New Farpointe Keypad Reader Provides Multi-Factor Verification in Mullion Format

In Requested Mullion Size, 8-Inch Read Range Determines What You Have; PIN Establishes What You Know

Featured Product at ISC West 2016, Booth 8056

Sunnyvale, Calif., USA - February 10, 2016 – Farpointe Data, the access control industry’s global partner of choice for premium RFID solutions, today announced that access control manufacturers and integrators can now provide their customers with its new Farpointe mullion keypad reader that supports popular proximity card and tag technologies with an integrated keypad for 2-factor verification applications. The mullion-sized proximity card reader features an eight-inch read range for increased convenience as the user enters a PIN on the keyboard.

“Of great importance to OEMs, the new 2-factor reader comes in the mullion size that many installers have requested,” explains Scott Lindley, president of Farpointe Data. “Like other Farpointe products, the mullion keypad reader also carries a lifetime warranty. OEMs can assure their channel network and customers that they will only have to pay for this special unit once. If something goes wrong, Farpointe will replace it.”

Since many of the mullion keypad units are slated to be used outdoors or in dusty environments, the mullion-sized proximity/keypad combination is designed to meet IP67 certification. The unit features tamper-proof and weather-resistant epoxy potting to avoid problems with dust, mist or water. It works in temperature extremes from -40°F to +149°F (-40°C to +65°). With distinctive blue backlit keys, the digits are very easy to read in dark environments.

“For a growing number of end-users, single factor verification does not provide the access security level they now require,” explains Lindley. “Today, they want to have multi-factor verification with what they have, a card, plus what they know, a PIN. With the new mullion keypad reader and our other proximity or smartcard plus keypad readers in a standard size, access control manufacturers and their integrators can provide them with flexible installation choices and the most reliable solutions for 2-factor validation.”

The mullion keypad reader mounts directly to a standard North American sized wall switch box or any flat surface. It is available for shipment now and meets the impending CIP-006 requirements for 2-factor authentication as described by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

The mullion keypad reader will be one of the featured products at Farpointe Data’s ISC West booth #8056.


Scott Lindley, Farpointe Data

Tom Brigham, Brigham Scully