Openpath vs. Swiftlane Access Control

See why customers prefer Openpath’s mobile, cloud-based access control for their building security.

Swiftlane access control review

In a move to modernize the workplace, many businesses are looking to technology to improve their operations. Modern access control solutions have become a necessity for protecting the built environment across every industry. When choosing the best access control system for your space, consider the different features and functions you need. As a newcomer on the access control market, Swiftlane features a cloud-based, mobile solution with facial recognition to unlock doors. Because Swiftlane readers feature a design similar to an iPhone, they can also act as an intercom with two-way calling functionality. Swiftlane’s app can be used across residential or commercial applications. Here’s a breakdown of the different features that Swiftlane’s access control system offers, and how they compare.

Quick look: key differences between Swiftlane and Openpath

See what factors most differentiate these cloud-based providers in access control reviews. 

  • Touchless entry and access methods: Swiftlane access control is only compatible with their mobile app or remote unlock, and does not have a fully hands-free option. Openpath supports mobile app, cloud-based remote unlock, tablet app, Apple Watch, encrypted key cards and fobs, and fully touchless Wave to Unlock.

  • Integrations: Openpath’s open API and mobile SDK architecture support unlimited integrations with the leading technology platforms and systems on the market, including 15+ safety and wellness solutions for occupancy tracking, health waivers, anti-tailgating, and video surveillance.

  • Complete solutions: Swiftlane access control only offers one door reader and one controller option. Openpath offers a full range of access control hardware and software for any size deployment, including controllers, multi-technology door readers, and cloud-based software packages.

  • Video capabilities: Both providers offer video readers for visual verification at the door. However, Swiftlane only offers a combined video and intercom reader, which may be cost-[prohibitive for all entries or office spaces. Openpath’s Video Reader Pro has a slimmer design, and is more versatile to add video to a wider variety of spaces.

Openpath’s reliable, future-proof mobile access control

  • Multi-technology readers support mobile, keycards, fobs, RFID and Apple Watch

  • Intuitive, open software platform with remote management, dynamic access permissions, and real-time customizable reporting

  • Built-in, high-definition video capabilities with real-time remote monitoring

  • Powerful safety features for occupancy tracking, anti-tailgating, and emergency lockdown activation

  • Scalable hardware and software that secures a single entry or an entire multisite enterprise with ease

  • Integrates seamlessly with existing security hardware and software via open standards

  • Automatic updates, offline functionality, and encryption at every level

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.

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Using integrations with your access control system

Interoperable access control systems allow you to connect other apps and software to your platform. This is useful for streamlining operations, automating processes, and improving building management. Swiftlane’s system, while cloud-based and mobile, offers fewer integrations compared to Openpath. Designed for seamless integration, Openpath utilizes a completely open API platform and mobile SDKs. This allows organizations to create custom integrations with the tools and apps they use to run their business. Openpath is compatible with an extensive list of software and building systems. 

Video surveillance is one of the most-requested integrations, and Openpath works with the top VMS systems on the market. The integrations allow organizations to associate video footage with entry activity. This creates a more complete, comprehensive security system, all managed in one platform, rather than separate systems. 

COVID-19 access control features

In the current environment, your access control should not only keep unauthorized individuals out, it should also be designed to keep your employees safe. Choose a system that prioritizes the health and wellness of your team before reopening your office. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, your access control should support occupancy tracking. Both Swiftlane and Openpath allow you to set capacity limits on individual readers, and automatically deny entries once the threshold has been reached. Openpath’s COVID-19 safety features use integrations with 15+ leading technology partners to create a safer system that enables health questionnaires, temperature screening, and on-site thermal camera scans. Thanks to the open platform, all your safety and wellness procedures are managed from a single interface.

Access control designed for enterprise organizations

For enterprise clients looking for access control solutions, there are additional factors to take into account. For example, you need to be able to easily manage all your users and entries across multiple locations and buildings. Both Openpath and Swiftlane centralize enterprise management with the cloud-based dashboard. However, Openpath offers greater flexibility for scaling your operations. With Openpath, adding and removing doors is easy with modular controller hardware that supports any number of entries, from a single door to hundreds. Openpath also offers access control for parking garages, turnstiles, and supports single-cab and destination dispatch elevator systems. 

When it comes to managing enterprise access control, look for features that help streamline your operations. Openpath’s premium software package has features built specifically for the enterprise customer. The rules engine has a fast, easy-to-use editor, allowing you to automate processes throughout your system. With granular site permissions, you can customize privileges across all your building sites and spaces. For added safety and security, use Openpath’s award-winning flexible lockdown solution to proactively plan for different emergency scenarios.

Best access control customer support

The last thing you want with your access control is to have to wait around to address a security problem. That’s why having the best customer support is key. Openpath customer support teams are available 24/7 to answer questions and assist with any issues you may have. Plus, the cloud-based system allows the support team to check status at the device level, and troubleshoot hardware online, without having to be on-premises. Our team has a robust catalog of support articles available to help you, with detailed guides and instructions for getting started, setting up integrations, and how to configure the latest features.

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Alternatives to Swiftlane Access Control

If Swiftlane isn’t the right access control solution for your business, there are alternative systems available. Openpath offers a more complete access control solution. With 100% touchless access methods, scalable hardware, and an open API, Openpath lets you customize your security system to work exactly the way you want. The hands-free credentials are designed with the end-user in mind, ensuring a reliable, fast, and safe entry experience, every time. Because Openpath is backwards compatible, you have more flexibility in connecting with legacy systems on the backend, and can still use keycards and fobs alongside the mobile credentials. Openpath is also helping businesses get back to work during COVID-19 with their enhanced safety and health features, including touchless entry and occupancy tracking. 

To learn more about Openpath and set up a free product demo, contact our team.

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