Scalable access control hardware for small and large deployments
For the best access control overall, your system should be able to accommodate all the entries in your building or campus without adding extra costs. When doing an access control system comparison, check the number of entries and readers that are supported on controller hardware, and see how it measures up with your property.
Controllers and door support
Kisi makes a simple to install and configure 4-door controller. This device is a well-designed and solid controller that gets the job done, much like Openpath’s similar 4-door controller. For most small businesses or offices, somewhere between four and eight entries is typical, to accommodate main entrances, storage, and server rooms.
If you need 20 or 30 doors supported, however, you are going to be mounting between 5 and 8 different Kisi controllers on the wall in your IT closet to support the required door density of your building. A more cost-effective solution is using controllers that support more doors. Enterprise businesses will need a system with greater flexibility to accommodate multiple floors, and secure additional buildings such as parking structures. Openpath’s highly configurable suite of enterprise-ready door controllers support from 2-16 doors, or up to 48 elevators floors. The Openpath Core Series Controller alone can support up to 16 doors on a single network uplink, allowing you to expand and scale your system more efficiently.
If you only need one or two doors to be secured, a 4-door controller would be unnecessarily expensive. In this case, a Single Door Controller, like the one offered by Openpath, would be a better and less expensive option. Openpath offers a variety of door controller options that allow you to support the smallest to the largest door densities without sacrificing wall space, labor cost, wiring fees or upfront capital.
Access reader design
Kisi only offers one access control reader option. While minimal in design, this reader may not work for all types of spaces, and is limited in functionality. Openpath offers a more complete line of readers, with options including built-in video, smart AI intercom capabilities, and embeddable designs for “invisible” access control. Openpath readers are also award-winning for their design, which beautifully combine form and function.
Interoperability with elevator, turnstile and parking systems
Because Kisi’s access control is designed primarily for small offices and co-working spaces, options for integrating with larger commercial building security systems are limited. For businesses operating on multiple floors or across multiple locations, an enterprise-level access control system offers more interoperability. If you have a requirement for your mobile credential to control your elevators, turnstiles and parking garages, Openpath provides a more comprehensive and proven solution, with touchless capabilities for all of them.
Openpath leverages industry-leading middleware technology to integrate with all the leading elevator technology control systems including Otis, Schindler, Kone, Mitsubishi & ThyssenKrupp. Plus, Openpath’s open architecture makes integrating with existing platforms a seamless experience.
The Openpath Embedded USB Smart Reader has a small form factor for seamless installation in elevators, turnstiles, and behind walls for architectural applications. It can also be used as an enrollment reader and for printer access control.
Connect Openpath to SKIDATA systems for seamless integration with the leading parking management software.
Openpath readers are designed to work across a variety of spaces and entry types, and are IP65 rated for outdoor performance.