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Top 10 access control products of 2015

The second installment in's 2015 top 10 security products focuses on access control products. Once again, the top 10 products have been chosen based on click rate from

To qualify for the top 10, the products on this list all adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The product must have been uploaded to the database between Dec. 2014 and Dec. 2015.

  • The product may fall under the category of reader, controller, software, or lock; however, the main purpose must be for security/access control purposes.

Access control trends for 2015 were predicted to include increased adoption of mobile credentials, a rise in wireless online electronic locks, and continued gradual adoption of IP-enabled panels and smart card readers, according to IHS. Based on user click rate, many of these trends can be seen in our top 10.

Another growing trend is biometrics. The growing interest in biometric solutions in 2015 is strongly reflected in the top 10, with 4 out of 10 falling into the biometric category. It is estimated the global fingerprint access control systems market will reach US$4.4 billion by 2022, according to Grand View Research. With the number of high profile terror cases in 2015, it is no surprise that interest in more secure access control equipment, including biometric technology, is on the rise.

Check back next week for the top 10 intrusion devices of 2015! 1. MORPHO (SAFRAN) - MorphoSmart CBM Series

The MorphoSmart CBM Series used Morpho's patented optical technology and biometric algorithms.

Whether used for off-the-shelf or custom-made applications, the MorphoSmart CBM Series offers a flexible, cost-effective solution for the fast and secure processing of high quality fingerprint images. Integrators can rapidly add the benefits of fingerprint recognition to their applications, without having specific knowledge of biometrics.

Other features include: MINEX compliant coder and matcher inside for embedded processing capabilities; FBI PIV IQS certification and fake finger detection available on CBM-E2; and extensive security features, including encryption and digital signature.

2. CEM SYSTEMS - CEM S3040 Access Control Reader

The CEM S3040 Access Control Reader is a hand-held card reader for use with the CEM AC2000 access control system.

With a full-color TFT touchscreen and stylus pen, it displays cardholders' photographs in color. It is hand-sized and robust, only weighing 550 grams, but has a large memory capacity for up to 200,000 card records with an internal capacity for up to 8,000 offline transaction events. The reader uses 802.11g Wi-Fi (using WPA2-AES encryption) or USB 1.1 cabled connection.

The CEM S3040 is good for applications such as construction site access, temporary entrance gates, guard tours, and a variety of off-site locations.

3. CEM Systems - CEM emerald Intelligent Access Terminal

With its sleek design and state-of-the-art LCD touchscreen, emerald offers card reader and controller fuctionality, fully integrated voice over IP (VoIP) intercom, biometric reader (TS300f only), and a range of remote server-based applications, all in one single, powerful terminal.

Other features include: a user-friendly 4.3" capacitive LCD touchscreen; innovative touchscreen reader; intuitive GUI; Ethernet card reader and controller in one; PIR motion detection; support for a range of smart card technologies; ability to run remote applications from AC2000 central server directly at the door; scramble keypad option for PIN; offline database for 250,000 cardholder records; PoE+; and more.

4. MORPHO (SAFRAN) - MorphoAccess SIGMA Series Physical Access Control Terminals

Designed jointly by Morpho and Bioscrypt, theMorphoAccess SIGMA Series Physical Access Control Terminal is a best-of-breed fingerprint identification terminal. Tailored for both access control and time and attendance applications, the MorphoAcess SIGMA Series implements no fewer than 20 patents to master biometric identification and deliver a host of additional features.

Other features include: videophone function; tablet-like user experience; fake finger and face detection; duress finger; full set of contactless technologies including NFC IP65; weather-resistant design avaliable; and fast 1:100,000 identification.

5. MORPHO (SAFRAN) - MorphoSmart Optic (MSO) 300 Series

The MorphoSmart 300 Series (MSO 300 Series) is a family of high quality optical sensors capable of high quality single fingerprint image acquisition, biometric template coding, and fingerprint matching. As such, they cover a wide range of applications in commercial and government environments.

Features include: 23 x 23 mm sensing area; integrates sensor, embedded feature extractor and matcher, and internal user database; suited for enrollment, authentication, and identification; internal database capacity of up to 5,000 users; patented fake finger detection option; FBI PIV IQS certification; smartcard reader otpion; and more. SDK is avaliable for integration into Windows, Linux, and Andriod platforms.

6. PAXTON - Paxton Net2 PaxLock Wireless

Net2 PaxLock is a battery powered Net2 access control unit in a secure door handle and comes ready to install with a C keyway lock or alternatively to fit with an SFIC lock.

Communication between Net2 PaxLock and the Net2 server is done wirelessly through Net2Air and the Net2Air Ethernet bridges, providing all the advantages of a wireless access control system. Net2 PaxLock is simple to use and fast to fit because it has a self-contained power source, making it ideal for internal doors

Features include: events are reported back to the Net2 server in real time; full battery management system with low battery alerts and easy-charge AA batteries; compatible with EM and Paxton proximity tokens; key override option; and more.

7. SALTO SYSTEMS - Salto XS4 Mini Access Control

The XS4 Mini is a small, discreet size combined with a modern, clean LED aesthetic. A new LED was developed to make it easier to see door status and the antenna was redesigned so that it read credentials faster than ever and cover the entire area above the handle so that no one has to guess where to present the credential.

The XS4 Mini is compatible with the Salto virtual network and Salto wireless network, as well as the full range of Salto hardware. It is bidirectional at its very essence and has been designed to have maximum connectivity with different types of credentials, types of RFID technology, as well as with other advanced technologies such as NFC. Also, it uses a wireless portable programmer device (PPD) that communicates with the XS4 Mini via NFC, and can be integrated into other access control systems.

8. PONGEE INDUSTRIES - Pongee PK-UHF201 Long Range UHF RFID Reader/Writer

The Pongee PK-UHF201 is an efficient, high-performance UHF reader combining proprietary signal processing algorithms. With a high recognition rate processing performance and fast read and write, it can be widely used in logistics, parking systems, access control systems, security systems, and production process control.

Features include: compliance with UHF EPC Gen2( ISO18000-6C), ISO 18000-6B; working frequency of 902-928 MHz (PK-UHF201)/865-868 MHz (PK-UHF201-1); supports adjustable frequency range (FHSS) or fixed specific working frequency; power output of 0-30 dBm; supports RS-232, RS-485, Wiegand 26/34 Interface; and more.

9. KORECEN - KORECEN FV-100 Finger-Vein Reader Access Control/Time Attendence

The FV-100 is finger-vein reader for access control and time attendance, developed by KORECEN's IP network-based technology. It takes 1 second to identify (1:1000) and provides simple installation by supported PoE, as well as supports various interfaces for TCP/IP, RS-485, and Wiegand. The internal camera takes and transmits the picture of the user, giving it more reliability.

Can be used for time and attendance in construction sites and factories; access control in office buildings; control centers of financial institutions; and more.

Features include: 5" LCD touchscreen; camera for capturing user's face; Korecen's in-house finger-vein algorithm; PoE, TCP/IP, RS-485/232, Wiegand, and door relay support; USB data import/export; supports 1,000 to 5,000 registrated users; and various RF card support.

10. EVVA - EVVA AirKey Wall Reader

AirKey from EVVA is an electronic lock that turns your smartphone into the key. It provides a flexible solution especially for companies with distributed locations. The new AirKey wall reader ideally enhances the AirKey application options.

The AirKey wall reader can be used indoors and outdoors. It has IP65 protection, making it suitable for harsh weather conditions. In combination with the control unit, it is suitable for controlling electronic locking elements in any type of door, such as sliding and swinging doors, as electronic door openers, in lifts and for electronic gate systems.

AirKey wall readers are equipped with a visual and audible status display, its large reader area enables fast and secure identification and the event log saves the last 1,000 events. Unauthorized access is quickly prevented by transferring blacklists by smartphone.


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