Farpointe Data Conekt Mobile Access Reader Tested

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jun 13, 2019

California based Farpointe Data has been a significant OEM supplier of conventional access readers for years to companies including DMP, RS2, DSX, Keri, and Sielox, and recently announced mobile credentials and readers.

So how well does the product perform?

We purchased a Farpointe mobile reader and tested multiple functions including:

  • Compatibility With Existing Access Systems
  • Conekt App Operation for both Android and iPhone
  • The Two App Steps Needed for Unlock
  • How Dependably OSDP Functions
  • How Mobile Credentials are Added for Use
  • Operation With Physical Credentials (MIFARE DESFire EV1 & EV2)
  • The Platform's Strengths & Weaknesses Compared To Others
  • Conekt vs HID Global

********** ************** ******* **** * *********** OEM ******** ** ************ access ******* *** ***** to ********* ********* ***, RS2, ***, ****, *** Sielox, *** ******** ********* mobile *********** *** *******.

** *** **** **** the ******* *******?

** ********* * ********* mobile ****** *** ****** multiple ********* *********:

  • ************* **** ******** ****** Systems
  • ****** *** ********* *** both ******* *** ******
  • *** *** *** ***** Needed *** ******
  • *** ********** **** *********
  • *** ****** *********** *** Added *** ***
  • ********* **** ******** *********** (MIFARE ******* *** & EV2)
  • *** ********'* ********* & Weaknesses ******** ** ******
  • ****** ** *** ******

[***************]

Key ********

** *** ****,********* ****'* ***-********* ****, **** ** noted *********** ******:

  • ****-** ******** *** **** Systems: ****** **** '****** access' ********, **********'* ****** connects ********** ** *** access ****** ** * 3rd-party *******. **** ***** brittle **** ************ ****** as ********. ** *************** was ****** ** ******* unit ********.
  • ********: *** ****** ****** did *** **** ** operate ** ******** ** more **** *** ****** transactions. *** ******* *********** no *** *******, ************, or ****.
  • **** ***** **** ********: ** ****** ****** transactions ** ********* ********* 15 **** **** ** issues ** *********.

*******, *** **** ** the ****** ***** **** weaknesses **** *********** ********* market *******:

  • ** '*****' ** ***** Unlock:***** *********'* ****** *** requires ******** *********, ****** many *********** **** ***** hands-free ** '*****' ************.
  • ****** ****: ******** ** ***** 'mobile-enabled' ******* **** ***'******* ** ***, ********* ****'* **** is ************* **** *********, by ** **** ** 2X ** **** ($*** vs. $*** ***) ********* on ****** *************.

CSR-35L ******

********* ****'* ******-******* ****** is ***'******' *************** ** ******* ********.

********** ** *******, *** readers **** *** **** physical ************ ** ********* and *** ******* **** a ******* ***** ********* or ****** **** ******** box *********, ** ***** below:

*** ****** ******** ******* both **.** *** *** 125 *** (***-******) ********** options, **** ** ******* outputs, *** ******-********** **** ranges:

  • ***-***: *** '*' ****** means '************', **** * short **** ***** ********* up ** *.* ******.
  • ***-***: **** '**** ****** up ** ** ****', which **** ****** ** 17 **** **** ** problems. ********* ******** ‘-*’ readers *** *** ************ like *** ******** ** a ********, ***** *** longer ***** *** ***** greater **** ***********.

**** ********* *** ****** an ****, ****-***** *******,*** ***-***, ******* ~$***. *** Wiegand ******* ** ~$** less, ********** ****** **~$***.

********* ******** ******* ***-***** will *** ******* ~$* - $** *** * mobile ****** **********.

*******, ******* ** ********, as *** ******* **** not **** *** ************ but **** ** ***** brands *** *** ****** resell ******.

Wiegand

****** **** ******* ********** both ******* *** **** in *** **** ****, Fairpointe ***** *** ***-** in *** ** *** other.

** ***** ********* ** comment, *** **** ***** the ******** ********* ** avoiding ************ *********** **** Wiegand ** *** ******:

** ** *** ***** OSD/Wiegand ************** ** * single **** *** ** the **** ** ***** still *** * ******** risk, ******* ** *** reader ** ********** **** and ******* ** *** same **** ** *** be ******, *** ******* data *** ** *******.

*** ** *** *** benefits ** **** ** encryption. ** **** ** was * ******* ** offer *** **** ****** identification ****** ‘** *** clear’ **** *** **** device ** * ******* output *** *******.

** ********* *** **** unit**** ******* (***** **.*.*)** ** **** ***** and *********** ** ************ difficulties ** ******* *** controller ** ********* *** reader's *******. ** ********** resistor *** **** ** either ********** ** ******, as ***** ******** *** <2 ****.

****** *** ****** ***** connected ** ****** '*-' and '*+' ***** ****** than *** ******* '**' and '**' *****:

Conekt *** ********

******* ** ***** ****** is '******' ***, ********* in ********************. **** ***** **** use *** ***'* **** screen ****, ** ** shows ***** ****** *********** and *** '******' ******:

*** ***'* ****** *********** can ** ********** ** match ******* **** ** the ******** ****** ******, and *** **** **** a ***** **-*** ****** encrypted ** *** *** via *** *****'****** *********** *********** **** readers.

** ****** **** **** 100 '*****' ***** **** iPhone *** ******* *** versions *** *********** ** device ******** ** ************.

No '****-*******' ******

**** ***** ****** *********** market * '*****' ** distance ******* ******* *** app ************* **** *********** to *** ******. ********* citing **** ***************,*****, ****** ********'***** *** **'******* *******.

*******, *********'* *** ********* requires *** *****, ******* the **** **** ****** both *** ********** *** then '*** ** ******' before *********. *** ***** below ***** *** *******:

*** ********* ** *** required ***-**** ******* ** to ****** * ******** credential ** '********', ***** then ***** *** ********** data **** *** *** is *********.

*******, **** ******** ** limited ** *** ********** and ***** ******** ********* and ******** *** ***, which ***** ****** ********* do *** ********* *******.

**** ***** *** **** this ***** ******* ************, especially ***** *** ************ they **** ******** *** activate *** *** ***** time **** **** ** pass ******* ** *******.

Claims ***** ********

********* **** ********** *** extra ***** ** * security ***********:

*** *** ** ********* by *** (*****) ******’* PIN *** **********, ** if *** **** ** lose **** ****** ** one *** ****** **** MAC ** *** ****** app.

******* ***** ******* **, the **** ** *** constantly ********** **** ** the ********** **** ***** solutions *** *****, *** have ** ******** *** request *** *****. ***’** not ******* **** * corridor ********* ***** ***************.

********* ****** * ***** point, ******** ** ******* would ** ** ****** users ***** ****** ****** than ******** ** ******.

Assigned ** ********** ** ******

** ***** ** *********** credentials ** *** ****** system, ****** **** ****** input *** ********** *** mobile ***** **** ******** into *** **** ******'* cardholder ** **** ****** database.

** *** ****, ****** credentials **** ***** ** if **** **** ******** credential ** ********** ***** to **** *******:

*** ****** ***** ** mobile ****** *********** *** be ** ***** ***** expense ******** ** ******** integrated ******* ******* *****.

Adding ****** ****** *****

*** ******* ** ********* credentials **** ****** ******** entering * ************ **** into *** '******' ***.

** *** ***** *****, we **** *** ******* using *** ********** ***********'* QR **** ** *** credentials ** ******:

Invalidating ***********

** ***** ** '**** off' * ********** ***********, the ****** **** ** edited ** ******* ** the **** ****** ****** rather **** ******* * 'delete' ******* ** *** user's *****.

*********** *** ** ******* locally ** **** ****** provided ****** ** *** actual ******, *** ***** is ** ******* ****** credential ********** ******* ********* in ***** *********.

Supported **** *******

** ******** ** ****** proprietary ****** ***********, ******* also ******* ******* ***** of ***** *** ****:

**** *** ***-*** *** CSR-35L ***** **.**-*** *********** smart **** *******, *** are ****** **** ***** own **** ** ****** traditional *********** ***** ****** NXP *************’* ****** ******* EV2 **********.

********* **** ********* ***** to ******* *** *** HID *** **** ********** models.

** ****** *** **.** MHz *** ********* *******, MIFARE ******* *** & EV2. ** **** **** 50 *****, ** ******* or ********* ***** **** made.

*******, *** ****** ******* are *** *********, ****** reading ***********, ***-********* *** data. ** *******, ****** SEOS ***** *** *** register ***** *****.

Mullion ****** **** **********

** *******, ***-** ******* are *******-***** ***** *** are ******* *** **** or ******* **** ******* door ***** ******* *****.

*** ***** ***** ** a ****-**-**** **** ** HID ****** *** ******* unit:

Credential ********** *******

* *********** ******* ********* in ***** ****** *** the ********** ******* *** sent ** ******** *******, including .***/*** *****, .*** certificates ********* ** *****.

** ******* *** **** is ***** *****:

*** ******* *** ********* Farpointe's ****** *********** ** various ***** *** *********** more ******** **** *** portals *********** *** ******** user ******. ****** *********** can ** ******* *** distributed ** ****** ****.

OEM / ******* ***** *******

*******, ********* **** ********* the ******* ** *** direct-to-end ***** *** ******* pricing ** *** ** OEM ********, ***** *** vary:

*** **-**-****** ******* ******** is ** **** ** OEM ****** ******* ****** manufacturers (** ******* ** selling ** ************, ******, integrators ** *** ***** direct).

** *** ******** ** MSRP, ** ***’* ******* one. **** *** ******** charge ** ********* *** products ** ** ** them.

Compared ** *** *****

** ***** ** **********, Farpointe's ****** ******** **** well **** ********** ******** compared ** ***. **** a ************* *****-**-**********, *********'* Conekt ****** ** ***** or ****** ** *** Mobile.

*******, *********** ******* *********** exist. ********* ****'* ****** cost ************* **** **** HID's ******-***** ****** ** units, **** **** ****** costing ~$*** ** ********** HID ****** ~$***.

********** ***** *** **** difficult ** ******** *** to ********* ****** ******. A ****** ********** **** likely **** ~$* - $10 *** **** *** device, ******'* ******* ****** ***** ********* to *** ****** ** users ******** ** ** average **** ** ~$*/** per **** ** ~$*.**/***** per ****. *** ** example * ****** / 40 **** ******, *** Origo **** **** ~$***/ year. ** **********, ********* Data's ****** **** ****** run ~$*** - $*** one ****.

******* ************ ***** ***** Farpointe, **** ****** *** being ************ ***** ** requiring ******* ****.

** *** ********* * test ** *** ***** and ****** ******** ***** this *****.

Upcoming ****** ********

***** **** ******, ** will ******* * ******** of **** ****** ****** credential *********, *********:

** *** **** *********** for ******** *** ** to ***, ****** ***** it ** * ******* below.

Comments (1)

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