Video surveillance and access control
Many organizations want to add video surveillance to their access control systems. Providers like Kisi only offer video capabilities as an integration with third-party surveillance systems. While this is a great way to add security monitoring throughout a space, traditional security cameras still have some limitations, and require additional hardware installation and maintenance.
To have a more complete picture of security in your space, using a door reader with a built-in camera is the smarter option. With the camera mounted at eye level, you have a clear view of access events exactly where they are happening. Openpath’s Video Reader Pro combines all the security features of the multi-technology Smart Readers with the power of real-time, high-definition video all in one device. Plus, the Openpath system still integrates with the leading VMS providers right out of the box for a complete, clear picture of what’s happening in your entire space.
Hybrid access methods
Mobile credentials are a great alternative to more traditional keycards and fobs, as they offer greater security and flexibility. While keycards are prone to becoming lost or stolen, a user is less likely to leave their phone behind, and a phone often has built-in layers of protection like passwords or biometric recognition. If you do want to still offer keycards as an access method for your building, ensure yours are encrypted for greater security. Both Kisi and Openpath offer 128-bit AES encrypted keycards. If you need branded company keycards, Openpath offers an integration that allows you to use a customized card design, with the same level of security and protection. Openpath is also backwards compatible with legacy systems, so you can use Openpath credentials alongside existing hardware.
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 to your security building. 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.
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 2-24 doors, or up to 48 elevators floors. The Openpath Core Series Controller alone can support up to 24 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.
Cloud-based access control software
There are many benefits to using a cloud-based access control platform over a traditional on-premises legacy option. By eliminating the need for on-site maintenance, a cloud-based system like Kisi or Openpath allows businesses to get real-time updates to software. Additionally, both Openpath and Kisi support remote management, giving administrators the flexibility to unlock doors remotely, issue visitor credentials, and receive system alerts from anywhere. Openpath has the added benefit of allowing you to troubleshoot hardware directly in the control center, without needing to be on-premises.