Tyco Security Products Introduces Software House 2-Reader IP Access Control Module

The versatile door module helps users more fully leverage their network infrastructure

WESTFORD, MA. April 6, 2016 –– Tyco Security Products is pleased to announce the 2-Reader IP Access Control Module (IP-ACM) from Software House, an Ethernet edge device that extends the scalability and cost-effectiveness of a network-based access control system. The IP-ACM will be on display at the Tyco Security Products booth 20005 at ISC West, April 6-8, in Las Vegas, Nev.

The IP-ACM is installed near the doors it controls, helping to reduce wiring and installation costs. The door module can leverage a facility’s existing IT network to securely communicate via AES 256-bit encryption with an iSTAR Ultra General Controller Module (GCM), where the access control decisions are made using the local access database.  The IP-ACM is a highly flexible device, capable of supporting two individual doors or one door with in-and-out readers. It is extremely scalable - in a pure IP deployment, up to 32 IP-ACMs can be networked to one GCM. The door modules can even be used in a hybrid solution in conjunction with traditional centrally wired doors for retrofit situations.

The IP-ACM is one of the industry’s only IP door modules that offers a configurable offline mode to allow authorized card holders to gain access if network communications are lost. The unit can be set to allow either no access or admit the last 1,000 previous known good cards or admit personnel from a specific personnel group. Card transactions are retained and uploaded when the IP-ACM comes back online. The IP-ACM also features a unique network latency  alarm, allowing operators to proactively manage network issues.

“The industry’s focus has increasingly turned toward leveraging network infrastructure to be as economical, yet secure, as possible,” said Rick Focke, Senior Product Manager, Software House, Tyco Security Products. “Software House’s IP Access Control Modules, which reduce wiring and installation costs, provide an easy and cost-effective way to add new doors and extend an access control system in the future.”

IP-ACMs can operate on the same network as the iSTAR Ultra GCM or, for additional security, as part of a dedicated sub-network using the GCM’s second GigE network port. Power for the IP-ACM is also very flexible, as it supports a local 12V or 24V DC power source, or operation using a Power over Ethernet (PoE) or even PoE Plus network connection for further installation savings.

The IP-ACM is available as a standalone board or in a metal or office-ready ABS plastic housing, making it versatile for traditional ceiling or more visible secure-side mounting. The IP-ACM also features full duplex RS-485 communications on board for compatibility with future technology, and supports OSDP for improved interoperability with other security devices.

For more information on Software House’s IP-Access Control Module, visit or visit Tyco Security Products at ISC West Booth 20005.

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About Software House
Software House security and event management systems are part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company. Software House’s innovative C•CURE software portfolio combines with a suite of reliable controllers to provide the most powerful security and event management in the industry. Add an unsurpassed integration platform that allows customers to integrate seamlessly with critical business applications, and it’s easy to see why Software House solutions are ideal for security-critical applications. For more information about Software House products, visit

Tyco Security Products is a unified group of the most comprehensive world-leading premium access control, video, location-based tracking and intrusion solutions in the security industry. Tyco Security Products conducts business in over 177 countries around the world, in multiple languages and employs over 2,800 employees globally, including research and development, marketing, manufacturing, sales, service and logistics teams in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Our products, built by developers from all product disciplines, consistently allow customers to see more, do more, and save more across multiple industries and segments including healthcare, government, transportation, finance, retail, commercial and residential.  Worldwide, Tyco Security Products helps protect 42% of Fortune 500 companies, transportation systems on five continents, 37% of the world’s top 100 retailers, over two million commercial enterprises, thousands of students in more than 900 educational facilities, and over five million private residences.


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