Because Cogito is intuitive and easy to use, end users require minimal training. Self-explanatory dashboard and monitoring screens make it a breeze to monitor and control doors and security points. Key usability features include:
One of the core Cogito use case is real-time monitoring. You have a number of monitoring tools at your disposal to keep track of all your access points, inputs, outputs and devices.
Event Viewer displays a real-time log of all events taking place.
Some of the features:
System devices such as access points, inputs and outputs status may be monitored, controlled and configured through commands.
Commands allow you to change an access point or output state, such as:
Create custom floor plans to monitor the system graphically. Multiple map views may be linked to navigate simply from area maps to buildings to individual floors. Any door, camera, input or output may be placed on a map.
The system shows real-time status of these items on the map. Commands can be sent to an individual door, access point or other device directly from a map view.
Monitor events from a single device such as an access point, input or an output. For example, view a picture and details of the user associated with a card instantly as they use an access point.
Cogito's alarm management capability reports incidents in the Alarm queue in real-time as they occur.
An operator may choose to acknowledge and handle from the list and then record outcomes of the alarms in the notes section.
Once an alarm is handled, it is recorded in the logs for subsequent reviews.
Alarm Management features include:
Cogito™ integrates with various video management systems to give you maximum flexibility in designing your integrated security systems. Cogito™ supports Milestone XProtect, Digifort, ISS SecurOS, Axis Camera Station and others.
Cogito makes it easy to automate tasks at hardware-level by offering ability to fire outputs based on input states. For example, a siren may be activated if a door is left open.
One or more people may be notified when a state changes.
Cogito natively supports fingerprint scanners, retina scanners, facial recognition devices and palm readers. Connection is via TCP/IP network and so a Wiegand interface is not required.
Cogito Badge Builder module allows organizations to customize and create the badge (Card) for their users. An intuitive and easy to use interface enables security employees to create badges with minimal training.
Cogito fully integrates elevators into your access control system. Based on the cardholders access rights, the card enables access to allowed floors, but immediately after a floor is selected, buttons are disabled to prevent "piggy-back" access to other floors by elevator users.
Multiple cardholders can make their selections during the trip.
Data is easily imported into Cogito from external data sources.
For example, user information can be imported from LDAP directory services such as Microsoft's Active Directory (AD).
Actions like add, update or delete are performed easily and a user disabled in active directory may be set to deactivate automatically from all controllers.
Data can also be imported from flat file sources such as a comma separated file (CSV).
Cogito supports single-click backup and restore features that can be used to recover complete Cogito database in case of data loss or corruption.
Backups can be scheduled or ad-hoc. A single backup file is created that contains all data to restore Cogito to a point in time.
Cogito offers more advanced access control features than any single access control system. These include:
Cogito's powerful reporting system contains a range of built-in reports. Cogito reporting is based on Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services engine.
Reports can be exported to many different formats such as pdf, csv, Microsoft word, Microsoft Excel, etc.
User-defined custom report templates may be saved so that reports can be re-run ay any time.
Cogito can be partitioned into different sites for multi site monitoring. Each partition's data is segregated to ensure the security and confidentiality of each tennant.
However, doors/inputs/outputs may be shared among partitions.
For example, a front door may be shared among tenants in a multi tenant building.
An operator may have access to one or more partitions or sites.
Multi-site monitoring allows alarms originating from multiple sites to be handled by a single operator.
Cogito™ can send email notifications for specific customer-defined events such as device malfunction or forced entry alarm, etc.
Message templates allow complete customization of the e-mail content. Cogito supports HTML e-mail templates for a rich content display users can create custom e-mail templates. Distribution lists with options for CC/BCC can be managed.
Cogito keeps a log of all events occurring within the system. All controller logs are stored within the system for 1 year and can be configured to be saved longer if needed.
All program errors are logged to Windows Event log. Cogito keeps a complete audit trail of actions performed by an operator.
Administrators can use audit reports to view activity information for a user.
Cogito implements a powerful role-based security model enabling all application functionality to be controlled through permissions. Permission set membership determines the application
modules and partitions to which a user has access. A lost password reset feature enables access to be recovered in a secure manner.
Cogito's user interface multiple languages based on each user's preferences.
Each text element of the interface is stored in a translation table enabling customers to modify terminology for languages currently used, or add a new language.
Currently supported languages:
English, Portuguese, Dutch
Planned languages: Spanish, French
Cogito is designed from ground-up to be an integration-friendly system. Cogito exposes SOAP/JSON based web services that 3rd party systems can call.
Cogito's security platform also provides 2-way integration with other systems. Cogito follows a driver-based model to communicate with hardware controllers.
This allows Cogito to integrate with virtually any controller from any manufacturer.
To really know Cogito, you need to test drive it. Contact us today to see how Cogito can help you manage your security processes and tasks better!