Testing Axis Access Control

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jan 27, 2014

After years of speculation and months of waiting since its announcement, Axis' first access control offering is hitting the market (at least in the US).

The hardware is the A1001, a two door controller, and the included software is Axis Entry Manager, supporting up to 66 doors.

Here's a shot from our testing / video screencasts of the A1001:

Of course, the access control market is filled with competitors. On the IP side, HID's Edge offering is frequently cited.

In this report, we share our test findings of the new Axis control offering, both hardware and software, contrasting it to HID. In future tests, we will examine integration with third party offerings like Genetec and Milestone.

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