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HID Buys Mercury Security

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One of the biggest access control deals in years. Mercury Security, the most widely used access hardware OEM, and partner to 20+ manufacturers, has been purchased by Assa Abloy / HID Global. In this note, we examine: The Deal Rationale Pri...

By Brian Rhodes - about 20 hours ago

Cloud Guy Prints Book, Misses Irony

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On-premise security systems are dead. But $75 print books are alive and well. Such are the lessons from Brivo's CEO new book "The Five Technological Forces Disrupting Security" to all of you 'server-huggers' out there. It does raise a fascinati...

By John Honovich - 5 days ago

Master Keying Tutorial

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Mechanical keys are the most fundamental, albeit unsophisticated, form of access control. Like access control, Master Keying allows large scale use by segmenting access. But unlike access control, it requires no electricity, no network, and uses r...

By Brian Rhodes - 6 days ago

Fail Safe vs. Fail Secure Tutorial

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Few terms carry greater importance in access control than 'fail safe' and 'fail secure'. Access control professionals must know how these concepts apply, and how to pick locks that are appropriate. Properly doing so determines whether door hardwa...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 days ago

Axis: Use QR Codes Instead of Access Cards

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Innovation in access may be hard to find, but Axis recently suggested an idea for credentials few have considered. Rather than using plastic cards, Axis suggested a different approach: Use QR Codes instead. Furthermore, Axis explained how to im...

By Brian Rhodes - 8 days ago

Dahua and Hikvision Entering Access Control

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Until now, Chinese video giants Hikvision and Dahua have held back releasing access internationally. Both companies have now pulled the trigger, and distributors are already taking orders. In this report, based on our ongoing testing and marke...

By Brian Rhodes - 15 days ago

Vulnerability Directory For Access Control Cards

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Knowing which access credentials are insecure can be unclear, especially because most look and feel the same. Even the most insecure 125 kHz types are still widely supported, and using 13.56 MHz smartcards is no sure guarantee the format has not b...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 month ago

Competing Against G4S

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G4S Secure Solutions is a global company, operating in multiple countries and offering a suite of products and services from guards to their AMAG access control product. How do local integrators compete with such a large and diverse company? 110+...

By Ari Erenthal - about 1 month ago

ONVIF Releases Profile A for Access

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ONVIF has struggled so far in access control. In 2014, ONVIF released Profile C for access control, but in the 3 years since, only 2 companies have adopted it. How does ONVIF A differ from C? Will it be a success where previous efforts have stal...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 month ago

Access Control Commissioning / Install Checklist

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This 80+ point checklist helps end users, integrators and consultants verify that access control installation is complete. It covers the following sections: Door Hardware Checks Reader Checks Controller Checks Fire Alarm Loop Confirmation ...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Bosch G-Series Intrusion Tested

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Bosch is one of the biggest names in intrusion, and the company's G-Series panels are their most advanced commercial and high-security panels. But just how well do they perform? We bought and tested a Bosch B8512G panel and a B942 graphic keypad ...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Smartcard Copier Tested (13.56MHz)

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Copying 125kHz cards is certainly easy, as our test results showed, but how about 13.56MHz smart cards? Are they more secure? IPVM focused on the risk of Hacking Your Access Control With This $30 HID 125kHz Card Copier, but are more advanced 13.5...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Biometrics Pros and Cons For Electronic Access Control

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Biometrics has been long sought as an alternative to the security risks of cards, pins and passwords. While biometrics has improved somewhat over the past decade and has some clear advantages, other problems or limitations remain. In this post, we...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Access Control Course Winter 2018

The Winter 2018 IPVM Access Control Course is now open; save $50 on early registration. IPVM offers the most comprehensive access control course in the industry. Unlike manufacturer training that focuses only on a small part of the system, we loo...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

RMR Integrator Importance Statistics

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How do integrators feel about offering RMR / recurring revenue services? For many, their business revolves around RMR, while others see no benefit.  150+ integrators answered our survey on the importance of RMR to their business. We examine the t...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

HID Edge EVO Tested

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HID Edge controllers have been one of most common offerings in IP door controllers for years. The new generation is called Edge EVO. We tested the original Edge 4 years ago. Now, we have bought the new, revamped Edge EVO and are sharing our test...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Access Control AHJ Nightmares

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For access control jobs, a single person can be the difference between finishing a job, costing thousands in extra dollars, and being profitable and safe for all. That person carries the title 'Authority Having Jurisdiction', commonly just 'AHJ' (...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

US States Security Licensing Guide

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In the US, many states require integrators to be licensed to install burglar alarms, CCTV, electronic access control, or all three, and requirements vary widely from state to state, making it confusing for those entering the industry to know exact...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

Anti-Hack Access Card Shields Tested

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Keeping your access control card information secure is becoming a big priority, especially since cheaper copiers can hack details easily. Multiple products claim they can keep those RFID details hidden, so we bought several examples to put them to...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Hackable 125kHz Access Control Migration Guide

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Despite being one of the most popular credentials, 125 kHz credentials are easily copied and insecure as we showed in our test results, video embedded below: However, changing to more secure credentials is not always a clear path, and doing it ...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Smartphone Controlled Kevo Lock Tested

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Smartlocks are a growing market, with millions sold. Kwikset's Kevo is one of the most common choices, using the Unikey smart phone access control platform. Many like the concept of controlling locks with their phones but doing is not easy, as sh...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Hack Your Access Control With This $30 HID 125kHz Card Copier

You might have heard the stories or seen the YouTube videos of random people hacking electronic access control systems. The tools that claim to do this are available widely, including at eBay for just $30. We bought one of these cheap gadgets, s...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Lenel President Is Out

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Lenel's challenges continue. Now, Lenel's President is out, suddenly. This follows increasing challenges for the company who has broadly upset its partners, and admitted defeat on its VMS offering, now re-selling Milestone. Inside this note, we...

By IPVM Team - 5 months ago

Bosch B-Series Intrusion Tested

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Bosch is one of the biggest names in intrusion but their B-Series panels, targeted at smaller site installs and available through distribution, are relatively new for intrusion standards. We bought a Bosch B3512 panel and a B942 graphic keypad to...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

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