Directory of Access Reader Manufacturers

By Brian Rhodes, Published Nov 27, 2019, 10:20am EST (Info+)

Credential Readers are one of the most visible and noticeable parts of access systems, but installers often stick with only the brand they always use. What other options are in the market?

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This directory tracks 30+ players in this market and identifies 8 key specification differences across access reader providers.

For background on reader specification, see our Selecting Access Control Readers Tutorial and our Favorite Access Control Reader Manufacturer survey results.

Access Reader Manufacturers/OEMs

These are 30+ companies currently manufacturing or OEMing Readers in the industry.

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Idemia MorphoAccess

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If you see missing providers that should be included in this directory, please let us know.

If they're missing, we wouldn't see them. ;-)

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Fixed

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Idteck, Deister Electronics

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You have European manufacturer Jantar, Slovenia. Jantar - Access control for home and office

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Interesting. Is Jantar Wiegand compatible, or a proprietary format?

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They have their own cards but it is Wiegand compatible.

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Impro Technologies, AMAG, Andover Continuum by Schneider Electric, Honeywell, Mercury Security.

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Impro Technologies, AMAG, Andover Continuum by Schneider Electric, Honeywell, Mercury Security.

These brands relabel readers from those listed above, with the exception of Mercury who discontinued their magstripe readers many years ago.

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Third Millenium and 3MillID are the same thing aren't they? (And note that 3MillID has a "we'll take care of you Interlogix orphans" notice on their web site...)

Wiegand or not, proudly stating you support a whopping _wait for it_ 26-37 bits of output looks so ancient.

At least two ethernet readers in your list I see.

I don't see Springcard.

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Springcard

Thanks, added!

Third Millenium and 3MillID are the same thing aren't they?

Ah, that makes good sense, and I did not catch that. Fixed.

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Conlan - danish manufacturer

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Conlan

Thanks. Added.

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Anybody see Conlan hardware working? I bought a sample, it never did OSDP.

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Please add Blue Diamond.

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Keri Systems

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Touchless Biometric Systems - Switzerland

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As mentioned in the post, we will release a separate directory for Biometrics:

Biometrics and Face Rec Readers

The vendors and technology used in biometrics (i.e.: fingerprints, finger vein, palmprint, retina, iris, etc) and face recognition and the according AI where used are different enough to warrant a separate directory of vendors. We plan to publish that in the coming weeks.

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Not to disagree with your logic but to some folks "if it talks wiegand it's a reader" and so some lists include bio devices.

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TKH Security (TKH Security)

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Isonas

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Which readers does Isonas manufacture vs. private label from Wavelynx? Thanks.

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Rodney Thayer sent a helpful email:

You might want to update the list in the article body so e.g. Idemia is
missing (I'm just reading the thread...)

ISC West (remember that?) still published a "new product showcase" and
it includes Dirak as an OSDP vendor.

You'll see some new entries in osdp.equipment because I am applying
different search rules. So e.g. a Wavelynx reader OEM'd by Isonas is
different from the other several Wavelynx readers.

You should probably start asking if it's the same firmware, similar to
how you ask about Hikvision cameras with or without Hikvision firmware.

One note: I haven't located Dirak's readers or OSDP products. Are the company's access offerings the MLR handle line?
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This list has been updated with startup companies Proxy, Smart Entry Systems (SES), and MOCA. MOCA is a division of Suprema, who manufactures its access hardware.

Please continue to let us know what is missing!

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TKH Security (TKH Security)

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Thank you, Thomas.

Edit: We do not believe TKH Security manufactures their readers. This directory is for reader manufacturers, specifically.

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Hi Joey,

thanks for your feedback. However, our readers are not OEM but completely developed, designed and manufactured in the Netherlands.

Before the merger with TKH Security last year, our products have been promoted under Keyprocessor B.V.

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Thomas and I emailed back and forth on this. TKH Security (Formerly Keyprocessor B.V.) has been added, thanks for the help, Thomas.

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Hi Joey,

It's an interesting philosophical question if our baby brother MOCA's product Airfob Patch qualifies as a reader, but I guess should be noted that without another actual reader below it, the Patch wont work. That reader underneath could be a Suprema reader or in theory any other device that is in 13.56Mhz range and something based on ISO 14443. It's a bit of a unique device so hard to classify I suppose. Thanks for including MOCA on the list.

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Beyond that, who actually manufactures the Airfob? Our understanding is Suprema does this, is that incorrect?

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MOCA's hardware (which is currently only Airfob Patch) is manufactured at Suprema's faciltiy in South Korea.

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