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Johnson Controls introduces an RS-485 input/output module offering an all-in-one solution for access controller expansion

Introducing the new Tyco Kantech RS-485 Input/ Output Module, which combines and enhances the flexibility of Kantech expansion modules into a single, cost-effective 16 terminal unit.

rs-485 input/ output module

The RS-485 Input/Output Module provides additional capacity for Kantech door controllers (up to 62 modules per), such as the KT-1 and KT-400, beyond the traditional confines of like modules. The Input/Output Module also reduces the need for installation of the module in close proximity to the controller due to conventional cable lengths, offering installers faster, easier installation up to 1.2km from the controller. This frees up valuable space inside the controller cabinet for additional equipment, such as integration alarms.

With this added capacity, installers can harness multi-functional features such as output supervision for locks, which enables supervised lock power that is configurable for each output; inputs, relays; elevator control programming and the Serial Peripheral Interface extension which allows users to configure ports as needed. The RS-485 Input/Output Module is compatible with EntraPass Security Management Software v8.10 and higher and also comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The new module is also firmware field upgradable and uses encrypted RS-485 communication for additional security and versatility.

For a detailed list of features and benefits, please refer to the New Product Announcement.

Johnson Controls announces VideoEdge integration to EntraPass go Mobile App

Introducing the integration of the Kantech EntraPass go Mobile App with the American Dynamics VideoEdge software, enabling remote management of access control, video and intrusion tasks for seamless, on-the-go security system operation from a mobile device.

EntraPass go Mobile App

The American Dynamics VideoEdge integration with the EntraPass go Mobile App provides a single easy use interface for managing, responding and controlling aspects of your Video Management System infrastructure through the use of the EntraPass go Mobile App. Video management capabilities include the ability to view live video with PTZ control, video playback with manual search and the ability to view video linked to access and/or intrusion events.

With the EntraPass go Mobile App, users can manage and create cards, lock and unlock doors, view live video, arm and disarm intrusion partitions and request reports. This free app enables you to interact with your EntraPass security management system software from anywhere, without being tied to the EntraPass workstation.

The VideoEdge platform improves the efficiency of security personnel and daily business operations by creating powerful video management solutions allowing users to leverage high-performance video streaming, analytics and video intelligence.

EntraPass go Mobile App is available on Android and Apple devices.

Johnson Controls introduces EntraPass v8.10 with audit trails and feature enhancements for more streamlined operation

The latest version of Tyco Kantech EntraPass security management software launches enabling new functionalities such as expanded audit features and other enhancements for a more streamlined experience for users.

For faster auditing and troubleshooting, EntraPass v8.10 users can run audit reports based on cards, components and operators, including a detailed report of who made changes to a card or component and when the changes were made. This will help to satisfy some of today’s corporate and regulatory requirements. Cardholder information fields have been expanded to include at least 20 editable fields (Corporate Edition), including a Unique ID for improved export/import.

Additionally, advancements in backup options in this latest version are designed to prevent any version conflicts or errors in the backup process for seamless operation.

Information at the user level is also easier to access and verify. Administrators can now easily see the most recent door, card or event access messages by cardholder, see when the cardholder’s secondary access level has expired and go paperless by saving access levels and links directly as a PDF.

EntraPass also adds support for up to eight ASSA ABLOY wireless locks through the KT-1 door controller, reducing installation costs and is compatible with Windows Server 2019 Datacenter.

For a detailed list of features and benefits, please refer to the New Product Announcement.

Kantech Releases EntraPass v8.0 with Mobile App Enhancements and a Redesigned web Interface

The latest version of EntraPass Security Management Software launches with new features relating to short range wireless technology, multi-factor authentication for mobile cardholders and an improved web client user interface.

EntraPass v8.0 software offers several enhancements to the EntraPass go and EntraPass go Pass mobile apps. EntraPass go, which allows remote use of the EntraPass software, provides support for American Dynamics network video recorders (NVRs). EntraPass go Pass mobile credential now supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capabilities in ioSmart Multi-Technology Readers. EntraPass operators can choose to ignore BLE technology, enforce BLE or use a combination of both when appropriate. Multi-factor authentication is also available for EntraPass go Pass cardholders presenting at any door with an ioSmart reader. In addition to the existing card and PIN authentication, biometric data can be used as a second form of authentication offering an added level of identity protection with more secure access to doors using a mobile phone.

In some cases, ioSmart readers in combination with EntraPass go Pass multi-factor authentication can replace the need to install an expensive biometric reader”, said Gabriel Labrecque, Product Manager, Kantech Software/ Integrations, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “On a per door basis you can disable the card reader, meaning that only EntraPass go Pass will be allowed to unlock the door through the use of biometric verification from the phone itself.

EntraPass web, where Silverlight is now no longer an installation requirement, has been redesigned to provide a more efficient and user-friendly interface for an enhance user experience. For operational speed, graphical icons are more intuitive, tabs replace the dock views and the system remembers the exact position of the most recently opened screen. Setting up hardware components is simplified by a sequential column layout, while the logical visual architecture makes monitoring and changing the hardware configuration direct.

Furthermore making sure installations are cyber secure, ITV2 Type 2 encryption has been added as an integration option for use with both the DSC PowerSeries Neo and PowerSeries Pro intrusion panels.

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Kantech upgrades INTEVO integrated security platform; adds LTE version

Kantech has upgraded its INTEVO Advanced (ADV) and Compact (CMP) integrated security platforms with faster processors, improved memory performance, better graphics and additional IP camera licenses, while also expanding the line with the cost-effective, streamlined LTE version.

INTEVO Advanced Compact

INTEVO unites access control, IP video and intrusion with a scalable solution aimed at small to mid-sized enterprises. Used as a standalone system or as part of complete security solution incorporating other Johnson Controls products, INTEVO comes preloaded with Kantech’s EntraPass security management software and exacqVision video management software. It also includes support for DSC PowerSeries intrusion panel integration.

”It is with much anticipation that we announce the release of the new and improved INTEVO with its hardware modifications, pre-installed and pre-configured integrated software containing EntraPass, exacqVision and intrusion,” said Brian McCarthy, Product Manager, Kantech Hardware, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “It shows that Kantech presents a more modern, coherent and complete security solution which will make a large impact on the market worldwide.”

INTEVO diagram

The Advanced version now boasts 45 percent more processing power, 4K resolution on display outputs, a 128GB SSD boot drive, four USB 3.0 ports, 8 PoE ports and an update to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 64 bit.

The Compact version’s latest improvements include 43 percent more processing power, 2TB of storage, a 128GB SSD boot drive, the addition of one USB 3.0 port to complement the two USB 2.0 ports, 4 PoE ports and an upgrade to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 64 bit. Not available in North America.

The LTE becomes the option for integrators looking for a more cost-effective version of the existing Compact, with its 2TB of storage, a fast Intel J1900 processor and 3 USB ports. The LTE has no PoE ports or boot disk.

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Kantech debuts streamlined scheduling and Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Compatibility in EntraPass v7.50

The latest version of EntraPass Security Management Software launches with new features developed to streamline scheduling for EntraPass Special Edition and installation compatibility.

Now available in EntraPass Special Edition, Action Scheduler allows operators who are managing access control to create actions and tasks on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The actions are based on door and relay behaviors such as locking and unlocking doors, arming alarm systems and toggling relays. Once programmed, these actions are native to the KT-400 and KT-1 door controllers as long as the latest firmware is installed.

The use of KT-1 and KT-400 allows users to connect to EntraPass via the controller or to use the controller in standalone mode. The migration path from a standalone unit into a new connection in EntraPass is now simplified, with an easy-to-use import tool that will migrate all of the configurations.

With the exception of Database Access with EntraPass Global Edition, all EntraPass versions now support installation on Windows Server 2016 Datacenter.

New Product Announcement

Kantech simplifies multi-door access control with KT-400’s Standalone Mode

Kantech has introduced a new standalone mode for the Kantech KT-400 four door controller, allowing smaller access control systems of up to four doors to be controlled and managed using embedded and intuitive web based software, with no EntraPass access control software required. Used in conjunction with Kantech’s ioSmart card readers and cards, these controllers provide a unique, highly secure encrypted solution for small installations.

With no dedicated software or PC hardware to purchase and maintain, the KT-400 standalone provides an economical choice for small businesses with basic access control needs, such as assigning card access and running reports. Using a web browser, customers can configure and manage their security anywhere and at any time, via a desktop computer or a mobile device.

Used in conjunction with Kantech’s ioSmart Card Readers and Cards, KT-400 standalone controllers provide highly secure encryption measures for even the smallest systems. Communications between the ioSmart card and ioSmart reader employs AES 128-bit encryption, with RS-485 secure communication in use between the ioSmart reader and the KT-400 controller.

With an easy-plug-and play set up, the system is up and running in minutes following a simple configuration wizard, which eliminates the need for training or certification of dealers and installers.

New Product Announcement

A simplified access control solution with KT-1’s Standalone Mode

Kantech’s innovative KT-1 single door controller is now available with embedded simplified access control software for one door systems, the ideal choice for those seeking a cost-effective, easy-to-use, single-door application.

With KT-1’s Standalone Mode, using a dedicated web browser, the popular KT-1 Ethernet-ready single door controller now has the option to be controlled and managed via simple and intuitive web based software – no EntraPass software is required. This makes the KT-1 a viable option for small businesses and individuals with basic access control needs such as being able to assign card access and run reports.

Full-fledged security management can be daunting for small businesses,” said Rajeev Dubey, Director of Distribution Access Control Product Management, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls, “but KT-1 Standalone removes the complexity from that process by giving users a web-based system that ups the ante on security, while bypassing the investment required for computers and software.


With no software to install, KT-1’s Standalone option broadens the horizon for dealers and installers as well. With a simplified and quick installation option, KT-1 Standalone is appealing to an installer base beyond the traditional access control installers who can forgo having to attend training to learn a new software system or receive special certification. The wizard-based platform walks installers through the process in minutes.

Users with growing access control needs can easily migrate to the next level with Kantech EntraPass or hattrix software.

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Kantech streamlines scheduling and account maintenance with EntraPass v7.40

The latest version of EntraPass Security Management Software launches with new features developed to streamline scheduling and account maintenance for operators.

Available in EntraPass Corporate and Global Editions, operators managing premise access control can add to security capabilities by creating actions and tasks on a daily, weekly or monthly basis with the new Action Scheduler under the Operation menu. The Action Scheduler is ideal for locations where meetings can happen at sporadic times such as town halls or other types of special events. The actions are based on the door and relay behaviors such as locking and unlocking doors, arming alarm systems and toggling relays. Users can customize actions completely by combining Action Scheduler with the powerful Smartlink Task option.

EntraPass can now intuitively automatically deactivate operators that have not logged in for a pre-determined amount of days, allowing for easier account maintenance with the Operator Auto-Deactivate feature.

The latest version of EntraPass integrates with American Dynamics VideoEdge version 5.1 and now supports exacqVision version 9.0.2, bringing added control for premise security and management.

In addition, administrators who also use Kantech’s hattrix, a cloud-based access control solution utilizing EntraPass security management software, can now more easily manage account service types and view and change account statuses with color coding for easy viewing.

New Product Announcement

ioSmart Smart Card and Multi-Technology Readers for an end-to-end encrypted access control solution

ioSmart Smart Card Readers and Cards provide a cost-effective migration from proximity cards to advanced smart card technology. The ioSmart family provides enhanced security through end-to-end AES-128 encryption over RS-485 when used with Kantech’s KT-1 or newer KT-400 door controllers but can also be used with any other access controllers using Wiegand protocol.

The readers offer an optional capacitive touch backlit keypad for enhanced security, illuminated keypad brightness and adjustable color programmable LED bar giving the ioSmart card readers an ecofriendly and esthetically pleasing design. ioSmart card readers are field firmware upgradable and have BLE hardware included, making them future proof. With both Mullion and Single Gang mounting options available, ioSmart card readers will fit any indoor or outdoor application globally. The new readers and cards are also now available in several Starter and Expansion kits.

Kantech ioSmart cards come with encrypted sectors for pre-programmed card credentials to simplify installation and have sufficient sectors open for end customers to use for other applications.* [Software to program card sectors not sold/supported by Kantech]

The ioSmart family of products is proof that end users don’t have to sacrifice usability and easy installation for higher level of security for their access control systems,” said Rajeev Dubey, Director of Distribution Product Management, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “ioSmart is also a standout when it comes to esthetics enhancing the overall ambience of the facility. Apart from offering end-to-end encryption on supported Kantech products over RS-485, ioSmart readers’ ability to read several card formats over Weigand makes it an attractive option for non Kantech access control systems as well

The RS-485 configuration connected to the Kantech controllers provides additional inputs and outputs such as door contact, Request-to-Exit and/or lock output saving considerably on wiring and labor costs. The ioSmart family supports ioSmart SSF MIFARE Plus EV1 encrypted cards in addition to MIFARE Plus ISO/IEC 14443A and 14443B card serial numbers. Other supported formats include Kantech’s ioProx (XSF) and HID Prox 125KHz (Kantech Secure Format KSF, standard 32-bit format, standard 26-bit format and Corporate 1000).

New Product Announcement