Axis enters the physical access control market

Lund, Sweden

Colour coded connectors help users complete the installation

Axis Communications enters the physical access control market by introducing a network door controller with built-in web-based software. The Axis A1001 network door controller is a complement to the existing Axis portfolio of innovative network video products and creates unique integration possibilities for partners and end users.
The Axis A1001 network door controller is, according to the company, the first non-proprietary and open IP-based access controller on the market. It is a platform for two different solutions. The Axis Entry Manager (AXIS A1001 with built in software) is a ready-made solution for small- to mid-sized businesses – such as offices, industries and retail stores – with typically 10 doors and basic access control requirements.

For larger enterprise systems, the Axis A1001’s open application programming interface enables Axis’ Application Development Partners (ADP) to meet specific customer requirements. Initially, Axis ADP partners Aimetis, Genetec, Imron, Milestone Systems, Next Level Security Systems and Onssi are engaged in the development of solutions, which include video integration and advanced access control functionality.

“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. The physical access control market is primed to make the shift to open IP technology,” says Ray Mauritsson, President and CEO, Axis Communications.

Initially, Axis will be launching the Axis A1001 network door controller into the US market in Q4 of 2013.

“Axis started its innovative quest back in 1984 by developing protocol converters and then continued to printers and storage devices before inventing and launching the first network camera in 1996. Although we now enter the physical access control market, our focus will continue to be on network video products. We expect physical access control sales to represent a small, but important, part of our total business,” says Mauritsson.

Further features of the Axis A1001 network door controller include open architecture that allows easy integration of video, intrusion detection and other systems. There is also 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 synchronised between controllers and the units can be managed from any computer in the system. The Axis A1001 also features an 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.

It has been designed with support for most existing reader protocols and reader types, and standard IT and security equipment such as door locks and door position sensors. Additionally, the installation wizard and the colour coded connectors help users to complete the installation and verify that door locks, readers and other equipment are connected properly.

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