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Software House introduces iSTAR Ultra reader network door controller

Published on 21 May, 2013

Software House, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, introduces iSTAR Ultra, an 8 or 16 reader network door controller built on Linux for improved security and scalability.

Ideal for enterprise and government applications, iSTAR Ultra supports extended card formats of up to 256 bits, providing flexibility when configuring custom card formats. These extended card formats are stored locally allowing the controller to make important access control decisions even when offline.

With its wall and rack-mount options, iSTAR Ultra offers flexibility for installations, helping to conserve valuable server room space.  An ideal choice for areas that have many readers in close proximity to the panel, iSTAR Ultra also supports up to 16 RS-485 ports, allowing installers to maximise distances to each door.

“iSTAR Ultra moves the Software House controller technology into a true appliance-based platform, providing higher levels of security,” said Jason Ouellette, Director of Product Management, for Software House. “iSTAR Ultra also provides lock power management built into the controller to help decrease overall installation costs whilst increasing the capacity of the controller. This controller is critical as the foundation of our embedded architecture, which will enable cloud-based access control solutions in the future.”

The iSTAR Ultra’s unique lock power management features eliminate the need for separate lock power interface boards. For example, feeds to your locks can be used for different voltages or for battery and non battery-backed power sources to comply with certain local life safety codes.

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