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Honeywell adds video capabilities to its most-popular and most-affordable access control systems

Honeywell has added advanced video capabilities to one of its most-popular and most-affordable access control systems, giving owners of small to mid-size businesses a new option for improving building security. The company’s NetAXS-123 offering is the first access control technology of its kind to provide video surveillance without requiring a digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NVR), making it ideal for smaller businesses such as pharmacies, day care centres and clinics.

Instead of DVRs or NVRs, the system allows businesses to store video on USB memory sticks. And while most video systems record continuously, NetAXS-123’s video capabilities offer event-based recording, meaning users can set the system to record only certain access-control events such as a door being propped or forced open, or someone trying to enter the premises using an invalid card. The technology significantly reduces the amount of time and effort needed to set up the overall system with its ability to automatically discover cameras connected to it, as well as intuitive, easy-to-use set-up screens.

“Smaller businesses need effective security just as much as large corporations, but they have far fewer resources to work with, and many times they simply can’t afford an elaborate security system”, said Product Manager René von Franquemont, Honeywell Security Group. “These smaller businesses and organizations shouldn’t have to sacrifice protection and NetAXS-123’s new video capabilities provide the type of security you would have at larger sites, but at a much lower total cost of ownership.”

NetAXS-123 is a web-based access control system designed to protect facilities with fewer than three doors. The panel uses built-in Ethernet and USB support, as well as Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability to reduce installation costs and eliminate the need for wire runs to power the unit. Its compact, modular design allows businesses to purchase the right amount of access control they initially need and also quickly and easily expand as those needs change. The new Video Add-On Kit lets customers use live video to monitor their sites within the same NetAXS-123 web interface and visually confirm access control events.

The system’s simplified installation and user training, as well as the minimal post-sale support required, make it ideal for security installers who want to expand their businesses with access control technology.

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