Cloud-based access control solution review
While both Openpath and Swiftlane are cloud-based access control solutions, there are key differences to note between the two systems. The Swiftlane solution is predominantly a software product. They use a mobile app and remote management software to run the system, and offer one wired reader design, and one 4-door controller board.
Openpath also has their own cloud-based software and mobile app. In addition, they offer a complete access control solution, with different hardware products and software packages to fit your unique needs. With their own line of controllers in single door, 4-door, 8-door, and elevator board options, the Openpath system is scalable to secure a single site and up to hundreds of entries. Openpath Smart Readers come in two different award-winning designs to mount in any space, and the Video Reader Pro features a slim profile and sleek design that blends seamlessly with modern office aesthetics. The Openpath software packages are also modular, with add-on features available to customize your system.
Hands-free and touchless access control features
The arrival of COVID-19 accelerated the innovation in the touchless technology sector. What used to be a nice-to-have amenity is now an essential security feature. That’s why your access control should have reliable touchless capabilities. Swiftlane’s facial recognition is a touchless option, but not the most reliable. With the current mandate that everyone should wear masks and facial coverings, especially in the office, people would have to remove them in order for the technology to work. This is not only inconvenient, it puts people at increased risk of exposure. Touching the mask to remove it, and then put it back on increases the chances of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
Switflane’s system also allows users to unlock doors via the mobile app, but this is not a hands-free solution. Similar with other access control companies’ entry experience, users still need to have their phone out and handy near the reader for this option to function. Plus, if organizations have two-factor authentication turned on, users need to unlock their phone via PIN or FaceID, as well as via the Swiftlane reader. Due to the facial recognition functionality, mounting the Swiftlane readers can also pose a challenge. They need to be at the right height and in a convenient and safe location for people to be able to use them.
Openpath’s system offers a completely touchless experience, and it’s more reliable. The unique 100% touchless wave-to-unlock feature uses motion detection and BLE signals to let users unlock doors without having to take their phone out of their pocket or bag. Backed by patented Triple Unlock technology, Openpath’s mobile solution races Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular data signals for a fast, consistent unlock every time, even when the internet is down.
Compatibility and Integration
The Openpath access control system is backwards compatible with legacy keycard systems, meaning you can install the Openpath readers in your building, and still use your existing backend hardware. Your tenants and staff can use both the Openpath mobile credentials on their smartphone, as well as encrypted keycards or fobs.
The Swiftlane access system is not compatible with keycards, fobs, or other access methods. Therefore, you’d have to buy separate hardware and manage the credentials in a disparate system if you wanted the flexibility of multiple access credentials. If your building already uses a legacy access control system, you would need to install the Swiftlane readers next to the existing legacy readers, which is bulky and confusing for visitors. Openpath readers feature a slim 11mm profile that mounts flush, so they seamlessly blend with your modern office space. The award-winning design gives your space a sophisticated, sleek look without sacrificing security.