Camera / Card Reader Combo Reviewed

By: John Grocke, Published on Aug 30, 2013

When IPVM recently reviewed a wall camera for capturing better facial images, several readers commented that a wall-mounted camera would be extremely useful when mounted near access control system card readers. One manufacturer, Geovision, has recently released an ONVIF conformant version of their card reader with an integral 4MP camera, which would eliminate the need for the separate camera. In this update, we'll examine this combination card reader/camera.

Product Overview

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Comments (5)

I wonder how this device would be classified for ADA. According to them a card reader should be no more than 48" high which would casue some issues for the camera I would imagine.

Mobotix is primary used for door opening solution including visitors. Geovision forget to add ring button for visitors. If Geovision will make modification with possibility to add ring button for visitors it will be very interesting product. I can just agree with idea that Mifare is not the best choise. Also is not clear what they read from MIFARE if it is just CSN than it is not security just toy. Than to use face mode which is for higher security applications little bit strange. Also wiegand 26 bit is industrial format and not security format. Distance for pure wiegand is 150m Geovison has just 30 m.

I can say nice idea but not for proffesional use.

Stefan - We agree. The Geovision camera reader and Mobotix door station unit have different applications, one is a card reader with a built-in camera and the other is a full-fledged door station. We always try to do a comparison in our evaluations, but it was difficult to find an equal to the Geovision unit since it is quite unique. The Mobotix was used as a comparison as it has a camera and can read MIFARE cards. Without a call button and outdoor-rating the Geovision unit would not make a good door station. Thanks for your comments.

Another comparison would be the Aiphone Door Stations with Embedded Card Readers. I have used the IS-DV door station, but it doesn't have the integrated card reader. I ended up installing a dedicated hid reader next to the IP video intercom.

I see the IS-DVF-HID model has an integrated reader. I rather like the IS series devices from Aiphone. Uses IP for video transport. Requires a door station, no obvious way to integrate into a VMS solution.

That was another I had considered for a comparison. As you mentioned, connecting the IS system to a VMS is problematic, which is why I didn't go with it. As an integrator, I used the IP version of the IS series many times with great success as a stand-alone video intercom system. I am planning a writing a review on it sometime in the near future.

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