Replacing / Switching Access Control Systems Guide

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jun 28, 2018

Ripping out and replacing access control systems is hard for important reasons.

Because users typically hold on to access control systems for as long as possible, often decades, switching them can be tricky and prone to mistakes.

However, in this post, we address the important factors driving changes and key issues to handle. These include:

  • The Four Drivers Leading To Change
  • The Complexity of Migrations and Updates
  • Why Changes Are Costly
  • Drop-In Hardware Replacement Is Not Typical
  • Cutover Planning Is Crucial

******* *** *** ********* ****** ******* ******* ** **** *** important *******.

******* ***** ********* **** ** ** ****** ******* ******* *** as **** ** ********, ***** *******, ********* **** *** ** tricky *** ***** ** ********.

*******, ** **** ****, ** ******* *** ********* ******* ******* changes *** *** ****** ** ******. ***** *******:

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  • *** ********** ** ********** *** *******
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*** ** *** **** ****** ******* *** ****** ******* ******-***** are ******** ** ****** ***** ** ** ******** ****** ** change.

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

*** *** **** ****, *** **** ******** ** ** ****** control ****** *** ******* ********* **** *** **** ** *******. As **** ** ******* ****** *** **** ** ********, *** goal ** *** ****** *** **** *********.

******, ********** **** *** ***** ************ ******** **** ******** ****** performing, *******, *** ****** ********** ******* ** * ******* *****, the ****** ******* ******** ********* ****** ************ ***** ** * snail's ****.

*** **** ******** ***********, ******* ** ***** *** ***** ** seldom ***** ******* *****. **** *** ******** ****** ****** *** stable *********** ** **** ****** ******* *******, ******* ** ******** to **** ******** ***** ** **** ** ***** ******* ******.

Limited ****** **** ************

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*** *** ****** ** **** **** **-***** ******* ***** ** not ***** ****** ********** *** ********** ** ******* ******** *******. The ***** *** *** ******** ** *********** '******* *** *********' ** ****** ******* ** ********, *** ******** ****** **********, *****.

** **** *** *** ** ****** ****** ******* *****? *** our **********, ***** ******* **** **** ******* *** ********** ** analog ***** ************ ******* ** ***** ****:

Driver #*: **** ** *******/ ****** ******

**** ******* ****** ** * *********** ** *********. **** ************* cut **** **** *** ************ ** '*** ** ****' *********, ***** **** ******* **** ******* * ****** *** ******* and ****** ********** *** ******** **** '******** *************' ** ****, the **** ** * ****** ****** ******* ********* ** **** passes. ******* ** ** ******* ***** ***** ****** ********* ** procure, ** **** ********* ******* ***** ****** ** **** ******* platforms, *** ***** **** ****** ******* ** ** ******* ** an ********* ****** ** *******.

Driver #*: *** *********

***** ****** ******* ******* ******* ***/** ********, *** *** *********** need ** ********* **** ***** ******* ******* ** ****** **** remotely ****** **** *******. *** *********** ** *********** ****** *** management ******** ** ** ******** ********* ****** *** **** **** an ********** *********** ******** ** *** ********* ** ** ***** systems, *** **** ******** *** **** **** ****** ** *** serialized *** ****-***** ***** ** ******** ****** *******.

Driver #*: *** ***** **********

** *** **** ****, *** ************* ** ***** ************'* *********** with ****** ******* ****** * ****** ***********. ***** ********* ** achieve **** ****** **** *******, ***** *** ** ***** ******* 'out-of-box' ************ **** **** ******* ****** *********. *** *********** ******* of ******** ******* **** ***** ******** *** ******* ** **** systems, ******** ************ ** ****** *** ********** *********** * *************** task.

Driver #*: ******* ***********

** * ****** ******, *********** *********** ** *********** ***** ******. In ***** ** ****** ********* ********-***-*** *************** ******** **** ****** ******* **** **** $** *** ****** **** Copier, **** *** ***** **** **** *** ******* ****** ******* modern ********** ********. ************, ******** ******** ******* **** ******* ** acquisition *** ***** ******, ** ******* *** **************** ******* ********* platforms ** ****** ********** ** ** ***-********.

Why ******* *** ******

*******, *** ******** ********** ** ****** ** *** ********, *** cost. *** ***** ********* ***** **** ********* ** ******* ** control **** ****, ** *********** ** ****** ******* ********* ** price. ** ******** ** *** **** **** ** ******** *** labor, ****** ***** ***** ***** **:

  • ************ ****** *****:*********** ******* *** ********** ** ******* ** **** **** ******** is ******** **** ******. ******* ******* ** *****, **************** ******** via ********* ********* ******* * *** *** ********, *** ***** ***** ********* **** ** ******** ********** if **** *** ******* ** ***.
  • '*** ** *******':*** ****** ** ** **************** ******* ** ******** **** * small **** ** ****** *********** ******** *** ** *** ******. If * **** ********** ** ****** ***, **** *********** ******* the ********* ** * ******* *****. ** *********** ****** ******** ********* *******, ***** ******* **** ** ********* ** *** ***********, *** so **. * *** ****** ********* *** ***** ******** ******* to *** ****** ******.
  • **** **********: ** **** *****, *** ******* ** ** ******* ***** compliance **** ******** ******** *********. ********* ** *** *** ** an *******, *** ***** ** *** **** ** ************* ** hardware **** ** ******* ** **** ******* *****. **** **** employ **** **** ** '**************' ***** ***-********* ******** *** ** provisionally **** **-**, ***** ***** ***** ***** * ******. ** soon ** *********** ******* *** *******, ****** ********** ******* **** into ****.

Migration ********** *******

** **** *****, *** ******* ****** ** ****** ****** *** be ******* ** **** *** ****** ** ******** ****** ************** and ********* *** ** ****** **** *** *** ******.

*******, *** ***** ****** ** **** **** *** *** ** lengthy, *** ***** ******* ******* **** ******* ************ *** * period ** **** ***** *** **** ** ********.

**** ********* ******** *** ** ************* *******. *** *******,******** *****'* ******* *** ********* *-**** ***/**** ** *-**** ************ **** **** **** ********* *****, ******* ******** *********, *** still **** *** ****** ** *** **** ***** ********* *** use ** *** *** *******.

******, ** *** *-**** *******, *** ********* **** ***** ****** upgrade ** *********, **** **** **** ** ******** ********* ** entered ******** **** * *** ******, ********* * ****** *********** cost *** ***** ****** *** ********.

**** ****** ******* ***** ********* ********* *** **** ******* ********** services, *** ***** ******* *** ********* ********** *** ****** ********, with ***** ****** **********.

Drop-In ******** ************ ********

******* ************ **** ** ***** ********* *** * ******** **** control ****** ** * *** ******. ** **** *****, * system *** ******* ******** ******** ************ **** ******* ******** ** stock *********** ********.

***** ******** ******** ** *** ********* *********, ******* ******** ******* Mercury ********'* ******** ******* *******-**************** ************.

Cutover ******** ** *******

****** ******** ** ** ******* ** ********* ** ***** **********. Unlike ***** ************, ***** ******** ******* ****** ** ** ******, updating ****** ******* *** **** *** ******** ** ****** ***** are ** ********.

***** * ****** **** *** ''*******" ** ** ******** *** system ** ****, *** ******** ** ******** *** *****, *****-**** systems. **** ********, *** ******** ***** ****** ** ******** ***:

************ ** *****:******* *** ****** ** **** '***********' **********, ***** ********** ***** go **** *** ** ************* ********. ********* ***** ** *** change, *** *** ********** ******** **** ******* **** *** *********** of ********** ****, ** ********** ** ******, **** ******* ****** recovery **** * ****** ****** *******.

********** *********: *** ******** ** ***** *** *** ******** ****** **** be ***** ** *** *** ******. ***** '******** *******' *** be *********, **** ********* ** *** ******* **** **** *********, especially *** ****** ****** ** *** ********. ** **** *****, generic ********* *** ** * **** *** ** ******** ***** volumes ** ****.

***** ******** ********** ********* ***** ******* *** ***** ** **** security ********* *** **********, ******* ****** ** ***** **** ******** the **** ********.

  • ****** **********: ****** ********** *** *********, ****** * ****** *** ******** if ********** ******.
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  • ****** ** *** '***** *********** ******': ********* **** **** *** **** ***** ****** ***** ***** corruption. *********, * **** ******** ****** ** ******** **** * .CSV ** ***** ***** ***** ********* ****.
  • ** *** **** *** *******: **** * ****-******** ****** ****** *** **** ***** ** complete. *** ***** **** ********* ** *****, *** ******* *** require * *** ** ****. ********** ********* ** * *** to ********** *** ******* *** ****** **** ** **********.
  • ********: ***** *** ****, *** ******** **** ****** ** **** checked ** ******* ************ *** ********.

*** ******** ****** *** ********* ******** ** ***** ** ***** to ********, *** *** ****** ** ******** *** ******** ********** to **** ********. ******* ** *** *****, **** ****** ** taken ** ******* *** ******* ********* ** ************'* ************.

*** ******** ** * ****: ******* ** '******** *** ******' *** ******* ** * new ****** ** *** *****, * ****** ******** ** ***********. In **** ***, ** ****** **** ** *****-**** ******** ** not ******** *** ** **** ** ******* ** ************* ** hardware *******. ********** *** ******* ******* ****** *** **** ******** to ** ********** '****** **' *** **** ***% ********** ****** the ****.

Comments (22)

* **** *** “******** ***** ********” ******* ** ****’* ****** control ***** ** ******** ** ***** ** ***** ****** ****** from *** ********* ***** ********* “***** ****”....***** * ********* ***** tool ** **** ****.Space 1999

****'* * ****** ********** *** ***'** ******** *****. **** *******, it *** ******** ** ****** '****** ****' ***** ********* **+ years *****!

...*** ** **** ******** ** ** ******* ****** ***** ** 1999...

***, **** **** **** ** ***** **** * ******** ************* device.

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**** ***-***** **** ******* *** ********* ******** *** ********* *** tasks **** * ****** **** ** **********!

********** ** *** **** *******, * *** **** ******** ***** ago.

#******!

* ***** ***** ********** ******** *****/****** ** * ******. ******** worked *** *** **** **-** *** *** ** *** ** safe ***. * **** ******* ** ***% **** *** *****, Prox ***** *** ** ****** **** **** ****** **** * 20$ ***** **** ****... **** ****** ** ************ ** **** organizations ** *****.

****, *** ** ** ****** **** * ***** *** ****-** hardware ************. * *** **** **** *** **** ****** *** Casi *********** - * ***** *** ***** *** **** ** happen ** **** ************ **** **** ******* *** ********** ****. And * ***** ******* ****** ** ***** ** ******** ****-** as ** ** **** ** **** *********, **** ** ***** are *** ** ***** *******. ***** *** *** **** ** not ** ***.

******** ***** *** ** **** ******** *** ** ********* **** consuming *******. *** *** *** ******** ******** ***** ******** **** the *** ******* *********** ******? * ****** ** ** ***** be ****** ** ***** **** **** ******?

*'** **** *** **** ** ** ** ***** * ***** Mercury ***** *** ******* ** **** * ********* ******* ******** platform. ***** ****.

** * ******** ****, *** ************* **** **** ******** ********* I've **** ** ***** **** *** *** *** ****** *** have ***** **** **** ** *** **** ** ***. ****** money ******* ********* ****** ******* ***** ****.

*** *** **** *** *** **** ***** **** *** **** to ***** ***** ****** **** * $** ****** , **** older ***** ***** *** **** ****** ****** ** *** **** to **** **** *** **** *** ***** ******.

****** **** **** ** ******* ***** ** ** *********** ******** tool *** ***** **** ** **** *** $** ***** ****** and ****** *** ****** ** *** "******* *****" *** *** replay ** **** * ********* ******* ** ******** **** *** phone ***.

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****** ***** ****** ****** ** ********** ** *** **** ** Wiegand ******* **** ******** *** ********* ** *** ******. *** card *********** **** ********* *** **** ** **** ** ****** identical ****** ** ***** ***** ** ** ****** ***** ******* signals ** ******* ********* ******* ********.

*** *** *******,*** ******, ************ ***** ***** ** *******, *** ** **** **** the ******/********* **** ** *** ****, *** ** ************ ** the ****** *** ****** ********. *** ***** ***** ***** *** these ******** *** ********* *********:

******* ******** *** **** *** *********** ** ***, **** **** typically******* ~$** - $** ******.

******* **** ** *** ******** *** *****, **** *** ** installed ** *******, ****** **** *********, *** ******* ******* **** than ** *** ** * ********* ** ***.

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

** **** ***** ** ****** **** * *** ** ****** still ****** *********** **** **** *** ******* **** ****** **** of ** *** **** **** ***********.

****** *** **** *** * ******?

** ******* *** ****** ***** **** *** *** ***** *********** to *********** **** * *** ****** ** **** *********** ****** control ******* ****** ***** ** ** *********.

******* ****** ****: *** ****** *** **** ******** ** *** timed *** **** *** ******. *** ***** ****** ******** *** port **** & *****. ** ***** ** **** ** *** access ******* ******. ** *** ***** ** *** ******* ** an ******** *** **** ******* ********. * ****** **** ***** have *** **** ****** *** ******* ****** ***** ** ********** card **** ****** *** *****. **** ***** ** *** ***** user ** * ******** **** ****** *****.

** * ****** ** ********** ** ******* *** **** ****** rule: **** ****** ******/******* ****. ******* ******, ***** ****** ***** on. ******** *****. ****** ** ****** **** ******* ** ** operator/or ******** ****/****** **********.

*** *** ***** ** **** *****?

* ***** **** ** **** *** ********** ********, ******* * would ****** *** ******** ** *** ****. ***.*** **** *** encryption ***** **** *** ***** *********** ** * *********** *** switch ****** **** **** ****.

** ** - * *****.

***** ** ** * *** *** **** ? * **** you **** * **** **********/******** ** ********* ********** ***** *** the *** **** ** * **** ****** ***** **** **** than *** ****** ** ******** ...

** **** ******* '*** ****' *** ** ****** ******* *** their ******** ******** ******** **** *** ** ******* ** ****** the ************* ** *** ***** ******* **** * ***** **** could ** ******. * **** *** **** ******** *** ****** thought *** ****** ** **** ** ** **** *** *** ( ********* ********* ) ******** ** *** ********** *** **** and ******* ** *****. **** *** *** **** **** * tunnel **** *** ********** ** *** **********.

**** *** ***** ********* *** ********* ************* ***** *** *** but **** **** ***********.

*** **** **** *** *** ***** ***. *** *** ***'* even **** ** ** **** ** ***** ** ***** * card. **** **** **** *** ** **** ***** *** ****'** do ** *** ***, *** *** ***'* **** **** ** identify ******** ** *** **** ***'** *******. ***...

***. **** **** ***** ** **** ******. *** ****** ** better.

**** , *** ****** ** ****** **** ** ** ****.....

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****, *** ** ****** *** ****.

* **** ****** *** ** ****** *** ***** ****** *'** read ** ** *** ****** ** **** ** ****. *** you ***** ** *** *********?

** *** **** ** ******* ***** "**** *******" *** **** see * * ****** *****, ** ***** *** **** ********** the ***** *** ***** ** ** ****...

****** ****** (**) *** **** ****** *** ******* *****, *** has **** ******** ** *** **** ****. ** ******* **** dynamic **:************* ********* *** ****** ******* *****.

** *** *** *** ******, ***'** *** ****** ******** *****... ***. **** ** * *** **** ****** maybe. :)

*******,

**** *** ****** *** **** ** ***** , ****** *** this.

***** **** ****** **** ***** ** ********** *** ******* **** (not ***) ** *** ***** ** ** ****.

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