The access control market in 2019 and 2020 can best be described as strong, but in flux — with changing architectures, changing customer expectations and demands, and changing security integrator roles.
A continuing strong economy, end user desires to do more with their access control systems and increasing interest in new technologies, integrations and models all led to a positive outlook in 2019 and a general feeling of optimism for 2020, with a few notes of caution.
At the end of one decade and the beginning of another, security lock and hardware vendors reflect on the technologies that shaped the past 10 years, and those that will shape the short- and long-term market of the future.
They say that hindsight is 20/20. So as we go into the year 2020 it seems fitting to reflect back, while at the same time looking ahead at the most influential trends that shaped — or will shape — the security lock and door hardware market.
ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, a global leader in access solutions, announced the integration of its Aperio wireless lock technology with the Pinnacle Advanced access control software and 1700 Intelligent Controller from Sielox LLC; and the PremiSys Access Control system from PDC IDenticard; as well as the integration of its IP-enabled Power over Ethernet (PoE), WiFi locks, and Aperio wireless lock technology with AvericsUnity from Averics Systems Inc.
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.
Allegion, a provider of security products and solutions, announced Identiv’s Hirsch Velocity Software and Mx controller now integrate with Schlage wireless electronic locks for a highly scalable access control offering. The integration supports Schlage LE wireless mortise locks, Schlage NDE wireless cylindrical locks and AD-400 wireless locks.
Sielox, Booth 13109: At ISC West 2019 (booth #13109), Sielox LLC is showcasing versatile new enhancements to its Pinnacle™ v.10.4 Access Control Platform. New functionality allows users to seamlessly access the features of Allegion’s Schlage Engage™ Wi-Fi locks enabling them to be easily integrated with Pinnacle Schlage Wi-Fi access platform feature.
Keri Systems, in conjunction with industry partners Allegion and Comelit, announced a series of traveling road shows, aimed at using their integrated platforms to educate the access control industry and property managers.
In our October 2020 issue, we present the 2020 Systems Integrator of the Year. See "4 Lessons From Life & Kaleidescopes" and find out "What You Need to Know About the New Smoke Detector Standards" in this month's SDM Magazine.