Favorite Access Control Manufacturers 2018

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Apr 26, 2018

150+ Integrators told IPVM "What is your favorite access control management software/system? Why?

****** ******* ****** ************** * ***** ** favored ************* *** *****, in ****, * ****** manufacturer ****** ***** ** be *** ***** ****** of ***********. ****, ******** to*** **** ***** ****** control *************.

****** ** ******* *** results, ******* *** *** themes ** ****, *** share **********'* ***** ******** describing ***** **********.

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*** *** ********* ****:

  • ******* - **** **** double *** *** ************ of *** *****
  • ** ******** - * solid *** ****** *****
  • **** ******* *** ******* - *********** **** *** for *****

************ ******* - *****, while ***** *** ****** only ** ******* ** favorite *****, ***** *** 50% **** ***** ***** than ******** ****.

********* ******* - *********, while * ******* ** provider, **** ******** ******* support, ******* ** *** top *********.

Genetec ******** ** ****** **** *****

************* *** ******* ******************, Genetec ******** **** ******* for ****** ******* **** it ****** *** (***** ******* was **** *** #*), ******* *** ***** their **** **********/****** ** the *******. ** ******* this *** ** ** with *** *** ****** being **** *********** (*.*., there ** ** '*********' of ****** *******) *** that, ****** *** ****** control **********, ******* ***** access ******* ******** **** their *** / ********, providing ** *********.

Genetec ********* **** ****

******* ******* ******** ** a ***** ********** (**** market ** ** '*******'), there ** *********** *** software *** *** *********** to ******* *** ******** to *****. **** **** approach, ***** ****** *** indexed **** ****** ******, and ******** **** ***** cardholder ************ ** ***** pop ** ** ****** views:

  • "******* - ********** ********** with ***** **** *** LPS *******, * *** of **** ******** *** global ***** *** ****** and *******. ***** **** support."
  • "******* ******** ******. ****** does ****** ******* *** overlap **** ***** ************. Genetec ******* *** *** together ********** ** ** easy ** ****** ********. We **** **** ** learn *** ***** ******* and **** *** ******* to **** ** ** encounter * *******."
  • "*******. ** *** *** the ********* ** ** enterprise ****** ******* **** the ******* ** **-***** VMS ***********."
  • "******* ********. **'** ******* that ******* ** ****** than **********."
  • "******* ******** (******** ******). Ease ** ***, *********** with *** ***"
  • "*******. **'* ******* ******* point ** *** ** integrates **** *****. ** has * *** ******** that *** ******* *** they *** ********** ****** new ******** ** **** it * ****** ****** access ******* ********."
  • "*******. **** ** ******** Center *** ******* ** far *** **** ********** platform *******. ****** ******* is ***** ********** *** is **** **** **** 99% ** ****** **** ever ****. ****** ****** is *****, **** ******* it *** ** *** things **** ******* *** not ** **** ** do."

** *******, *** ****** of ******** ******** ******** interoperability, ***** *********, **** technical *******, *** **** supported *** ***** ************:

  • "* **** **** ******** with **** **** ***** 1000+ ****** ******* **** most ** *** *** brands, ** ******** ** Genetec, * ***** ***** software ** **** *** shoulders ***** ****** ****. Lenel ***** ***** **** windows **, ***** ************* is * ********** **** and ***** ****** ***** if *** **** ** them ********, *** ***** used ** ** ***** but *** ***** ***** for *****, **** & Infographics *** **** (** harm!!)"
  • "*** *** * **** the **** - *******. The *** * *** the **** ******** ***** or *****. * ***** that **** ******** ***** and ***** **** * more ******* ****** ******* product, ***** *** ********* in ***** ****** **** don't ***** ** *******. Genetec ******** *** ******* security ********** ****** **********."
  • "******** **** ******* **** integration ** ******** **** video ******, *** ***** large ********, *** ***** limited ****** ** ******* who **** ****** ** the ******* ****."
  • "******* ********, **** ******** with ******* ***********, *** Integrates **** **** ******* Omnicast."
  • "******* ******** *** **** getting ****** **** *** last ****** ** *****. Scheduling *********** *** ********* overrides **** ****** ** takeover ******** ******* **** do *** **** *** ease ** *** ***** Synergis ***. *** ********* engine ** **** **** strong ******** ** ******. There *** ****** ** little ******** **** *** there, *** ******* **'* a ***** *******."
  • "*******, ** *** **** options *** *** ********* support ** **** ****."

Regular ******** ************ ***

******* ************ ** *******'* pulling **** **** *** pack ** *** ** the ******* ******* *** feature ************ ** ********. Since ************ ** * standalone ****** ********** ******** in ~****, ******* *** since ******** ** **** their ***, ******** ******** controller ******* ** *** most ****** ***** *** wireless *** ***** *******, and ************ ******** **** Active ********* ******* ***'******* *******'***** ********** *** ******** management.

********, *** ******* *** added ********** ********** ******** like ****** ********, **** federation, ****** *****/****** ************* between *********, ******** *** party ************ ** ***** systems, *********, ******** **********, and *** **** **** intercoms *** ** *********.

***** **** ** ***** features *** ***** ********* to *******, ******** **** have **** ***** ** a ****** ******* **** window **** * ****** platform, ******** ******** ** meet * **** ***** of ****** ************.

S2 ***** ******** ** ****

******* ***** ********* ** one ** *** '**** favorited' ********* ** ** Security. ***** ***** ********, integrators ***** ****** ** the *********** ** ******** ranging **** *****, ****** site ******* ** *****, distributed, *****-**** *******.

*** ******* ** **'* video '***** *******' *** the ******* ************ ** remote ********** *** ********* as ********** *********:

  • "** ********. **'* **** solid, **** **** *** failures, *** ** **** has ***** ******* ** would **** **** ** offer."
  • "**- ***** *** ** features ***** ******* *****. "
  • "** ******** *******-*****, ****** for **** ****** ***********. Supports **** ******* *** S2's *********** ******."
  • "**. **** ** ***, feature **** *** ******* cost ** *********. **** value *** *** ********* and ********."
  • "** ******* - ***** based ******* **** *********, easy ** ***, **** to **** ***** ****, almost ***** *** ********, tech ******* ** *****, and ** ********* *** always *** * **** always ***** **** **."
  • "**. *** *******, ******-**** interface **** ****** **** has *** *** ************* most ****** ****. **** dealer ********* *** ******* to **** *********."
  • "**. **** **** **** innovative *** **** **** up **** *** ** the *** ************ **** have **** ********."

Kantech ******** ******* **** ******** *****

******* *** ******** ***** both *** *********** ****** of ******** **********, *******, Software ***** *** *** greater ****** ** ***** votes, ****** ******* * stronger ******* ********.

** ***** ** ********* features, *******'* *********** **** (other **** *****) ********* like *** ***** *** intrusion ****** *** *** mentions ** **** **** support **** ******:

  • "******* **** ****** *** easy *** ******* ** use, ** ** *** most ****** ****** ****** we **** **** ****. We **** **** ******* Atrium, **** *******, ******* Protege, ******** *********, ***... We ***** **** ****** and *** ****** *** a **** ******** ****** system *** *** *****-** integration **** ***** ******* products. *** ***** *** door ** **** **** effective **** **** ********* out *****."
  • "*******: ********** **** ***** and *** *** *** a ********* ***** ***** as ****. **** **** nicely **** *** *** market."
  • "*******. *** ***-***** ********* is *** ******* *** end ***** *** * good ****** ***. ** still *** ** *** of **** ***** ****** but *** *** ***** majority ** *** ********* they *** ** ********** they **** ** *** web *********."
  • "*******. ********, **** ** use, ************* **** *******, good ***********."
  • "*******. ** ** *** most ******** ****** *'** ever **** (*** ** pretty **** ********) *** is ********** **** ** use."
  • "*******. ********. ****** ******** through ************. ***** ******. Option *** **-**** ** hosted ********. ********* **** support. ******* **** *** product *** *********."

*** ** *** ******* security ********* **** ******** access *********, ********* ****** exclusive **********-***** ******** *****. Indeed, ** *** ** the ****** *** **** established ********* ** *** market, ** ******** * number ** ******** *****:

  • "******** ***** *****. **** have *** ** ************* in ********, *** ***** of *********** *** ********** price."
  • "******** ***** ***** **** - ******* ** ** the *** * ** most ******** **** *** their ******** ********* *** manufactured ** ******** *****, not * ***** *****."
  • "******** ***** ******* ** the ********* ** ******** and ********, **** ***** of ********, ******* ************ features, *** *** *** compliance. ** *** **** kind ** ******* *** competitive ********* **** ********** level ********, *********** ********, and ******* *********** **** isn't ******* ****."
  • "********** * **** ******** House, **** ** ***, easy ** ******. ****** directory ***** *** ***** enrollment ******* ***** ****."
  • "******** ***** *-**** ****. It ** * ****** system **** *** *** best ******* *** *** a *** ** ************. Also, ** ** *** overly ********* ** *******."

*******, ********* ******** *****'* favorite *****, *** ******* overall ************ ******** *****, were * ****** ** negatives ** ****:

  • "******** ***** [** *** worst]. **** ******* ********** for ********* **** *** 100% * ******** *****. They **** ** ** phenomenal, *** ***** ******* support, ********* *****, *** been ********** ********."
  • "*-**** **** ***** **** rule *** ***** *** what ** *** **** a ***** ********"
  • "***** **** * **** with ******** *****, ** is * ***** ****. They *** *** ******* with ***-***** *******. * feel **** **** *** so *** **** **** truly ** *** **** about ***** ***********."
  • "* **** - ** had * ***** ******* with ***** ** ***** for * ******* ******. I *** ** ***** brick ****** * ******** upgrade *** ******* **** refused ** ******. * find * **** ******** in ******* ** ** very *** *** ****. To ** **** ***** support *** ****** **** but ** ***** *** to ****** *** *** controllers ***** ****** ** major ******** ** ******* the ******* ********* ** time."

Open ******* *** ********

**** ******** ***** ******* third *****, **** ******* is **** ******* *** well ******** ***** *** dealers. **** ** *** 'favorite' ***** *** *** strong ************ ********* ** the ********** *** ****** platform ******* **** ******* like ******** *****, *** the '***-*********' **** *** kits **** **** ************ quicker.

*************, ******* ***** **** Options *** *** ******** Genetec ********, ** ***** primary *** ********* *********, depending ** *** ********:

  • "**** ******* *** ****** Access *******. **** ******** platform ** **** **** to *****, ********* *** use. *** *********** **** little ** ** ****** with ** *** **** selling **, * ******** can *** ** ** will ** ********* *** the ****** ** ****** always ***. * **** 100% *********** **** **** selling **** ** ** end-user **** **** **** be ***** **** ** for **** ***** ** come."
  • "**** *******. ******/****** ***** but **** *** * great *** ********* *** phone ***. **** ********** well **** *** *** wireless **** ******."
  • "**** ******* - **'** lead **** ** **** the ********* *** **'* the **** ********* *** full ******** **** *** notch *******."
  • "****-** ******* **** ******* and *******. *** ****** only ************, **** ******* wins. *** ********** ********* the ******* ********* ** top *****. *** **** functionality, **** ** **** Open *******."
  • "******* ** **** *******. Both *** **** **** friendly, **** *** ** team ** ******* *** program, *** **** ***** integrations **** ***** *********."
  • "**** ****** ** **** are **** ** **** with *** ***** ****** come ****** ***-*********."
  • "**** ******* ** ** favorite ******* ** *** integration ******* ***** *** itself."
  • "**** *******. ***** **** and **** **** ******** to ****** ******* ** by *** *** ******* and **** ********* *** I've ****. ******, ******** and *********** **** ***** is * **** *** generating **** **** ******** reports ** * ****** drag *** **** ****** than * ***** ** canned ******. ***** *** others *** ***** **** are **** ** ****, but **** ******* ****** the ***."

Honorable ******* - ********* *** ******* **

********** ** ********** *** New *******, ********* ********** strong ******** ***** **** for ********** *******, **** several ******** *** *** wide *********** *** ***** supported ************. ***** ***** a ***** ****** ** many *******, *** ****** of *****, ********, *** interest ** ********** ** many *******, **** ******* mentioning *** ******* ** an *********** ** ********* Lenel:

  • "********* (******). ******** ********* as ** ****** ******* system, ** ******** *** functionality *** ********* ******* as ********."
  • "*********'* ******* ******: **'* the ******** ******** ** New *******."
  • "********* *** ***** **** are ********** ***** ******** which ****** ********** ** the ******, ****** ********** and **** *********** **** high ***** ************ **** top **** *****."
  • "***** ** ********* ****** Integrated ********** *********."
  • "*********. ******** *******, ******** client"
  • "********* *** * *** of ******* ** ** able ** ********** *** standard ****"

Fragmented *********

******, **** **** ** different ********* ******** '********' mentions, ********** **** *** divided *** ****** *******. While **** ****** *** not ******** ******** ******** votes, **** ***** *********** better *****, ***********, ** marketed *****. ***** '******' included:

  • "***. *** ***** *****. Reliable ********. ********* *******, Systems *** ** ******** at **** **** ****** difficulty."
  • "******, ****** *** ********, comes **** * ***** warranty."
  • "******. ****** ** ** open ******** ****** ******* program, **** ** ****** control ** * *******. We *** **** ** provide ******* *** * web ******* **** ********."
  • "** *** ****** **** A1001 ******* ** ** simple *** ****** *** our ********. "
  • "***** ****, ******* ***** commercial **********, *** ******** and ******** ** ********* with ****** *********."
  • "***** ***** ********* *** enterprise-level ****. *** ******** levels ** *********** ****** a ***** ******* *****. Inner ***** ********* *** SOHO-esque ****. ****** **** effective ***/***** ***** *** small ****."
  • "******* ********. **'** ******* dealers *** **'* *** go ** ******** *** anything ****** **** * doors."
  • "****, *** **** **** of ***."
  • "****. * **** **** I **** ****'* ***** software - **** **** to *** ** ** opinion *** **** ********."
  • "*******. ** *** * commonly *** *****, ** the *** ** ******* with *** *** **** reliable ******* *** *****."
  • "******* ***. ** **** been ***** ** ***** the ***** **'*. **** have **** * ***** job ** ******** *** line. **'* **** ******** with ***** ******, **** II ** ***** *********** fob/cards."
  • "*** *** *** *********** and ****** ****** *********. Hardware ** *********** *** it **** **** *******. Tech ******* ** *** best ** *** ******** hand ****...********* ****** ******* both ******* *** *********."
  • "*****. * **** *** hosted ***********. ***** ************ very ******. **** ********* is **** *** ******* to ******** *** *** assist ********* ******* ****** to **** * *****."

Dishonorable ******* - ***** *** *******

***** *** **** *********** voted ***** ** *** access ******* **** *** the ***** *********** ****, Lenel ***** ******* * sizable ****** ** *********** favoring **. **** **** responses **** *** ******'* broadly ********* ************, ******** reliability, *** ************* **** years ** ********** *** strong ****** ** **** it '********':

  • "** *** ***** ** a **** ******** ********** platform. ***** ** *** start **** ** ****** control ************ *** **** is ** *****-**** ***** services (***, *** **********, visitor **********, ***). *****'* platform ****** ** ** do ****. *** ****** control ****** ** *****, time ****** *** ********** expandable."
  • "** ******** ****** ******* system ** *** ** Lenel *******. **** ********* this ****** **** **** and ****. *** ** does **** **** ***** 95' **** ** ** but **** *** ****** out **** *** ******* with * **** ****** feel *** **** ** use"
  • "***** ******* ** *** sophistication ** ******** *********** features *** **** ***** of ************."
  • "*****. **** ** ******** and ********** **** ****** all ***** ******. ******* followed ** **."
  • "***** ***** *********** **** other ********"
  • "*****. ****** *** **** by **** ***** ***-*****. But ***** *** ****** for ****** ********."
  • "***** ***** ******** *** Mercury ********. *** ****** can ** ********."
  • "** ****** ****** ** Lenel, **** ******* ** can ** *** ****** that ******* *** *** be **** ** **."
  • "***** *******. **** ** hate *** *******, ******* is *** ** *** staple ******** *** *** the ****** ******* *******, it **** **** ** does **** ****. ** have **** ***** ******* and ********* ** *** platform, ******* ** ********** designing, *******, ********** *** servicing *** *******, *** the ******* ******** *** been **** *****."

Comments (13)

I'm surprised Brivo wasn't more widely used and higher on the list. We love Genetec but Brivo for an Access Only installation is one of the most easiest AC products to provision, deploy and support - Not to mention built in RMR

Not to mention built in RMR

I strongly suspect you nailed the reason with this. RMR is good for dealers, but paying a monthly contract to use access limits the appeal among end-users, especially smaller systems where Brivo hosted systems make the most financial sense. 

Buying an inexpensive on-premise system once is more appealing to many than a contracted fee every month.

Overall, though, Brivo did not do poorly.  They finished just outside the 'top favorites', but had more 'favorite' mentions than 'worst' mentions by 2:1.

Yes and No, not many manufacturers are selling one and done products anymore, between Cloud Services, Hosting, Software Maintenance, etc, the customer is gonna pay some sort of monthly or annual fee.

When we sell Genetec, alot of clients take advantage of the SaaS model over the perpetual model.

Doesn't Brivo also sell direct? If not, I stand corrected. If so, that's not much of an impetus for dealers to sell and promote the product.

Brivo just started selling direct but they will use their dealer network for the installations. The dealers get a cut of the RMR action too, but of course not what you would get if you sold the project yourself.

Btw, this is the related coverage: Brivo 'Buy Now' Online Campaign. Brivo emphasized that they are turning over the leads to their partners and that they preferred the partners to bill the leads / customers directly.

S2?  why? Is it all the biometrics they can support? Is it all the awesome hardware reports in excel? is the OSDP you can do on their blades? Is it that Pentium II hiding in that net controller? Is it that backplane that makes you expand every time you exceed seven boards? Is it their awesome elevator control? whyyyyyyy?

Open Options, cool. Software House, Lenel...cool. If S2 wants to be cool them virtualize the Global Server options so the application can run on enterprise hardware.

Wow, no love for either of Honeywell's access products anymore.  I'd expect that with WinPak, but thought ProWatch might get a mention.

 I am surprised Paxton did not get more of a mention.  But with so many options on the market I could see why.

Anyone looked at the new Vicon system?  Don't laugh. The VMS is called Valerus and the access control is called VAX.  I viewed a software demo (web based) and it looks very easy to use and configure.  It is hard to tell, given their financials, whether the company will be around for long though.

Valerus is an OEM.

An OEM to whom? Or do you mean Valerus is OEM'd from someone else?

No mention of CBORD either way. We have nearly 3000 lock points (wired and wireless) and are adding 1500 more by end of this year.

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