Nortek Security & Control unveils Linear ProControl Access Control Ecosystem
Nortek Security & Control debuted its new Linear ProControl Access Control Ecosystem with Remote Management Console this week. Linear ProControl is a commercial-grade, secure front- and back-end integrated security and access control platform that supports a number of attachment services, an exclusive dealership program, and the Remote Management Console (RMC).
Nortek explained that the solid-state design of the Linear ProControl system lowers the total cost of ownership for dealers because there are “no moving parts.” Multiple at-a-glance status indicators, graphic floor plans, an event log, a video verification window, and more can be monitored simultaneously through the intuitive user interface, Nortek said. Because the remote management license is included, users can also securely manage the ProControl system right out of the box with a mobile device with no client and database license fees, and no need for dedicated PC workstations.
“There are very few embedded access control solutions that offer a truly secure pipeline for remote management,” John LaFond, vice president, integrated systems, Nortek Security & Control, said in a statement. “Linear ProControl directly addresses key stability and security issues dealers are facing with cloud and PC-based solutions, plus it opens up new opportunities for RMR and attachment sales to broaden the lifetime value of every customer.”
Nortek said that the Linear ProControl appliances come preloaded with the RMC, and dealers will receive one year of free connectivity with each installation. Nortek explained further the benefits of RMC in its statement:
RMC connectivity within Linear ProControl is based on an extension of the well-known and proven HTTP protocol with key exceptions. In traditional HTTP connections, the client (web browser) is responsible for opening a connection and sending requests to the equipment's web server. With RMC, however, it's the Linear ProControl appliance that establishes the HTTP network connection, using its RMC app to open a more secure connection to a dedicated server called the RMC Server. Since the RMC Server simply forwards HTTP requests, without storing any critical data, the RMC service does not introduce any additional data security or privacy risk.