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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is IPFusion?
IPFusion is a modular, scalable, software suite focusing on automating and connecting disparate systems to achieve business outcomes. IPFusion leverages extensive business experience and deep technical acumen to develop, market, sell, and support the IPFusion platform.
IPFusion has provided value to our significant install base over the last several years by providing integration and unification of security monitoring and control. Some of the largest differentiators of IPFusion are the customization, simplicity, and system agnostic connectivity model.
IPFusion is designed to connect any number of systems through a modular and extensive framework to achieve operational efficiency and situational awareness in critical applications.
Enterprise Level Solution
IPFusion is an enterprise level solution as it is a scalable, provide high-performance, is resilient, and future-proof. The platform has been scaled to campus-sized solutions providing real-time monitoring and control of over ten thousand assets across more than one hundred graphical maps.
IPFusion can provide automatic application level fail-over and real-time data synchronization for high system resiliency. It supports virtualization infrastructure such as High Availability to minimize downtime.
IPFusion has been designed using a modular approach to allow rapid integration of past, present, and future third-party software, and hardware products.
Efficient and Intuitive
IPFusion Designer is the graphical tool for configuring the site-specific configuration including integrated systems, graphical user interface, floor plans, automated workflows, alarms, user security, and every other aspect of the IPFusion system. The Designer application is easy to use and provides ultimate configuration and flexibility. IPFusion does not require write scripts or additional coding. Designer uses a ‘Drag-Drop-Configure’ philosophy to simplify the user experience when building maps, workflows, and customized dashboards.
Context-sensitive indexed Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) documentation includes a user guide and training presentations. The documentation is packaged with the application and available online.
2. IPFusion vs Custom Software
IPFusion is a commercial off-the-shelf software suite that is sold, deployed, and supported through software channel partners. This approach is superior to one-off, bespoke software solutions as it provides a cost-effective, stable, and repeatable solution.
The cost for any single IPFusion install is significantly less than that of bespoke solutions. The intent behind IPFusion has always been to create a scalable and robust suite of products that can be extensively configured by partners and clients to satisfy any number of use cases at a fair price.
The IPFusion software roadmap is aligned with customer needs, vetted by the product management team, and rigorously tested against real systems prior to release. The Quality Assurance team validates integrations with systems and devices against real hardware in the IPFusion lab.
The highly configurable IPFusion software results in the specific user interface, functionality, and workflow that each client requires, while providing tools to maintain the software. IPFusion users can add, edit, or remove functionality or graphical elements as they need. There is no need for professional services or support to maintain the solution, minimizing risks and reducing costs.
3. IPFusion and Third-party Integrations
IPFusion is a software suite which is completely modular so various systems or devices can be integrated. The solution was built from the ground up to connect to various things, present and future, providing ultimate flexibility and preventing ‘vendor-locking’. We believe that various systems bring added value, and that clients should be able to integrate what they need without having to standardize on one solution.
Our unique approach to integrating systems has enabled a future-proof holistic ecosystem where the addition of new and emerging integrated system modules will not impact the operation of existing integrations or the core software platform. IPFusion has been used as a bridging platform for many organizations with different systems to provide a standard look and feel while abstracting the variances of the connected systems.
Our well-established software development process is followed for the core software roadmap as well as integrations to new systems. As current and future systems are integrated into the IPFusion suite of products, additional modules are created to interface with the third-party hardware and software. The software team has optimized this process and created their own productivity framework to enable rapid development and testing of new integrations.
4. Redundancy and failover
IPFusion supports redundancy and failover. IPFusion data servers are Windows-based services that can be installed anywhere on the network to support multiple data servers.
IPFusion implements a failover mechanism to enable failover from Data Server 1 to the warm standby, Data Server 2. Due to the high-performance design of the data servers, IPFusion can handle millions of events on even basic computer hardware – no congestion even for an installation of 20,000+ connected devices.
IPFusion can failover to unlimited data servers, allowing the user to make each local workstation a tertiary data server. This ensures that IPFusion workstations failover to themselves and make direct connections to the third-party system or devices. For example, if Server 1 and Server 2 were to lose connectivity, IPFusion workstations can remain fully functional even if the network or the data servers are offline.