Alternatives to Mercury Security access control
If you’re running an existing security system on Mercury access control panels, you have a few different options. To retain your investment, look for a system with Mercury compatibility for access control, such as ACM. Or, you have the option of doing a Mercury controller replacement to switch to a fully cloud-based access solution.
Migrating an existing Mercury Security system to ACM
Access Control Manager (ACM) is a good option for customers with an existing Mercury Security access control system that want additional flexibility and control. ACM is a Platinum Elite Mercury Partner, offering OEM Mercury controllers, interface modules and I/O boards as part of their access control solution. The appliance-based system is available in physical or virtual instances, giving you more options for how, when, and where to manage security across the property.
Customers can use the browser-based ACM system from any mobile device, eliminating the need to constantly staff a client workstation or specific laptop. For video security customers using Avigilon and Mercury boards, access control through ACM offers seamless integration with ACC and various video management software. The ACM system is compatible with Mercury board and controller hardware, with options for PoE, PoE+, or RS-485 connectivity.
Similar to LenelS2 access control, many Mercury access control reviews call out the expense and frustration with migrating to a new platform. However, ACM makes this process simple, without the high fees other legacy providers charge. You can retain your initial investment with ACM’s migration services, which allow users to upgrade to ACM without doing a full Mercury board replacement. A subcontractor performs a one-time migration of field hardware data from an onsite Mercury access control hardware-based system into ACM.
Additional benefits of using ACM for your Mercury based access control system include:
RESTful API for third-party device and system integrations, including custom integrations
Open-platform hardware to fit every need and prevent vendor lock-in for greater flexibility
Compatibility with HID readers, Farpointe Data readers, and wireless lock providers such as Allegion, ASSA ABLOY and SALTO
Included break-fix tech support
Openpath cloud-based access control solutions
If an on-premises managed system is not the right fit, a cloud-based option may be a good replacement for Mercury access control. As a leading global provider and manufacturer based in the US, Openpath empowers businesses with a mobile-first and fully cloud-based access control system. Built on open standards, Openpath is designed to seamlessly integrate with both existing systems and future tools. The growing app ecosystem features 40+ leading technology companies.
Ideal for new deployments that want the most advanced, future-proof technology, Openpath gives organizations greater control and flexibility, without sacrificing security. One of the top benefits of the Openpath solution is the ability to roll out new features and system updates instantly over the cloud, so there’s no need to schedule an appointment with an integrator or disrupt operations with system downtime.
For companies looking to do a Mercury controller replacement, a certified Openpath installer will swap out the Mercury board for one of Openpath’s controller panels, which securely make all access decisions. Choose from the compact, all-in-one Single Door Controller for small and add-on deployments, or opt for 4- and 8-door controllers for larger setups. Expansion boards allow you to also add access control to elevators, turnstiles, parking gates, and more. Openpath also offers a full line of sleek, award-winning Smart Readers, which support touchless access and mobile credentials, as well as encrypted MIFARE DESFire key cards and fobs. Openpath multi-technology readers also support existing legacy credentials that are commonly used with Mercury access control.