Master’s Circle Equipment Makers Hit the Big Leagues

Mention Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa or Alex Rodriguez to almost anyone and they immediately know you’re talking about major league baseball’s heavy hitters. These are the players who regularly smack grand slams, knock in winning runs for their teams and keep the fans cheering.

The same can be said of the manufacturers featured in the upcoming pages. These companies are our industry’s go-to guys, delivering the products dealers and integrators need every day – and they have the sales to prove it!

Security Sales & Integration believes it is important to recognize security’s top performers. As a result, in 2002 we began our Masters Circle All-Stars program. In continuing the program this year, we once again conducted our own research to determine which products sell the most, according to number of units sold.

Our mantra was, no benchwarmers allowed, as we compiled the following information on the security industry’s best-selling CCTV products; DVRs; access control systems and software; access control hardware, readers and entry systems; burglar alarm controls; intrusion sensors; and fire/life-safety equipment.

We sorted through information from SSI‘s Brand Awareness study and queried distributors, dealers/integrators and other industry experts to get the inside scoop on which manufacturers are currently in The Zone.

Although there are some high-achieving product vendors not included in the listings, this year’s Masters Circle features the majority of the security industry’s Most Valuable Products (MVPs). So get ready to root, root, root for your favorites. Introducing the 2003 Masters Circle All-Stars.

TOP 5: Access Control Systems & Software

InfoGraphics TOPAZ Supports Up to 256 Card Readers

InfoGraphics of Racine, Wis., a division of GE Interlogix, brings to the access control market the TOPAZ system for both small- and medium-sized facilities. Packaged with two-door and four-door starters and expansion kits, TOPAZ is able to support as many as 256 card readers, 16,000 cardholders and up to four additional workstations.

According to GE, the Data Guard feature minimizes system downtime and database corruption due to download failure. The CCTV camera and pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) control and display allow for direct video viewing from the interactive maps.

Reader Service Card Number 350

DSX Operating System Designed for Single, Multiple Locations

The WinDSX from Dallas-based DSX Access Systems Inc. is a 32-bit, Windows(tm) NT-powered operating system that can run on either a single PC or multiuser LAN. Point-and-click operation with hierarchical tree views and pop-up menus make the system easy to use. Animated icons depict the real-time status of each input and output.

History reports can be customized to include specific or general details about locations, doors, events and/or cardholders. Other features include CCTV and DVR control, photo ID badging and graphic alarm maps.

Reader Service Card Number 352

AMAG 625 Intended for Mid-Sized, Multilocation Installations

The 625 Professional Edition by AMAG Technology Inc. of Torrance, Calif., is an access control and security management system. It is compatible with Windows(tm) 2000, NT and XP operating systems. The 625 Professional has networking capabilities for mid-sized and multilocation applications and supports up to 512 readers and nine clients.

Some standard features include client/server or Web client architecture, online help, map screens with manual commands, alarm management linked to maps, expansive video badging features and comprehensive analysis reporting.

Reader Service Card Number 353

Software House Device Offers Internal Security Restrictions

Software House of Lexington, Mass., a unit of Tyco, offers the C-CURE 800 v8.0, an access control device that features “internal” security options. Certain criteria are used to determine a person’s clearance privileges, enhancing overall security. Occupancy restrictions as well as an “n-man rule” ensure classified areas are properly supervised.

Elevator controls can also be customized to expire/activate on specific days or times. Other features include split-view monitoring screens, IT-based password protection and ODBC support.

Reader Service Card Number 394

Interlogix Software Features API for Custom Integration

Secure Perfect 4.0 is a fully integrated access control, alarm monitoring, video surveillance, photo ID badging and security management system from GE Interlogix (formerly CASI RUSCO) of Boca Raton, Fla. Version 4.0 incorporates enterprise-class features along with an API for custom integration, Web-based reporting and combined access and intrusion zone control.

Secure Perfect supports Windows(tm) 2000/XP and SQL server database platforms. With its Web-based reporting feature, customers can deploy reports across an enterprise with network access and use a standard Web browser from any workstation within the organization.

Reader Service Card Number 351

TOP 5: Access Control Hardware, Readers, & Entry Systems

DoorKing Intercom System Works Via Existing Phone Line

The Model 1812 PC programmable telephone access system from DoorKing Inc. of Inglewood, Calif., works with a home’s existing telephone line and offers a built-in call-waiting feature that assures other guest calls are not missed. Homeowners can identify between regular and gate/door calls by the intercom system’s double ring.

Programming methods are available via the system keypad, touch-tone telephone or the Windows(tm)-compatible auto programming software. Other features include do-not-disturb and entry-code time zones, as well as call forwarding.

Reader Service Card Number 357

HID Proximity Reader for Indoor, Outdoor Applications

HID Corp. of Irvine, Calif., combines multiple configuration options as well as an economical price in its ProxPoint Plus proximity card reader. Compatible with all standard access control systems, the ProxPoint Plus features a host and/or locally controlled beeper and multicolor LED with various configurations.

The inconspicuous design is available in two covers and four colors to fit any décor. The reader can also be directly mounted onto metal with no change in read range performance. Either a Wiegand or clock-and-data output may be chosen.

Reader Service Card Number 358

IEI HubMax Does Not Require Signal Converter Box

According to International Electronics Inc. (IEI) of Canton, Mass., dealers save in hardware costs, installation time, expansion and service calls with the HubMax electronic access control panel. The panel accommodates one to four doors using plug in-door control modules to reduce wiring, networking and installation costs.

The HubMax supports flexibility in mixing readers for each door. It also uses RS-232 hardwire networking for up to 1,000 feet from the PC and in between panels without the need for a signal converter box. The panel is shipped with software, a power transformer, PC/modem connectors and a mounted control module.

Reader Service Card Number 359

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