I dont see the problem here, the company owns the patents, set s up a protection layer for the service of his patent for future and builds in a RMR for his company.
Like hundreds of other products out there , same concept
Quite Common, all and every company out there is doing this same thing. Just a different way.
All Access, Alarm, Video systems have built in hardcodes or back doors into the programs for the repair or testing of the systems true operational analysis. No Biggy
If you use any product with in the last 30 years you will find that all eproms, eeproms, base chipsets have built in codes .
Many do not even know what a binary chipset code is so they dont look at it.
Even More common with the intel,MS,Apples, Droids are these back door chip codes.
Not open to the avg or public
Who wants everyone out there figuring out how to defeat your systems anyway.and screw it up so the factory has to fix it anyway.
If your not an advanced programmer with at least a little education , you should not even be trying to get into the codes.
as for the farmer , he should just use his common sense to bypass the coded chipsets, and use other products to get things operational or even spend a little INet time researching the system for codes.
Every system out there today has these encoded side doors or back doors into the system.