Allegion, Open Options Integrate for IP Access Control Solution

The integration can leverage an existing IP infrastructure to enable networked access control to doors traditionally ignored.

CARMEL, Ind. — Allegion announces it has integrated its ENGAGE IP Gateway with Open Options’ DNA Fusion software to expand its offering of scalable security solutions.

Open Options is a longstanding Allegion software alliance member and is committed to offering the most up-to-date technology available, according to the company.

The ENGAGE Gateway provides the ability to leverage existing IP-based infrastructure by connecting to the network for real-time access control directly from an in- or out-of-network host to an edge device. The Gateway can also be powered over Ethernet (PoE), removing the need for separate power supplies or wiring.

The ENGAGE Gateway performs regular, frequent communication between the Gateway and linked ENGAGE enabled devices. The Gateway is able to send commands such as lock, unlock and lock down from an IP host in real-time.

As an Internet of Things (IoT) device, the Gateway leverages network security practices, including AES-256 bit and TLS encryption to provide customers with secure, dependable experiences, according to the company.

Allegion says these secure communication protocols, in addition to real-time communication between devices, help to ensure the end user’s facility security is constantly monitored and allows access events to be addressed immediately. This solution can also minimize traditional hardware infrastructure, which provides the end user a smaller security footprint and cost savings.

“Open Options is dedicated to providing open platform solutions, which is why we continually work with leading security providers to develop integrations that give end users a choice in their access control products,” says Ben Vestal, vice president of sales and business development at Open Options. “We’re excited to join with Allegion in offering our end users an opportunity to further enhance their security by utilizing real-time connectivity between their electronic lock and access control solution.”

Open Options’ DNA Fusion is an open architecture access control software that integrates with leading security systems like Schlage’s electronic locks, readers and credentials. DNA Fusion is designed with valuable customer input to ensure it delivers a user-friendly and open access control platform, according to the company. Other supporting products — visitor management, photo ID and more — work together to provide a complete security solution.

Numerous Allegion products have a deep integration developed by Open Options. The integration between DNA Fusion and the ENGAGE IP Gateway is the result of requests for additional solutions by the end user. It can leverage an existing IP infrastructure to enable networked access control to doors traditionally ignored.

“What’s great about Open Option’s DNA Fusion software is that it offers a full-scale access control solution that can be tailored to fit each customer’s unique security needs,” says Dewey VanVoorhis, electronics product manager at Allegion. “This integration offers end users yet another solution to expand security and convenience to more of their doors.”

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