Feenics Hosted Access Control Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jul 07, 2016

In the access market, new entrants are uncommon. Because of that, newcomer hosted access vendor Feenics has gained the curiosity of many. A particular noteworthy element is Feenics support for Mercury panels, enabling the takeover of many existing traditional access control systems.

 

But how good is Feenics? How does it compare to other hosted and traditional access platforms? In what ways is it better and how is it worse? We tested Feenics with our Mercury EP1501 panel.

This video shows an overview of Feenics Keep from our testing:

Inside we test Feenics to analyze the platform's competitive positioning on several keys, including:

  • Live Access Controls
  • Mapping
  • Third Party Hardware Support
  • Mobile Apps
  • Video Management Integration

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Comments (12)

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*, ***'* ****** *** ******* ****** **********. *** **** ** want ** **** * **** ******* ***** *** *** *** welcome ** ** ** ** *** *** **********.

**** ** *** *** ***** **** *** **** **** ** I ** ****** *** * ******* ** ****.

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

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** ** ***** *** *** ******* ****** ******** ***** ****** control ********* *******.

* ***** **** **** **** ** **** *** **********.

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*******, ****** **** *** ** ***** ***** ** ****** *** navigation ********** *** ******* **********. *** *** **** *** ***** such ** ******, *********, ********, **, *****, *****, **** *****, Fecurity ******...** * *** * ******** ****. ** *** ***** match *** ********** ** *** ***, ******** **** ** * snap ** ****** *********.

* ******* *** *** ********** **** ******** *** ********** *** careers. **** ** *** **** **** *******!

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