AXIS Camera Station now unifies video surveillance and access control via AXIS Camera Station Secure Entry, which adds access management to the company’s highly polished video management software.

This solution – which in SEN‘s opinion is justly considered one of the best user interfaces on the market – enables operators to manage both video surveillance and access control from the same, unified interface across a single site, with access control functions are available to the operator in the same interface. According to Axis, the benefits of video-verified access control include live-monitoring of access points, assistance in allowing access, and post-incident investigation.

When it comes to live monitoring, video-verification through AXIS Camera Station Secure Entry allows operators to check that the individual entering matches the credentials. In addition, for less busy entrances or out of normal working hours, it’s possible to trigger video, alerts, and actions when, for instance, a visitor is approaching, a door has failed to close properly, or access has been denied. Instant alarms can be created for when a door is open for too long or forced open, and specific events can also be used to trigger other actions such as playing audio messages or recording video.

When delivering assistance in secure access, operators can manage access for individuals at any point in time by validating entry by comparing live video with card-holder photo. This might be the case in providing access for visitors or deliveries, or when an authorized member of staff arrives having forgotten or lost their entry credentials. In addition, the solution makes it simple to add new users, or remove those who are no longer authorized for access. The door dashboard can be used confirm lock status and assist entry by allowing an operator to control doors.

And for post-incident investigation, AXIS Camera Station Secure Entry allows operators to search, find and review, for example, video of all those entering the building in the past hour or those who were denied access. The combination of video and access control logs makes it straightforward to investigate an incident.

AXIS Camera Station Secure Entry is an out-of-the-box ready solution, and is included in AXIS Camera Station video management software as stand-alone licenses, or pre-loaded on Axis network video recorders (AXIS S11 and AXIS S22). There is no activation fee for AXIS Camera Station Secure Entry and the licensing model is simple: one license per device, no matter whether it is an Axis camera or an Axis door controller. A full installation also requires AXIS A1601 Network Door Controller with connected card readers.

AXIS Camera Station Secure Entry is optimized for up to 128 doors and up to 10,000 cardholders with support for multiple credentials per cardholder. The web-based interface makes it simple to add or remove users with easy drag and drop operation. It’s also possible to set up users based on specific criteria such as user location and schedule, so operators can easily control who has access to which access points and at what time.

By synchronizing all databases with AXIS A1601 Network Door Controller, all access control decisions are made locally on the edge. No matter the status of the network or server, the door will always work. The solution is designed with cybersecurity in mind and provides encrypted communication to ensure data is protected. Finally, with support for Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), the system can continue to operate even when there is a power failure.

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