If you currently have GE Facility Commander Wnx(FCWnx), Diamond II, Sapphire or Picture Perfect as your security platform and have discovered that the software and hardware has been declared end-of-life, you might think your only options are to keep using your existing system without any support or to replace the platform entirely. As you may be well aware, replacing an entire security system is a costly endeavor, one that you might not be interested in implementing at the moment. Fortunately, you do have options that won’t leave you stranded or hemorrhaging cash from a budget line item you simply didn’t plan for when converting to the Lenel OnGuard Platform
We highly recommend migrating your end-of-life GE software and hardware to Lenel OnGuard platform for a multitude of reasons including the fact that official support, warranty and repair ends Dec, 31 2020. Here’s why.
Lenel offers a variety of user-friendly open platform security, fire, and video systems that not only integrate flawlessly with one another, but make migrating with existing infrastructure a breeze. There’s a reason why Lenel has been the standard system that we here at TED Systems have been using to great success for our clientele for decades. Let’s delve a little deeper into why Lenel is the ideal system for migrating end-of-life software and hardware.
You don’t have to replace your entire infrastructure
As we mentioned above, one of the most attractive features of migrating GE end-of-life software and hardware to Lenel is that you don’t have to completely gut your existing system. You’ll have to replace the controller boards, but most of your field devices can remain in place. When faced with end-of-life hardware, this benefit is preferable to gutting your entire infrastructure and starting over, saving you valuable downtime and money along the way. We will pull reports from your current system including hardware, cardholders, times zones, access levels, etc to build the new database. We can also do a one time bulk import of your existing cardholders and access levels into OnGuard to save time and money. FYI this is also a great time to clean up access levels and time zones when we program the new system as these can get cluttered and redundant over the years. Ather that we simply unplug and remove the existing controller boards then slide in the new Mercury hardware, plug them back in and download the new OnGuard database and test to make sure all is working well.
Lenel makes transitioning easy
One of the primary reasons why we vouch for Lenel is because they make transitioning end-of life hardware beyond easy for businesses and technicians alike. Lenel provides all the tools and resources you need to make the transition including a Migration Readiness Kit, planning sessions, and deployment tools. Lenel has configured all of this so that you can transition specifically from Facility Commander Wnx, Picture Perfect, Sapphire, Topaz, and other systems to Lenel.
Lenel is a trusted and recognized UTC brand
When GE sold off its security division to UTC United Technologies in 2010, Lenel was ready for it. To this day, Lenel is a preferred brand used globally by one of the world’s foremost climate, controls and security companies. We can extol the virtues of Lenel’s product line all day, but a stamp of approval from UTC is the best it gets.
You will eventually have to make a change
It can be a challenge justifying a new platform when your current one seems to be working just fine. We understand as the old old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it”. The problem is that time is quickly running out for support and repair and that date is Dec, 31 2020. It’s only a matter of time before you will encounter an issue in your current system and you will have no support to rectify it. Waiting too long to make a change will cost you in downtime and expensive repairs and trying to find parts. If your hardware is nearing the end of its life, it’s highly advised that you, at the very least, start thinking about it and planning a budget for updating to a new Lenel OnGuard system. We will gladly come out free of charge to determine what is needed to get your system updated.
Upcoming End of Support Dates
Diamond II and Sapphire End of Support Warranty & Repair — December 2018
Facility Commander Wnx – End of sales Dec 31, 2019 End of Support Warranty & Repair — December 31, 2020
Picture Perfect – End of sales Dec 31, 2019 End of Support Warranty & Repair — December 31, 2020
CASI Micro / ACU – End of hardware sales – Dec 31, 2019 — End of Support Warranty & Repair – December 31, 2020
Put a Plan in Place
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is particularly true when it comes to your security system. You can’t risk an unsupported platform to keep your assets safe.
By simply putting a plan in place to migrate your current system, you’ll save yourself time and money down the line. The good news? It doesn’t cost you anything for TED Systems to visit you and perform an onsite evaluation. Let’s put a plan in place together.