Ambitious Mobile Access Startup: Openpath

By: 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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**********, *** **-******** **** technology ******* ******** ********** ******* *** ********** over $*** *******, *****-******* ***** ************* ********* ** * LinkedIn **** **** **** Openpath:

"* *** ** **** with *** **** **** *’** **** ******* **** for ** *****. **’** built **** ********* ******** and **’* * *** of *** ******* **** exceptionally ******** *** ****** people *** * ***** and *******."

********, ******** ****** $* ********* ******* **** *** co-founders, *** * ****** of ************* ******** *****, most ******* ******* ********.

Product ********

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*** (** *****) ******** video ******** ***** ******** approach:

Mobile ********** *******

****** **** ****** *******, Openpath ****** ***** * free ***, *** ** equipped, *********** ** **** credentials ** ****** ***** aboard ***** ****** *******.

**** ***** *********'* *********** $*** *******, ** ** * different ********** ******* *** available, ********* ***-******* **********/****** ***, smart ***** ***********, ** app-proximity ******* ****** **** button *** * ***-*** format **.** *** **** reader:

 

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*** *****-**** '*****' *** access ********** ******* ****** from ***** ***** ***** small ****** ***** ****** platforms ******** ********, **** **** ******* an ***, *** **** combined **** *** ****** support ** ********* *******.

Smart *** **** **********

**** **** ****** *******, the **** *****, *******, and ***** *********** *** controlled ** * **** panel. ********'* $*** ***** Hub [**** ** ****** available] ******** ** ** 4 *****, *** * readers - ****** ********'* RS-485 ********* ******* ** standard ******* ***** *******:

******* ******* ***** **** 3rd-party ******* *** *********, so *** ****** *** potentially **** **** ******** deployments ** ***'**** ********' **.** *** formats.

*** *****-********* ***** *** includes * ** ***** supply ** ****-******* ***** power ** **** ***** and *******, ***** ****** for **** **** **** strength ******** *** ********** duty *******.

System *******

********'* ******** **** ** ** up *****, *** **** cost, *** *** ***** based ****** **** *** an ***** ******* ******* ****, ***** ** $** per *****/ *** **** (discounted ** $** *** month ** ********* ** annual *****). *** ******* also ********* **** ******* larger **** ** ***** should '**** *****' *** negotiated *******.

*** *** ******* ****** out *** ******* *******:

  • * ****: * ****** office **** **** ******** ****** would ** $***, **** $40 *** *****.
  • * ****: * ******* small ********, **** **** system **** **** ******** readers ***** ** $*,***, then $*** *** *****.

Integrator/Installer *******

************** ****** ** *** public, ******** *********** **** **** users **** **** ** opt *** ************ ************ of *** ****.

***** * ****** ******** *******, *** ******** **** *** install ** ** *** installers, **** ******** ********** for *** ********* ********* equipment *** ******* *******. 

Bypassing ******* *****

*** ****** **** ******** shares **** ***** ****** startups **** ****, *** even *********, ** **** those ********* ***********, *** do *** **** ** the ******** ******** ******** dealer ******* *** ********* and ********* *** *******.

******, **** **** * feature **********, ******** ******* on **** ** *** rather **** ******* ******* features ** ** ********* access ******.

******* ** ***** ******** focus, ******** ******* ******** to *** *****, *** is ****** *********** ******** ******* ** ******-****** webpages. *** *******'* ********* is ******** ** ***** whose ********* **** *** greatly ****** **** ****** usability ********, *** **** 'deep' *********** ** *********, it ******* ****** **-******* platforms **** *-*****.

** *****, ******* ********* is *** ******** ** security-first ****** ** ***, but ***** *** **** a **** ********** ********** interest.

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******** ***** **** *** challenges **** ***** ******** grade ****** ******** *** the ********* ********** ****** market:

***** *****: ******* ********* ****** as ** '****** ******* system', ****** *****-******** ****** market ****** ******, ** ****, Openpath ******** ********** *********** locks, ***** *** *** hundreds ** * ****** door ****** ******** **********.

** ************: ** ******, *** ****** does *** ********* **** or ******* *****, ****** systems ***** ******* **** access **** *****. **** modest, *** **** ****** integrations **** ******** ******* are *** *********, *** users *** **** *** closed *********** ********* ***********.

Less ********* ***** ****** ***********

*** ** *** ******* barriers ******** ** ****** to **** ** **** price.

** *** **** **** a ****** ****** ** one **** ** ************** installed, *** ~$*** ******** cost *** $** ******* subscription ** ************* ****** than ******* ********** ***** cloud ********** ****** ******** like *********, ** ******** [**** ** longer *********] ********* ********** *** ~$600 *** $** *** month ** ************ ****.

Early ****** ** ******

***** ******* ** **** and ******* *************** ** weak, **** ** ********'* first ***** **** ****** control, *** *** *******'* strategy **** ********* ******. Indeed, ** *** ******* emerges **** ******* ******, even ****** ********* **** ************* with ********* ******** *** competition *** ** ********.

***** *** ****** ** well-heeled ** ***** ** funding *** ** *********** ****, **** could ********* ****** ** be **** *********** *** certainly ****** ********.

 

Comments (10)

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**** *************!

**** ********** ****** ******* & ***********, ***** **** to ***** **** ***** ways ** *** *** may ** ******* ** to **** (**********) ***. Let's **** ******* ***** it, *** ***'* ** something ***** **.

***'** *** ** ****... leaving *** **** **** open *** *************.

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