I'm surprised Brivo wasn't more widely used and higher on the list. We love Genetec but Brivo for an Access Only installation is one of the most easiest AC products to provision, deploy and support - Not to mention built in RMR
I strongly suspect you nailed the reason with this. RMR is good for dealers, but paying a monthly contract to use access limits the appeal among end-users, especially smaller systems where Brivo hosted systems make the most financial sense.
Buying an inexpensive on-premise system once is more appealing to many than a contracted fee every month.
Overall, though, Brivo did not do poorly. They finished just outside the 'top favorites', but had more 'favorite' mentions than 'worst' mentions by 2:1.
Brivo just started selling direct but they will use their dealer network for the installations. The dealers get a cut of the RMR action too, but of course not what you would get if you sold the project yourself.
Btw, this is the related coverage: Brivo 'Buy Now' Online Campaign. Brivo emphasized that they are turning over the leads to their partners and that they preferred the partners to bill the leads / customers directly.
S2? why? Is it all the biometrics they can support? Is it all the awesome hardware reports in excel? is the OSDP you can do on their blades? Is it that Pentium II hiding in that net controller? Is it that backplane that makes you expand every time you exceed seven boards? Is it their awesome elevator control? whyyyyyyy?
Open Options, cool. Software House, Lenel...cool. If S2 wants to be cool them virtualize the Global Server options so the application can run on enterprise hardware.
Anyone looked at the new Vicon system? Don't laugh. The VMS is called Valerus and the access control is called VAX. I viewed a software demo (web based) and it looks very easy to use and configure. It is hard to tell, given their financials, whether the company will be around for long though.