In a market that is historically a code-driven ‘have-to’ purchase, small changes can have big impacts; and 2015 saw the continuing of that trend, with strong performance and a very positive outlook for 2016.
For a market characterized as stable, code-driven and conservative, 2015 seemed to be a turning point for many in the fire detection business, marking the true end of the downturn and the return to growth.
It was a very good year for access control, with most reporting double-digit growth. But market forces for change are definitely in the wind, such as unification, big data, cybersecurity and so much more.
The economy is up and so are sales and expectations. But it’s an election year; there is more competition than ever in the residential space; and dealers are working hard to embrace the changes in the marketplace.
New and retrofit construction, code changes, communication shifts, easier-to-install technology and a potential increase in discretionary spending are five reasons to be hopeful that the U. S. fire market is moving beyond ‘back to flat.’
Both the residential and commercial markets saw growth this year, due in large part to economic recovery, huge growth in interactive services/integration and increasing user awareness on the home side.
In January of each year, the President of the United States delivers the annual State of the Union address, without fail declaring the union to be strong. In security, the same can be said for the state of the video surveillance industry in recent years. Strong growth has become a hallmark of this segment for the last several years, and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue to be the case.
In this year’s market, growth is coming from newer technologies including emergency communications systems (ECS) and mass notification systems (MNS), carbon monoxide (CO) products and legislation, Internet protocol (IP) and wireless options.
Someone once suggested that to get an invitation to a party you really wanted to attend you should offer to contribute something to the party. If the video market’s predicted strong year in 2014 is the kind of “party” access control is hoping to attend, then the market has tapped into that principle, contributing a strong argument for security systems that integrate both video and access control.