John LaFond, EVP, SicunetJohn LaFond, EVP
Access control solutions are designed to protect 24/7 and ideally be managed from anywhere and with many types of web browser technologies. Its true test is when people find these solutions out of operation during emergency situations and untoward events. It’s more common than ever to read about cloud system hacks or a cellular network going down. The reason: they are only available in on-premise or cloud-based format. Once the network goes down during crisis, an on-premise solution cannot be accessed remotely, and a cloud-based solution simply stops working.

Aware of such predicaments, Sicunet provides hybrid access control solutions that bring security intelligence at the edge while providing access to the technology from anywhere. “Our customers are not renting a system,” says John LaFond, EVP at Sicunet. “They own everything they need to obtain a high ROI.” The company’s solutions have everything built-in: server, software, hardware, video surveillance system, server, SMTP, and other software. Such a holistic software-hardware package offers an embedded browser-based management tool where companies can manage the access control solution. Unlike other solutions providers that solely focus on either access control or video surveillance, Sicunet combines mobile, cloud, video and security. Users not only get to see the incident report but also view the video clip relevant to a particular event and take informed decisions.

What’s more, Sicunet has built its solutions on HTML5. This enables users to administer and access data on any device running a web browser. The technology platform eliminates the indirect costs of managing traditional systems.

“All this design and workflow innovation wasn’t done out of intuition. We conducted studies and modeled how the clients used our product and what items they were looking for. Because we are an embedded-browser, users can readily launch the software configuration console and complete the set up intuitively,” says LaFond.

Sicunet brings industry best practices so clients get all the features of the platform (available in the form of icons) in no more than two clicks. Cookies in the system guide users to the forensics of the event along with video verification as to who exactly went through the door. While other solutions require manual effort to sync users, mobile devices, and access control database, Sicunet’s solutions automate the entire process.

Because of its high-tech solutions, Sicunet has emerged as a top choice in the access control vendor space. The company is ahead of its competitors in terms of automation-based access control, thanks to the integrated mobile credentialing. For instance, registering a smart phone or device is easy because the system auto-populates the data through email. “Mobile credentialing will be a norm in the industry, and we are ahead of the curve,” says LaFond.

“Our hybrid approach allows dealers to have the benefit of the cloud meaning they can access the control system from any location to configure it. Dealers and administrators have the benefit of managing their systems from anywhere at any time,” he adds.
  • Our hybrid approach allows dealers to have the benefit of the cloud meaning they can access the control system from any location to configure it. Dealers and administrators have the benefit of managing their systems from anywhere at any time,


Sicunet has been designing and manufacturing systems for over ten years. The company implements test automation and is backed by a team that has over forty years of hardware test time. So the team knows how exactly the users go about handling the system and develops test cases accordingly.

Organizations, be it municipalities, K-12 schools, places of worship, or gated communities, can avail Sicunet’s solutions for maximum benefit. To elaborate, a multitenant community management company wanted to rent the community center, which has an outdoor kitchen grill and gym, for outsiders. As Sicunet’s solutions offer a thorough report at the end of the month, the client was able to gain accurate insights on how the community center was used and correlate the report with the video evidence. With such prowess, Sicunet continues to innovate its solutions, and the next stop for the firm is to use metadata for improving clients’ ability to take better decisions.