Building upon the success of its open architecture series controllers, Mercury Security, a leader in OEM access control hardware and part of HID Global, launched its next-generation LP intelligent controller platform built on the Linux operating system. The controllers offer advanced security and performance, plus extensive support for third-party applications and integrations—delivered on an identical form factor that enables seamless upgrades for existing Mercury based deployments.
“As the industry leader in open platform hardware that addresses the diverse set of access control requirements, Mercury is defined by our ability to offer relevant solutions that meet the future needs of our partners and their customers,” said Matthew Barnette, President of Mercury Security. “Our new LP controllers mark a major step in forwarding our long-term vision of providing open architecture-based access control systems, especially in today’s new era of technologies and applications that are being used in smarter and more connected environments.”
Once programmed, Mercury’s LP Intelligent Controllers act as a mid-span communications manager and data hub that enables connectivity and functionality to secondary controllers and third party peripherals. They are built on the Authentic Mercury open platform and share the same code base to reinforce uniformity in features and functionality across current and future firmware.
Mercury’s flexible LP intelligent controller family brings extensibility and value to security and IT departments constantly seeking to stay ahead of the vast changes in technology. Its multi-device and third-party application integration capabilities allow organizations to integrate wireless locks, destination dispatch elevator controllers, intelligent power supplies, and strong authentication for FIPS-201 government applications.
In addition, the LP controller platform improves overall system security through stronger encryption, IT standards support, and OSDP support to protect reader connectivity and extended applications with Secure Channel. Plus, the controllers’ embedded crypto memory chip provides an extra layer of protection for encrypted data-at-rest applications—allowing customers to significantly increase their security. Combining these features with an improved processor, the LP controller line also delivers capacity and speed.
Mercury’s new intelligent controller line includes the LP4502, LP1501, LP1502, and LP2500 to offer the greatest flexibility for OEMs, channel partners, and end customers to choose the controller configuration that best fits their needs. Partners and end customers can benefit from LP controllers in new access control systems or they can be used for seamless plug-and-play upgrades from Mercury’s existing EP series controllers.
The LP controllers feature Mercury’s new “red board” design and are available through the Mercury partner network.