Identiv, Inc. announced the launch of Identiv Connected Physical Access Manager (ICPAM) 3.1, the latest update to Identiv’s management application for physical access that is tightly integrated into Cisco technology, including Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (7.9), Cisco IP Telephony, and Cisco Instant Connect. ICPAM 3.1 introduces upgrades and new features, including the ICPAM Data Center Cabinet Solution, Input Module support for the ICPAM EM-100 Power over Ethernet (PoE) edge controller, and support for the brand-new Hirsch Mx-1 Controller, Identiv’s PoE edge controller that manages a single fully supervised door for controlled entry and exit.

Advanced PACS Solution

ICPAM is Identiv’s software platform developed to utilize Cisco’s IP networking technology to connect and manage Identiv’s physical access control system (PACS) hardware. ICPAM serves as a centralized manager application to configure controllers and readers, monitor activity, enroll users, create identification badges, and integrate with security and IT applications and data stores. The upgrades to ICPAM 3.1 allow Identiv to offer a robust, full-featured PACS solution that utilizes existing Cisco IP as its backbone.

At Cisco, we strive to shape the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) by delivering unprecedented value to our customers and ecosystem partners. That’s why we launched Cisco Kinetic, an operations platform designed to unlock the power of data from the billions of connected devices being added to the network,” said Riaz Raihan, Cisco Global VP and GM, Chief Product Officer, IoT. “In the two years since Identiv has re-imagined ICPAM, the company has been revolutionising access control in the connected world with every new iteration of ICPAM. With the addition of input module and data center support in ICPAM 3.1, we’re seeing sensors connected into access systems and mission-critical, regulation-mandated security data woven into business processes. We’re thrilled to watch this evolution. In working closely with our customers and partners, we’re launching ICPAM 3.1 with upgrades serving immediate opportunities,” said Mark Allen, Identiv General Manager, Physical Access. “New features include our high-density ICPAM Data Center Cabinet Solution, Input Module support for the ICPAM EM-100 Controller, and support for our new PoE edge Hirsch Mx-1 Controller.”

"ICPAM 3.1 is by far the strongest iteration of the platform to date"

ICPAM Data Center Cabinet Solution

New to version 3.1, the high-density ICPAM Data Center Cabinet Solution utilizes an end-of-row reader to significantly reduce cost per rack, cutting the cost of cabinet access control by up to half. The new solution allows organizations facing regulatory regulations in the United States and European Union — including ECHR, HIPAA, FCRA, and ECPA — an audit trail of whom had access to which equipment containing sensitive data.

ICPAM 3.1 also brings Input Module support for the ICPAM EM-100 PoE edge controller and integration with the new PoE edge Hirsch Mx-1 Controller, bringing full-featured Hirsch access control to the edge, managing a single door, and plugging directly into enterprise environments. Pushing access control to the edge means lower cost, less maintenance, less burden on the network, and more time to focus on the important data being processed and areas being protected. The compromises required by other edge controllers with fewer features, lower power, and less security are eliminated with Mx-1, which brings the complete feature set, security, and scalability of Hirsch’s Mx line to single-door installations.

Full-Featured And Secure Access Control

"ICPAM 3.1 is by far the strongest iteration of the platform to date," added Mr. Allen. “By including support for our new PoE Mx-1, we’re able to minimize cable runs and wiring costs, making full-featured and secure access control affordable and available at just about every door in a facility. It’s what our customers and partners need and deserve.”, he concludes.

ICPAM 3.1 and compatible Cisco products, including Cisco’s video management and communications solutions, are available now through the worldwide network of Cisco sellers and resellers.

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