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Directory of Access Reader Manufacturers

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Credential Readers are one of the most visible and noticeable parts of access systems, but installers often stick with only the brand they always use. What other options are in the market? This directory tracks 30+ players in this market and id...

By Brian Rhodes - 10 days ago

Wireless / WiFi Access Lock Guide

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For some access openings, running wires can add thousands in cost, and wireless alternatives that avoid it becomes appealing. But using wireless and WiFi locks can have drawbacks over hardwired alternatives. In this guide, we examine key aspec...

By Brian Rhodes - 25 days ago

The Access Control Codes Guide: IBC, NFPA 72, 80 & 101

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For access, there is one basic maxim: Life safety above all else. But how do you know if all applicable codes are being followed? While the basic maxim is simple to understand, many potential variations of rules exist, and access control profes...

By Brian Rhodes - 30 days ago

Access Control Door Controllers Guide

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Door controllers are at the center of physical access control systems connecting software, readers, and locks. Despite being buried inside enclosures or hidden inside ceilings, they are a complex component that ties everything else together. ...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Altronix Claims Tango 'Eliminates Electricians'

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Power supply provider Altronix claims its new Tango power supply 'eliminates the need for an electrician, dedicated conduit and wire runs'. In this report, we examine their claims and Altronix feedback, including: What Is Altronix Tango? Wh...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

HID Fingerprint Reader Tested

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HID has released their first access reader to use Lumidigm optical sensors, that touts it 'works with anyone, anytime, anywhere'. We bought and tested the unit to see if it lives up to the claims. Inside, we answer the following questions: ...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Avigilon H5A Analytic Cameras Tested

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Avigilon has released its H5A analytic cameras, claiming to "detect more objects with greater accuracy even in crowded scenes." We tested the 1080p and 4K models of the H5A line to see how they perform compared to the H4A line of analytic camer...

By Rob Kilpatrick and Derek Ward - 2 months ago

'Bunker Busting' Wireless Access Startup: Sure-Fi Profile

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An access startup is claiming its 'bunker busting' wireless Wiegand radios can punch through 'any obstruction'. We examine their offering, including: Sure-Fi's company background 'Bunker busting' 900 MHz wireless claims Device pricing comp...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months 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 select locks that are appropriate. In this tutorial, we teach: The differen...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Lasers Impact on Surveillance Cameras Tested

Hong Kong protests have brought global attention to video surveillance and the ongoing attempts of protesters to disable or undermine those cameras using lasers. But what impact do these lasers have? IPVM bought and tested lasers on surveillanc...

By Derek Ward - 2 months ago

Assa Acquires LifeSafety Power

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Assa Abloy is acquiring LifeSafety Power, adding to their growing collection of access control brands like Mercury, August, Pioneer Doors, and KEYper in just the last two years. In this note, we examine: LifeSafety Power company background ...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Mobile Access Control Guide

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One of the biggest trends in access for the last few years has been the marriage of mobile phones and access cards. But how does this work? Based on our mobile access control shootout, in this guide, we examine: BLE vs NFC vs Apps comparison...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

ZK Teco Atlas Access Control Tested

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Who needs access specialists? China-based ZKTeco claims its newest access panel 'makes it very easy for anyone to learn and install access control systems' including 'access novices', and an embedded management app, integrated WiFi, and PoE overc...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Avigilon Blue VSaaS Tested

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Avigilon says Blue is a "powerful integrator cloud service platform", easy to set up and configure, quickly scale business, by leveraging cloud connectivity. But as cloud startups grow in number and size, how much better does Blue work, and where ...

By Sean Patton - 4 months ago

HD Analog vs IP Guide

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For years, HD resolution and single cable signal/power were IP camera advantages, with analog cameras limited to much lower resolution and requiring separate power and video cables. However, in new HD analog cameras, AHD, CVI, and TVI have made si...

By IPVM Team - 5 months ago

Maglocks Usage Statistics 2019

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Maglocks divide access control specifiers perhaps more than any other component. Many are concerned about life safety codes, but others cite benefits such as being less expensive. How frequently are maglocks used? 150+ integrators told us how ...

By IPVM Team - 5 months ago

Hikvision ColorVu Camera Tested

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Hikvision says their new ColorVu line captures "vivid chromatic images in darkness", with unconventional white light illuminations whereas most cameras use infrared. To see how these new models perform, we bought and tested the DS-2CD2347G1-L, ...

By Rob Kilpatrick - 6 months ago

Risk of Amazon Alexa Guard: No Battery Or Cell Backup

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Amazon positions its Alexa Guard Service as a "smart home security system" and says it can help you "keep your home safe". However, the service—dependent on hardwired (no built-in battery backup) Echo devices with just IP communications—no altern...

By IPVM - 6 months ago

China / US Trade War Impact Splits Industry

As the trade war continues to heat up, 170+ integrators told us "What impact will the US / PRC China conflict have on the industry?" Respondents were sharply divided, as the chart below shows: Executive Summary The top positive theme was th...

By IPVM Team - 6 months ago

Access Control Job Walk Guide

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Significant money can be saved and problems avoided with an access control job walk if you know what to look for and what to ask. By inviting interested parties onsite for pre-bid job walks, many of the site conditions inadequately described in...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

LifeSafety Power NetLink Vulnerabilities And Problematic Response

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'Power supplies' are not devices that many think about when considering vulnerabilities but as more and more devices go 'online', the risks for them need to be considered as well. Indeed, Security researcher Bashis has discovered various vulnerab...

By John Scanlan - 7 months ago

Maglock Selection Guide

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One of the most misunderstood yet valuable pieces of electrified hardware is the maglock. Few locks are stronger, but myths and confusion surround their proper use. Many access control designers avoid using them altogether, but should they? In ...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

Access Control Request to Exit (RTE) Tutorial

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For access controlled doors, especially those with maglocks, 'Request to Exit', or 'RTE' devices are required to override electrified locks to guarantee free egress. Inside we examine these key RTE factors: The Common RTE Devices: REX and Pu...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

Dahua ePoE Long Distance UTP / Coax Tested

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Dahua's Enhanced PoE (ePoE) line is claiming extended video and power transmission over 600m without repeaters, with devices interchangeable via UTP or coax, a claim that few competitors make. We bought and tested ePoE converters, cameras, and ...

By Ethan Ace - 7 months ago

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