The physical access control market is primed to make the shift to open IP technology. 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 was about $3 billion as of 2012 and is expected to increase to approximately $4.2 billion by 2017.
Axis (News - Alert) Communications, a company specializing in network video solutions is gearing up to enter the physical access control market with the launch of its network door controller AXIS A1001.
This newly launched network door controller, an addition to the company’s existing portfolio of network video products, is claimed to be the first non-proprietary and open IP-based access controller that comes with built-in web-based software. It is a platform for two different solutions – for mid-sized businesses and for larger enterprise systems.
“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,” Ray Mauritsson, president and chief executive officer at Axis Communications (News - Alert), said in a statement.
Key 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 synchronized 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 color coded connectors help users to complete the installation and verify that door locks, readers and other equipment are connected properly.
Axis started developing protocol converters back in 1984 by and then continued to focus on developing printers and storage devices. The company launched its first network camera in 1996. Currently with the focus to enter the physical access control market, the company will continue Axis expects physical access control sales to represent a small, but important, part of its total business.
Edited by Ryan Sartor