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Vanderbilt Industries Review

Kiely Kuligowski
Kiely Kuligowski

Vanderbilt offers high-quality hardware that more than meets industry standards for access control systems, with intelligent door readers and encrypted smart cards. Vanderbilt is our best pick for businesses with multiple doors because it offers access control systems that are easy to scale and have no limit on the number of supported doors.

Vanderbilt Industries

Vanderbilt Industries

The Best Access Control Systems of 2020

The Verdict

Vanderbilt is our best pick for businesses with several doors. It doesn't limit the number of doors you can secure, and it provides high-quality hardware.

Vanderbilt's web-based solutions for small and midsize businesses, Lite Blue and Bright Blue, allow business owners to immediately lock down the facility with the push of a button.

Vanderbilt Options and Plans

For small businesses, Vanderbilt's web-based solutions, Lite Blue and Bright Blue, allow business owners to immediately lock down the facility with the push of a button.

The Lite Blue system monitors up to eight doors and can support up to 5,000 cardholders. For businesses wanting to add video surveillance to their system, Lite Blue can easily integrate with the company's video surveillance and recording equipment.

Bright Blue is designed for midsize businesses. It too has the capacity to handle 5,000 card users, and the platform monitors up to 32 doors. You can access the interface on any internet-connected computer and view a full log of your employees' entry history. It has unlimited memory for storing these records. As with the Lite Blue system, you can add video surveillance and monitoring.

A third option, ACT365, is suited for businesses with multiple sites, such as retail shops, gyms and restaurants. It provides access control, as well as video recording and playback. The access control system uses PIN codes, cards and fob keys that allow employees to gain access to your building. It also easily integrates with video management and supports up to four cameras per unit.

Vanderbilt also offers maintenance contracts for its system, but these services relate to software upgrades, health checks for your system and discounted training. 

Features

With the reporting and administration interface, you can monitor employees' activities and set up notifications for any activity you deem suspicious. All of Vanderbilt's systems give you complete control over the security of your building. You can easily activate and deactivate access for employees and others. Vanderbilt's fire and intrusion alarms can also be tied into the system for more comprehensive coverage.

Vanderbilt also offers a security management system that integrates your facility's access control technologies with your digital video and alarm monitoring systems to allow you to manage all of your security from a single platform.

Customer Service

We contacted Vanderbilt Industries to evaluate its customer service. While representatives answered most of our questions, it took some time to get through to anyone with specialized knowledge beyond a sales pitch.

However, Vanderbilt Industries is a manufacturer that works with distributors and dealers. If you have a question or concern about your system, the best resource is your local dealer.

The company does offer support resources for customers. There is live chat, and you can call the company's toll-free number or submit a request to be contacted on Vanderbilt's website. There is a calendar of training events on the website, but there isn't much documentation available. Again, the best bet for answering questions about your Vanderbilt access control system is likely the dealer from whom you purchased the system.

October 2020: Vanderbilt Industries has introduced Mobile Act ID, a cloud-based, zero-touch credential option that allows administrators to easily control access and authenticate users via the cloud. The credential seamlessly integrates with all of Vanderbilt's access control platforms and does not require extra subscriptions or fees. This feature allows users to quickly issue new credentials and to grant and restrict access to facilities.

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Vanderbilt Industries

Vanderbilt Industries

The Best Access Control Systems of 2020

The Verdict

Vanderbilt is our best pick for businesses with several doors. It doesn't limit the number of doors you can secure, and it provides high-quality hardware.

Kiely Kuligowski
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Kiely is a staff writer based in New York City. She worked as a marketing copywriter after graduating with her bachelor’s in English from Miami University (OH) and now writes on small business, social media, and marketing. You can reach her on Twitter or by email.