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New Tech: IP Based Access Control Systems


IP Based Access Control Systems is a revolutionary technology from Axis Communications.

Access Control Systems are really catching on in the Security technology market.  Organizations across every industry are seeing the value in Access Control systems.  Controlling access in an out of a building could be vital for an organization if an unexpected emergency were to occur within the confines of their building or campus. Now that the capabilities of Access Control are IP based, seamlessly connecting with the other security systems within an organization, the value proposition has increased immensely.

Here’s a video introducing the technology from Axis Communications IP Based Access Control Systems:

 IP Based Access Control Systems

Axis Communication does an excellent job explaining how their innovative IP Access Control systems differentiates itself from the competition in their official white paper on Access Controls.

The migration of access control systems to a digital environment is sure to bring many comparable benefits, i.e. lowering installation costs, facilitating configuration and management, while simultaneously enhancing the versatility of the systems and opening up for integration with other security products.

Of course, IP-technology is not totally unknown to or unused in the access control industry. But existing systems have not been able to fully exploit the advantages of IP.

Typically, a legacy access control system is dependent on having each device – card reader, handle, door lock, door position switch, etc. – hard wired with RS-485 cable into one central unit or central server. Besides being proprietary systems, which confines the end user to one single provider of hardware and software, these solutions often tend to be very complex and require expert personnel to handle installation and configuration.

Axis Communication’s Press Release

Here’s Axis Communications’ official press release:

Axis Communications, the market leader in network video surveillance, today announces it has entered the physical access control market with the introduction of the company’s first network door controller: the open, IP-based AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller. AXIS A1001 will make its debut at Chicago’s ASIS International event in Axis’ booth #1034 from Sept. 24-26.

“Bringing product innovation to the physical access control market is a natural step in Axis’ development as there is a strong connection between access control and video surveillance,” said Ray Mauritsson, president and CEO, Axis Communications. “As the market leader in network cameras, Axis plays an important role in driving convergence to IP-based products in video surveillance. We now apply that expertise in IP technology to the physical access control market in the same way. The physical access control market is primed to make the shift to open IP technology.”

AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is the first non-proprietary and open IP-based access controller on the market. The network door controller with its built-in web-based software is a complement to Axis’ portfolio of innovative network video products. The AXIS A1001 platform creates unique integration possibilities for partners and end-users with two different solutions:

• AXIS A1001 coupled with the built-in, web-based AXIS Entry Manager software is a ready-made solution for small- to mid-sized installations – such as at offices, industrial buildings and retail stores – with typically 10 doors and basic access control requirements.

• For larger enterprise systems, the open application programming interface (API) of AXIS A1001 enables Axis’ Application Development Partners (ADPs) to design software solutions that meet specific customer requirements such as video integration and advanced access control functionality. Initially, Axis ADP partners Aimetis, Genetec, IMRON, Milestone Systems, Next Level Security Systems and OnSSI are engaged in the development of solutions.

Main features of AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller include:

• Open architecture that allows easy integration of video, intrusion detection and other systems;
• Support for Power over Ethernet to reduce the need for separate power and proprietary cables;
• UL 2043 listing for plenum-rated products that comply with fire performance response for smoke and heat release in air-handling spaces;
• Automatic synchronization and storage of cardholder data and system configuration information between controllers, with units manageable from any network computer;
• Enablement for a fully scalable ‘edge’ solution with one controller for each door at a fixed price per door, eliminating traditional central controller multiples of 4, 8, 16 or 32 doors;
• Support for most existing reader protocols and reader types, as well as standard IT and security equipment such as door locks and door position sensors;
• Installation wizard and unique wiring printouts that correspond to the unit’s color-coded connectors help integrators complete installation and verify that door locks, readers and other equipment are connected properly;
• Open API designed for compliance with ONVIF Profile C, which will enable interoperability between clients and devices of physical access control systems (PACS) and network-based video systems.

Axis will launch AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller first in the U.S., currently slated for Q4 2013, at an MSRP of $599. The United States was an early adopter of network video technology and is also a significant market for physical access control. The global physical access control market is estimated at $3 billion (2012) and will increase to approximately $4.2 billion by 2017, which represents an annual growth of 7 percent, according to market research firm IHS*.

“Axis started its innovative quest back in 1984 by developing protocol converters and then continued to printers and storage devices before inventing and launching the first network camera in 1996. Although we now enter the physical access control market, our focus will continue to be on network video products. We expect physical access control sales to represent a small, but important, part of our total business,” said Mauritsson.