A Primer on Biometric Door Lock Systems

An electronic lock system allows for a better home security than most traditional door locks, because they include extra features, such as its authentication method, that can be controlled and monitored. One of the most popular authentication methods used in commercial spaces and even in residential areas in Singapore are biometrics.

How does it work and what are its other security features?

What are Door Lock Systems?

Door lock systems refer to the electronic locks that use electric locking devices instead of the traditional mechanical locks. The door lock systems vary based on the existence of an access control, the type of electronic lock, and the authentication method to allow access to the system. How do they work? Most electronic locks provided by security system providers here in Singapore like use motors, magnets, and solenoids powered by electricity to unlock and lock a door.

Like any type of lock, the door lock systems serve to limit access to specific areas, but the electronic locks also include features that will allow for monitoring, authentication, and alarm systems to function. These modern door lock systems can also be integrated with other office or business systems such as the intercom system or other communication system, time and attendance system, human resource management, and accounting and billing.

What is Biometrics?

Biometrics refers to the primary authentication method used in the biometric door access system. Biometrics makes use of the biological features of a living organism, in this case a person, through measurement and verification of specific characteristics. The verification and identification method can either be behavioral or physical biometrics.

The latter refers to the physical characteristics, such as the fingerprints or facial features, used for biometric thumbprint and facial biometric for example. Biometric door access that makes use of biometric thumbprint and facial biometric is common in commercial offices, businesses, government offices, educational institutions, banks, and other establishments in Singapore because it plays a significant role in complex day-to-day operations.

What is Electronic Access Control?

If you have been considering a biometric door access system, you might have also heard of the term electronic access control. It refers to a security system that allows for detailed and high-tech control over the physical security of the vicinity because you can restrict access based on a set of guidelines. Traditional locks do not have this feature, but all electronic access control systems including card access door, pin access door system, and biometric door access system can be manipulated to follow a set of limitations, show who accessed the door, who was denied entry, and when the access happened.

Biometric door access can provide you with detailed information on all the security activities. There are various hardware systems to choose from depending on how many locks are needed and how many people will be using the system. The pin access door system for example uses assigned information (such as numbers) to identify personnel allowed entry in the vicinity, while card access uses magnetic stripe cards to limit the access to the area. The card is swiped through a reader and the credentials are read by the system.


Criteria to Use When Choosing a Managed IT Services Provider

Choosing a good managed IT services provider is an important task for any business owner as it helps in cutting down business costs, as well as in managing and maintaining their IT system. This is the reason why it’s important that you know what qualities to look for in a service provider to ensure that you choose a company capable of meeting your IT requirements. With that in mind, we listed down the criteria that you can use to make a more informed decision.

1. Expertise

The first most important criteria to consider is the knowledge and expertise of the staff of your prospective service provider. They should have knowledge beyond just basic operating system management and maintenance. Check their level of expertise on IT services related to virtualization, integration platform, multiple network technologies and management changes.

Other than that, your prospective service provider should also have an extensive experience in handling delivery models, such as IT strategic outsourcing and cloud. With this, you will be able to achieve a structured multi-strategy that can help in meeting the individual needs of your company.

2. Experience

With the growing number of MSPs in the Singapore market, ensure that you choose a service provider with sufficient experience. Specifically, look for a managed IT services provider that is experienced in handling systems across multiple industries. Keep in mind that your service provider serves as your guide to the ever-changing world of technology, which is why it’s crucial that you work with someone who has been exposed and has excelled in different network settings. Regardless of the industry you are in, do not hesitate to ask for references from your potential service provider.

3. Skills

Your prospective managed service provider should have a skillset that goes beyond your own IT staff. One of the biggest benefits of hiring an MSP from an IT service in Singapore is gaining access to IT experts and specialists, so recognise any skill gaps on your team and make sure that your service provider adds value to your existing IT team by providing the skillsets and IT services that you need.

4. Flexibility

The IT requirements of your business will not be the same a year or even six years from now, so make sure that you hire a managed IT services provider that can provide and respond to all your changing needs. After all, flexibility is what a managed services agreement is all about–you get what you need, when you need it.

5. Reliability

Apart from being flexible with the IT services they offer, your prospective MSP should also be able to minimize the system disruptions in your business by complying with the service level agreement (SLA). Your provider should be able to resolve any issue or request on the first contact. Aside from that, their business continuity and disaster recovery procedures should be able to ensure that your services will run seamlessly in case a local disaster happens.

6. Accessible IT Services

Another important criteria to consider when choosing an MSP is the accessibility of the IT services they are offering. With their accessible services, your prospective service provider can closely monitor their work and seamlessly integrate their services to your company. An MSP that’s easily accessible also leads to faster response time, predictable costs, and flexible service delivery model.

7. Preventive Methodology

Of course, it’s good to hire a service provider that can quickly respond and resolve your system problems, but it’s better yet to choose an MSP that focuses on preventing issues from occurring in the first place. So if possible, look for a service provider in Singapore who practices a pre-emptive methodology and pass up on MSPs that follow a “break-fix” philosophy.

8. Regulatory and Security Compliance Expertise

A service provider’s regulatory and security compliance expertise is another important factor to consider when choosing an MSP. Make sure that you choose a service provider who understands all of your regulatory and security compliance concerns. Hire someone that uses approved support software, and be sure to record all your support sessions to achieve a complete audit trail. If regulatory compliance becomes a concern for you, simply ask your provider to align their support IT services to the standards of the Service Desk Institute.

9. Scalability

If you plan on hiring an MSP to help your business grown, then make sure that you choose a service provider who is capable of helping you scale. Some small MSPs in Singapore are not equipped and prepared enough to grow alongside your business, so be sure to hire a service provider who can continue providing IT services and giving recommendations about certain processes as your goals change and your company starts to expand.

10. Infrastructure Investments

Finally, you would definitely want to choose a reputable managed IT services provider that is dedicated in providing premium service. If possible, hire a provider who develops their own systems and has heavily invested in a support infrastructure. These investments will prove the provider’s IT expertise and show you that they are a company that will be around for a long time.

Finding the right IT service provider for your business will not be that difficult if you put these factors into consideration. Just remember though that not all MSPs are the same, and that you need to vet them well to find the one who truly connects with your ideals and understands your IT needs.


20 Role-Playing Games You Should Try


There is no significant difference between Western and Japanese RPGs when it comes to game mechanics except the animation style, pre-set playable character and the origin of the game. A debate about which is better is pointless. You decide by playing the RPGs from both sub-genres listed below.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance. Gorion’s Ward, the last of the Bhaalspawn, has to deal with the troubles of the city after he witnessed the death of his adoptive father.


Breath of Fire: The Dragon Warrior. Shapeshifter Ryu was searching for his sister when he ends up battling the Dark Dragon Clan.


Chrono Trigger. A group of friends travel through various periods of history to acquire information and weapons to prevent a disaster.


Demon’s Souls. The character goes to Boletaria, ruled by King Allant XII who brought about the Deep Fog.


Deus Ex. JC Denton comes into conflict with the Majestic 12, Triad and the Illuminati after performing some missions using his nanotechnology-enhanced abilities.


Diablo. The player must survive the sixteen dungeons before the can defeat the Lord of Terror Diablo.


Dragon Age: Origins. The player is recruited into the Grey Wardens. He joins King Cailan of Ferelden who were about to fight the Darkspawn.


Dragon Quest or Dragon Warrior. The player has to rescue Princess Gwaelin who is being held captive at a cave by the Dragonlord.


Elder Scrolls. Most games in the series take place in Nirn, particularly in the Tamriel continent. The spirits recruited by Lorkhan disagreed. His death split the races.


Fable. An orphaned boy was rescued and trained to become a Hero in the Heroes’ Guild.


Fallout. “Vault Dweller” who has to retrieve a water chip in the Wasteland to save the vault from water shortage. It is set in Southern California after a nuclear war.


Final Fantasy. Most games in this series are stand-alone games, but all share one common goal: a group of adventurers endure hardships to defeat evil.

Mass Effect. Commander Shepard envisioned war and death after the rogue, Saren Arterius, escapes. Shepard has to stop the opening of a portal that would invite a machine race called Reapers.


Neverwinter Nights. The character has to collect the Waterdhavian creatures to cure the Wailing Death.


Phantasy Star. Alis wanted revenge for his brother Nero Landale, but her quest soon included freedom of Algol from King Lassic.


Revelations: Persona. A group of friends gain abilities to summon Personas after a fortune-telling game.


Skies of Arcadia or Eternal Arcadia. Vyse, Aika and Fina will try to gather the Moon Crystals to prevent Empress Teodora of Valuan Empire from reawakening the Gigas.


Suikoden. General Teo McDohl’s son should find the 108 warriors destined to help overthrow the Scarlet Moon Empire.


The Witcher. Geralt of Rivia was found unconscious with no memory of his life before he woke up. He was taken to Kaer Morhen, later assaulted by the Salamandra.


Xenogears. The first game in the Xeno series features the mysterious Fei Fong Wong who destroys his adoptive village.


15 Action-Adventure Video Games You Should Try


Action-adventure is very broad when one considers the definition of the two genres. More specifically, these games create situations with problems that need real-time interaction. That definition is still vague though. To better understand the genre, here are 15 titles you can sample.

  1. Assassin’s Creed II

Ezio Auditore’s carefree world changed when his father and his two brothers were hanged for treason. His quest for vengeance ties him up with a feud that has lasted for centuries.

  1. Banjo-Tooie

Gruntilda and her sisters are seeking revenge after Gruntilda’s imprisonment. Banjo and Kazooie should stop them before the inhabitants are vaporized.

  1. Bioshock

When Jack’s plane crashed near a lighthouse, he discovers Rapture, a city supposedly built as a utopia until the discovery of superhuman abilities. He has to survive the madness that has taken over the city.

  1. Dishonored

Corvo Attano was framed for the kidnapping of the princess Emily and the death of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin. Just before his execution, help arrives.

  1. Metal Gear

Rookie Solid Snake’s first mission is to destroy Metal Gear inside the Outer Heaven to stop it from launching nuclear missiles. The previous agent had gone missing.

  1. Onimusha: Warlords

When Hidemitsu Samanosuke Akechi discovers that the Genma took his cousin Princess Yuki, he is granted powers by the Oni Clan to fight the demons.

  1. Ookami

The goddess of the sun Amaterasu is summoned by Sakuya to rid the world of the curse of Orochi after Susano freed him. The artist Issun joins her.

  1. Red Dead Redemption

John Marston’s wife and his child were taken from him. He was picked up the the Bureau of Investigation to point out members of his gang.

  1. Shadow of the Colossus or Wander and the Colossus

Wander and his horse Agro have to overcome sixteen colossi to bring back Mono from the dead after she was sacrificed.

  1. Super Metroid

In this third installment, the player acts as Samur Aran who has to retrieve the stolen Metroid larva she brought to the space colony.

  1. The Last of Us

Joel must escort Ellie to the Fireflies, who is immune from the infection of a mutant fungus.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The fifth installment of the series, it features Link who has to stop King Ganondorf of Gerudo tribe from acquiring the relic Triforce. Link awakens the sages by traveling through time.

  1. Tomb Raider

In this reboot, Lara Croft’s first expedition was supposed to to be a search for the kingdom of Yamatai. They were shipwrecked and she was separated from her companions.

  1. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

As a descendant of a famous explorer, Nathan Drake wants to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps by looking for the fabled El Dorado.

  1. Watch Dogs

During one of Aiden Pearce’s hacking jobs, he and his partner were discovered after finding a strange file. Aiden tried to leave with his family, but they were confronted by two hitmen.


The Gift of 3D Printing  


For those that are not familiar with 3D printing, this is our chance to know it well and how it revolutionized our world. Here are the benefits of 3D printing:

  • Save money: The creation of prototype mold tools for example is an expensive benefit. 3D printing allows the making of these tools through additive manufacturing – which is more economical.
  • Getting the clear picture: 3D printing made it possible to create conceptual picture of the product to our clients. Somehow this is better than describing it to them. 3D printing will surely give our clients the clear picture of the product and it is less prone to ambiguity.
  • Banking on feedback: In the past, we need to produce a thousand to see how products interact in the market but today, with only a few, we can present it to buyers by featuring it on trade shows. The feedbacks of the few clients can lead us to the perfect product and before mass producing it, we already know its potential.
  • Building imagination: The possibilities are endless in 3D printing. Now, every thought and imagination can be real. In a short time, an imagination or thought can be produced real time.


For those that know about 3D printing, the good news is that there is a 3D printing facility here in Singapore and it is the biggest in Southeast Asia. The 3D facility was opened on September 28, 2015 by Ultra Clean Asia Pacific (UCT). UCT is targeting large sectors like medical and aerospace.

According to the assistant managing director of Economic Development Board, the facility reflects Singapore’s movement towards progressive engineering and manufacturing.