For the past decade or so, security professionals have been slowly moved towards expensive software licenses and ongoing software maintenance agreements by security manufacturers and IT service & software vendors.
Security industry move to licensing
In the security realm, this became prevalent with the introduction of IP video. When analog video matrix switchers were replaced by video management systems (VMS), the manufacturers needed a way to recoup lost revenue from declining hardware sales. The answer was to charge for software licensing, and along with that came annual Software Maintenance Agreements (SMA).
That trend also seems to have been the same for access control manufacturers.
Not everyone’s ok with that change
Enterprise-class security end users who are heavily supported by their IT department are more agreeable to these new licensing plans. Their IT departments are already accustomed to the licensing required for everything from data storage to virtualization and database management.
Smaller companies with security departments that have historically run autonomously have balked at the new trend in security software licensing. Some video security manufacturers have started to offer various alternative solutions and others are sticking to the licensing strategy.
For example, some security surveillance companies sell enterprise class video system software licenses and SMA’s to support those licenses year over year. The same company, in many cases, also provides small “all-in-one” recording devices that have the licenses bundled into the product with one fee and no annual SMA program.
Enter R-MAC for License-Free Access Control
R-MAC is a complete access control solution, from hardware at the door to the web-based graphical user interface and database, that eliminates complex initial and annual licensing fees with a simple, low cost monthly maintenance fee for the entire bundled system.
Plus, you can even add CCTV integration to the system. Integration of access control and CCTV allows a simplified user experience. This is particularly important when a security officer is operating in a stressful environment.
Cybersecurity and Private Employee Information
Securitronics, manufacturer of R-MAC, delivers innovative, cost-effective solutions that address security’s most demanding concerns, including cybersecurity. Our established, internal policies and best practices not only protect our network and infrastructure, but ensure we work in a responsible manner with our customers to help mitigate the risk associated with cybersecurity attacks and vulnerability.
Working with Securitronics
Problem-solvers: we’re not just another security system provider. We look at new technologies and examine ways in which they might fit your current and future needs.
Innovation: we provide state of the art security services. Systems that are ideal for your facility and business.
Our goal: we build long-term, lasting partnerships based on absolute trust, personalized attention and services, and the most skilled and talented people available.
Contact a Solutionist at Securitronics for a complete access control assessment today at 800.795.3747