Didn’t see the movie? Ok let’s try a business/IT application that is a bit closer to home and has become widely popular: server virtualization software. VMware and Microsoft, among others, offer server virtualization software. It is valuable to businesses because, among other things, it saves money, power, and IT resources and reduces complexity by allowing applications to be configured and deployed on a far more predictable and consistent basis, regardless of the underlying hardware and operating system.
So what are physical security vendors doing with virtualization? Plenty of vendors have or support virtualization in different forms. NVR vendors, along with Ethernet switches, “virtualized” (eliminated the need for) video matrix switches several years ago. A few access control vendors (such as HID Global and ISONAS) are using virtualization to eliminate access control panels by implementing panel functions as a combination of access control configuration and management software that runs on a PC/server and intelligent credential readers, that contain an authorized user list and policies database.
By embracing virtualized security technology, it might just be the edge you need to win new customers and increase customer satisfaction. You can probably find a few examples in security. The point is virtualization is capability that you should be looking for in your next security products.