Why Open Architectures Are Critical for Access Control

Don’t Get Boxed in with Your Security

Why Open Architectures Are Critical for Access Control

When it comes to technology, both hardware and software, there tend to be two models: proprietary and open systems.  The proprietary model is not necessarily a bad one; it depends on the technology's interoperability with other solutions. For example, if you are reading this blog on an iPhone, iPad, or Macintosh computer, you are on a proprietary platform.

Is a proprietary platform like Apple a negative? It depends on your objectives. Apple platforms have a vast range of applications and support standards that make them interoperable with many other devices, making them hugely popular for both personal and business use. However, if you want to upgrade Apple hardware over time – such as adding memory – you see that with all but a couple of exceptions, that is nearly impossible with their current products.

When it comes to vital security systems like access control for your Corpus Christi, TX facilities, it pays to look for systems that don't lock you into proprietary hardware and software. Unlike general-purpose computing platforms (like Apple and Microsoft) that may be proprietary but have incorporated extensive interoperability and standards, specific-purpose solutions don't always take an open approach. Let's look at three ways open architectures for access control can keep your access control options more…open.

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Ease of Installation

Open architectures can save you money and headaches for installation. Open systems tend to not require new wiring and enable you to reuse existing system components like magnetic card readers and electronic locks. Just like you don’t want to buy a new printer when you switch from Macintosh to Windows or vice-versa, you don’t want to have to replace significant investments in hardware.

Ease of Integration

Open systems make it easier to integrate other security solutions – like surveillance – with access control. Via software and hardware standards, an open access control system works with existing hardware and can interoperate with surveillance, alarm, human resource, and other systems for smoother operation. A closed system might restrict you to a smaller subset of solutions, limit you from using best-of-breed applications, and require replacement of an existing solution purely for interoperability with no other advantages.

Limit Lock-in

If your access control system has limited interoperability, you tend to be locked in. You can't upgrade your capabilities with hardware or software that doesn't integrate. If the proprietary vendor doesn't keep up with the latest features and capabilities, your only upgrade choice is a complete replacement of the solution. With proprietary solutions, you may also be subject to the vendor changing directions, as they may be acquired by another company. If they stop supporting your access control product, you’ll be left with an obsolete solution to replace that is no longer upgradeable.

ASAP Security Services has vast experience across Texas with sophisticated security and surveillance solutions in both the public and commercial sectors. To learn more about open access control and security solutions, set up a consultation with our team by calling (877) 418-ASAP, filling out our contact form, or starting a live chat with us below. We look forward to working with you!

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