Isonas Opens Up Access

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Apr 06, 2016

Move over, HID, Mercury Security, and Axis?

Isonas has declared itself completely open to integrating with access platforms.

Not only is Isonas opening things up, but it is planning to have their controllers a mainstay option in the 3rd-party, open access hardware market.

The move broadens the prospective controller options, but what other benefits does Isonas bring to the table for dealers? Moreover, what barriers will Isonas face? 

We answer those questions and take a deeper look in this note.

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Comments (9)

I think they are on the right track. They have addressed the past design/vulnerabilities in a professional and timely fashion, and with a demonstration of how willing they are to listen to feedback - and act on it.

Staff improvements in the past year have resulted in a clearer strategy and deeper technical approach to their products and the market.

While no single access control company has the solution for every application, Isonas has done much to make their products more attractive to a much wider audience and set of scenarios.

I like the Din Rail form factor. Makes it easier to mount in any enclosure. I think its less intimidating to technicians, also users with an industrial background will have an inherent comfort level with the product.

When I spoke to them last year, I asked them similar questions about their barriers . The response was effectively that this was not a concern to them as they hoped to be taken over by someone.

They are probably doing it becuase they reached a point were they cant focus on both hardware and software and had to pick one to grow (very common issue in companies that do both, few have succeeded like Apple). Isonas software was really bad and old school but it has improved over the last year. I don't know if this is a good move long term since American companies have lost advantage in building hardware. I believe they picked hardware becuase the company was started by engineers and they felt comfortable staying with what they feel they are good at. Good luck Isonas!

I am not sure if they have embraced any EOL monitoring capability for their inputs. I spoke with them last year and the blank look on their faces told the story. Is it no one bothers with it any more?

Nah, there are many access vendors that still recommend running EOL resistors for supervised monitoring. Lenel, CCURE, Prowatch, DSX, many others.

Like you mention, not everyone builds equipment that can supervise inputs, though...

Looks a lot like the PARADOX imperial line that was closed out a couple years back.

Interesting. I've not heard of Paradox Imperial before. Interestingly, their website is active, and people are still picking up phonecalls.

Here is a look at their main controller component:

The Paradox Imperial was an intrusion system that provided limited access control capabilities and home automation. It was discontinued because of lack lustre sales.

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