Access control systems are a critical component of modern security infrastructures, yet many have remained stagnant, failing to keep up with evolving threats and technological advancements. Traditional access controllers have often struggled to integrate new security features and technologies, leaving systems vulnerable and inefficient. The need for advanced, reliable, and versatile access control solutions has never been more apparent. Let’s take a closer look at how innovative controllers can modernize your security experience.

The Power of Secure Operating Systems

Modern controllers ditch proprietary operating systems for secure options like embedded Linux. Battle-tested consistently updated to improve security, embedded Linux is less vulnerable to known exploits, reducing the risk of unauthorized access and system breaches.

Today’s latest controllers can also make access decisions locally, unlike legacy systems which rely on constant communication with a central server. This ensures smooth operation even during network outages, minimizing downtime and frustration.

Scalability: Adapting to Your Growing Needs

A significant advantage of modern controllers is their ability to efficiently scale, allowing them to adapt to your changing needs – for example:

  • Expanding Door Coverage: As your business grows, you may need to secure more entry points. Modern controllers can be easily expanded to manage additional wired or wireless locks, ensuring seamless and uncompromised access control.
  • Accommodating More Users: Modern systems can handle more users, which is important for companies with a growing workforce or those managing multiple locations.
  • Input/Output Flexibility: These controllers can accommodate a broader range of sensors, alarms, and other devices through additional inputs and outputs. This allows you to integrate video surveillance, fire alarms, or elevator control into your access control system for a more holistic security solution.

Why OSDP Matters

Traditional access control systems often relied on proprietary communication protocols, limiting compatibility and increasing complexity. OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol) is an access control protocol designed by the Security Industry Association (SIA) and allows for more secure and open interoperability between devices, regardless of manufacturer. OSDP offers secure encryption to safeguard communication between controllers and readers, reducing the risk of data breaches and ensuring the integrity of access control data.

Additional Features to Consider

Modern access control controllers offer a range of additional features that can enhance security and user experience, including:

  • Mobile Access Control: Leveraging smartphones with Bluetooth or NFC technology, users can gain access through secure mobile credentials, eliminating the need for physical cards.
  • Biometric Authentication: For the highest level of security, some controllers support biometric authentication using fingerprints, facial recognition, or iris scans.
  • Two-Factor Authentication: To add an extra layer of security, two-factor authentication requires not only a credential but also a secondary factor, such as a PIN or code sent to a mobile device.
  • Integration with Other Security Systems: Modern controllers can seamlessly integrate with other security systems, such as video surveillance and intrusion detection, allowing for a unified security management platform.

By understanding these features and their benefits, you can make informed decisions when choosing a modern access control controller that best suits your security needs and budget. Remember, a modern controller is an investment in the future, offering scalability, adaptability, and a robust foundation for a secure and efficient access control system.

Introducing the Sielox 2700 Controller

If you’re looking for a modern controller that has all of these advanced features and more, consider the Sielox 2700 Controller. Additional benefits of the 2700 include:

  • Secure embedded Linux OS provides unmatched protection
  • Supports up to 34 doors (2 hardwired and 32 wireless) and can be expanded to handle up to 60 inputs and outputs
  • Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) allows bi-directional communication between access control devices
  • Compatibility with Sielox I/O Expansion Boards
  • Includes a variable autosensing input power of 9-24 VDC, a PoE version, and a 12 VDC auxiliary power output

To learn more about the Sielox 2700 Controller, visit the product page or contact our team to schedule a demo.