Honeywell might be one of the most standard and default (yet legacy) choices when it comes to access control. Local installers and locksmiths typically use Honeywell if a client doesn't ask for a specific brand. Since the products have been on the market for more than 10 years, they are generally reliable although the technology is antiquated compared to modern cloud-based, IoT or mobile solutions such as Kisi.
Because of its sheer size and name recognition, Honeywell is one of the most popular and widely used legacy choices when it comes to installing access control. Local contractors and locksmiths, for example, might typically use a Honeywell model if a client doesn't ask for a specific brand instead. However, because many of the brand’s products have been on the market for quite a few years, they can be a little behind the times on what is possible with modern cloud-based, IoT or mobile solutions, such as newer models that brands like Kisi can provide.
As a business grade access control system, Honeywell offers the most standard functions including: Monitoring alarms and events in real-time, special response messages per account/per alarm or event, lock/unlock doors, add/remove holidays, 99 priority levels of alarms/events, control and respond, including acknowledge, clear, annotate, live video and recorded video, manual override, lock and unlock doors, shunt/bypass zones and input points, live floor plan views, card frequency with disposition option, card where valid, who has access to this door, card audit trails and more.
The system allows administrators to set shunt and bypass zones and input points, as well as access live floor plan views. To keep track of access, users will be able to track the frequency of card use, monitor when and where cards are valid, control who has access to certain access points and perform card audits. Overall, Honeywell is a solid manufacturer of access control systems, especially considering that they have been on the market for so long and are trusted by so many installers and contractors.
Kisi's Cloud Based Physical Access Control System operates purely in the cloud, making it easy to set up and highly scalable as you expand.
Admins are able to easily establish granular controls with group, user and time-based restrictions -- just to name a few. End users have a range of unlocking options, including mobile apps available on Android and iOS, key cards and fobs.
As many other access control manufacturers on this list, Honeywell is active in the most common physical security markets. These include industries like airports and travel, banking, education and campuses, commercial offices, retail, government, health care and hospitals, houses of worship and industrial facilities. In essence, there are few places that could not use Honeywell products — or any access control system, for that matter. The uses vary by industry, but the practice itself helps to promote much higher standards of physical security in any facility.
Honeywell is a global provider of security products, which gives it a leg up when it comes to finding a trustworthy access control manufacturer. The panel based system and generic door controllers make it compatible with scores of security products and accessories already on the market. This makes the system versatile in the office environment, but could possibly decrease system security due to the piecemeal approach. This, however, can be bolstered with careful planning and installation.
Door panels are installed locally and require Honeywell’s WIN-PAK access control system to manage credentials and generate reports. Honeywell offers readers that can authenticate keypad credentials, barcodes, key cards, and biometric fingerprints. Like all panel based systems, the readers must be wired back to the panel to function. Honeywell access control panels can control up to 32 doors in the facility.
Because of Honeywell’s expansive security offerings, the system pairs nicely with any alarms, fire safety and video surveillance systems that you might want to install in your space. The system is flexible and scalable, and comes from a trusted name in the industry that has been producing products for decades. The downfall lies in the fact that support for the product can be hard to access and often relies on local vendors to provide their own knowledge and expertise about the systems they have installed. Additionally, Honeywell does not offer a mobile app for unlocking doors through mobile credentials, which can be a huge hindrance in today’s mobile-driven world
Honeywell has a leg up when it comes to access control because of its long, international history as a global provider of security products. The panel-based system and generic door controllers make it compatible with scores of security products and accessories on the market. This makes the system versatile in the office environment, but decreases system security due to the piecemeal approach.
Door panels are installed locally and require Honeywell’s WIN-PAK access control system to manage credentials and generate reports. Honeywell offers readers that can authenticate keypad credentials, barcodes, key cards, and biometric fingerprints. Like all panel-based systems, the readers must be wired back to the panel to function. Honeywell access control panels can control up to 32 doors in the facility.
Because of Honeywell’s expansive security offering, the system pairs nicely with alarms, fire safety, video surveillance systems, and much more. The system is flexible and scalable, and comes from a trusted name in the industry. The downfall lies in the fact that support for the product is non-existent and relies on the knowledge of local vendors and their experience. Additionally, Honeywell does not offer a mobile app for unlocking doors through mobile credentials.
This is a photo of Honeywell Access NX4OP40L NetAXS with Deluxe Enclosure - Standalone Web-based Access 4 Door Kit.
If you want to work with a company that is more singularly invested in access control or offers a bit more customization, Honeywell might not be the right choice for your facility. As the market evolves, access control should too, and Kisi is a company that can provide state-of-the-art access control designed specifically for your business.
For further information about access control costs involve, take a look at our article on access control system installation costs. If you are looking for an alternative to Honeywell, disocver how Kisi works.
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