2004 Masters Circle All-Stars: 40 Products Our Industry Can Depend On
The last thing a security systems contractor wants to worry about when working on an installation is the reliability and functionality of the project’s equipment. That’s why each year Security Sales & Integration salutes the top-selling products on the street by naming them to the Masters Circle All-Stars. These tried-and-true performers boost the entire industry by coming through when installers and users need them most.
La crème de la crème. The best of the best. MVP. Best in show. However you say it, and in whatever language, it all conveys the same thing: excellence. And almost every industry and institution has a measure of greatness. The film industry holds an annual marathon presentation of the Academy Awards. Athletes compete for the coveted Stanley Cup, Vince Lombardi Trophy and gold medals. Dog breeders fluff and primp their poodles for the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
But if thespians earn gold statuettes, jocks get a shiny trophy and dogs win blue ribbons, security industry manufacturers are certainly entitled to a little limelight. Thus, enter Security Sales & Integration’s 2004 Masters Circle All-Stars list, which annually highlights the industry’s best-selling products in various categories: access control systems and software; access control hardware, readers and entry systems; CCTV products; burglar alarm controls; DVRs; intrusion sensors; and fire/life safety equipment.
The SSI staff pored over its Brand Awareness study and grilled distributors, contractors/installers and other industry insiders to decide which manufacturers and products were spotlight-worthy. And while there are many manufacturers with excellent products not listed this year, the Masters Circle highlights the companies that raise the bar for security industry products.
There’s no need to rehearse lines, warm up or primp, just sit back and welcome 2004’s Masters Circle All-Stars.
TOP 5: Access Control Systems and Software
A. DSX Access Control Software Monitors 128 Readers Per Location
Dallas-based DSX Access Systems offers WinDSX, 32-bit multitasking access control software that operates on a Windows™ NT-powered system. The system can run on a single PC or multiuser LAN.
Capable of monitoring up to 128 readers per location (up to 32,000 locations), WinDSX offers a variety of standard features: photo ID badging, guard tour, elevator control, workstation event filtering, CCTV control, interactive animated graphical maps, “who is in” report and enhanced system communication.
A combination of point-and-click operation with hierarchal tree views and pop-up menus make the system simple to use.
For more information: Reader Service Card Number 321
B. IDenticard System Shows Status of Alarms, Resets Clocks
The IDentiPASS™ access control system from Lancaster, Penn.-based IDenticard eases the integration of the newest security technologies, the company says.
Boasting a variety of features, IDentiPASS™ allows users to monitor the status of system doors, select targeted or system-wide actions based on a single event or set up cardholder event links from the holder’s record.
Upon installation, the user can choose an MSDE or MS Access database. The password-protected system can be attached to an existing ODBC database, eliminating the need for double data entry.
For more information: Reader Service Card Number 322
C. Advanced Reporting Only 1 of Software House Product’s Features
Lexington, Mass.-based Software House, a division of Tyco, integrates access control and event management with C-CURE 800, a system that can manage a single site or multiple locations.
C-CURE 800’s architecture lets workstations and controllers be placed on an existing network and across a WAN. Its iSTAR controller supports DHCP, facilitating connection to existing networks.
The product uses certain criteria to determine a person’s clearance privileges.The C-CURE 800 offers several features: database partitioning, CCTV integration and single subscriber E-mail.
For more information: Reader Service Card Number 323
D. Continental Instruments Device Provides Control for 8 Doors
The SuperTerm-8® from NAPCO company Continental Instruments of Amityville, N.Y., provides access control for up to eight doors, and uses almost all types of card-reading technologies without the need for additional interface boards or modules.
With a 20,000 card capacity that can expand to 130,000 with an optional 2MB memory board, the system tracks 128 time zones and 50 holidays.
For more information: Reader Service Card Number 324
E. Kantech Software Provides Integrated Badging
Brossard, Quebec, Canada-based Kantech, a Tyco company, offers the powerful, multiuser EntraPass Corporate and Global Edition access control software. Adding the power of live digital video monitoring, the software is a cost-effective security solution that is easy to install, Kantech says.
The EntraPass software’s features include remote communications support, interactive floor plans and integrated badging. To provide simultaneous real-time video monitoring from one to 16 cameras, the latest edition includes integration with American Dynamics’ Intellex Digital Video Management Systems. The global edition lets users access remote sites from 128 workstations.
For more information: Reader Service Card Number 325
TOP 5: Access Control Hardware, Readers and Entry Systems
A. DoorKing Telephone Access System Is Programmable From PC
DKS DoorKing Inc. of Inglewood, Calif., produces the Model 1812 PC-programmable telephone access system, which works with a home’s existing telephone line.
With the 1812, homeowners can use their telephone as an intercom to speak to a visitor at their gate or front door. The product can also be connected to a PBX or KSU system, making it suitable for small businesses wanting to control access through a single gate or door.
It also offers call waiting, call forwarding, three programmable call-out telephone numbers and “do not disturb” time zones.
For more information: Reader Service Card Number 326
B. Linear Telephone Entry System Suitable for Home and Business
Carlsbad, Calif.-based Linear Corp. offers the RE-1 Residential Telephone Entry system, featuring a built-in wireless MegaCode radio and antenna as well as a full-featured telephone with intercom modes.
The system has a variety of looks, including brushed nickel, stainless steel and gold electroplate. Not limited to residential applications, the system boasts capacity for 100 entry codes, making it suitable for commercial sites also. The RE-1 can also be upgraded with a CCTV system package.
Programmable via telephone, PC or the system’s keypad, the RE-1 requires no additional software.
For more information: Reader Service Card Number 327
C. HID Device Compatible with All Standard Access Control Systems
The ProxPoint® Plus from Irvine, Calif.-based HID Corp. combines multiple configuration options with an efficient design and economical price.