Ambitious Mobile Access Startup: Openpath

Author: IPVM Team, Published on May 24, 2018

This team sold their last startup for hundreds of millions of dollars, now they have started Openpath to become a rare access control small business focused entrant.

Like many startups, the company is making big claims like 'mobile access control at no cost to users', and offers cloud-based management - eliminating on-site servers.

But how does it work? In this note, we examine Openpath, its strengths, weaknesses, and how it compares to other cloud access systems.

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