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    Door Access Control Systems

    Hi - just had request for proximity access control system to operate 4 external doors here - not really IT but you know how it goes.

    Anyone got any good/bad experiences? The doors are so far apart, it would be nice if they could be controlled over our network - any recommendations?

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    we use Access Control UK - Access Control Systems and Software - it works and can scale up if your system expands..

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    We use SALTO and it works really well, you have the option of mag lock online doors the same as paxton but also battery handles and even wireless connected battery handles now.

    We had it installed into reception as part of the schools commitement to safe guarding but it also meant we then had a platfrom that could be used to secure access to the it suites etc...

    Ben

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    We use VMAccess (Visitor Management, ID Cards, from Visitor Management Limited UK) - they also do a visitor management system, which means our access control and visitor management are integrated.

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    Do you use Cunninghams Cashless Catering?

    They also do door entry which links back to the biostore - then saves having to keep reset the codes when the students find out!

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    We also use Paxton Net2 kit, and it's genius. The only thing missing is AD integration, but in some ways that's not such a bad thing. There's a C# API though, if you want to cook up your own synchronisation (which I'm considering).

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    We also use Paxton Net2 kit, and it's genius. The only thing missing is AD integration, but in some ways that's not such a bad thing. There's a C# API though, if you want to cook up your own synchronisation (which I'm considering).
    One more vote for Paxton here, we had a guy come in and set it up on 11 doors. The school secretary finds the s/w really intuitive and she had all the passes configured in about an hour. Another great thing is any data relating to the doors is held on the door device itself so you don't need to worry about backing anything up, install the sw and it just scans the network for paxton devices.

    The software installed really easily (needed .net framework 3.5) and we were told to give the doors static IP's which I've done.

    No problems as yet and it has been in about a month.

    Didn't know about the API, but then again I don't know any C#
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    In our new building we have Paxton net2, eastrace managing the cards with AD/cmis integration and another 3rd party working on writing a custom app to get Paxton data back into cmis for e-reg at our 2 entry points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superfletch View Post
    Another great thing is any data relating to the doors is held on the door device itself so you don't need to worry about backing anything up,
    Not so great if the door controller explodes... if you mean "data isn't lost while the server is unavailable", yes - the doors carry on working, and just get updates pushed/events pulled when the server reappears.

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    Another one here for Paxton. We also use EnGuard from TSSI.

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    Cheers for all those - most helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaz350 View Post
    In our new building we have Paxton net2, eastrace managing the cards with AD/cmis integration and another 3rd party working on writing a custom app to get Paxton data back into cmis for e-reg at our 2 entry points.
    Sounds good - but best of luck with using it for e-reg - we tore our system out for that a while back - it was just too easy to dodge for the kids

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    we outsourced it all to CHUBB at my old school

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Not so great if the door controller explodes... if you mean "data isn't lost while the server is unavailable", yes - the doors carry on working, and just get updates pushed/events pulled when the server reappears.
    That's what I meant, (and what I said about backups).

    If the door controller explodes you just get a new one. Easy if you aren't doing anything fancy with them, bloke come out - installs it and changes it over in the s/w, you give it a static IP.

    However, If you've been working on a linked up system via the API though then I guess that could mean a big rewrite?



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