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Physical Access Control Systems article directory

Most Recent Coverage on Access Control
Top 5 Access Control Problems on Jul 21, 2014
"Here's what integrators say are their 5 top problems with electronic access control: High cost..."
Favorite Access Control Software 2014 on Jul 16, 2014
"What are the favorite access control software platforms? Is it the elder incumbents like Honeywel..."
Favorite Access Control Credentials on Jul 11, 2014
"When it comes to the most popular way to unlock a door, which access credential type holds the fa..."
Maglocks - Who Uses And Hates Them on Jul 10, 2014
"Many integrators hate maglocks. However, they are a common sight on many controlled openings. But..."
New Hosted Access Provider: Feenics on Jul 08, 2014
"There is a new entrant in the hosted access market, Feenics. Not only are they aiming for the cl..."
Lifespan of Electronic Access Control Systems on Jul 01, 2014
"Just how long do end users hang on to access systems before they look to change? The answer may s..."
Average Access Control Job Size on Jun 30, 2014
"Unique IPVM statistics reveal what is the average access control job size, how size varies across..."
The $100 Fingerprint Reader Tested on Jun 11, 2014
"Want to add biometrics but avoid spending nearly $1,000 per door for it? When it comes to finger..."
How To Use Maglocks With Battery Power Legally on Jun 02, 2014
"When the power goes off, maglocks leave your doors unlocked... right? Unless backup power is use..."
Milestone Access Control 2014 Released on May 28, 2014
"Milestone has announced an update to its first venture into integrated access interface. When we ..."
Fingerprint Readers Examined on May 15, 2014
"They all claim to do the same thing, but no two fingerprint readers are alike. How do you make su..."
Access Control Specification Guide on May 12, 2014
"This 18 page report provides the most in-depth guidance on specifying Access Control systems you ..."
Startup: Fingerprint Reading through Gloves on May 07, 2014
"A fundamental limitation of typical fingerprint readers is that users must expose their fingers t..."
Access Control Job Walk Guide on May 06, 2014
"Thousands of dollars can be uncovered or avoided in a job walk if you know what to look for and w..."
Card Printers Guide on May 01, 2014
"Card printers are a core component of professional access control systems, often used as photos I..."
HD Camera / Face Rec / Door Controller All-in-One on Apr 30, 2014
"Is it a security camera, face recognition reader, or a door controller? Stand aside people: Bi..."
Startup: Fingerprint Breakthrough? on Apr 29, 2014
"A startup, IDAir, wants to read your fingerprints through thin air. While most fingerprint biomet..."
Wireless Access Control Card Reader on Apr 24, 2014
"Most card readers are hardwired to a controller, but not this unit. It claims to be as easy to in..."
Genetec and Milestone Access Tested on Apr 23, 2014
"Video management software companies entering access control is a growing trend. One of the first..."
Securing Access Control Systems on Apr 17, 2014
"Securing access control components is critical to ensuring that a facility is truly secure. Other..."
Access Control New Products Spring 2014 on Apr 14, 2014
"With surveillance dissapointing, access control dominanted the top awards at ISC West. Of course,..."
Access Control Course - Spring 2014 on Apr 11, 2014
"Registration is now closed. Our next IPVM access control course will meet live online, startin..."
Best in Show 2014: SV3 Examined on Apr 10, 2014
"ISC West 2014's top new product prize went to relative unknown Building Intelligence's SV3 Entry ..."
Visitor Management Systems Examined on Apr 08, 2014
""Who are you, and why are you here?" Facilities that implement Visitor Management Systems hope th..."
Wiegand vs OSDP on Mar 19, 2014
"Wiegand has been the standard access communication protocol for decades. Despite advances in cred..."
Axis Video / Access Integration Reviewed on Mar 11, 2014
"While Axis added its own access control software and hardware, at first, it had no integration wi..."
NFC vs BLE For the Future of Access Control on Mar 04, 2014
"Nothing in access control has the hype of NFC but is it for real? So far the answer has been no...."
Book Released: 2014 Access Control Training on Feb 26, 2014
"Just like we did an IP camera book, we are now doing one for access control. This is the best, m..."
Security Measures Hindering First Responders on Feb 24, 2014
"Do your security measures help or hurt first responders? The Department of Homeland Security and..."
Tyco Kantech New Combo Door Controller Reviewed on Feb 18, 2014
"Installing enterprise access control is expensive for just one door and creates a challenge in sp..."
Startup Raises Millions For A Fingerprint Card on Feb 12, 2014
"Access control does not get a lot of love or money but one company is trying to buck this trend. ..."
Testing Axis Access Control on Jan 27, 2014
"After years of speculation and months of waiting since its announcement, Axis' first access contr..."
Ask the AHJ: Chicago on Jan 23, 2014
"The AHJ has the final say in access control systems. That power, combined with the rules not alwa..."
Delayed Egress Maglock Claims to Save Thousands on Jan 21, 2014
"Deploying delayed egress right is tricky even when codes allow it, and making sure you meet all t..."
Startup Review: $70 Smartphone Controlled Padlock on Jan 16, 2014
"A startup thinks you will buy padlocks you can open/close with your phone. Not to be outdone by t..."
Eliminating Control Panels? Viscount Reviewed on Dec 05, 2013
"Every access control system requires control panels. But now one manufacturer claims that their '..."
Access Control Management Software Guide on Oct 26, 2013
"In access control, the locks, readers and credentials may be what most see but its the management..."
Installing Door Hardware on Oct 23, 2013
"Most access installers find themselves in this sticky situation at some point: they need to insta..."
Fall 2013 Access Control Course (CLOSED) on Oct 08, 2013
"Our next IPVM access control course registration is closed. It meets live online, starting on Oct..."
Door Controller Configuration Tutorial on Oct 03, 2013
"After selection and installation of door controllers, they must be optimized according to the spe..."
Testing HID Edge Solo on Oct 03, 2013
"HID is the biggest name in IP door controllers, especially for single or dual door controllers, w..."
The Deadliest Tradeshow Booth? on Sep 24, 2013
"The ASIS show floor is awash with new access control products, but Stanley Security's Iris Reader..."
Startup: NFC Ring Reviewed on Sep 24, 2013
"An eccentric startup wants to empower your fistbumps with information. If the NFC Ring takes off,..."
Powering Cameras over Long Distances on Sep 19, 2013
"In the age of Power over Ethernet, specifying external camera power is becoming a lost art. Incre..."
Inventor Aims to Stop Break-Ins on Sep 17, 2013
"Bump keys make opening locked doors easy, and few products address the problem. The most common w..."
Worst Readers Ever: Keypads on Sep 16, 2013
"One type of access control reader wins the title "Worst Choice" - the common keypad. When used im..."
Startup Releases Biometric Bracelet on Sep 13, 2013
"Using your heartbeat to open doors just got a step closer to reality. Startup Bionym is raising f..."
HID vs NXP Credentials on Sep 12, 2013
"Two companies dominate the global market for access control credentials: HID Global and NXP Semic..."
Apple Adds Biometrics, Snubs NFC Again on Sep 11, 2013
"iPhones will soon have fingerprint readers. Few brands have Apple's immense market impact, and ph..."
Networked Professional Power Supply Examined on Sep 10, 2013
"For years, owners and integrators have been able to remotely monitor and manage IP-based video su..."
Disability Laws, ADA and Access Control on Sep 09, 2013
"Designing safe Access Control is paramount for everyone, especially those working with disabiliti..."
Door Position Switches Tutorial on Sep 05, 2013
"Door position switches get no respect. They make Access Control possible, yet they are frequently..."
Standard for Access Control (UL 294) on Sep 03, 2013
"Few specifications are seen more commonly in access control than UL 294. However, aside from seei..."
Shark Tank Security Startup on Aug 30, 2013
"A startup featured on the US Shark Tank TV show, UniKey, is trying to disrupt residential access ..."
Camera / Card Reader Combo Reviewed on Aug 30, 2013
"When IPVM recently reviewed a wall camera for capturing better facial images, several readers com..."
The 5 Major Lock Profiles Explained on Aug 29, 2013
"Locks are used everywhere, but they are not all the same. In fact, even the shape of the lock cha..."
Security Fence Guide on Aug 28, 2013
"Fences, while a low tech barricade, are a cornerstone of good security. Few physical security ele..."
Understanding the 20+ Lock Functions on Aug 26, 2013
"Some suppose all locks are the same but standards existing defining a range of over 20 different ..."
Specifying Door Locks on Aug 22, 2013
"Mechanical door locks regularly remain even after electronic access control is added. Indeed, mos..."
Door Swing Primer on Aug 21, 2013
"The direction a door swings might seem minor, but it can greatly impact door hardware selection. ..."
Door and Frame Alignment Primer on Aug 20, 2013
"Effective access control is only as good as the doors being secured. Most designers and installer..."
Universal Gate Access Solution on Aug 19, 2013
"Gates are great for keeping property secure, but they also keep the good guys out. Agencies like ..."
Foolproof Strike Installation Guide on Aug 13, 2013
"Follow this guide and you will install a strike correctly everytime. As we detail in this post, i..."
Can Salto Disrupt Traditional Access Control? on Aug 07, 2013
"Salto's access control system, using credential based networking, claims to be at least 50% less ..."
Introducing IPVM's Test Door on Aug 06, 2013
"Over the next few months, we will release videos teaching and testing access control. The physica..."
Vehicle Gate Access Control on Aug 05, 2013
"Delivering Vehicle Gate Access Control demands integrating a myriad of different systems. Everyth..."
Exit Devices Tutorial on Jul 30, 2013
"One of the most common locking devices is poorly understood. Exit Devices, also called 'Panic Bar..."
Access Control: Combo Reader / Controllers Tutorial on Jul 22, 2013
"Economical or foolhardy? Industry professionals are torn on combination door readers. These units..."
Time & Attendance Tutorial on Jul 18, 2013
"Access Control is useful for more than unlocking doors. One of the best features is also rarely u..."
Mantraps Examined on Jul 16, 2013
"One of the oldest techniques in access control is still used today. Mantraps date back to medieva..."
Mercury Open Access Hardware Examined on Jul 15, 2013
"Everyone wants an "open" access platform, yet no one delivers... or do they? One of the biggest n..."
Prox vs. iClass Explained on Jul 12, 2013
"The differences between 'contactless' proximity credential formats are significant, yet the detai..."
HID's Gesture Credentials Patents on Jul 10, 2013
"Proximity style credentials carry a huge risk: they can be passively read by thieves, who take th..."
International Rules / IBC for Access Control on Jun 24, 2013
"Dealing with fragmented local codes is one of the most frustrating parts of electronic access con..."
Don't Miss the Drain Wire on Jun 05, 2013
"An easy-to-miss cabling specification plays a vital role in access control, yet it is commonly ig..."
Dealing With Forced Door Alarms on May 30, 2013
"One of the most common access control alarms is also the most ignored. "Forced Door" provides a v..."
RedCloud Details / Avigilon Acquisition on May 30, 2013
"Avigilon has acquired RedCloud, an access control manufacturer, for $17 million in cash. This pos..."
Access Control (Strikes) Full Class Session on May 23, 2013
"Below is an 88 minute full class recording from our access control course, examining door hardwar..."
Proximity Readers Tutorial on May 20, 2013
"One of the most common credentials is also the most confusing. How exactly do proximity cards 're..."
Deadly Pushbuttons on May 15, 2013
"A simple and common misunderstanding in specifying pushbuttons can kill people trying to escape b..."
Elevator Access Control Examined on May 06, 2013
"Doors are certainly the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about electronic access cont..."
End User Sues ADT/Tyco For $42 Million on May 06, 2013
"It was the biggest drug heist in American history. Burglars drove an 18-wheeler up to the Eli Lil..."
Testing Covert Cameras on May 01, 2013
"Covert cameras are regularly referenced in TV shows and undercover reporting. We ordered two of t..."
Stand Alone Access Control (Sargent) on Apr 29, 2013
"Classroom safety is a key concern, especially with fears of school shooting. Door hardware plays ..."
Pelco's Abandoned Access Control Line (Infinias) on Apr 23, 2013
"Once upon a time, Pelco had its own access control offering that claimed to be the 'smallest, mos..."
Spring 2013 Access Control Course (CLOSED) on Apr 23, 2013
"The IPVM access control course will meet live online, started on April 30th for 12 times over 6 w..."
Hirsch / Identive Gets Cost Competitive on Apr 21, 2013
"One of the biggest legacy brands in high end access control was Hirsch, who merged and was absorb..."
Sony's 6th Gen Low Light Demo on Apr 21, 2013
"Sony's ISC West demo of their 6th generation network camera's low light performance drew a lot of..."
SIA NPS New Product Showcase Judging on Apr 18, 2013
""It's like a cute baby contest. If only 12 ugly babies enter, then only ugly babies are going to ..."
Top Trends in Access Control 2013 on Apr 16, 2013
"All of a sudden, Access Control has momentum? After a long period of apparent stagnation and stal..."
Reading Irises from Cars? on Apr 14, 2013
"What happens when you want to use biometrics at vehicle gates? In the past, this has meant staffi..."
"Best" New Access Control Product? on Apr 09, 2013
"It's 'award winning', but is it useful? With 3M Cogent's MiY-Touch fingerprint reader winning an ..."
IPVM Live From ISC West 2013 on Apr 09, 2013
"In this post, we bring updates from the show floor, highlighting the great and not-so-great trend..."
The SUPER RMR Padlock on Apr 07, 2013
"Despite the dearth of new product announcements for the year's ISC West expo, padlock lovers can ..."
Get Automatic Updates on New Releases on Apr 03, 2013
"IPVM releases a number of new posts each day. One recent request was an option to get notified as..."
Mustering Tutorial on Apr 01, 2013
"Access control can be used for more than just securing buildings. Among these powerful 'other' fu..."
An Alarm Super-Panel? on Mar 31, 2013
"Combo alarm panels have become popular for small and medium installations. Now, DMP has announced..."
The Codes Behind Access Control on Mar 27, 2013
"In Electronic Access Control, there is one basic rule: Life safety above all else. While simple, ..."
Pivot3 Q1 2013 Update on Mar 27, 2013
"Intransa's troubles have raised concerns about the viability of specialized surveillance storage ..."
Request to Exit Tutorial on Mar 26, 2013
"Locks are not always the most important pieces of door hardware. For access controlled doors, esp..."
World's Smallest HD Bullet (Axis M2014) on Mar 25, 2013
"Axis announced the M2014-E, what it's calling "world's smallest HDTV bullet-style network camera...."
Wireless Access Primer on Mar 24, 2013
"In the past few years, one of the most interesting developments in access control has been the in..."
Door Controllers Guide on Mar 19, 2013
"Access Control systems may have hundreds of parts, but none are more important than the door cont..."
Access Control Cabling Tutorial on Mar 17, 2013
"Access Control is only as reliable as its cables. While this aspect lacks the sexiness of other c..."
Camera Vibration Solutions on Mar 13, 2013
"Shaky images can severely undermine image quality, strain operator eyesight and make monitoring m..."
Debunking Anixter's IP Video Advantages on Mar 12, 2013
"Anixter has been touting 5 Advantages of IP Video Surveillance. Unfortunately, those benefits cen..."
The 5 Biggest Access Control Mistakes on Mar 11, 2013
"Access control systems keep people and places safe, but sometimes have huge weaknesses that leave..."
Battery Powered Access Controller on Mar 06, 2013
"Installing electronic access is never as simple as throwing in a mechanical lock. Not only do you..."
Hidden Access Cost: The Database on Mar 04, 2013
"All decisions have a price, but some cost more than others. Choosing which type of database for y..."
Glass Doors and Access Control on Feb 26, 2013
"The biggest challenge for many access control systems are glass doors. Here's what happens when a..."
Replacing Access Control Systems on Feb 20, 2013
"Q: What's rarer than a two-headed penny? A: An end user who replaces their access control system...."
Combating the Door Prop Problem on Feb 17, 2013
"Doors have a fundamental security function: They keep the bad guys out. When a door is propped op..."
IPVM For PR / Marketing People on Feb 14, 2013
"This post helps PR / Marketing people understand and productively work with IPVM (as much as poss..."
Maintaining Access Control Records on Feb 13, 2013
"Weeding out old entries, turning off unused credentials, and updating who carries which credentia..."
Access Control Levels and Schedules Tutorial on Feb 10, 2013
"One of access control's most critical security elements has nothing to do with cards, locks, or r..."
Multi-Factor Authentication Primer on Feb 04, 2013
"Can a stranger use your credentials? One of the oldest problems facing access control is making c..."
Fingerprint for Access Control on Feb 03, 2013
"Despite being touted as the next big thing for access control, fingerprint readers struggle to de..."
SIA Says: Buy Our Stuff, Stop School Shootings! on Jan 31, 2013
"The US Security Industry Association is proudly speaking for all of us in a letter to President O..."
Surveillance CODEC Guide on Jan 31, 2013
"CODECs are core to surveillance, with names like MJPEG, MPEG-4 and H.264 commonly discussed but, ..."
AHJ / Authority Having Jurisdiction Tutorial on Jan 29, 2013
"One of the most powerful yet shadowy characters in all of physical security is the AHJ, the Autho..."
Delayed Egress Examined on Jan 27, 2013
"Is it ever legal to lock people into a building? With so much of access control driven by life sa..."
Fail Safe vs. Fail Secure Primer on Jan 23, 2013
"Few terms carry greater importance than 'fail safe' and 'fail secure' for access control. The def..."
Selecting the Right Electric Strike on Jan 22, 2013
"Despite being one of the most common components of access control, specifying the right electric ..."
Access Control Killer: Tailgating on Jan 20, 2013
"Despite costing thousands of dollars per door, access control systems are inherently vulnerable t..."
The Passback Problem on Jan 16, 2013
"Every security system has flaws, even high-tech ones. While Electronic Access Control helps keep ..."
Door Hardware Grades Explained on Jan 13, 2013
"How can you tell high quality hardware from junk? Unlike other industries, where 'buyer beware' d..."
Classroom Locks Reviewed on Dec 18, 2012
"Access control hardware cannot defeat a gunmen; but it can slow them down and buy precious minute..."
Palm Vein / Face Combo Reader on Dec 17, 2012
"A new reader terminal claims it is the "only true PACS terminal using Palm Vein Recognition" and ..."
Higher Resolution Cameras Need More Light? on Dec 13, 2012
"One of the most misleading myths is that higher resolution cameras need more light than lower res..."
Selecting Access Control Readers on Dec 12, 2012
"Given the variety of types available, specifying access control readers can be a daunting process..."
Access Control Exploits: Risky PIRs? on Dec 09, 2012
"A panicked end user called us this week about a surprisingly simple way their access control syst..."
Axis Changes A&E Event on Dec 06, 2012
"For the last two years, Axis funded lavish cruises for A&Es and their spouses, hotly debated ..."
Verint Surveillance Revenue Steep Drop on Dec 05, 2012
"Verint's painful decline in (or perhaps out of) the surveillance market continues. In their most ..."
Designing an Access Control System on Nov 26, 2012
"Designing an access control solution requires decisions on 8 fundamental questions. This in-depth..."
Dorma Acquires Rutherford Controls on Nov 26, 2012
"Billion dollar plus German door hardware manufacturer Dorma is acquiring one of the most well reg..."
Locksmiths Replaced by Vending Machines? on Nov 07, 2012
"Is the venerable locksmith on the way out? First, big box retailers set up their own departments ..."
Entertech FaceStation Examined on Nov 05, 2012
"Biometric credentials are more than just fingerprints. A growing trend in access control readers ..."
Test Your Access Control Knowledge on Oct 25, 2012
"How well do you know electronic access control? Do you understand maglocks, mullions, strikes, bi..."
Revolutionary Door Lock? (Lockitron) on Oct 07, 2012
"This could be the biggest thing to hit access control in years. A Silicon Valley startup has deve..."
NFC: Not Ready for Primetime on Oct 01, 2012
"NFC continues to be the biggest buzzword in access control. HID, the principal manufacturer of th..."
Next Generation Intercoms (Stentofon Turbine) on Oct 01, 2012
"Just like IP cameras, IP intercoms are getting more sophisticated. In the olds days, it might hav..."
Multifunction Maglock (Securitron M680) on Sep 23, 2012
"A new maglock claims to be 'smarter' and more 'stylish' than the rest. Is it useful, or is it a c..."
Lowest-Cost EoC Yet? (EnConn Mini-Power) on Sep 19, 2012
"Reusing coaxial cable for new IP cameras can simplify and save on upgrades. However, the devices ..."
A Revolutionary Reader? Nedap uPass Access on Sep 18, 2012
"Is a revolution in access control readers upon us? That's the claim of one manufacturer, who has ..."
IR Sells Off Bright Blue on Sep 12, 2012
"Once the hottest new access control product, Bright Blue has sunk into relative obscurity in a ma..."
Ready Made Access Control Entrances on Sep 10, 2012
"Some projects only need access control points for a few months, while others cannot tolerate leng..."
Kaba Restructures Access on Sep 06, 2012
"One of the oldest companies in door security has announced a sweeping reorganization of their ele..."
Wireless Door Power (Securitron ICPT) on Sep 05, 2012
"Wireless electricity? Door hardware is hardly known as 'high tech', but a new product from Assa A..."
Proximity Card Vulnerabilities on Aug 22, 2012
"Even though it is the most common credential in access control today, proximity cards face notabl..."
Should Smart Integrators Lead with Access Control? on Aug 02, 2012
"Video gets all the hype but should savvy integrators lead with access control instead? Recently, ..."
Assa Abloy Aperio Wireless Examined on Jul 22, 2012
"Cabling and installation are the two biggest expenses in access control. With many locations diff..."
HID VertX Examined on Jul 17, 2012
"HID's VertX door access control system is the more powerful but lesser known sibling of HID's Edg..."
HID's EVO Series Examined on Jul 08, 2012
"After years of rumors, door access control giant HID has formally announced its next generation o..."
BrightBlue: Small Site Access Control on Jun 17, 2012
"Hardware giant Schlage wants to control doors in even the smallest deployments. Unlike other 'big..."
Security Gates Tutorial on Jun 05, 2012
"While gates are a critical component for many facilities, selecting them can be challenging. Nume..."
FIPS-201 Failure on May 28, 2012
"The security market is hungry for money. With security budgets shrinking worldwide, any glimmer o..."
Alerting Against Unlocked Doors on May 12, 2012
"Unlocked doors are a key vulnerability of many access control systems. While a door may be closed..."
Brivo Access Control Examined on May 10, 2012
"Does hosted access offer advantages over traditional panel based door access control systems? Bri..."
Disrupting Residential Access Control? Lockitron on May 09, 2012
"Can the traditional access control market be disrupted by new entrants leveraging consumer techno..."
Should Manufacturers Write A&E Specs? on May 08, 2012
"Users depend on architects and engineers (A&Es) to design buildings that best meet their need..."
Hotel Access Control Explained on May 07, 2012
"Hotel access control seems to work magically. Unlike electronic access control systems used in se..."
Quiet Door Hardware Examined on May 06, 2012
"The incessant buzzing of electrified door hardware can drive people crazy. Is noisy door hardware..."
Anixter Q1 2012 Security Sales Reviewed on Apr 24, 2012
"As one of the biggest distributors in security, Anixter is a bellweather for the broader IP video..."
Critiquing HID's 'Access Control Goes Mobile' Presentation on Apr 11, 2012
"Are Mobile Credentials ready for primetime? ASSA ABLOY / HID, who have invested heavily in the t..."
Turnstiles Guide on Mar 19, 2012
"Turnstiles are security devices that control pedestrian access to secured areas, designed as movi..."
Selecting the Right Type of Electric Lock on Mar 14, 2012
"Picking between electric strikes, magnetic locks, electronic bolts and locksets can be a complex ..."
Video Surveillance / Access Control Integration on Mar 13, 2012
"One of the most desired high end security system features is integrating video surveillance and e..."
Access Credential Form Factor Tutorial on Mar 08, 2012
"Deciding which type, or form factor, of access control credential to use and distribute can be a ..."
NFC For Access Control on Mar 06, 2012
"Led by door access gorilla, Assa Abloy / HID, NFC is getting a lot of unwarranted hype as the nex..."
PoE Door Strike? on Mar 01, 2012
"A true PoE / network door strike would reduce costs and simplify installations considerably. Inde..."
Door Intercom Tutorial on Feb 29, 2012
"Door entry systems are an often overlooked subsystem of facility security. Typically, entry syste..."
How Doors Impact Access Control on Feb 13, 2012
"Assuming every door can be secured with either a maglock or an electric strike can be a painful a..."
Digital Locks / eCylinder Tutorial on Feb 07, 2012
"In some applications ‘traditional’ panel/controller based Electronic Access Control a..."