All things come to an end…and that includes your Vertx and Vanderbilt controllers. With pervasive supply chain delays and rapid advances in access control technology, Genea wants to ensure you have the most effective hardware when you need it most. Updating your access control hardware is easier than ever before, and it’s all possible without replacing your entire hardware system.  

Why Switch from Vertx? 

In 2020, HID, the manufacturer of VertX, announced it would be phasing out the controller. In its place were two options: Mercury and Aero. To distinguish Aero from Mercury, HID decided that certain hardware and integrations would not be available in Aero. Herein lies the problem. 

Your hardware should help you tap into new software integrations, not act as a deterrent. As more integrations hit the market, making sure your hardware controller can communicate with software is vital. Mercury controllers help IT and security teams stay current with their security, have access to the latest features and integrations, and streamline their workflows.  

There are three advantages to switching from a Vertx or Vanderbilt controller to Mercury: 

1. Integration Benefits– Dependable controllers help you take advantage of the latest software and integration features available.  

2. Optimized Performance– Modernizing your equipment provides increased performance and functionality. 

3. Hardware Management- Genea can help you better manage your equipment throughout its lifecycle. 

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With all these added benefits of a Mercury controller, let’s explore the implementation process.  

How it Works: Replacing the Master Controller  

Genea can “take over” your legacy Vertx and Vanderbilt systems without an entire system overhaul. IT and security teams can quickly modernize their access control system without replacing every controller. This means less downtime and fewer associated costs. Genea simply replaces the head-end controller with a Mercury board. Any controllers “downstream” from the head controller do not need to be replaced.  

But why change if it isn’t broken?  

Due to the supply chain slowdown, it’s important to take proactive steps. If an old piece of hardware were to fail, it might take months of waiting to get a replacement. For this reason, IT and security teams should use the time now to upgrade to a more suitable solution. Don’t risk jeopardizing your entire security system over an outdated controller.  Learn more by speaking with one of our experts.  

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