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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******* **** ****** **** $** ** $** *** ****, *** ***** *** systems **** **** **** ** *****, **** ** $* ** $8 *** *****, *** **** *** ******* **** ***+ *****. 

**** **** ***** ****** *** ****, *** ****** ***** ** street *****. ******* ***** ** **** ******* ******* **** ******** these ****** **** * '***** *****' ******* ******* ********** **** include **** ******** *********** *** ********** *****, ** ****** ****** may ****.

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*******, ******** ** **** ***** ***** ******* (************* ******,**** ***** *******, ********** ******** ***), *** ******** ****** *** ******* *** *** ******* ************ costs **** ******* *** **** *********.

*** *******, ******** ******** *** **** *** **** *** ***** controllers ** ******* ******** ********* ** ***** ** ***** ******** costs, *** *** ******* ******* **** *** *** *** ****** are $* *** ****, ***** ******* **** **** $*** - $144 *** ******* * ***** * **** ******, *********** ******* ~$*** ** **** *** ****. **** **** moving ******* ** ***** ****** ******* ********, **** ***** ***** integration, *** ***********, *** ****** ********* **** *** ****** ** Feenics **** *********** *******-*** ****** ****** ** **** *******.

Future ************ ******

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Comments (11)

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** * ****** ** **** ******* ** *** ************, * lot ** *** ******* **** ***** **** ****** **** ** start ***** *** ********* "***** ********" ********. ******* ** ***, Mavin (**-*****.***) ** *******, *** *'* ******* ** ***** *** or ***. ***** *** * *** ********* ******* ****, *** it's **** ** **** *** ** ****.

** *** **** ** ****, ***'** *** ******* ******** *** software ***** ** ***** ******-*** ********...*** ****** ******** ***'* ******* get ******-*** ********. **** ** ******, ********, ****, ***. **'* a **** *** ** *** ***. ***** ********* *** ** hustle ** *** *-** **** ****, ********* **** *****, ******* integrators, *** ******* ** * ******* ***** **** ***'** *** high-end ******** ** **** ******* *** **** **-**** ** ***** projects.

******* *** ***** ***** ***, ***** *** *** **** ** the ****** ******* ****, ************ *** *** ********** ** *** contacts **** **** **** ********* **** *** ******* *** ******* and *** **** *** ****** **** ****.

** ******'* *** **** ********** ** **** ********* ** ** determine ******* ******* (*** ** **** **** ***) *** *** would-be ********** ***** *** **** ** ******* **** **** ** ten **** ****-** ******, ****** ******* ******* ** *********? * don't **** **** *****'* *** ******* *******, *** *'* ****** for * **** ***. ** **** **** * *** ** cash? * ****** ******? * ******** **** **** ****?

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****, *'* **** ** **** *** **** ******* *** "***** over" ******* ** "****" ******* ***** *************? * ***** *** whole "****" ****** *********** ** ********** ** * ****** **********.

*** ********* * ********* ****** ******* **** **** **** *********** hardware, ** **** **** ** ******** ** *** ********.

*** **** ** **** *** *** ******* ******* ******** ****** by * **** ***** ** *** ****** ******:

** **** ********: "*'* **** ** **** *** **** ******* *** "***** ****" because ** "****" ******* ***** *************?"

*** ******** **'** ****** **** ******* *** ******* ** **** it **** *** ****** *****. *** **** *** '******' ** changing ***** *************** *** ** ** ****** **** ** ******* a **** ** ******* ******.

*** ******* ** *** '**** ********** **********' (**** ***** ** a ****** ******) ******** ****-***** ******* ** ****** **** ***'* possible **** *********** *******, ** ** ******* * ***** ** differentiation, ********** ***** ****** ******* ** ***** ***** ******-**.

***'** *******. * ********* * ************ **** ******* *** ******* their *** ******** *** ********. *** ******** ** "****" ** the ***** **** *** ******* ** *** *******. ** **** a ****** ** ********* *********** *** *********.

* *** ******* *** ******* ** ***** ** ** **** over ** ******** ****** *** ******* ** ** ******* ********. Depending ** *** **** ** *** ****** ***** ***** ** an ********** ****** ** *********** *** ******* ********. *** ** mention **** **** ************* **** ***** **** *** ******* ** upgrade **** ***'* ****** *** *********** (** **** ***** ***** are - ** ******** ******* *******, ******* ************ ********* **** may ** ******* ** *** ******** ****** ***).

****, * ***** ** **** * *** ***** ** *** industry **** *** *********** ***** ** *** ******* ** ****** platforms. ***'** ******** *** * ******** ****** ********** ***** ****. I ***** **'* **** ** ******* *** **** **** *** system ***** ******** ** *** ****** **** ** * ****** integrator/provider. * ***** ****'* * **** ****** ********. ** ***'** not ***** **** ********** * *** *** **** ** ********** B, *, * ***

****, ** ****'* * ******* **** ** ****** ******* ************* that *** *** ******** **** * ***** *****. **'* ***** but * *** ** ****** "*****" **** ******* **** *** solution *** ***** ** ** ***. *** *****'* **** ****** with ****** *******?

* ***** **'* ** ** ******* **** *** ********* ****** a ***** ** *** ******** ******** **** ******* ** ****************. In **** ***** **'* * **** *****, *** ** ****** it's ***. **'* * **** ***** **** *** **** ***** interoperability ** ********* **** ***** ****** **** *** ******** *** TCP/IP. ******* ********* ***** ***** *** ***** ** *****'* ****. But **** **** **** ** ** *** **** ** *** facets/segments ** *** ******** ******? *** *******, ****** *** **** their ******* ********** **** *********, ** *** ** *****?

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

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

** ** *****, *** *** **** **** ******* ** ***** your ******* *** ** **** ** **** *** ********** ****** it ** ******** ******* ** **** *** ******* ****** ** discussion **.

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

****'* ***** ****** ** *** ****-**** ************ ** **** ******* makes ************ ****** ******* *******, *** **** *******.

****** ******** ******* *** ** ****** ** "********" ***** ***********, but ** *****'* **** *** ** *** **** ******* *********** data, ***** ***********, ***. ********* *** * *** ** **** even ** **** ******** ******** **** ** *** *** **** hardware.

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

*********** * **********,

******* ** * ******** ******* ******* ** ** ********** *** happened ** **** **** *****. ****, **** ****** - ** Honeywell ******, ** ***** *** ***** *** *******.

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

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

* **** *** **** **** ** ** ********** ***** *****. I ** **** ***** ************ **** ********* **** *** **** seem ** ******** **** ** *****. * ******** ******* ****** to **** ******* ******** *** ************. ***** **** * **** play.

******* ** * ********** ***** ***** ******* ********* ********* ** the ***. *’* ******* ** ***** **** *** “***** ** the ******”; *** ** ******* *** ***** ** ***. ************ that *** *** ******* ** *** ** ******* ***** ********* in *** ***** *** ****** *** *****. ******* ** * forward ******** *******, ***** *** ******** ** * **** **** are ***** ** *** *****. **** ******* *** ***** ******* products **** ****** **** ***** *** ***** ************* *** **** already **** ****** ********. **** ** *** ******* *** ******** cloud; *** ** **** ****’* ******** *****, ***** ** *********** are.

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

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

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