Learn the Basics of IP Based Access Control

Some people are unfamiliar with IP based access control. Below is an overview of IP-based access control, including the benefits, from scalability, to lower equipment costs.

What is IP-based Access Control?

IP access control technology enables you to employ secure network-controlled access to physical doors at your facility.

IP-based access control systems can be installed at single or multiple buildings at the same location, or around the world. These systems communicate via your network—eliminating the need for costly control panels and ‘homerun’ wiring associated with traditional central panel-based access control systems.


How IP-based Access Control Differs from Traditional Central Panel-based Access Control

Traditional panel-based access control systems use a central control panel, card reader and controller at every door, which requires a significant investment in costly equipment and wiring, and makes the systems difficult to scale.

IP-based access control solutions leverage the network, eliminating the need for costly central panels, and offering shorter wiring and cabling runs than traditional panel-based access control systems.

IP-based Access Control Uses Your Network

The network is one of an organization’s most critical infrastructure investments. IP-based access control enables you to leverage the network, further maximize that investment and provide a secure, scalable, easy-to-manage access control solution.

IP-based access control enables you to manage administration remotely and in real-time for each location via your network. This eliminates the need to adjust specifications at each physical location, saving you both time and money through more efficient management.

The Benefits

IP-based access control systems offer a broad range of benefits along with better security and more convenient administrative management, at a much lower cost than traditional panel-based access control systems.

  • Eliminate the need to physically re-key doors.
  • Lower equipment costs (No costly control panel and multiple power and data cabling required).
  • Reduce installation costs (Door controller is powered by the network and requires less cabling and shorter runs).
  • Manage security and administrative maintenance requirements remotely via the network.
  • Remote access eliminates the need to have a physical security guard at each site to grant door access.
  • Add more doors to your network as needed (IP is highly scalable).
  • Manage emergencies effectively, with the ability to instantly go into lockdown, and lock and unlock all doors connected to your network remotely.

IP-based access control solutions are cost-effective, easy to manage and are ideally suited to provide convenient and secure access control for a variety of environments from educational facilities and school campuses, to government buildings, healthcare facilities, retail stores and small to medium sized multi-site corporations.