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Norbain in cloud launch

The electronic security product distributor Norbain has launched VOLO. It’s described as a new way of delivering access control. By combining controllers with GSM connections and cloud hosted software, installation time, infrastructure and hardware costs can be significantly reduced, the firm says. With scalability from one to over 10,000 sites, without the need for local servers or infrastructure, the most challenging and diverse of access control systems can be delivered cost effectively, wherever they are, the distributor says.

Andrew Pigram, Business Development Director at Norbain, says: “The concept of hosting in the cloud is now very familiar to us. We use it every day for our voicemails, email and on-line banking, to name but a few. The advantage for access control is that it makes managing multiple sites and users extremely simple, with changes being made instantaneously. This is a great advantage for many applications. Initial interest in the product has been extremely positive and we already have a number of installations from construction sites to Town Councils.”

As well as no requirement for a PC, the GSM GPRS connection means that a site does not even need local or direct connection to the internet, making it suitable it is claimed for remote sites. System enhancements and upgrades can be made without the need to visit a site. Thus the latest version of the software is always in operation, even across multi-site end users. System programming, adding users, card issuance, configuring groups and access rights can all be performed from any supported web-browser from anywhere in the world. Hosted services are provided through an annual charge as opposed to an up-front software investment with upgrade or expansion charges later on. More licences are needed only as required and when the system grows.



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