Ubiquiti access control pricing
When comparing Ubiquiti access control pricing, the system may be an affordable option for a small retail or office deployment. At the time of this access control review, Ubiquiti offers a “starter kit” with a control hub, one of each reader option, and 20 NFC key cards for $499. However, to manage the system via the Ubiquiti software, you also need to purchase a UDM Pro, currently retailing for $379 on the Ubiquiti website. If you have multiple doors to secure, keep in mind that the Ubiquiti access hub only supports one door. At $199 per hub, the Ubiquiti solution may be cost prohibitive for a larger deployment.
Depending on the number of users that need access to your space, Ubiquiti could be an expensive option. At the time of this review, their mobile app is still in development, so all users will need an NFC card to unlock the door. Ubiquiti only offers their encrypted NFC cards in packs of 20, which cost $40. If you have hundreds of users, you’ll not only need to order enough card packs for all your users (and probably extra for visitors or the inevitable lost key card), you’ll also need to meet in person to issue the new credentials.
Openpath’s mobile credentials are easier to manage, and more convenient. Once you enter a user into the system, all they need is the Openpath app to get in the door. Issuing and revoking credentials is instant, with no need to hand over a key card or replace lost credentials.
Flexible access methods and touchless configurations
Ubiquiti’s access control solution has two different reader options: Lite, which is a slim NFC and Bluetooth reader; and Pro, which is a round NFC and Bluetooth reader that also includes a high-definition camera and touchscreen functionality. At the time of this Ubiquiti access control review, the door access app is currently in development, so only NFC cards are supported for entry.
The Ubiquiti access system is not as flexible when it comes to access methods and safety features in the post-pandemic workplace. With the onset of COVID-19, many property owners and businesses are prioritizing touchless entry as a way to make the workplace safer. The Ubiquiti Lite reader features touchless capabilities, but does not authenticate the credential, making this a very insecure option for commercial spaces. The Pro reader relies on a touchscreen for guest access and intercom functions. While users will be able to unlock the door via a mobile app (once released), they still need to have their phone in-hand and open the app for the unlock to work. This is not only inconvenient, but also not a hands-free experience.
Openpath offers a truly hands-free, touchless entry experience with wave-to-unlock capabilities. You can leave the phone in your pocket or bag, and the app doesn’t even need to be open for the system to recognize authorized credentials and unlock the door. In addition to the contactless wave-to-unlock method, Openpath also supports unlock via an easy-to-use smartphone app, Cloud Key credentials, Apple watch, tablet apps, mobile guest pass, as well as highly secure key cards and fobs with DESFire EV1 128-bit AES cryptographic protection. Openpath uses Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular data signals in our patented Triple Unlock technology to ensure a fast, reliable unlocking experience that’s encrypted from end-to-end.