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Kisi's cloud-based physical access control system operates purely in the cloud, making it an IP access system for businesses. It also integrates with CRMs, coworking management platforms, and IP video systems such as Ring.
The entire system can be purchased on the Kisi website. This allows you to purchase hardware, software, and includes installation coordination services to hire a professional locksmith company in your area.
Support is provided over the phone and on LiveChat. Supporting documents and training materials are thorough and Kisi has an in-house support team, which is not common for other access control brands.
It’s easy to use, efficient, and it does away with all the complicated wiring that has become synonymous with access control systems; therefore, setup is easy. The electronic lock units are battery powered, stand-alone systems.
• They are not privy to cloud updates without physical, onsite access
• Salto units have to be installed with Salto locks
• Salto could prove to be a problem when your business requires replacements and repairs
Kisi, since it's cloud based, is easily accessible through cloud updates and Kisi’s vendor-friendly system makes it compatible with other types of locks.
Isonas works with minimal hardware, making it lightweight and easy to install. It's a pure IP Access Control System for global businesses and organizations. Isonas’ system is lightweight, with all credentials stored on-site within its readers, making offline access a possibility. They offer two readers, which include a proximity card-only version and a proximity card plus a pin pad. Isonas can retrofit old panel-based systems into an IP system, which works with their branded Pure IP management software. Readers are compatible with Isonas' proprietary cards and key fobs as well as third-party credentials.
• Isonas does not pair with fire and alarm systems
• Since it's lightweight, it only performs the most basic functions
Kisi integrates with fire alarm systems, providing you with a complete security solution, while offering advanced door-control options and features
Bosch Security Systems offer services in security and communication products that focus on video surveillance, access control, intrusion detection, fire detection, and voice alarms.
• Bosch depends on local partners for distribution, sale and after-sale services.
Kisi offers product installation and support.
ADT is an international company that provides electronic safety and access control security solutions primarily to residential units. ADT focuses on keeping homes safe from a variety of elements, such as break-ins, fires, and floods. It also provides a one-to-many solution for homeowners who want to create a smart home environment, allowing them to connect a variety of home appliances and IoT devices to the physical access control system.
• The ADT system does not offer mobile device or biometric credentials
• The system is optimized for small scale businesses; implementing it for medium or large-scale businesses might prove to be a challenge
Kisi offers flexible options, including mobile, card and biometric access control suited for small, medium and large-scale enterprises.
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Kisi clients can choose to use Kisi Passes, designed as a more secure version of the regular traditional proximity card, which could expose your organization to breaches if they fall into the wrong hands. Kisi’s readers are powered by ethernet (PoE) and will soon offer offline caching for emergency scenarios.
The entire Kisi system can be purchased on the Kisi website. They allow you to purchase hardware and software, and provide installation coordination services to help hire a professional locksmith company in your area. Support is provided over the phone and on LiveChat. Support documents and training materials are thorough.
Schlage is a lock manufacturer whose history dates back to the 1920s. Today, the range of the company’s products has increased from keys and locks to biometric terminals, proximity card readers and access control software.
Paxton Access Inc. is a global manufacturer of IP-based access control solutions and door systems, known for its Net2-range and Switch2-range configurations, which include door entry units, control units, readers, accessories, installers, and other components.
Identicard utilizes customizable ID badges and credentials for your employees. However, Identicard sources readers from other vendors.
• IDenticard leaves a lot of gaps in terms of safety and security
Kisi is cloud-based and regularly updated over the air to keep your system safe from breaches
Honeywell has a long history with security products. Its system allows you to pick and choose security products on the market, according to your businesses needs.
• Exposure to serious security breaches due to its piecemeal approach
• Honeywell has poor support channels, leaving your business to rely on a local vendor's experience and knowledge.
• The door panels are installed by local partners and require Honeywell’s WIN-PAK access control system to manage credentials and generate reports
• Honeywell does not offer a mobile app for unlocking doors through mobile credentials
Kisi offers a range of options for the access control system, including mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms, that communicate with the readers using Bluetooth and NFC technology; therefore, the user is afforded the flexibility of using their mobile device as identification.
HID Global provides mobile phone-based credentials based on Bluetooth and NFC technology. HID cards allow the integration of nearby proximity readers with other access control systems. Creating security identities and management of these personas are strengths of HID Global Mobile Access. Unique features include the quality of its products, innovative design, and industry leadership. OEM's come to HID, as well as developers and integrators, to integrate HID mobile access into their security projects. It is worth noting that HID's mobile access passes are a great alternative to hackable HID cards.
Kisi Systems are cloud-based, availing the system of regular updates to keep your system defended against breaches
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Selecting the right access control system for your business can be intimidating. There are dozens of options, ranging from expensive local systems that run on your personal servers, to customizable cloud-based access control systems with hundreds of features and over-the-air (OTA) updates. Local control panel systems can cost thousands of dollars, whereas other brands offer monthly billing to scale with your business and suit your budget. The type and size of your organization should also be considered when making a decision.
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