“At that time, access control and intrusion systems were standalone systems where you used a keypad on the wall,” said Andreas Di Meo, product owner for Omnis. “However, we were doing something where you could configure and monitor it using your PC, and we were looking for a solution that could be used as an embedded database engine.”
Gupta SQLBase fit the bill. It is a high-performance, automated and embedded database that allows organizations to manage data closer to the customer, where capturing and organizing information is critical. Gupta SQLBase provides a maintenance-free architecture with a small footprint, easy installation and high scalability.
“Omnis is server-based and accessed by the PC client. Our hardware connects to the server and that forms the access and intrusion system. We use OpenText Gupta SQLBase as the database engine for our server. It is really an embedded part of our software,” noted Di Meo.
“Omnis allows users to control hundreds or even thousands of security access points across the network from a single location to approximately 4,500 customers. It is a highly scalable system, and we have quite a few installations that are thousands of doors and access points or more,” Di Meo added.
The OpenText database has proven to be a reliable and worry-free solution for Vanderbilt. Requiring little support, the result is a low total cost of ownership (TCO) solution that has returned value to the business and its customers. For example, Gupta SQLBase offers easy licensing and deployment with an embedded deployment pack (EDP) option that contains a configuration tool to keep a running count of deployed licenses. EDP allows customers to take the database components from us and include that in their installers of the solution.
Vanderbilt has also benefited from the solution’s automated installation, configuration and maintenance features, which allow it to be installed and maintained with a just few mouse clicks.
“Over the last 20 years, the maintenance and stability of the OpenText Gupta SQLBase product has been very good. We really haven’t experienced any issues, which is always good for me in my role as the product owner,” said Di Meo. “My experience with using other database engines is that I probably would have had issues and a lot more troubleshooting than I have today.”