Installation and integration
When it comes to effortless hardware installation, Openpath and Aiphone stand at opposite ends of the spectrum. The Openpath video intercom uses one PoE cable and standard wiring, and the system’s easy installation eliminates the need to purchase and install different devices, apps, and software, and integrate multiple systems. Plus, Openpath’s device installs with an easy snap-in mechanism and its hardware design is elegant, compact, and versatile.
While some Aiphone video intercom models have PoE connectivity, the installation process requires wall-mounted monitors to be wired at each receiving station, and additional access control providers are required for models that do not have a built-in HID reader. Connecting with separate providers means wiring to multiple hardwares, adding labor and cost to the installation process.
One of the main deciding factors when choosing an apartment building or commercial security system is how easily it integrates with existing platforms. Because Openpath’s video intercom is built on an open API and mobile SDK, the system effortlessly connects with other hardware, software, and apps. The built-in ACU functionalitymakes it compatible with any legacy systems, and the ONVIF Profile S and T compliant video platform allows an effortless integration with video security providers.
In contrast, the Aiphone video intercom supports limited integration with other platforms and has no capability to connect with property management software. Many Aiphone reviews mention a lack of customer support, while Openpath offers 24/7 assistance with integration, installation, and other matters.