Vanderbilt’s top engineers’ continuous innovation of the company’s flagship access control product, ACT, got a significant boost recently. The product’s software, ACT Enterprise, was a winner in the Access Control software category in the 2019 Benchmark Innovation awards.Vanderbilt’s top engineers’ continuous innovation of the company’s flagship access control product, ACT, got a significant boost recently. The product’s software, ACT Enterprise, was a winner in the Access Control software category in the 2019 Benchmark Innovation awards.
This latest nod comes off the back of a wealth of new features being added to ACT Enterprise. In autumn 2018, integration with Vanderbilt’s award-winning SPC intrusion system, a rules mapping engine, a smartphone app, and integration with Assa Abloy’s Aperio Wireless locks were added to the system. In the spring of this year, PoE Ultra controllers were added to the ACT hardware.
The PoE Ultra hardware in the controllers ensures support for all power requirements. PoE Ultra ensures that all of this is accomplished without the need for additional Power Supply Units (PSUs). Essentially, this saves the system user time and money. Moreover, as this is all powered over the Ethernet, it translates to less cabling and more convenience for installers too.
Easy to quote, easy to sell
This momentum in building a rich-feature list that benefits both installers and system users is in line with developing the product to ensure market scalability and future-proof guarantee. This investment is something that has reaped benefits for ACT customers. As explained by Joe Lawlor, owner of Safewatch Security Systems, “Vanderbilt's ACT is one of the best access control products on the market. I have been using ACT for years. Great product. It just works, and the software is very user-friendly.”
Chiming in the recent success of Vanderbilt’s ACT is the company’s Head of Marketing communications, Ross Wilks. Wilks attributes the success of the product to the fact that it is incredibly price-competitive, easy to quote and sell. “There are no complex quotations with ACT. Simply count up the doors, and you’re done.
“As a value-add to customers, up-to-date free training options are also available 24/7 for our customers' convenience. The option of online training minimizes the time engineers will need to be off the road, and this naturally positively impacts a company’s bottom line. With ACT, we’ve found installers will see fewer callbacks, more completed jobs, and more repeat business,” Wilks concludes.
Rules mapping engine
One of the standout features of ACT is the software’s rules mapping engine. This feature is an easy point-and-click way to enable advanced configurations of triggers based on selected action events such as system inputs or outputs and events, card swipe outcomes across the access control system, as well as other elements of an integrated system such as intrusion system events.
Vanderbilt’s customers have attested to the feature’s ease-of-use and simplicity. Summarizing the rules mapping engine’s positive impact on his business, Christopher O’Reilly, owner of O’Reilly Alarms Ltd, stated: “I would describe it as excellent. ACT Enterprise has helped me solve monitoring backup generators on-site for faults using the rules mapping engine to send alarms and trip alarm sounders.”
For more information on Vanderbilt’s ACT access control system, visit vanderbiltindustries.com/act-access-control.