Genetec Makes Key Play, Releases IP Access Controller
by Security Electronics and Networks | @Access Control Articles | December 6, 2012, 8:00am AEDT
Synergis is the IP access control system within Genetec’s Security Center, the company’s unified security platform that seamlessly blends IP video surveillance, access control, and license plate recognition systems. Synergis provides real-time monitoring of access events and alarms, as well as cardholder management and reporting. The system enables users to handle thousands of access events in real-time and centrally manage and configure cardholders and credentials
across multiple distributed sites.
Currently installed at over a dozen key customer sites around the world as part of a limited availability program, the SMC has been designed to address longstanding customer demand for non-proprietary access control solutions. Towards this end, the SMC will offer native support of widely-deployed and non-proprietary access control hardware from leading vendors, including HID Global and Mercury Security.
With the addition of the SMC to the Synergis access control product line, Genetec’s customers will now have more flexibility when designing a solution to suit their particular needs, installation environment, and budget. Thanks to a new technology partnership with Mercury Security and a long-standing relationship with HID Global, customers will be able to leverage SMC’s open architecture and choose from a growing array of industry-standard reader interface modules, input modules, and output modules.
Above and beyond new system installations, the Synergis Master Controller will be ideally suited for customers who are looking to modernize an existing installation. It will allow them to leverage their corporate or security network to transition to a fully IP-based access control system.
“With the launch of SMC, we are enhancing our Synergis enterprise class access control solution to bring more openness to a traditionally closed and proprietary sector of the security industry,” explains Jimmy Palatsoukas, senior manager of product marketing at Genetec.
“Unlike most access systems on the market that only support a single brand of modules, the SMC is designed to be an open platform that
simultaneously supports multiple hardware vendors. This way, we are making it possible for customers to choose best-of-breed hardware based on their needs, while knowing that they avoided the pitfalls of proprietary systems.”