Getting an edge with the right access control solution


Summer's finally arrived in the States....

...but I'm heading to sunny Miami anyway. Why? It's tradeshow time. At the upcoming ScanSource and Vartech 2011 conferences, I'll be meeting with HID Global partners from Latin America where I'm looking forward to spending time listening, learning and talking with partners.

Tradeshows present a key opportunity for me to get first-hand information about industry trends from the perspective of HID Global partners, discuss new and current products and help customers find the right solution for their access control and card issuance system needs.

More and more often, HID partners in Latin America tell me their small and mid-sized business customers are expressing a need for small-scale, economical, easy-to-install access control solutions. Working for HID Global, I attest to the fact that the breadth of solutions available in the access control arena can be overwhelming and some customers simply do not know where to begin.

For this reason, I am looking forward to spreading the word about the HID EDGE™ Solo. HID EDGE is an IP-based, open architecture line of single-reader, single-door access control solutions that gives small and medium-sized businesses a flexible, cost effective alternative to traditional access control solutions. EDGE Solo is ideal for customers who have just a few doors and need access cards for just a few users, but who still require full reporting and remote management capabilities via a standard web browser. EDGE manages each door separately via a remote web browser-based interface specifically designed for the entry-level user. No complicated custom software development is required.

Making things easier still, EDGE can utilize Power over Ethernet (PoE). So rather than putting in dedicated power supplies and locking hardware, all the access control-specific wiring is done at the door. This helps to cut cost-per-door in half!

For businesses building an access system for the first time, a complete HID EDGE Solo kit with cards and reader is an excellent option. I am genuinely excited to spread the word about EDGE: There is a solution that helps eliminate guesswork and makes access control installation as simple as possible.