Favorite Access Control Software 2014

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jul 16, 2014

What are the favorite access control software platforms? Is it the elder incumbents like Honeywell, Lenel and Software House? Or can newer providers like Brivo, Genetec or S2 make a dent?

Just like we did with favorite IP cameras and favorite VMS software, in this report, we take the first ever look at integrator's preferred brands for access control. 

We asked integrators an open-ended question: "What is your favorite access control management system?" to find out who they prefer, and why, among a market crowded with potential options.

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**** *********** **** **** **** *** ********** *** ******, **** ******** platforms ********* ** *** **** *** ***** ** *********** ****** with ***** *******.

The *****

******* ~** ****** ** ********* ******** ** ***** * ***** mention. ***** ***** **** ****** ********* ****** ****, *******, *** DSX, *** ******* *********** ****** ******** **** *** ***** ****** ** break *** *** **. 

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Comments (22)

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* ******* *** * ****** *** ** *******'* ****** *******, and * **** ** *** **** ****** ****** ****.

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****,

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******, ****

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***** ****:

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*** ****** **** ***** ** ** *** ********** **** ** access ******* ******* **** ****? *** ********** *******?

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