Question 1. What are the differences between high-end and entry level Access Control?

The main differences between high end and entry level Access Control Systems are in the areas of resilience, panel capacity and functionality, multi-user capabilities and inter-operability. Most entry level systems are designed to work on an existing workstation with simple open source databases with a lack of automatic backup structures and some "security through obscurity" on panel communications. They are generally single user products with panels that range from single door to four door controllers.

The high end solutions are all multi-user systems that can integrate client's existing database structures or install standalone if required and will use commercial encryption platforms like 256 bit AES for communications. The panels will be 16 or 32 reader units which allows for more advanced features like building-wide anti-passback, integration of multiple security devices like CCTV, visitor management, intercoms and lifts across multiple buildings and time zones.

Cloud solutions are the new hybrid that allow all the functionality of a high end solution with the system maintenance function undertaken by the security contractor. This gives the end-user all the power and flexibility without having to worry about system maintenance, backups, upgrades, hardware refreshes etc.