Secure access options and streamlined procedures
When it comes to access methods, both ButterflyMX and Openpath support multiple options. When connected to a backend access control system, ButterflyMX allows access with virtual keys, door PINs, and delivery PINs. Users are also able to open doors through their smartphones and Apple Watches via voice-enabled Siri or Alexa. In the case of accepting deliveries or allowing guests access, ButterflyMX users can take advantage of the elevator control feature and grant access to a key-fobbed elevator from a mobile app. This feature is particularly notable, as it allows users to grant access to both a first point of entry and a designated elevator floor at the same time.
To permit access to specific areas like common rooms or employees-only spaces, the ButterflyMX video intercom needs a separate keypad reader. The ButterflyMX keypad offers enhanced visual verification with a built-in camera that takes time-stamped photos of each person every time a door is opened, but the advantage in safety is countered by the lack of access options. In the ButterflyMX keypad, entry is granted by entering PIN codes on the keypad or on a smartphone via the ButterflyMX app. More secure options like QR codes are not available. The only touchless option requires users to open the app on a smartphone and tap a button, which takes a few more steps to gain access compared to touchless options offered by more advanced readers. For example, the Openpath Smart Reader’s touchless Wave to Unlock allows access with a swift movement of the hand or phone, and access can be granted even without opening any apps. With the Openpath system, there is no need to unlock a smartphone, open an app, and tap a button for entry. The ButterflyMX keypad also does not support key cards and fob access.
Although the ButterflyMX video intercom’s access options are generally secure, there are some safety concerns that could arise when using some of these access methods. Door and delivery PINs are a common option, but PINs can easily be shared with users without authorized permissions, increasing the risk of a security breach. And although vastly convenient, the elevator control presents its own set of risks. When a security breach occurs at the first point of entry, it is much easier to prevent further risks when a second access is not automatically granted. In this case, the elevator control has the potential to exacerbate a security concern that the system is created to prevent in the first place.
With ButterflyMX, users can take advantage of the system’s mobile capabilities and open doors using their smartphones and Apple Watches. With the option to grant access from an Apple Watch, however, there is an extra step of connecting to voice-activated Siri or Alexa. Like with ButterflyMX’s system, an Apple Watch can be used to grant access with the Openpath video intercom system, but without the requirement of connecting to another technology.
Other access methods offered by Openpath are more streamlined, simple, and secure. The mobile app grants access from a range of mobile devices with end-to-end encryption. The patented Triple Unlock ensures fast entry with 99.9% reliability. This technology uses Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular connections, so users can always gain access even when one connection is experiencing disruptions. Video call and two-way audio are convenient features for visitors to connect to tenants, and for users who prefer physical keys, high- and low-frequency key card and fob access is available. Plus, the Video Intercom Reader Pro is backward compatible with any legacy access control system.
Similar to ButterflyMX’s keypad, Openpath’s Smart Reader can be installed at specific entry points to grant access to areas like gyms, staff offices, and conference rooms. The access options offered in the reader are more advanced. In addition to the touchless Wave to Unlock, In-app and remote unlock are available, and users are able to open doors using their Smart Watches. With the Smart Reader, key card and fob access are supported.