Mercury Open Access Hardware Examined

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jul 15, 2013

Everyone wants an "open" access platform, yet no one delivers... or do they? One of the biggest names in access control is one most end-users rarely hear mentioned but widely used. Mercury Security's entire portfolio is composed of open hardware, and in theory, can be reused when changing between platforms. In this note, we look at Mercury's openness and interoperability in the access market, and identify where the issue gets cloudy: Just how far does "openness" go?   

Mercury's Fit

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Comments (4)

Now that their lawsuit is settled, is Lenel using Mercury hardware again?

edit - I see Lenel listed as a Platinum Partner, so I'm assuming that the answer to my question is, "yes". I probably should have checked that link before posting my question.

Yes, Lenel discontinued using certain non-Mercury parts that resembled Mercury product. Once this agreement was reached, the two 'doubled down' with each other and signed a long-term OEM/Supplier agreement.

Keri Systems sells and supports both their own Mercury Powered NXT Controllers (IP-based) and Authentic Mercury Panels.

Brian,

Two corrections:

While it is a networked PoE device, the MR51e is door module that must be slaved to a controller (EP1502, EP2500, etc.). In your diagram, that would be a dotted line of a different color going from the MR51e into one of the controllers.

Also, you forgot the EP1501 PoE controller.

Jonathan

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