Secure access methods
When it comes to access methods, the options that Hikvision intercoms offer are adequate. However, not all entry methods can guarantee secure access or convenience. Remote unlock is only available in some intercoms. While mobile capabilities are offered in some models, Hikvision reviews reveal they are not always reliable and often leave users with no choice but to use less convenient access options. Plus, as Hikvision intercoms are modularized in design, additional reader add-ons are needed to allow access to users with credentials.
Visitor access on Hikvision intercom systems is offered in the form of PIN codes and a call made from a directory connected to a door station. While these methods are generally adequate for smaller buildings located in a safe neighborhood, they could leave room for security breaches to take place in a busier building or urban location, as PIN codes can easily be shared with unauthorized users. Unlike modern intercoms, Hikvision does not offer a touchless access option, adding to the list of drawbacks.
The Openpath Video Intercom Reader Pro offers a wide variety of secure access methods. Mobile capabilities are supported, enabling users to grant access through an app from different mobile devices. The patented Triple Unlock technology allows a fast unlock mechanism, with 99.9% reliability using simultaneous Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular signals. Users have two other signals to rely on when one is experiencing disruptions, so access can be securely granted at all times.
Another convenient access option is the Wave to Unlock, a feature that enables users to open doors with a swift movement of the hand or phone. Visitors can take advantage of the hands-free voice technology to request immediate access without scrolling through a directory. Remote unlock is also available in all Openpath Smart Reader models. This allows tenants to open doors for visitors from anywhere, using their smartphone or the Openpath Control Center.
The built-in reader in the Openpath video intercom supports high- and low-frequency key cards, and is also backward compatible with legacy access control systems. When it comes to temporary visitors' access, convenient options are available. Access can be granted through email, text message, or messaging apps like Slack, all accessible directly from the visitor’s smartphone browser. Temporary Guest Passes permit one or more entries with a time limit, and passes are entirely customizable. All entry events are also recorded in real-time.