Solar-Powered, Smart-Phone-Based Access Kit (VIZPin) Examined

By: IPVM Team, Published on Nov 02, 2018

Cloud-based access control company VIZPin is releasing a solar-powered and smart phone based access control system for gates and other remote sites. The company claims it can do access at these locations, typically with no power and network infrastructure, for thousands less than the competition.

Inside, we examine the potential strengths and weaknesses of their solution. Based on our interview with VIZPin's CEO Paul Bodell [link no longer available] and our research, we look at:

  • Who is VIZPin
  • Why Cellphones Are System Essential 
  • What Equipment Comes With Solar Kits
  • How Much Solar Power VIZPin Needs
  • Potential Problems/Limitations
  • System Strengths

*****-***** ****** ******* *************** ********* * *****-******* and ***** ***** ***** access ******* ****** *** gates *** ***** ****** sites. *** ******* ****** it *** ** ****** at ***** *********, ********* with ** ***** *** network **************, *** ********* less **** *** ***********.

******, ** ******* *** potential ********* *** ********** of ***** ********. ***** on *** ********* **** VIZPin's *** **** ****** [link ** ****** *********] and *** ********, ** look **:

  • *** ** ******
  • *** ********** *** ****** Essential 
  • **** ********* ***** **** Solar ****
  • *** **** ***** ***** VIZPin *****
  • ********* ********/***********
  • ****** *********

[***************]

Who ** ******

****** ** * ********* held ******* **** ******* in ******** ** *****, in *** ****** ******* ****** ***** 2005. *** *******'* ******* was ********* ***** ** "Visitor ***", ****** ** access ******* *** ******** properties *** ******** ********** companies ** **** ** this ******* **** **********:

***** ********* ** ****** in ***** **** **** the *** "**** ***** is **** ***", ********* both *** ********** *** network ********** **** *** user's ****** *****.

How ******'* ****** *****

****** ****** ***** *****/ smartphone-based ****** ***** ** more ********** *** ****** than *********** **-******* ****** networked ****** ******* ** part ******* **** ******* both *** ********** *** cloud ******* ********** ** user's **********.

****** **** ********* ******* connections, *** ****** ****** uses *** ** *********** with ****** ****** ** users *** ****** ~** feet ** ********** ***** or *****, *** *** updating ** *** ****** controller ** **** *** BLE ******* *** ****'* phone **** ** **** connection ** ******'* ***** management ******.

**** ***** ***** **** the ******* ***** ** overview:

******'* ******** *** ********** is **** ** *** solar ***, **** *** major ********** ***** *** system ** ******* *** solar ****** ****** **** hardwired ********.

Solar ******* ********

*** *******'* ******* **** ************ ** * *****-******* kit *** *** **********-**********, cloud-based ****** ******* ******, ****** ** **** up ****** ******* *** locations ********** *** ********* to ** *********, ********** remote ********* **** ******** infrastructure ***** *** ****** fence *****.

*** ***** *** ******** a ******** ****** *** controller, *** ******* ** a ******** ****** ***********, the *** **** * factory ******* ***** *****, battery *******, *** ** VDC ******* ** * NEMA *********:

** ****, *** *** contains ** ********* ******* interfaces, ***** ******* **** cellphones ** ***** ****** control ********** **** *** cloud.

Low ***** ******

******* *** ****** **** uses ***** **** ***** are ******** ******* *****, power ****** ** ******* when *** ***** ****. Instead ** ***** ********** cell ****** ** ***-***** ethernet ********, ****** ******* uses *** *** **** cellphones ** '***** ******', offloading ***** ******* ****** control *********** ******* ** well.

*** ******* ****** *** average '** ****' ***** consumption *** *** ******** ** ** @ 12 ***, ***** ** ********* by *** ***** ***** and ********** *******.

** ********, ********** '**********' elements **** **** ***** consume *** ** *** more ***** ** ******* when *********, ********* *** - *** ** ** unlock * ****** ** gate ****.  ****** ****** that **** ********* *** be ******* **** '* ***** ** ******** per ***' *** **** **** batteries **** '~*** ***********'.

** ****, ********* *******/****** readers ** ******** ***** locks *** ************* ******* battery ****. **********, **** demand ******** **** ***** like ******** ****** ** used.

Solar *** *******

******'* ***** *** ****'* for ~$***, ***** ******** ********** but **** *****, *** mounting *****. *** **' cables *** ********- *** connects *** ***** *****, and *** ***** ******** the **** ** *****. The *** ******** ******'* free '****' ******** **** includes * ****** *** BLE ***********.  ****** ** typically **** ** ******* including **** **********, *** is ********* *** **** through ************.

**********

****** *****'* ******** *** several ************* ******** ** traditional ********* *** ********* access *******:

******* *****

************, *** ****** ** battery ******* *** ** the ******* ****, ****** control ** ****.

*******, ****** ***** *********** is *** ****** **** low ********* **** *** be * ********* ***** when ******** ** *********, but ********* **** *** especially ****, **** *** levels ** ********, ** when ********* *** ******* or *** *** ********** power ********. **-*** ******* level ******** *** *** yet ******** ** ********** apps, *** ****** ***** us *** ******* ** in ***** ****** ** testing *** **** ** deployed ** ****** *** updates.

** ***-**** '********* **** Downs'

******* ***** *** ********* strictly *** **** **********, if **** ********** *** not *******, ** ********* control ** *** ******* or **** ** ********.

**** ***** **** ******** opening * ****, ** 'locking ** ****' ** not ********.  ****** ***** us **** **** ** not * ********* ***** for **** **** ***********, but *** ********** *** exclude *** ****** **** sites ***** ****-******** ********** access ******* ** ******.

** **** ******** **********

*** ****** **** ******** real-time**** ******** **********, * **** ******* of **** ****** *******. VIZPin's ****** ********* *** omission ** *** ******* to *** ******'* ****** control ***********:

*** ******** ***** ** not ******** ** **********-*****, integrated **** ***** **** of *****. **’** * pure-play ****** ******* ******. So **** ****** ***, 'Do *** ******* *** door ******?' **, ******* that’s ** ***** ******** not ****** *******. ****'* an ***** ******.

*** ** *** ******* problems ****** ** ****** control ******* **** ** mitigating ********* **** ** facility ********. **** ** done ** ****** **** only ************ *********** **** entrance. ******* ** **** mission *****************, ********, *********** ***** **** ***'* close *** *** ***. In ***** *********, ******* door ******** ** * vital **** ** *** function ** *** ****** control ******.  ** ******** DPS, ****** ***** ******* be **** ********** *********** as '****** ***** ******* entry'.

Key *********

*******, *** ***** *** has ******* ********* ********:

** ***** ** ******* Utility ******

* *** **** **** for ****** ***** **** gates ** *** ******* to *** ** ***** and ******* ************. ****** Solar ****** ****, *********** saving ********* ** ******* costs *** ****.

*** & ****** *********

******* *** **** ** that *** ****** ******** using***-********* ****** ********** ******* ******* if ***** **** ****** on ****. *** ****** activity ** ********** ******* are *** ********, *** as **** ** *** fob ** *** *** been ********** ********, ****** can ***** ** *********.

***** **********

****, *** ****** **** no **-******* ****** ** panel *** ****** **********, instead ***** * ***** web ** *** ******** portal, ****** ********** ** users ********* **** ***-******* phones *** *******, ** internet ********* ***********.

Similar *********

******* ********* ***** ************* **** *****, ***** ********** *******, non-networked ***** ****** ****** control, ***** ********* *** be ********* *** **** than *********** ****** ** ~$750 - $**** *** system ****.

**** ******, ***** ***** ******* *** ****** together, ***** ***** **** carry ************* ** ****** changes ** ***** ******* to *** *** ***** ****** ***************.

*******, ****** ******, ***** uses **** ***** ** battery ******* ******** ***** and ******* ** ****** doors *** *** ******* does *** ***** ** outdoor-ready ***** ******* ********. Given **** ****** *****'* pricing **** ~$*** *** opening ** ****, ******'* hardware ***** *** ********** lower ** ****.

Comments (1)

** **** ******* **** you **** ** ******** someone’s ******, ***********, *** because ** ***********?

* ****** *** *** some *** ***** ********** tool ** **** *** change ** *** *****.

*** **** ** *** restricted ****** ** *** first ****** ** **** door ** ******* ****** since *** ***********, *** prevents ***** ***** **** making **** *********** ***** allowing ****, ***’* *** door ****?

***** ****, ** ** software ****** *****.

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