FAST-PASS 7 Visitor Management System Solutions

Deploying FAST-PASS 7 takes planning to ensure the system delivers acceptable performance by efficiently utilizing the available resources of the network infrastructure where it will be deployed. FAST-PASS 7 has been designed to deliver high performance and reliability by adopting Microsoft SQL Server as the database engine, where multiple editions are available. Therefore, assessing the volume of activity is critical in deciding the most adequate edition. Equally important, is taking the time to survey the availability of the network infrastructure where the system will be deployed to ensure sufficient bandwidth and connectivity to provide an optimum path that will allow the flow of data from one end-point to another. The amount of effort, planning, and time will depend on the number of computers (i.e., five versus 50 or more) to deploy, this includes their physical distribution, custom configurations, and training. There are different ways to deploy the FAST-PASS 7 system to meet the organization's safety and security goals. As you carefully examine the deployment scenarios, it will be helpful to review each respective system requirements (click on the + sign).

Plan

Collect inventory, procedures, and suggestions, that will turn into action points with targets to achieve the end goal.

Build

Access resources and skillset, this involves ordering and putting all the components together.

Deploy

Release to end user. This will involve the team to install the system to all sites and ensure stability and readiness for use.

Go

The culmination of all the effort is to go live and start using the system as it was planned.

Standalone

In a standalone scenario, the computer can operate independently from any other hardware and software system – it is self-sufficient. This means that the server and the client components are installed on the same computer and do not depend on any other network system to function. The standalone computer will store the SQL database and host the FAST-PASS 7 web application. Additionally, the standalone computer will have devices (e.g., camera, printer, reader) attached to capture data and print visitor passes, therefore the standalone computer should have a blend of adequate resources (e.g., CPU, RAM memory, hard disk space, and USB ports) to play both the server and client role. Hence, the URL would be: https://localhost/fastpass

FAST-PASS 7 Standalone

The standalone is the combination of the server and the client into one physical computer. This will require installing (i) Database engine, (ii) IIS, (iii) SODA and all devices on the same computer. We recommend the following system configuration for the FAST-PASS 7 standalone.

Component Standalone Specifications
Browser HTML5 compatible browser such as Google Chrome (version 70 or greater). Chances are that if you install the latest version of a browser then it will be HTML5 compatible. Does not require any browser plugins (i.e., no need for ActiveX, Adobe Flash, or Microsoft Silverlight).
Communication Protocol TCP/IP using HTTPS over port 443 with Transport Layer Security 1.2 ("TLS") and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
Database Engine and Management Microsoft SQL Server 2016, 2017, or 2019 where the choices are Express or Standard Edition. For Standalone deployments, SQL Express will suffice for 95% of the cases because not much visitor traffic is expected. SQL Express are free of charge and can be downloaded from Microsoft. In all cases, you will need Microsoft SQL Management Studio Release 18 or greater.
Database Backup The SQL database needs to be backup in the event of a recovery. If the computer suffers a damaging accident such hard drive failure then the backup file will be at risk. Therefore, you should consider making a backup of the database and you should consider storing a copy to an external device or shared folder on the network.
Hard Disk Space and Partition Allocations C:\ Drive (OS Partition) 80 GB. D:\ Drive or E:\ Drive (For storing the Fastpass.mdf and Fastpass.ldf files ) 120 GB
Microsoft Internet Information Server ("IIS") 10 Note that only Windows Server 2016 and 2019 and Windows 10 supports IIS 10. Include ASP.NET Components
Network Speed 100/1000 Mbps
Memory 8 GB, or 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM (depending if the computer will be shared with other third party software applications)
Operating System Windows 10 Professional Edition. Include Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 Runtime. Note: Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on January 20, 2020
Processor 2 Core, 4 Core, or 8 Core Depending on the load and if the computer will be used with other third party applications.
USB Requirements One available USB port for each device: Barcode Scanner, Camera, Document Scanner, Driver's License Reader, Pass Printer. Devices should be connected to the USB ports on the back of the workstation. If a USB hub is to be used it MUST be powered and provide 500 milliamps to all ports.

Client\Server On-Premise

In a Client\Server scenario, at least two computers are deployed, where one is referred to as the “Client” and the second as the “Server”. The Client is the computer that will have devices (e.g., camera, printer, reader) attached to capture data and print visitor passes. The deployment of Clients can range from one to many (e.g., two, 50, or more computers) and this will depend on the organization’s size, geographical distribution (e.g., various buildings), the volume of visitors (e.g., 100 or 3,000 plus per day), and reporting demands. The Server is the central point of management and will physically reside on-premise at the organization’s data center. Moreover, the Server will host the FAST-PASS 7 web application. Also importantly, the Server will manage the SQL database that stores all the data collected and system configurations and will be available for retrieval. The Client and Server will communicate over the organization’s existing network (i.e., intranet). Therefore, both the Client(s) and Server will reside behind the perimeter of the organization’s firewall. For On-Premise, data security of the server is in the hands of the organization and the server is managed according to existing network security policies.

FAST-PASS 7 Standalone

The following specifications describe the minimum hardware and Microsoft server components needed to accommodate the FAST-PASS 7 server into operation. The specifications apply to both virtual and non-virtual servers. The FAST-PASS 7 server will process the business rules and logic for all the FAST-PASS 7 units (i.e., client computers processing visitors) and then store them in a centralized Microsoft SQL database. Installing FAST-PASS 7 without properly planning the placement of database files or choosing the wrong storage technology can lead to performance and stability issues that impact services, and the ability to recover from failure without data loss. For this reason, the FAST-PASS 7 server should have sufficient hardware resources to process transactions and to accommodate the database and backup files.

Component Web Server Specifications
Browser HTML5 compatible browser such as Google Chrome (version 70 or greater). Chances are that if you install the latest version of a browser then it will be HTML5 compatible. Does not require any browser plugins (i.e., no need for ActiveX, Adobe Flash, or Microsoft Silverlight).
Communication Protocol TCP/IP using HTTPS over port 443 with Transport Layer Security 1.2 ("TLS") and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Database Engine and Management Microsoft SQL Server 2016, 2017, or 2019 Standard Edition (On Premise) and should be provided by the organization. In all cases, you will need Microsoft SQL Management Studio Release 18 or greater.
Hard Disk Space and Partition Allocations C:\ Drive (OS Partition) 80 GB. D:\ Drive or E:\ Drive (For storing the Fastpass.mdf and Fastpass.ldf files ) 120 GB
Microsoft Internet Information Server ("IIS") 10 IIS is required to host and manage the Web Application. Include ASP.NET Components
Network Speed 100/1000 Mbps
Memory 8 GB, or 16 GB, Or 32 GB of DDR4 SDRAM (the server should not be shared with other third party software applications)
Operating System Windows Server 2016 or 2019 (64 bit). Include Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 Runtime
Processor 2 Core, 4 Core, or 8 Core (the server should not be shared with other third party software applications).
USB Requirements None, generally the server will not have devices attached.

There is no client Registration application to install, from the client computer, the user will browse to server URL (i.e., https://ServerName/Fastpass) and enter credentials to log in. The only client application that will need to be installed is SODA to manage the devices.

Component Client Specifications
Browser HTML5 compatible browser such as Google Chrome (version 70 or greater). Chances are that if you install the latest version of a browser then it will be HTML5 compatible. Does not require any browser plugins (i.e., no need for ActiveX, Adobe Flash, or Microsoft Silverlight).
Communication Protocol TCP/IP using HTTPS over port 443 with Transport Layer Security 1.2 ("TLS") and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
Database Engine and Management No database will be installed because the data will reside on the server.
Hard Disk Space and Partition Allocations C:\ Drive (OS Partition) 80 GB enough for Windows OS files and future updates
Microsoft Internet Information Server ("IIS") 10 For Client systems IIS is not required because the Server will host the Web Application.
Network Speed 100/1000 Mbps
Memory 8 GB or 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM (depending if the computer will be shared with other third party software applications)
Operating System Windows 10 Professional (64 bit). Include Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 Runtime Note: Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on January 20, 2020
Processor 2 Core, 4 Core, or 8 Core (depending if the computer will be shared with other third party software applications).
USB Requirements One available USB port for each device: Barcode Scanner, Camera, Document Scanner, Driver's License Reader, Pass Printer. Devices should be connected to the USB ports on the back of the workstation. If a USB hub is to be used it MUST be powered and provide 500 milliamps to all ports.

Client\Server Hosted (Cloud)

The hosted solution is also a Client/Server model. The characteristics of the Client computer are the same where the computers will physically reside within the organization and behind the firewall perimeter. Likewise, the role of the Server as a central repository of the database also holds true. However, the difference is that the Server is physically hosted and managed in a separate datacenter with cloud resource management. To gain access to the FAST-PASS 7 system, the Clients would go to a unique URL address that would go through their firewall and into the internet. And with proper DNS resolution, the Client will be directed to the correct destination and enter their credentials to access the FAST-PASS 7 Server that is being hosted.

FAST-PASS 7 Standalone

Optimized to be hosted on Azure with Microsoft SQL Server.

FAST-PASS 7 Client\Server Azure Hosted

There is no client Registration application to install, from the client computer, the user will browse to server URL (i.e., https://ServerName/Fastpass) and enter credentials to log in. The only client application that will need to be installed is SODA to manage the devices.

Component Client Specifications
Browser HTML5 compatible browser such as Google Chrome (version 70 and greater) Chances are that if you install the latest version of a browser then it will be HTML5 compatible. Does not require any browser plugins (i.e., no need for ActiveX, Adobe Flash, or Microsoft Silverlight).
Communication Protocol TCP/IP using HTTPS over port 443 with Transport Layer Security 1.2 ("TLS") and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
Database Engine and Management No database will be installed because the data will reside on the server.
Hard Disk Space and Partition Allocations C:\ Drive (OS Partition) 80 GB enough for Windows OS files and future updates
Microsoft Internet Information Server ("IIS") 10. Include ASP.NET Components For Client systems IIS is not required because the Server will host the Web Application.
Network Speed 100/1000 Mbps
Memory 8 GB or 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM (depending if the computer will be shared with other third party software applications)
Operating System Windows 10 Professional (64 bit). Include Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 Note: Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on January 20, 2020
Processor 2 Core, 4 Core, or 8 Core (depending if the computer will be shared with other third party software applications).
USB Requirements One available USB port for each device: Barcode Scanner, Camera, Document Scanner, Driver's License Reader, Pass Printer. Devices should be connected to the USB ports on the back of the workstation. If a USB hub is to be used it MUST be powered and provide 500 milliamps to all ports.

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