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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 - 17 days 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 - 26 days 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 2 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 - about 2 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 - about 2 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 - about 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 months ago

Milestone / Lenel Resell Partnership

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Lenel has never found success in video management. Nearly a decade ago Lenel OEMed an OEM of Milestone. Now, in an equally uncommon move, Lenel will resell Milestone. Inside the note, we examine Lenel's challenges and what this agreement means f...

By John Honovich - 4 months ago

ConvergenceTP (CTP) Claims VMS Integrations Simplified

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Developing integrations with 3rd party systems can be expensive and time consuming, especially in the physical security market with hundreds of different players, most with small market shares and limited experience in integrating with them. Each ...

By Brian Karas - 4 months ago

2Gig Intrusion Megatest (GC2 & GC3 Panels Tested)

2Gig is one of the most widely used intrusion systems, with two product lines that are the main offering of many alarm companies, huge national installers and small mom & pop shops alike. In this dual-test, IPVM bought both variants of this a...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Lock Keyways For Access Control Guide

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Lock keyways can be the difference between a lock working or not. Understanding keyways is important for access control. Indeed, a member recently commented: My biggest problem is specifying the right hardware with the wrong keyway In this n...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Unikey Smart Phone Access Control Platform Profile

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More and more people carry smart phones. Many think this could replace the conventional key or card for access control. However, using a phone creates a number of challenges, including both ensuring various phone models work and that the door har...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Brivo Opens Up, Adds Mercury Support

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Brivo's cloud-based access control was built around the companies proprietary hardware controllers, and was often seen as a limitation by customers. Now, the company has shifted strategy, by embracing hardware from perhaps the most well-known open...

By Brian Karas - 4 months ago

DMP Intrusion Tested (XR Series)

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DMP is a major provider of intrusion systems, but lacks the global brand recognition of some of its rivals (such as Bosch, Honeywell, DSC, or 2Gig). How does it compare to competitor systems that have been in widespread use for decades?   We boug...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Avigilon Favorability Results

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One of the fastest growing companies has turned into one of the rockiest, as cooling growth, management turnover and a roller coaster stock price shakes Avigilon. So how do integrators feel about Avigilon? 100+ integrators told IPVM in detail, re...

By John Honovich - 5 months ago

Glass Doors and Access Control Tutorial

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The biggest challenge for many access control systems are glass doors. Here's what happens when a maglock is improperly installed to an existing glass door: Unlike wood or steel doors that can be modified to work with electrified locking hardwa...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Customized Access Control Cans (Altronix Trove)

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Access control installs typically require hanging at least two or three different enclosure cans, each holding individual parts.  Open wall space can be difficult to find for all these boxes, and troubleshooting through them all can be tough. Alt...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Lenel Favorability Results 2017

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At this point, it is not surprising that Lenel is one of the most disliked security manufacturers. From stories like Lenel Partners Angry, Lenel Does Not Care comes a clear, strong theme: Lenel's star has fallen, and in the opinion of many, crashe...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

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