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.
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.
Alarm.com launched Smarter Access Control, a commercial-grade access solution for businesses. Available now, Smarter Access Control is part of the unified Alarm.com for Business platform, which combines access, intrusion, video surveillance and energy management into a single solution accessible through Alarm.com’s intuitive mobile app and Web dashboard. Fully integrated with Alarm.com’s cloud platform and connected device ecosystem, Smarter Access Control equips service providers with a scalable solution that generates RMR by simplifying and solving common access control challenges for new and existing customers alike.
ISONAS Inc. is providing its certified partners a simple path to offering Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) with its integrator RMR license. Launched in 2016, Pure Access is a cloud-based access control software application that provides users the ability to manage their access control from anywhere at any time, on any device. In addition to providing a modern user experience and interface, Pure Access gives ISONAS-certified partners an off-the-shelf solution to build a recurring revenue business model in the access control space.
Real-Time Technology Group (RTTG), Flemington, N.J., delivers secure, fully hosted and managed technology solutions for mission-critical information challenges: personal identity verification, professional certification and credential management, and other custom-developed security solutions.
As the cover asserts, security systems integration work is in demand from all corners of the market, giving 2020 Top Systems Integrators boundless opportunities in traditional systems as well as on fast-growing hosted/managed security solutions.
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