Secure access methods
While some Axis access control intercoms serve basic access needs, other models lack the features of an advanced access control reader. Access can be granted through an IP phone and a Video Management System, and a remote entry option is available. Other methods include key cards, and for visitors, access can be granted by entering PIN codes to a keypad.
While these are commonly used access methods, they may not be the most secure. For instance, PIN numbers can be shared with multiple visitors and unauthorized users. The key card option is adequate, but is not as convenient as mobile credentials, which are only available in some Axis intercoms. The Axis I8016-LVE intercom does not have built-in reader support, so access can only be granted remotely.Installing a separate reader is required to allow access to users with credentials.Plus, the lack of a touchless entry feature adds to the inconvenience of the system.
The Openpath Video Intercom Reader Pro offers a wide range of access options with advanced features that make access control secure and frictionless. Unlike Axis, Openpath supports mobile capabilities, allowing users to open doors from a range of mobile devices through an app. The patented Triple Unlock technology ensures a fast unlock with 99.9% reliability using simultaneous Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular signals. This mechanism grants users access at all times, even when one connection is down.
Temporary entry access to visitors or service providers can be granted through convenient email, text message, or messaging apps like Slack. Accessible directly from a smartphone browser, temporary Guest Passes are customizable and permit one or more entries within a limited time, with all access activity tracked and recorded in real-time.
Users are able to take advantage of the convenient Wave to Unlock, a feature that allows users to open doors with a quick movement of the hand or phone. With the touchless technology, visitors are also able to request access quickly, without having to scroll through an overwhelming directory to find the tenant they are looking for. Plus, visitors can request access without entering personal information into a public device. Like Axis intercoms, the remote unlock feature is also available in Openpath’s system, allowing tenants to unlock the door for guests from their mobile phone or the Openpath Control Center.
For users who prefer physical keys, high- and low-frequency key cards are available. Unlike Axis intercoms, Openpath supports MIFARE DESFire EV3 cards, the most advanced encryption technology on the market. The intercom reader is also backward compatible with legacy access control systems.