Best Practices for Instrument Access Management


Agilent Technologies

Date: 16:00:00 - Jul 24 2019
Speakers: Vincenzo Di Bernardo, Dimitar (Mitko) Koparov
Moderators: Tom Lynch CChem FRSC

When managing equipment in a shared resource facility, it is important to know when your instruments are in use and to define who is allowed to use them. Instrument access control capabilities enable facilities to manage access through both hardware and software mechanisms. With this added layer of security, labs can define when and by whom instruments are used. Further, instrument access control systems that connect directly to shared resource management applications, provide additional benefits, such as, real-time usage tracking and direct usage billing and reporting opportunities. 
In this webinar, we will present the two different ways you can leverage instrument access control capabilities, one using a network-enabled hardware interlock device and the other through a software interlock mechanism. We will also address the benefits of leveraging a shared resource management system with your interlock device.

Key Learning Objectives


  • The benefits of Instrument Access Management for both core facility staff and its customers.
  • Demonstration of both Hardware and Software Interlock capabilities.
  • Benefits of usage tracking and flexibility and how to manage charges for late or missed appointments.
  • LIVE question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

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Vincenzo Di Bernardo
Vincenzo Di Bernardo

Vincenzo Di Bernardo currently lives in London, UK with wife and daughter. During his years at Harvard University’s Center for Nanoscale Systems he developed a web-based lab management systems that controlled instruments via web relays. Because his experience in the field, he started consulting with iLab in 2014 on the kiosk and interlock project. In 2015 he moved to the UK and started working with iLab full-time in Engineering first and more recently in EU Business Development and Sales. Vincenzo is still occasionally assisting colleagues and customers in implementing iLab’s usage tracking solutions and always enjoys a good technical challenge. When not at his computer or visiting clients, you can find him walking the banks of the Thames with Stella, his loyal and sweet German Shepard.

Dimitar (Mitko) Koparov
Dimitar (Mitko) Koparov

Dimitar (Mitko) Koparov hails from Columbia, South Carolina, where he lives with his wife and two children. He has been involved with the iLab core facility management product since 2010. Mitko was involved with the iLab version of the interlock system from the time it was first conceived in September 2014, along with Andreas Hagen, Vincenzo Di Bernardo, and Sriram Gollapalli. He is still responsible for the design and ongoing technical support of the system and its future course of development. He has graduated from Middlebury College with a double major of Computer Science and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and enjoys paragliding and the great outdoors, especially mountains.


Tom Lynch CChem FRSC
Tom Lynch CChem FRSC (International Labmate Ltd)

Tom has 35 years of experience in the petroleum industry, specialising in the delivery of forensic and problem solving /method development capabilities for BP Fuels and Lubricants businesses globally. He was also a member of the BP Science Council representing Analytical Science and led a BP wide Analytical Science network. Tom has published over 30 citable papers, 4 book chapters and has given over 60 presentations at conferences. He is a past Vice President of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Analytical Division and a past Chairman of the RSC Separation Science Group. In addition, Tom is a recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal by the Chromatographic Society and a technical achievement award by the Energy Institute.

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