Safety is one of the few things in the world that is truly priceless. So, when it comes to deciding between an open platform or a proprietary-based security system, how do you decide? While on the surface, it may seem like they both accomplish the same goal, the inner workings of each are where you will find the differences between the two.
What are Proprietary Platform Systems?
Proprietary platforms have been around for quite a while and for good reason. When you limit the amount of access to your security system you also somewhat limit the chance of potential breaches. Proprietary systems often coordinate exclusively with the company that manufactured the equipment, software, and the system itself, all of which make for a great match and terrific compatibility. The drawback, however, comes when a piece of equipment breaks, or the user experiences a software crash. A proprietary system typically can only be worked on by the same company that installed the system which can be much more expensive than an open platform system as you can only get replacement parts from them thus they control the price, service rates and response times. New upgrades in technology happen almost every day and with a proprietary system, the chances of you seeing those new updates in the near future can be slim.
Open Platform Systems: The Future is Now
The future is now, and the future is developing more and more towards open platform systems. Open platform systems are designed to integrate with a wide range of equipment and software and the number of qualified service technicians that can work on open platform systems is much more available than the proprietary systems.
Open platform systems are built to allow integration and interchangeability which also makes the upkeep of your system much more budget-friendly than proprietary systems. So, what happens when you decide you want to part ways with your system and move to something else, perhaps due to features you need but are not available with your current system? No worries. Open platform systems can usually be switched easily regardless if it is a TED Systems platform or not, and you can seamlessly transition to different equipment or a different system altogether typically not having to replace all components of the system. For instance, if your access control system uses Mercury hardware controllers, then you have options as to what software you want to use to run the equipment. Also, the field equipment at the doors and cabling can usually all be re-used which will save you greatly. One caveat to this is if your system has older Proximity readers, then these really need to be upgraded to a more secure technology.
For your video surveillance system, IP cameras can run on most video management platforms providing it is an open type architecture. Of course, this depends on how old the cameras are as well and if the recording devices meet the specifications of the new system. Essentially TED Systems just installs new software, programs the cameras into the system and a new platform is up and running.
Proprietary Systems: The Limit Does Exist
While proprietary systems may look attractive from afar, the closer you get is where you will discover its disadvantages. With a limited base of service and upgradeability dependent upon your manufacturer and service provider, proprietary systems come with a very low ceiling compared to the standards of the rest of the tech world. Migrating to or installing an open platform system opens the doors to nearly limitless capabilities. The upgrades to your system become more frequent. Your safety and security are never compromised since security protocols for open platform systems are secured the same, if not better, than any other system in the industry.
You should never have to compromise your safety or security when it comes to wanting the best access control and security platform for your business. In the long run, an open platform system gives you greater flexibility and control over your system, not leaving you to the whims of the manufacturer or the company that installed your system.