Open Access Controller Guide (Axis, HID VertX & Aero, Isonas, Mercury)

By Brian Rhodes, Published Sep 22, 2021, 12:02pm EDT

There are dozens of software platforms in the access control market, but few companies make non-proprietary door controllers. We examine four of the most used brands in this guide.

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Inside, we contrast typical access hardware providers and which hardware brands many access management systems use.

  • The third-party offerings of Axis, HID Edge, HID VertX and HID Aero, Isonas, and Mercury
  • Pricing comparison
  • Why ONVIF for Access Control is not a major factor
  • A chart explaining which controllers 34 notable access platforms support
  • List of 25 companies that use proprietary hardware and do not use 'open' controllers
  • The three factors that may complicate takeovers

'Open' ********** *******

** *** ****** ******, there *** **** **** manufacturers ********* **** ********** hardware, ******** ** ******** of ******* ******* ********** software.

***** **** ********* ****** to ******* *********** ********** designs, * *********** ******* of *** ****** ********** with '****' *** ***** devices ************ ** ******.

*** *** ****** ******* market, *** **** ****** recognized ***-*********** **** *********** are ******** ** ***** companies:

  • ****: *** ******* ****** two ********* ***********, ****************. **** ****** *** two-door ***********, *** *** A1601 ** ***** **** 175X **** ******, *** use ***+ (**. ******** PoE **** ** *****), form * ****** (**. none ** *****), *** 6 */* ***** (**. 2). **** ***** *** Axis' ***** ***, ******** the **** ************ ***** ******* ********** **** ** ****** for *** *****.
  • *** ******: ***** ** **** Abloy, *** **** ************ three ****** ** ***********, Edge, *****, *** **** that *** ** **** for **** **+ ********* access *******. ******** ***** is ***** ************ ** some *******, **** ******** is ******* *** ***.
  • ******:*********** *********** ******** ****************** *** **** ** controllers** ** ********** **** other *********. *** *******'* line ** ***** *******/*********** is **-***** *** ***-*******.
  • ******* ********:***** ** ***, *** ******** ************ sells **** ** ***** businesses. ******* ******** ******* lines ** *********** *** expansion ******* **** * common ******** *********.**** ** ************ ******* ************ ******** or **** ******** ***** Mercury's ******** ********.

***** ********* ******* **** of *** '****' ********** options ** *** ******, but ** *** *** familiar **** ******, *********** **** *** **** ** this *******.

Defining '****' *** ******

** ****** ******* *** the ******** ******, '****' has * ********* ******* meaning **** ** ** and ******** ***********. '****' for ****** *********** ***** non-proprietary *** *********** ********** with ******* *******.

**** ******* **** '********' in ***** **** *****, while '****-******' ********* ***** free *** **** ****** or ** *********.

Cost **********

***** ******* ****** *** each **********, *** ******** cost ***** *** **** be ******* ** ********** software *********. *******, ** a ********-**** *****, ******* looks **** ****:

  • **** ***** & *****:*** ***** ** ****** available ****** *** ~$***, while *** ***** **** ~$700.
  • *** **** ***:*** ****** **** ********** is ********* **** ************ with * ****** ***** of ~$***, **** ******* for ***** **** ********** readers *** ~$***.
  • *** ***** *** ****:*** **** ********** *** two-door ********* ****** *** available ******* ********* *** ~$650, *** *** ***** cost ****** ********* ** which **** ********** *** how **** ********* ******* are ****.
  • ******: *** *******'* **** of **-**, ********, *** IP ****** *********** ***** from $*** (****** ****) - $*,*** (*****-**** ******) depending ** *** ************* of *** ******** ******.
  • ******* ********:**** ** ***** ******** are ********* ** ****** purchases **** ******* ** through ************. ****** **** controllers ********* ***** **** $250 - $***, *** the ***** **** ** often ******* ********** *** drops *** ******** **** large **** ******.

Compatibility *****

*** ***** ***** ******** a **** ** ****** brands *** ***** **** controllers **** **** ****:

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Proprietary ******* ***** ******** ******

********* **** ** ****'* Software ***** *** *********** controllers, ***** ****** *** are *** ********** **** other **** ******** **** Kantech, ***** **** ******** proprietary ******.

****** **** ***** ** their ****** **** *** non-proprietary, *** **** ** peripherals. *** *******,***********************-***** ********** ****** *********** *** **** ********* in **** **** *** proprietary ********** ******/****** *** standalone ********** ********.

Access ***** *** * ******

**** ** ***** ** interoperability *********, ****** ******* is ************* **** ********* of ********* **** ***** and *** ***** ******** is *** ****** *******.

** ***** ******** ******* **** *** Want *****, ******* ***** ******* adopted ** ***** *********, ONVIF ****** **************** ********* Profile * *** ******* C **** **** ******** with ******* **** **** Axis:

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* ***** ***** ****** profile ********** ********** ****** connections **** *******,******* *, ** *** ****** as ********* ** *** manufacturers *** *** **** been ********* ***** **** 2021.

Three ****** ******** **********

***** ********, '*********,' ***** controllers ********** **** *** platform *** ******** ** another, **** **********.

*** ***** ****** ******* that ********** ****** ********* and ********** **************** ***:

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Unsupported ********/************

**** ******* ******* ****** supports *** **** ********** hardware **** *** **** a *** ******** ******** the **** ***** ** features *** ************. ********** features, **** **** ** event *****-*******, *** ** supported ** *** ***** in *** ******, *** not *** *****.

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******* ********* *******,** ***** ** **** discussion, *** ***** ** some ********* ******* * 'Product *** ****' **** codes *** ***** ******** to * ******** *****.

*** ***** *** *** always ******** *** *** all *** ***** ******* have **** ** *****, but ****** ******** ******** to * *** ****** can ** ******* *** potentially ******* ********** ********* fees ** **** ********* by *** *** ******.

** ***** *****, **** Honeywell ********, ********** ******** chips ** *** ********** board *** ** ********.

Voided ******** ** *******

*******, ******* *** ****** not ** ******* ********* support *** *****-**** *******, nor ** **** ********* warranty **** **** ********* goes *****.

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

Comments (18)

******* **** ******** *** Axis ***** *** ***** door ***********.

************, ***** ********* ** access *******; *******, ******* and ******* **** ******* the **** **** ***********.

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******, ** **** *** those!

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*** ******** **** ** the $** ********* **, is ******** * *** more "****" **** *** of ***** * ******** platforms.

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**** ***** ****** ********? I **** **** **** more ***** ******** **** domestically.

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******, ****** - *'** reach *** ******** *********** ****** ** ***********.

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*** ******* **** ******* for ******?

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

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*'* ******* ***** **** myself. * *** *** developer *** ***** *** ISONAS/Genetec ******.

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*'** *** ******* ** respond ** **** *****.

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*** ****** *********** *** developed ** * ***** party *** ********* *** owned ** *******. ******** this *****-***** *********** *** been ******** ** **** sites ** *** *** fully **************. ******* ******** with ********, ** ******* that ** ***** ** more ********** ** ****** in ***** ***** *********.

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*****,

****** *** *********** ******** software ** **** ****. I'd **** ** ***** a ********** ** *** supported ******* ***** *****. Our ******* ** ******** supports *** **** *** VertX (*** ***.) *******, HID **** *** ******* EP *** ** ****** controllers. ** ********* **** controllers ** ******* *, but ** ** *** in **.

* **** **** **** states **** **** *** confirm. ********* **'** ***** to ******* * ******* for ******* *** ********* device ******* ** ******.

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** *****,

* ***** **** ** clarify ************* **** **** **** it's *** ******* ******************** ***** **** *** BioStar2 ******** ********, ******* it *** ** ****** integrated ** *** ****** and ** **** * growing ****** ** ******** worldwide ***** **** ******. Similar ** *******, ******** can *** *** *** to ********* *** ********** (as **** ** *** standalone***** * **** ******/************** *** *** ********* devices) ******* *** **** to *** *** ******* head-end ********. ************ ** provide *** **** (** have *** *******) ****** available ** *** ******** via ****** ** **** anyone *** *** ********* our ******** *** ** the *********** **********:

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****** - **********/*******************

**, ** ***** *** your ******** ** *** way **** ****** *** Axis **** ***** *** software ********* ** ****, but ***** *** ******** system ** ********** ********* our ********.

****** *** ** **** if ** *** ******* any ********** ***********.

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** ****** ******* *** available ** *** **?

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

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

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* ** * *** upset ** ***. **** are "*************" ***** *** will *** ****** *** Vertx *****. **** ** not * ****** *********** for *****.

** * *** **** one **** ****** ** is ***** **** *** will *** ****** **** controllers? *** *** **** us * ***********?

***, * **** ********** to ***.

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

**** ** *** * direct *********** *** *****.

***** ****** ** ************? HID ****** ******** *************, hole *******, *** **** positions *** *** ****, and * ** ********** in **** ***** ****** are *** ********** ******* the ***.

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**** **** * ******* different *** - ** the ******** *** *** supports ** **** ** is * **** *** wire, ***** *** ***** replacement.

*******, *** ********, ********, is *** **** ***** yet.

*** ** ** ** annoying ******* ** **** force *** ***** ** have ** "** *********" in *** ******. ** are ***** ********* ** we **** *** ******** to ** **** ** support * ***** ***** Aero ***********. *** * small *****...

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*****,

*** **** ******** ***** EOL ***** *** ******* half * ****, *** they **** **** **** upfront **** ******** ***** the ***** *** *** past ~* *****. * think ** ** * fair ************ ******, ***'* you *****?

** ** ***** ******* to *****-*** * **+ years *** ******* ** a ******* ******. ** you ****** ** **** the ****, *** **** be ******** **** *** superior ********. ** ** may ** * **** thing *** ******** ** the **** ***.

**** **** ** *** in ***** ** *** would **** * **** in-depth ********** ** ***** vs ****.

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