High technology supplier of security systems and software Viscount Systems Inc.  has announced that it will launch a new version of its application, Freedom, that works with Microsoft Windows Azure to offer customers enhanced security, as well as innovative user interface features and reliability improvements. As a new member of the Microsoft Partner Network Viscount is now authorized to use the Powered by Windows Azure logo on its Freedom cloud software application and list Freedom in the Windows Azure marketplace.
To receive this authorization Viscount rebuilt the core Freedom engine using Microsoft SQL Azure and submitted the new platform to Microsoft Platform Ready for testing. Viscount’s Freedom technology is the first security system that eliminates the cost of access control panels in favor of a software application running in the cloud on Microsoft Azure. By dramatically reducing the hardware costs associated with access control systems Freedom creates a powerful economic model for clients offering managed systems or software as a service (SaaS). Finally, using Viscount’s new Microsoft Active Directory security schema, physical and logical security become a single unified application running in the Cloud.
“Our ISV (Independent Software Vendor) community is alive with innovation, and we’re committed to helping our partners drive the next generation of software experiences,” said Ross Brown, Vice President of ISV and Solutions Partners for the Worldwide Group at Microsoft. “Adding compatibility for the latest Microsoft technologies helps ISVs to stay ahead of the competition and give their customers access to cutting-edge technologies.”
“Viscount is excited to launch this new version of Freedom,” said Stephen Pineau, CEO of Viscount. “Making our application compatible with Microsoft Azure helps us offer our customers compelling benefits, including improved reliability, features and tools to keep them connected to data stored on the web. The release of our unified physical and logical security solution using Microsoft Active Directory in the cloud and Powered by Azure is a seminal event in the history of physical security systems. For decades now up to 80% of the cost of a typical door access system has come from dedicated control panels and dedicated desktop GUI licenses. With Freedom in the cloud this cost simply vanishes. Any door or alarm point can be managed in the cloud using an IP bridge. While this was unthinkable a few years ago, by designing physical security as a software rather than a hardware solution, Viscount is the first physical security provider to enable end users and integrators to take full advantage of the cloud to secure people and property using Microsoft software and at a dramatically reduced cost.”