Mavin Technologies Enters Access Control Market

CHICAGO — Physical access control provider Mavin Technologies launched Tuesday at ASIS 2013 with the introduction of its Mavin security management platform and pre-wired, kitted field panel enclosures.

The Windows-based security management platform integrates modules for access control, people and credential management, alarm monitoring, action and event scheduling, front desk identity verification, and real-time device status monitoring. The firm’s cognitive, open architecture design allows for third-party integrations and plug-ins to digital video, intrusion detection, and fire systems, says Jeff Ross, managing director for Mavin Technologies.

“We didn’t want to be tied down to a particular technology, so we built the product as an open platform so that we can support third-party products that are complementary to the system,” he tells SSI.

The field panel enclosure kits come in a single self-contained enclosure unit, and provide communication and power for system control panels and end devices, according to the company. Available in small, medium, and large configurations, each kit supports up to 12 readers and is internally wired to din rail connection blocks for fail-safe wiring. Integrators can customize each kit to house a specific numbers of panels, reader interface boards, and input/output panels.

“Our field panel kits are an integrator’s best friend,” Ross says. “The kits can literally save days’ worth of work in larger installations, and they present a clean, organized, and professional look and feel to the end user customers.”

Rochester, N.Y.-based Mavin Technologies has been in the works for the last couple years, according to Ross. Recognizing the frustration that many consumers had with the overall access control product stagnation and poor levels of customer service that had grown within the industry, an unnamed system integration company decided to take action. The firm developed a Windows-based package centered on the Mercury Security hardware platform.

“It seems that value-added resellers [VARs] are growing increasingly frustrated with manufacturers,” Ross says. “Some of it’s due to long tech support waits, general manufacturer arrogance and pricing models for products and services that are out of touch with the value of what they deliver. We think there is a better way to do business.”

Mavin Technologies executives say they understand that they need to catch up to many of the industry’s larger players with their product feature set, but believe their service-oriented approach will help offset the initial lack of advanced features.

“Because we’re a smaller entity, we will be able to be nimble,” Ross says. “We don’t have the red tape and outdated policies that are in place at some companies, where it can take a month to make a decision when an opportunity presents itself. We’ll be able to come in with a better pricing model for products and services since we won’t have the overhead that other larger companies have in place.”

Described as “vertical agnostic,” Mavin Technologies’ products should work across many vertical markets. Still, the firm has gained significant traction in the cultural institution and education markets, says Ross, who formerly worked for access control providers Lenel and RedCloud.

Mavin Technologies plans to build an elite network of authorized system integrators and value added resellers to deliver Mavin products and services to customers of all sizes and industries.

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