Openpath Presents Two Door PoE Controller

By Brian Rhodes, Published May 21, 2020, 11:14am EDT (Info+)

Openpath presented its new PoE controller at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show.

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Inside this report:

  • A 30-minute video from Openpath including IPVM Q&A
  • Background on the company
  • Key Positive factors to consider
  • Key Negative factors to consider

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Comments (2)

Question: Their actual datasheet states that 374 mA at 24VDC is available when using POE+, and this is split between the 2 relays. Where did you find that there is 1 amp at 24VDC available for lock controls? 1 amp at 24 VDC is usually enough to control two 24 electric strikes or mag locks, whereas 375 mA in many cases is not.

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Also, their datasheet states 750 mA at 12VDC is available. This is also (in many cases) not enough to control two 12VDC electric strikes, electrified mortise or cylindrical lever sets, or mag locks .... essentially making this a single door controller, even when using POE+.

Exception would be when using some of the newer electric locks designed with POE power in mind, like the Trine 4850-POE (surface mount used instead of HES 9400/9500/9600 for example) as well as some of the newer electrified mortise locks.

Another notable exception and one must have changed recently, are the ubiquitous HES 5000 and HES 5200 electric strikes, worth mentioning because they only draw .24 amps at 12VDC. Even the RCI 6 Series electric strikes, which for some reason I had pegged in my head as needing .42 amp at 12VDC after many years of using them, are now showing as drawing 375 mA at 12 VDC.\

Compare this to old workhorses like any of the Von Durpin 6000 Series:

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Whoa ... .60 amps at 12VDC.

So maybe this CAN be a 2-door controller, IF careful attention is paid to the type and current draw of the locks being used and also making sure to check any inrush current requirements (as opposed to holding current requirements, which are substantially lower).

Looks like it could be a useful solution in many SMB scenarios.

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I just listened to an old interview with Samy Kamkar (Openpath's Chief Security Officer) on DarkNet Diaries. Really cool guy (Wikipedia link). He created a worm that took down MySpace in 2005. He also uncovered how cell phones were tracking people, leading to a series of class action lawsuits. I'm usually skeptical about how secure these IoT devices really are, but with a guy like Samy around it makes me respect Openpath.

Here's a link to the DarkNet Diaries interview: Episode 61: Samy

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