4S recognized they had found an ideal solution for both Rikshospitalet’s and their own needs. Idesco’s readers are easily updated with no uninstallation required, making the system much easier to manage. Jan Terje By adds that, “We prefer Idesco’s readers because their technical features allow us to completely manage all security data within the chosen RFID technology and reader configuration settings.”



G4S also relies heavily on Idesco’s user-friendly coding tool, DESCoder, for management of Rikshospitalet’s system readers. This tool was explicitly designed to provide integrators and installers as wide a range of control as possible over security keys, reader configurations and reader updates. Jan Terje By describes the tool, “The graphical user interface and system topology are very intuitive and not too complicated to learn, making the management of readers very easy, even when using advanced RFID technology security structures. Changing reader settings, security-levels and even RFID technology is all done without ever removing the physical reader – and also without any operational delays.  It’s particularly valuable for integrators and end-users to be able to create and manage their own security keys and readers’ settings”. Jan Terje By then clarifies, “While admittedly this is security issue, it’s also about retaining full control of your system. These two areas are particularly important to us – security and having full control over our system’s ongoing evolution”. With Idesco’s products, G4S and Rikshospitalet can now expect both convenient system maintenance and a long system life span.


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