Axis enters the physical access control market

October 2013 News, Access Control & Identity Management

Axis Communications has entered the physical access control market by introducing a network door controller with built-in Web-based software. The AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is a complement to Axis’ existing portfolio of network video products and creates unique integration possibilities for partners and end users.

“Bringing product innovation to the physical access control market is a natural step in Axis’ development as there is a strong connection between access control and video surveillance. As the market leader in network cameras, Axis plays an important role in driving convergence to IP-based products in video surveillance. We now apply that expertise in IP technology to the physical access control market in the same way. The physical access control market is primed to make the shift to open IP technology,” said Ray Mauritsson, President and CEO, Axis Communications.

AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is the first non-proprietary and open IP-based access controller on the market. It is a platform for two different solutions. AXIS Entry Manager (AXIS A1001 with built in software) is a ready-made solution for small- to mid-sized businesses – such as offices, industries and retail stores – with typically 10 doors and basic access control requirements.

For larger enterprise systems, AXIS A1001’s open application programming interface enables Axis’ Application Development Partners (ADP) to meet specific customer requirements. Initially, Axis ADP partners Aimetis, Genetec, IMRON, Milestone Systems, Next Level Security Systems and OnSSI are engaged in the development of solutions, which include video integration and advanced access control functionality.

Initially, Axis launches AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller in the US market in Q4 in 2013. The United States was an early adopter of network video technology and is also a huge market for physical access control. The value of the global physical access control market is about USD 3 billion (2012) and will increase to approximately USD 4.2 billion by 2017, which represents an annual growth of 7 percent, according to market research firm IHS.

“Although we now enter the physical access control market, our focus will continue to be on network video products. We expect physical access control sales to represent a small, but important, part of our total business,” said Mauritsson.

Further features of the AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller include:

* Open architecture that allows easy integration of video, intrusion detection and other systems.

* Support for Power over Ethernet to reduce the need for separate power cables and proprietary cables.

* Cardholder data and system configurations are automatically stored and synchronised between controllers and the units can be managed from any computer in the system.

* Enabler for an ‘edge’ solution with one controller for each door and a fixed price per door. It is fully scalable, eliminating the traditional central controller multiple of 4, 8, 16 or 32 doors.

* Support for most existing reader protocols and reader types, and standard IT and security equipment such as door locks and door position sensors.

* The installation wizard and the colour-coded connectors help users to complete the installation and verify that door locks, readers and other equipment are connected properly.

* The API is designed for compliance with ONVIF Profile C, which will enable interoperability between clients and devices of physical access control systems (PACS) and network-based video systems.

OnSSI integrates Axis

OnSSI announced at ASIS 2013 that the company’s Ocularis Video Management System is fully integrated with the newly announced AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller. The integration provides the ability for video surveillance and security operations at all levels to be seamlessly combined onto Ocularis’ platform. This allows users to monitor and control video surveillance and access control operations side-by-side when Ocularis and the new Axis solution are paired together.

The integration of Ocularis and AXIS A1001 allows critical video and access control data to be displayed side-by-side on the Ocularis platform, as opposed to viewing associated video with text overlays. This makes it easier for security personnel to monitor events in real-time, and provides an added level of security by visually matching access cardholders with live images to ascertain identities. This integration offers unique value by offering search engine functionality and statistical analysis of the access control events.

All access control events and alerts generated from AXIS A1001 are streamed directly to Ocularis. This includes real-time data of all entry access, guest/visitor privileges and violations such as tailgating. All cardholder information is synchronised, time stamped and stored with associated video by Ocularis for real-time monitoring and forensic searches. Integration of government and local watch lists, as well as restricted suppliers and employees are also enabled to deliver an advanced prevention solution. Detailed report generation is provided for all activities by individual cardholders as well as system wide.

For more information on OnSSI e-mail info@onssi.com or visit www.onssi.com

For more information contact Roy Alves, Axis Communications, +27 (0)11 548 6780, roy.alves@axis.com



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