Installation and integration
There are some positive points to note in the 2N’s integration process, but the benefits are accompanied by serious challenges in installation. The 2N wireless intercoms can easily integrate with legacy systems, and because 2N is a subsidiary within the Swedish access control manufacturer Axis Communications, the intercoms work well and integrate seamlessly with Axis systems.
The positives in integration, however, are countered with disadvantages in installation for some of its models. Although 2N intercoms do not require master stations, installing a 2N intercom can be a complex process, as the lack of “plug and play” installation and modularized designs present a set of challenges. Unlike Openpath, many models need manual assembly and additional 2N intercom hardware installation is required to transform the system into a complete access control solution. Users must also install Windows App Client to be able to receive calls from a computer, a software that most find outdated.
With the Openpath video intercom, installation and integration are simple and easy. The built-in ACU functionality makes the system compatible with any legacy systems, and the open API and mobile SDK infrastructure enables the system to easily connect with other hardware, software, apps, property management platforms. Plus, The ONVIF Profile S and T compliant video platform supports a seamless integration with video security providers.
Installing the Openpath system is equally effortless. The compact hardware installs with an easy snap-in mount and single PoE cable, enabling the high-definition 5MP camera to be rotated during install for the best viewing angle. Compared to Openpath, the cameras in 2N’s older models feature limited field view, and additional commercial security cameras might be needed to cover blind spots. Because the Openpath system comes with many built-in features and capabilities, no additional wiring and installation are required.