Security integrators and manufacturers see renewed interest from end users in the features, benefits and use cases access control can provide, and are starting to see an uptick in retrofits and upgrades.
For decades the dominant story in access control has been that it was a victim of its own success: that is, customers were reluctant to change out what was still working — even 15 or 20 years on — and didn’t see the benefit in spending the money to upgrade, even for significantly new or different features.
Unified security systems are one of the industry’s latest buzzwords. But beyond the hype, what do these types of systems offer the security integrator and, ultimately, the customer? Plenty, say the experts.
Many in the security industry have suddenly realized — almost overnight — they are in trouble when it comes to how they handle the issue of cyber security. And while they may have started out by pointing fingers at others, such as the end users or “IT,” they have now come to realize that the only way forward is teamwork and making sure each participant in the security chain plays their role to the best of their ability.
The fifth annual MercTech Conference, held March 1-3 at the Loews Coronado Bay resort in Coronado, Calif., brought HID, Mercury’s parent company, ASSA ABLOY and seven of its top OEM partner companies together with security consultants to discuss product roadmaps, industry trends and issues.
Security dealers are increasingly taking advantage of the plethora of new technologies, business models and opportunities in the security alarm space, and seem to have found their footing in a rapidly changing landscape.
Doomsday didn’t happen. For all the concern many security dealers have shown in recent years — particularly about the rapidly changing residential market — all indicators seem to finally point to what was always the hope in the midst of the fear: that all the new entrants, technologies and business models would start to grow the pie for all.
As the cover asserts,security systems integration work is in demand from all corners of the market, giving 2019 Top Systems Integrators boundless opportunities in traditional systems as well as on fast-growing hosted/managed security solutions.
Also in June, insight on how to choose a thermal camera, "Rethinking Keypads for Better Access Control", and much more.