Comparing HID readers and hardware
Because HID is a legacy provider, they have a wide range of reader and controller hardware available. However, they are not all compatible, and some are designed for very niche applications. Only specific HID readers support mobile credentials, for example, while others are designed to only work with prox cards. If you choose readers that support the credentials you use right now, be aware that that same hardware may not have the ability to support your future needs. Installing the wrong readers could be a very costly mistake. Nobody wants to have to replace their entire deployment after a year just because the readers no longer support the new functionality in the market. Not to mention, if your technology becomes obsolete, you’re increasing the risk of a security threat at your building.
An easy way to future-proof your building’s physical security is to use a system with a simplified product line. Openpath products are designed to be multifunctional, and support all the credential types you need now, plus the technology that will be available in the future. Openpath Smart Readers support wave-to-unlock capabilities, plus mobile credentials via the smartphone app (iOS and Android), tablet apps, Apple Watch, plus encrypted keycards and fobs. Don’t want to part with your old credentials just yet? Openpath is backwards compatible with legacy systems, giving you added flexibility.
Another factor to consider when choosing access control hardware is style. Many legacy providers are still using bulky gray bricks for their readers. If you’re trying to give your office an upscale, elevated look, your access control should be equally sleek. Openpath’s Smart Readers are award-winning for design. Slim and streamlined, the 11mm profile easily mounts wherever it’s needed, and comes in both Standard and Mullion for your convenience.
Access control and video surveillance with HID
For organizations that want to add visual verification to their security system, HID access control solutions do not have any built-in video capabilities. Installing additional security cameras and using a third-party video management system is required with an HID security system. This means additional hardware at the door, plus separate systems for video surveillance monitoring and access control.
For a more integrated solution, a platform like Openpath offers multi-technology door readers with a built-in camera. The benefit of this type of system is that you get live, high-definition video of every access event, directly where it occurs. Only one device is needed, and all the reporting is monitored in a single, remotely accessible dashboard. Openpath also integrates with the leading commercial VMS providers, including Cisco Meraki, Rhombus Systems, Camio, Milestone, and Ava. Plus, the cloud-based access control software means you can monitor any number of locations or buildings all from a single device.
Touchless access control capabilities
With mobile credentials quickly becoming an expectation for the modern workplace, make sure your access control system supports this access method. Many providers claim to support mobile credentials and offer a “touchless” or “hands-free” functionality, but it’s not always the case. HID’s mobile access pass works by users either tapping a button in the app to unlock a door, or by turning their phone in a twist motion in front of the reader. Not only are neither of these methods touchless or hands-free, they aren’t convenient. Having to dig your phone out of your pocket or purse, unlock it, open the app, and then find the door you want to open is time consuming and inefficient. Similarly, the twist to unlock method is not intuitive, and still requires a user to have their phone in-hand for it to function.
For a truly touchless and hands-free experience, Openpath released a unique wave-to-unlock feature. Openpath’s patented Triple Unlock technology ensures a fast, reliable unlocking experience, even with contactless unlocking methods. Unlike other access control companies' entry experience, the app doesn’t need to be open for the reader to recognize the device, and users can leave their phone in their pocket or bag the whole time. Just wave a hand in front of the reader, and you’re in. Openpath’s touchless access control also works alongside keycard and fob credentials, creating a flexible system that works at every level of your organization.