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As a manufacturer of reliable access control products for more than 25 years, Cansec Systems knows first-hand that security doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve taken that to heart in everything we do, from product development, to customer service, to technical support – and we’re making things simple.

Less Work, More Money

If you are currently installing card access control systems and are looking for better profits and recurring revenue, you may want to consider becoming a  Cansec Cloud Lock Partner.

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Cloud Lock is a true SaaS (Security as a Service) access control solution consisting of MAP1 access control panels connected to the Cloud Lock server which is hosted at an IBM data centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Since there is only one instance of the Cloud Lock software, every user always has the latest version. The system is managed via web browser from a desktop, tablet or smart phone.  The service is subscription based and very competitively priced. MAP1 (Modular Access Panel) controllers can be provisioned for 2 or 4 doors and can be upgraded easily in the field from 2 to 4 doors by simply purchasing an upgrade provisioning code. 


Cloud Lock Partner Benefits 

  • Same profit on equipment and installation as conventional systems
  • No software to install
  • No static panel IPs to be assigned
  • No firewall port forwarding to configure
  • Cloud Lock Partners share in ongoing subscription fees.  As systems grow, your revenues grow whether add-ons are done by you or others
  • MAP1 controllers can be provisioned for 2 or 4 readers - pay only for what you need
  • Easier to sell than conventional client/server solutions
  • Support your clients from anywhere via browser – no software required
  • No sign-up stocking requirements
  • No minimum annual sales volumes
  • To retain your Cloud Lock Partner status all you need to do is sell one new subscription per year

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Cloud Lock Partner, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Cloud Lock Partner”.  Please include your contact info as well as your company web site address.  On receipt we will email you the whole exciting story, including pricing.

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Africa Famine Relief

Even though the people in famine ravaged areas are far away, their suffering is real and cannot be ignored.  Yesterday the federal government announded that they are matching all donations,  I decided today to donate $500 on behalf of Cansec and challenge all our suppliers and customers to help support this cause.

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How much is unlimited?

In the begining, not to sound biblical, access control manufacturers published specific card reader and carholder capacities.  Life was good.  Sixteen readers and 1,000 cardholders.  The competition would be compelled to better these capacities and would release a system which doubled or tripled the card reader and cardholder capacities.  The spec war which ensued saw these claimed capacities grow by leaps and bounds.  Until a marketing genius somewhere came up with the idea of claiming "unlimited" card reader and cardholder capacity.

I have been involved in the design of card access control systems for close to 40 years.  Being a very simple, old fashioned  person, I established capacities of new systems by testing them under real and simulated loads and capacities.  Sometimes we found that, although a system was theoretically capable of handling say, 512 card readers, with 65,000 cardholders each using their cards several times every hour with many operators all concurrently managing cardholders and running reports, performace suffered badly.  We either found a way to make it perform better or we rolled back the claimed capacities.

Now, most new access control systems are claiming to support an unlimited number of card readers and an unlimited number of cardholders.  I can't help but wonder how they are testing these new systems?


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Cutting edge simplicity

You have probably noticed the tag line "Cutting edge simplicity" on every piece of product literature we produce.  It is also on all Cansec business card and is a registered trade mark in North America.  Ongoing advances in technology make it possible to develop products with ever increasing functionality.  There is a huge temptation to keep adding anciliary functions to new products to fully exploit the capability of the latest technology.  The key word here is "anciliary".  We have all experienced the frustration of using a product where it's primary functions are burried under a smothering layer of anciliary functions which will likely never be used.  "Cutting edge simplicity" is not just a tag line at Cansec, it is the guiding principle behind everything we do. - Fred Dawber CSO (Chief Simplification Officer)

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Which is best?  A two reader access control panel or a four reader access control panel?

Answer: YES

If you need two readers, a two reader controller is best.  If you need four readers, a four reader controlller is best.

The MAP1 Modular Access Panel provides a simple solution to this problem.  A standard MAP1 can be provisioned for two readers or four readers.  The MSRP when provisioned for two readers is $1,083  When provisioned for four readers the MSRP is $2,000.  You can even upgrade a two door MAP1 to a four door MAP1 in the field for MSRP $1,000 - no additional controller hardware required.  Simply load the new provisioning code into the MAP1 and you are done.

In addition to being provisioned for the number of readers supported, the MAP1 can be provisioned to work with Cansec's Cloud Lock subscription based service or Cansec's First Access software (a traditional client/server solution.

With the magic of provisioning, one size does fit all.

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Cansec Oops Warranty

You know how some days everything goes great and other days nothing seems to be going your way. We all have bad days occasionally. Like perhaps you are installing one of Cansec’s controllers and you happen to drop the circuit board. The law of Selective Gravity dictates that it will fall on the corner and break.

Or maybe, in spite of your highly honed installation skills, a stray piece of wire shorts out a track or two on a circuit board resulting in its demise.

With everyone else’s product, that honest mistake will cost you. But now, with Cansec’s Oops Warranty, your day will be a bit brighter because we have your back. Just let us know that you are sending back a product under the Oops Warranty, give us an Oops PO for the replacement product and we will send you an advance replacement. We will even pick up the standard shipping costs. When we receive the broken product, we will issue a credit against the Oops PO.

The Oops Warranty only applies to Cansec manufactured products and is valid for 30 days from the date the product was shipped. It goes into effect August 1, 2015.

And don’t forget, Cansec manufactured products still carry an industry leading 5 year warranty.

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Emergency Lockdown

Emergency Lockdown

One subject which ALWAYS comes up when discussing access control at schools is the issue of emergency lockdown. The image is of a big red button which, when pressed, will lock all or select controlled access doors.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Turns out it is a big nasty can of worms.

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Active Presence Reader - Machine Control


There is a rapidly growing emphasis on workplace safety being driven by regulatory bodies such as OSHA in the USA and the Canada Labour Code. In addition, the introduction of Bill C-45 in Canada established new legal duties for workplace health and safety, and imposes serious penalties for violations that result in injuries or death.

The unrestricted use of dangerous machinery on the shop floor constitutes a significant liability issue for employers as evidenced by a $190K fine paid by Walmart in August 2013 for, amongst other things, “unsafe trash compactor procedures”. Under the settlement, trash compactors must remain locked while not in use, and may not be operated except under the supervision of a trained manager or other trained, designated monitor.

Clearly, hanging a sign on a piece of dangerous shop floor equipment which says “To be used by authorized personnel only” is not adequate.

Access systems have been used for many years to manage physical access to restricted areas. However, they can also provide a cost effective means of insuring that dangerous machinery is only used by trained and authorized operators.

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