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Best Access Control Systems of 2024: Spintly vs. Verkada

Picking a new security system for your building can be confusing. System administrators face a multitude of options, ranging from non-proprietary systems to cloud-based solutions with mobile credentials. This article will compare two prominent cloud-based access control providers, Spintly and Verkada, to help you understand how their features stack up and which might be the best fit for your organization.

While Spintly and Verkada share many core features, there are some key differences in terms of system flexibility, hardware options, and integration capabilities. Here’s a deeper dive into those areas:

System Flexibility

  • Verkada: Offers a unified platform for access control, video surveillance, and environmental monitoring. However, this is a closed system – Verkada’s software only works with Verkada hardware.

 

  • Spintly: Focuses on access control with additional functionalities like tenant management, time & attendance, and visitor management. Spintly utilizes an open architecture, allowing for integration with various non-proprietary hardware and other software using its open API. This creates a more flexible and customizable solution.

Hardware Options

  • Verkada: Provides its own proprietary door controllers and card readers, limiting your choices.

 

  • Spintly: Supports legacy controller based systems and a wider variety of hardware from different vendors. This open approach gives you the freedom to choose hardware that best suits your needs and budget, ensuring compatibility with existing systems.

Integration and Compatibility

  • Verkada: Offers tight integration with their video surveillance system, enabling synchronized monitoring and event correlation. However, Verkada has limited integration capabilities beyond their own ecosystem.

     

  • Spintly: Integrates with various third-party software, including:
  1. Video management systems (Cisco Meraki and others)
  2. Communication tools (Google Workspace, Microsoft AD)
  3. Other security and building management systems This open approach allows Spintly to create a more comprehensive security ecosystem, tailored to your specific needs.

Scalability:

  • Verkada: Designed for larger organizations with more complex security needs. Their pricing model may not be as cost-effective for smaller businesses with fewer doors or employees.

 

  • Spintly: Scales well to accommodate businesses of all sizes. Their system is modular and can be easily expanded as your needs grow, making it a good option for startups and growing businesses.

Support and Maintenance

  • Verkada: Provides customer support and maintenance for their hardware and software solutions, but it’s part of their service package, meaning additional costs.

 

  • Spintly: Offers 24X7 support, so you get the help you need whenever you need it, and it’s included in the base package.

Cost effective

  • Verkada: Uses traditional controller based wired architecture where every reader on the door has to be wired back to a door controller. This results in a high installation and infrastructure cost.
  • Spintly: Spintly supports wireless mesh architecture which allows all the door readers to create a mesh network and connects to the cloud through a single IoT Gateway. This cut’s down installation and infrastructure cost by more than 80%.

 

Choosing the Right System for You

Here’s a quick recap to help you decide:

  • Unified Platform: If you prioritize a single vendor solution with integrated video surveillance and access control, Verkada might be a good fit.
  • Flexibility and Customization: If you value open architecture, hardware choice, and broader software integrations, Spintly offers a more flexible approach.
  • Budget: Consider Verkada’s potentially higher costs compared to Spintly’s competitive pricing.

 

Additional Considerations

  • Existing Infrastructure: If you have existing security systems, Spintly’s open architecture may simplify integration.
  • Future Needs: Consider your long-term plans. If you envision expanding your security ecosystem, Spintly’s openness may be advantageous.

 

We recommend carefully evaluating both Spintly and Verkada to determine which system best aligns with your specific requirements and budget.

So, which one is right for you?

Spintly is designed to be a breeze to use and secure for businesses of all sizes. Unlike some competitors, Spintly offers an open architecture, allowing you to choose the hardware that works best for you and integrate with other security systems you might already have. They prioritize security with features like regular penetration testing and are SOC 2 and GDPR compliant. Plus, their 24X7 support means you’ll always have help if you need it.

Spintly is a trusted brand chosen by leading companies in co-working spaces, real estate, hospitality, and education. 

Get a free demo today and see how it can simplify security for your business!