Protecting your business with smart access control

Stephanie Hensler

As your business starts to grow and evolve, there is an increased need to improve security and control who has access to your property. Navigating the door entry systems market can be difficult with so many options, ranging from key cards to fingerprint ID through to turnstiles and facial recognition technology. They all come at very different costs. That’s why it is important that early investments in site security are open – not proprietary – so you can add new hardware and software as your business needs change, without being tied to the technology of any one vendor.

Security that is open

Access control systems are largely driven by which software and hardware solutions will best serve the needs of a business. Where one vendor may excel in best-of-breed facial recognition software, for example, they may not produce the most effective door station or surveillance for your business needs. An open management platform means all components of your network can interact with one another. Using an open platform, which is compatible with all software and hardware solutions, to manage your security network means your access control system is not only able to meet your needs today, but can also adapt and scale to fulfil your future requirements.


The sort of adaptability shown in the above video offers several benefits:

Cost savings: Not having to use vendor-specific technology means you can invest in best-of breed solutions from any provider. With an open platform, any new hardware or software can integrate with your existing network. This means that you are able to purchase the most cost-effective solution for your current and future business needs. Also, not being restricted to one vendor’s solutions means your system always grows with your business — step-by-step.

Ease of use: Open access control systems offer a plug- and-play format. This means you only have to train your network managers once on how to use it and the interface will remain the same no matter what technology sits on top of the system. Best practice solutions feature Power over Ethernet (PoE) edge design, which eliminates cables and allows for optimal physical placement of the unit by the door. This cuts material costs and significantly reduces installation efforts and fees.

Scalability and flexibility: Open access control systems can be easily rolled out across different site locations if you move offices or open additional locations. This flexibility means new demands on functionality can be met throughout the lifetime of your business, regardless of what stage it is at. As you grow, you can smoothly scale-up to suit more complex security demands, such as access control combined with video surveillance. This level of integration allows software and hardware to ‘talk’ to each other and provide a more detailed, holistic view of your security for increased insights, such as reporting and analytics functions.

Beware of proprietary traps!

Beware of brands that claim to be open when you look into updating your existing access control product — or add a new system. Some access control vendors will tell you that they offer open architecture solutions when they really only allow you to purchase computers, enterprise databases, cards and readers from other sources. In fact, many maintain a proprietary technology trap on the most expensive element of any access control system: the hardware panel.

Also, many claiming to be “open” can’t always offer you an infinite degree of choices and interoperability — or an easy way to add functional enhancements.But that is exactly what Axis means by open. Like our video surveillance solutions, access control solutions from Axis will always let you tailor your security demands to match your business — whatever size it is today and tomorrow.

See how open access control systems protect your business’ security needs and keep you agile.