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NEW! Instructor-Led Virtual Courses to Help You Grow Your Business and Technical Know-How

SIAcademy LIVE! e-learning programs are presented as tracks with between 4 and 6 hours of training each. These live virtual courses are designed to accelerate your business growth, covering topics like how to do business with the government, how to optimize challenging parts of your integration business and cybersecurity for physical security pros and even technical training on video and access control systems.

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  • Instructor-led live online programming: Just like SIA’s popular Security Project Management courses, our SIAcademy LIVE! programs are all led by SIA-selected expert instructors in a small-group type format (maximum class size is 25 students). Expect lots of interaction; come ready to ask questions, bring your problems and share collaboratively with other students.
  • 4+ hours of training per course: You'll attend weekly classes covering important topics with each series.
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SIAcademy LIVE! Technical Track: Access Control Systems, May 31-June 16
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Technical Track: Access Control Systems
May 31 – June 16, 2022



2022 SIAcademy LIVE! Courses

SIAcademy LIVE Technical Tracks are practical series for integrator employees and hands-on field teams for practitioners. These course series are designed to strengthen your technical proficiency and learn full considerations related to implementing security systems.

Ideal for:

  • Technicians and project managers at systems integration firms and professional services teams
  • Security practitioner teams managing electronic security solutions
  • New and rising employees seeking additional learning on electronic security solutions
  • Sales, marketing and development professionals that need additional technical training

Access Control Systems Technical Track

Covers these important topics:

  • Fundamentals: Common systems designs and hardware used in access control
  • Credentials and credential management
  • Readers and controllers
  • Access control software system functionality and common features
  • Common system designs, including cloud solutions
  • Integrating access control with other security systems
  • Essential codes for common building access and egress

Learning Levels: Fundamentals, Intermediate



Course Schedule

Session 1: Essential Codes for Common Building Access and Egress (May 31, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT)

Instructor: Rodger Schmidt, technical trainer, Electromechanical Solutions Group, ASSA ABLOY

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify where to find applicable code sections in IBC and NFPA Codes online.
  • Explain the basics of electronic locking hardware codes
  • Understand the importance of the site survey with the occupancy, load and egress in mind when looking to access control a facility
  • Discuss the basics for access control doors setup up for delayed egress, controlled egress, maglocks, stairwell and elevator lobbies

Session 2: Mitigating Vulnerabilities With Integrated Access Control Solutions (June 2, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT)


  • Justin Scheitlin, vice president, chief information security officer, Allegion
  • Robert Gaulden, go to market director, multifamily access, Allegion

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the changing landscape for an integrator in an increasingly cloud-native and API-connected world
  • Discuss methods used to safeguard assets within a client’s environment and protect their business from natural or manmade threats
  • Review operational controls and best practices to secure physical locations where information systems and physical equipment is located

Session 3: Intelligent Access Management: The Value of the End-User Experience (June 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT)

Instructor: Jon Harris, business vision and strategy, Latch

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the perspective of the end-user as a building occupant
  • Explore the influence of organizational culture on the effectiveness of access controls
  • Discover the hidden operational value of access control for end users
  • Learn about “enablement” features of intelligent access control systems

Session 4: Credentials and Credential Management (June 9, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT)

Instructor: Jeremy Massiet, product manager, IDEMIA

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what a credential is and describe its purpose with the access control system
  • Review various types of credentials and how they work
  • Learn about combination credentials and multifactor authentication
  • Discuss methods or controls to provision user access levels based upon the principle of “Least Privilege"

Session 5: Common Systems Designs and Hardware Used in Access Control (June 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT)


  • Marcus Batten, national security consultant, Allegion
  • Jeff Bransfield, regional sales manager, American Digital Security
  • Brian Coulombe, senior manager of physical security, Americas, Amazon
  • Derek Ommert, PSP, vice president, Protus3

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about common components, products and software applications for access control systems
  • Discuss basic biometrics technology, measurement techniques and digital forensics
  • Identify common incompatibilities and limitations in access control systems technology

Session 6: An Introduction to OSDP Protocols: Understanding Readers and Controllers (June 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT)

Instructor: Esteban Pastor, product manager, ZKTeco USA

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss basic serial communication standards and protocols
  • Describe the security benefits and advanced functionality of OSDP
  • Identify common security devices that are OSDP compatible

2021 SIAcademy LIVE! Courses

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