Isonas is a popular brand known for simple and easy access control such as standalone PIN pads. The company was founded in 1999 and focuses specifically on streamlined access control systems that connect access control hardware directly to doors. In essence, this means that instead of using control panels, separate power supply, and dedicated wiring, administrators can simply attach a reader and lock to any access point that needs to be protected.
Although known for its simplicity and ability to set up decentrally installed readers and locks without the need to run every cable back to a central location, Isonas recently introduced new powerful tools like the Access Control Manager Dashboard, which controls a system from a command station. Their readers can also be configured to allow mobile access. The company is based in Boulder, Colorado and privately held.
Isonas access control solutions include the following pieces of technology:
Generally, Isonas is a pure IP Access Control system for businesses and organizations worldwide. Minimal hardware is required to setup the system. Door readers connect to the Internet and are powered over an ethernet cable (PoE). Isonas can retrofit old panel-based systems into an IP system that works with their branded Pure IP management software. Isonas’ system is lightweight, with all credentials stored on-site within the readers, making offline access a possibility.
It offers two readers that include a proximity card-only version and a different version that's a proximity card plus a pin pad. Readers are compatible with Isonas' proprietary cards and key fobs as well as third-party credentials. As for integrations, Isonas does not have the capability to connect to fire and alarm systems, but can connect to third-party video management systems. Hardware, accessories, credentials, and software can be purchased by contacting the team directly. Warranties are available on all hardware and services. Online training and support for partners and customers is available. If you'd like more information you can read this review by RG&A.
A reader-controller is a standalone reader that is both a reader and a controller in one. The issue with reader-controllers is that the door control wire goes outside of the wall into the reader, so if someone were to take off the reader, they could short the wire to get in, unless an anti-tamper solution had been installed.
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.
Isonas is a great entry-level access control system if you need something installed fast and without a lot of features. It is a system of give and take; facilities that need any kind of advanced protection should probably find another provider, but anyone that needs a quick, easy security solution will probably find Isonas fit for installation.