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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
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New VR Mullion readers raise the bar aesthetically and security-wise, says Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt has developed VR Mullion card readers with a feature set that combats card cloners and helps them blend in with the building’s interior design.

Designed to work with all Vanderbilt systems, including SPC, Omnis, and ACT, the readers come with keypad and are “easy to install, use, and maintain”, according to the security systems developer.


  • Three indicator LEDs and multi-tone buzzer for audio verification
  • Multi-colour light frame enforces access status information, configurable to follow indicator LEDs among other options
  • Display brilliance set automatically by inbuilt light sensor, while automatic mood lighting dims readers when room lighting is darkened
  • When light bar is in rest mode, it can be configured to appear in a colour that suits the building’s interior design or the company’s corporate colours
  • OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol) prevents criminals from hacking communications.
  • Zinc casted metal frame is tested to withstand five joules
  • Vandal-resistant, tamper-protected and tested to withstand extreme temperatures ranging from -40c to +70c
  • Configuration card used to configure readers with secure DESfire encryption keys downloaded into reader

Vanderbilt says

Ross Wilks, head of marketing communications at the company, says “subtle design features” like  automatic mood lighting and configurable colours to reflect interior design “are why we feel the Vanderbilt VR mullion card readers are the slickest on the market.

Says Andrew Fulton, Head of Access Control Product Line at Vanderbilt: “Ninety percent of all access control cards in the industry today are easily copied and cloned. Copied credentials, fake credentials, and card cloners can easily be ordered on the internet.

“This has created the growing realisation that most access control ID systems are therefore totally open to being compromised and seriously vulnerable to attack.

“Our solution to these latest hacking vulnerabilities offers a true high-security option that not only secures the cards and readers but also uses the latest OSDP to ensure that sniffing devices cannot be installed behind the reader or along the communications path.

“Our mullion readers were designed to perform in even the harshest environments. They have been successfully tested to withstand extreme weather conditions, varying from -40c to +70c.

“The readers are manufactured with a high-quality zinc-casted metal frame for extra durability and quality, and have been tested to withstand five joules, a feat you just won’t get with plastic readers.”

About Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt systems, encompassing access control, intrusion and video, safeguard environments and organisations of all sizes in 95 countries. Vanderbilt designs, manufactures and distributes systems that are installed in banking, education, healthcare, retail, and other verticals.

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