Matrix Systems Unveils Open Architecture Access Control System

Matrix Systems recently announced the Frontier Universe open architecture access control software for small to enterprise-sized customers.

End users affected by antiquated legacy systems or under-performing manufacturer support structures now have an option because of Universe’s software compatibility with leading subsystem equipment manufacturers including Mercury Security and HID. The resulting system is backed by Matrix Systems’ growing national reseller network.

The feature-rich Frontier Universe system offers options of both Web browser-based or server-based technologies for securing transportation, commercial, education, government, healthcare, industry and other markets.

HID VertX and Mercury Security subsystem equipment that is designed to locally manage secure areas can compatibly report and transmit functions to Frontier Universe’s system level processor. Frontier Universe uses a single server, multiple servers or redundant servers to provide any specified level of system management.

The subsystem components and the head-end processor communicate through the facility’s TCP/IP network or via Web browser-based connectivity. The communication flexibility enables easy integration with third-party manufacturers of access control, time/attendance recording, alarm management, guard tour, visitor management, video cameras/DVR’s/NVR's and other security technology. This “future proofing” against premature obsolescence guarantees that end users can easily add video, biometrics, wireless or any future generations of security technology innovations.

System Installation and implementation is available through the Matrix Systems Certified Dealer Network. Matrix Systems provides resellers with access to engineering/application services and 24/7 customer support based on the company’s 31 years of hands-on experience in access control equipment design, manufacturing, installation, and technical support. In depth training for resellers is available onsite, via Webinars or at Matrix Systems’ Miamisburg training center.

Frontier Universe can accommodate up to 128 card readers per processor. Adding controllers makes the system scalable to any number of doors, card readers and card holders.

Credential production workstations and operator terminals use industry standard PC protocol or thin client activity via the Internet. Frontier Universe offers a complete credential production system including an industry standard signature interface and printer. It supports up to eight simultaneous card formats. Dealers with clients that have excessive periodic badge printing demands, such as colleges during admission periods, can rely on value-added services from Matrix Systems, such as credential production to help meet deadlines.

Unlike other access control systems with separate component features, Frontier Universe provides integrated alarm management options that enable custom-configurations for event-driven site management and response.

Frontier Universe also uses Digital Video Alarm Verification (DVAV) for secondary verification of an activity or non-activity associated with an alarm or system event. Digital Video Management allows end users to link their corporate network or self-design a local or WAN to bring video verification into their security management at a fraction of conventional DVR application costs.

Additionally, any analog, digital or IP camera can link to the Web server hardware because of Frontier Universe’s audio/video synchronization.

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