Available access control integrations
One of the benefits to using access control that runs on an open platform is the ability to integrate with other technology systems. Verkada’s platform supports integrations with their own cameras and video management system only. Other than a few common Single Sign-On providers, Verkada does not currently support any third-party integrations. If you’re looking for a more flexible system, they may not be the best option for you. For example, if your building has an existing video surveillance system or you have a specific VMS provider in mind, Verkada’s access control solution would have to be managed in a separate platform, and you won’t get the benefit of an integrated VMS.
For access control that runs on a truly open platform, integrating with the tools you already use and will need in the future, Openpath is a preferred option. Built with open API architecture and convenient mobile SDKs, Openpath lets you easily connect any system you need to run your business. You can integrate your access control to user management tools, video surveillance systems, tenant management and communication platforms, visitor check-in applications, and even business tools like Slack and Zendesk. With an extensive library of native and out-of-the-box integrations, the Openpath access control platform is flexible and customizable to fit your specific needs.
Access control hardware review
Access control systems have two main components: the management software, and the physical security hardware. When comparing the hardware for Verkada access control reviews, it’s important to note that they currently do not offer any door access readers. Verkada’s access control hardware line consists of one door controller that supports up to 4 doors, and is offered at $1599 per unit (as of the date of this review), with additional licensing fees per door. If you’re interested in connecting other systems like alarms or elevators, note that the Verkada controller has only 2 input ports, and no output ports, which may limit your options. The Verkada controller uses standard Wiegand wiring connections, as well as Wi-Fi support. If you are using legacy access readers, this makes for easy installation. However, Wiegand is not a secure connection.
For the best in security and building protection, you need a complete access control system. With solutions that only offer part of what your system needs, you’ll likely run into frustrations with dealing with multiple vendors. A Verkada access control review reveals that they don’t make their own readers, or even offer any as part of the system. Because Verkada relies on third-party readers, you’ll need to contact a different company to install, service, and maintain your readers. If you’re using existing legacy readers that are already installed in your building, the Verkada access control can integrate with them. However, you’re also increasing your risk of a security breach, as older reader hardware is prone to hacking and tampering. Not to mention, older readers are often cumbersome and bulky. Relying on third-party readers also increases the chances of issues down the line. Adding new doors or buildings onto your access control network may be a problem if you also have to install new readers.
Openpath’s hardware line features a range of Pro Series Video Readers and Smart Readers and controllers to support any size deployment, including a Single Door Controller, plus 4-door and 8-door controller options, all with a lifetime warranty. The system also has convenient wiring architecture for plug-and-play installation, with ports for Openpath readers and extra outputs to allow additional sensors or Wiegand devices. The Openpath Smart Hubs are also designed to be tamper-resistant and fail safe. If the internet goes down, your Openpath hardware will still work, and the CloudSync feature means your data will still be available once power is restored.
The award-winning Openpath Smart Readers come in two designs, standard and mullion, made to fit any space, even narrow doorways. The Video Reader Pro has all the access control functionalities of the multi-technology Smart Readers, with the addition of a high-resolution, built-in camera to record live video of every access event at the door. Plus, the sleek, slim profile mounts flush, and gives your space a sophisticated, modern look. More secure than legacy readers, the Video Reader Pro and Smart Readers are tamper-resistant and store no sensitive data. Cloud-based diagnostic tools also allow you to troubleshoot any hardware issues online, without needing to roll up a truck or accommodate on-site maintenance personnel.