Monday, March 17, 2014

PSIA-Compliant Access Control Solution to Debut at ISC West

By David Bunzel
Executive Director, the PSIA

PSIA members Inovonics and Mercury Security will literally demonstrate the business value of a standards-based approach to security solutions at ISC West this year.

The companies recently jointly announced that in compliance with the PSIA’s Area Control specification, Mercury will integrate Inovonics' EN6080 Area Control Gateway (ACG) with  Authentic Mercury™ branded hardware to offer the industry's first integrated access control platform with Enterprise Mobile Duress (EMD) capabilities.

A complete demo of the solution showcasing integrated access control with Enterprise Mobile Duress will be on display at ISC West at the Inovonics booth at ISC West (#16109). The demo will provide a great way to learn more about how Mercury and Inovonics are using the PSIA specifications to quickly bring a powerful integrated solution to market. It will also demonstrate why the industry will benefit from standards-based solutions and how the PSIA can help members deliver them.

“It is gratifying to partner with an industry leader like Mercury Security that shares our same passion – taking an open standards-based approach to delivering integrated, best-of-breed solutions," said Michael Slack, vice president of technology and business development at Inovonics, in the companies’ joint news release.

"Together, we have a solution that is the first of its kind, merging access control with Enterprise Mobile Duress – made possible by utilizing open standards and leveraging existing security infrastructures. The end result is a seamlessly integrated, intelligent security system that yields reduced installation time while minimizing incremental costs. Our partners have requested this capability and now, together with Mercury Security, we can deliver it," Slack said.

The new integrated Mercury access control platform with Inovonics' Area Control Gateway (ACG) and duress pendant system allows partners and resellers to leverage their customers' existing security infrastructures while adding the tremendous value of EMD at a minimal incremental cost. Using panic buttons as a "credential," security personnel can track the identities and locations of the persons assigned to each pendant as they enter and move throughout buildings and secure areas. Combining access control together with Inovonics' EN6080 ACG location capabilities in this way ensures greater response time when safety issues arise.

Inovonics ( is a leading provider of enterprise life safety and specialized commercial wireless systems, and Mercury Security ( is a global leader in the supply of OEM access control hardware.

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