Without getting into OEM contractual specifics, I can say in general that any customer using the Inaxsys IVTVision version of software could simply use the Exacq version of software. If Exacq gets bought out, we will deal with the new owners. If Inaxsys drops the OEM version of Exacq, customers can still use the original version of Exacq. That being said, the same questions can be asked of ANY company. What would happen to Pelco's products if they were sold? Or Samsung's? Or OnSSI's?
I realize that IPVM has a general anti-OEM position, I've followed some of the posts on this subject in the last few months. I don't take it personal and love your site! I think that the whole OEM question is a complex one, though, and every OEM offering needs to analyzed individually. As a company, we offer many complementary products that we put together as a solution offered on the market (VMS, servers, cameras, POE switches, access control and alarm). Some of these products are made/assembled by us (325 different models of servers) and some are OEM (such as the VMS software bundled on our servers). So our position on the marketplace cannot be summarized simply as an Exacq OEM. We try to offer the whole range of IP-based security technology (for CCTV and access control/alarm) which would probably be impossible if we were to manufacture all of this on our own.
I rarely have to defend our raison d'être! Customers know us and have been dealing with us since 2004 (so close to 10 years now). We keep hundreds of thousands of dollars of ready inventory; we offer in-depth technical support (our customers have NEVER been told to "call the manufacturer for assistance"...); we offer full pre-configuration of cameras, switches and servers; we go to sites to help commission jobs all over the ountry; we offer sales support and general IP training through our distribution partners at no charge; and we produce and support our products in our local market, in our local language. This is what differentiates us from a rep firm. I think that this is what is important to customers, not "who's the original creater of this software".
I think that what we offer the marketplace has value beyond simply rebranding comeone else's products and I don't believe that we are unique in this. Industry giants like Open Eye, Ganz, Honeywell, Bosch, American Dynamics, Toshiba, Pelco, OnSSI, Digital Watchdog, (and many, many, many more...) re-brand products that are producd by others. I believe that they all have their place on the market and offer valuable solutions and products.
I don't believe that there's anything intrinsically wrong with this, as long as the company you re dealing with does so with integrity and support.
(and Halifax and Indianapolis are probably 5-7 days away (with transport and customs...) from each other when a 16 TB server goes down and you need to get it repaired asap...)