Strengths: Biometric control for physical access, as well as time and attendance in one easy-to-manage system.
Weaknesses: None that we found.
Verdict: A solid, easy-to-use physical access/time-keeping biometric product. We give this one our Best Buy this month.
SummaryThe ACTAtek device uses optical technology to read finger- and thumbprints, which it then transfers into templates and stores on the system. The system is comprised of a central unit and several slave units. The central unit can communicate with the rest of the slave units through the network and transfer the data. This product can be used for both secure physical access to buildings or rooms, as well as a time-and-attendance device with an easy deployment structure.
We found this product to be fairly simple to deploy and straightforward to install. The initial device installation consists of simply entering in the network information on the device using the built-in administrator account. Once the network information is entered, additional configuration is done through an intuitive web interface. This interface allows for adding and managing users, as well as many other functions, such as getting reports and setting various options.
The device itself can provide both biometrics and RFID smart card authentication for access control, time attendance and payroll systems. All communication throughout the system is SSL-encrypted with all software built in. While customers can build an expansive system, the system can also be used in a standalone mode for more granular control. It also provides a software development kit (SDK) for third-party application integration via SOAP, SNMP and LDAP support.
Documentation is provided as several PDF documents on a CD that comes with the unit.
ACTAtek includes 24-hour phone, email and live chat support Monday through Friday during the warranty period of the device. After the warranty period expires, customers can purchase hourly support at $50 per hour on a case-by-case basis.
At a cost just shy of $1,400 per unit, this product provides an affordable system that offers a lot of functionality for the price. We find this product to be a good value for the money.