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

By Brian Rhodes, Published Sep 22, 2021, 12:02pm EDT (Info+)

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' ********** *******

** *** ****** ******, ***** *** only **** ************* ********* **** ********** hardware, ******** ** ******** ** ******* writing ********** ********.

***** **** ********* ****** ** ******* proprietary ********** *******, * *********** ******* of *** ****** ********** **** '****' 3rd ***** ******* ************ ** ******.

*** *** ****** ******* ******, *** most ****** ********** ***-*********** **** *********** are ******** ** ***** *********:

  • ****: *** ******* ****** *** ********* controllers, ****************. **** ****** *** ***-**** ***********, but *** ***** ** ***** **** 175X **** ******, *** *** ***+ (vs. ******** *** **** ** *****), form * ****** (**. **** ** A1001), *** * */* ***** (**. 2). **** ***** *** ****' ***** API, ******** *** **** ************ ***** ******* ********** **** ** ****** *** *** A1001.
  • *** ******: ***** ** **** *****, *** also ************ ***** ****** ** ***********, Edge, *****, *** **** **** *** be **** *** **** **+ ********* access *******. ******** ***** ** ***** discontinued ** **** *******, **** ******** is ******* *** ***.
  • ******:*********** *********** ******** ****************** *** **** ** ************* ** ********** **** ***** *********. The *******'* **** ** ***** *******/*********** is **-***** *** ***-*******.
  • ******* ********:***** ** ***, *** ******** ************ ***** **** to ***** **********. ******* ******** ******* lines ** *********** *** ********* ******* with * ****** ******** *********.**** ** ************ ******* ************ ******** ** **** hardware ***** *******'* ******** ********.

***** ********* ******* **** ** *** 'open' ********** ******* ** *** ******, but ** *** *** ******** **** others, *********** **** *** **** ** **** *******.

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

** ****** ******* *** *** ******** market, '****' *** * ********* ******* meaning **** ** ** *** ******** development. '****' *** ****** *********** ***** non-proprietary *** *********** ********** **** ******* systems.

**** ******* **** '********' ** ***** tech *****, ***** '****-******' ********* ***** free *** **** ****** ** ** licensing.

Cost **********

***** ******* ****** *** **** **********, the ******** **** ***** *** **** be ******* ** ********** ******** *********. However, ** * ********-**** *****, ******* looks **** ****:

  • **** ***** & *****:*** ***** ** ****** ********* ****** for ~$***, ***** *** ***** **** ~$700.
  • *** **** ***:*** ****** **** ********** ** ********* from ************ **** * ****** ***** of ~$***, **** ******* *** ***** with ********** ******* *** ~$***.
  • *** ***** *** ****:*** **** ********** *** ***-**** ********* module *** ********* ******* ********* *** ~$650, *** *** ***** **** ****** depending ** ***** **** ********** *** how **** ********* ******* *** ****.
  • ******: *** *******'* **** ** **-**, PowerNet, *** ** ****** *********** ***** from $*** (****** ****) - $*,*** (three-door ******) ********* ** *** ************* of *** ******** ******.
  • ******* ********:**** ** ***** ******** *** ********* as ****** ********* **** ******* ** through ************. ****** **** *********** ********* range **** $*** - $***, *** the ***** **** ** ***** ******* negotiated *** ***** *** ******** **** large **** ******.

Compatibility *****

*** ***** ***** ******** * **** at ****** ****** *** ***** **** controllers **** **** ****:

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Not ********** '****' *** ***** ******

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

********* **** ** ****'* ******** ***** use *********** ***********, ***** ****** *** are *** ********** **** ***** **** products **** *******, ***** **** ******** proprietary ******.

****** **** ***** ** ***** ****** that *** ***-***********, *** **** ** peripherals. *** *******,***********************-***** ********** ****** *********** *** **** ********* ** **** that *** *********** ********** ******/****** *** standalone ********** ********.

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

**** ** ***** ** **************** *********, access ******* ** ************* **** ********* of ********* **** ***** *** *** party ******** ** *** ****** *******.

** ***** ******** ******* **** *** **** *****, ******* ***** ******* ******* ** video *********, ***** ****** **************** ********* Profile * *** ******* * **** weak ******** **** ******* **** **** Axis:

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* ***** ***** ****** ******* ********** peripheral ****** *********** **** *******,******* *, ** *** ****** ** ********* by *** ************* *** *** **** been ********* ***** **** ****.

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

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*** ***** ****** ******* **** ********** system ********* *** ********** **************** ***:

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

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New *********/*** **** *****

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*** ***** *** *** ****** ******** and *** *** *** ***** ******* have **** ** *****, *** ****** existing ******** ** * *** ****** can ** ******* *** *********** ******* additional ********* **** ** **** ********* by *** *** ******.

** ***** *****, **** ********* ********, physically ******** ***** ** *** ********** board *** ** ********.

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

*******, ******* *** ****** *** ** provide ********* ******* *** *****-**** *******, nor ** **** ********* ******** **** when ********* **** *****.

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