The Power of One

Have you noticed how there has been a recent backlash to the “everything bigger is better” thinking that dominated popular culture and business for a time? 

Where once products had to be about supersizing and multiplying and expanding the scope, today’s focus is on procuring what best serves our needs — whether that’s in the fast food lane or security installations. 

Part of what is driving these changes is a desire for efficiency of both time and money. Why access control - door reader - Software Housebuy big when small can sometimes do the job better? How that translates to our field specifically is with the advent of products such as the single-reader door controller.

In an industry that is often all about scalability and how to make things work by thinking in terms of multiples, there is definitely a time and place for a standalone application like a one-reader door controller.

How many times have you encountered an installation where there is a lone door that needs coverage? Or, perhaps the door’s location is such that it cannot be clustered with others?

The current economy has shifted the focus to efficiency and cost competitiveness, so there are times when it can make perfect sense to invest in a one-reader controller for those instances where one is enough.

The other big push for a single-reader controller is the result of an installation shift towards ubiquitous cat 5/6 wiring. Primarily seen in new construction projects, a separate, dedicated cat 5/6 network cable is installed to each door from a central IT area. This design simplifies the overall installation, especially if Power over Ethernet (PoE) is used, and lowers the installation cost by reducing the amount of localized door device wiring.   

Although, still offering key functionality of its two- and four-reader counterparts such as PoE to leverage the existing network infrastructure, NIST-level encryption and local storage capability for up to 400,000 cardholders, the smaller controller offers the utmost in scalability to accommodate any installation layout and any budget.  Yes, each controller requires an IP address, but the increased system reliability of having a stand-alone device at each door more than makes up for the possible increase in network management costs. 

So when the situation presents itself, it’s OK to think that where two or more are good, one can sometimes be better.

Have you started using a more IP-centric system layout for new projects? Or are your projects more conducive to a centralized approach? Let us know.

Source: Tyco Blog

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