Access control hardware review
Verkada has recently expanded their hardware offerings to include an access control reader, and an additional controller option. When comparing the hardware for Verkada access control reviews, it’s important to consider how many doors you need to support, and the different types of security systems you want to connect with. The Verkada controllers use Weigand wiring connections, as well as Wi-Fi support.
A Verkada access control review shows that if you’re using existing legacy readers that are already installed in your building, the Verkada access control can connect with them. However, you’re also increasing your risk of a security breach, as Wiegand is not a secure connection. Relying on third-party readers also increases the chances of issues down the line.
Openpath’s hardware line features a more complete range of readers, including Pro Series Video Readers, Intercom Readers, Smart Readers, and Embedded USB Smart Readers. Openpath also offers more controller options, with the Single Door Controller, plus 4-door and 8-door options, with ports, relays, 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.
One of the disadvantages of the Verkada system is having to install multiple devices at the door to get unified video security and access control. The award-winning Openpath Video Intercom Reader Pro and Video Reader Pro combine multiple security devices into one. Get the power of a multi-technology Smart Reader, with the addition of a high-resolution, built-in camera to record live video of every access event, and real-time video calling for visitors in a single device.