State of the access control market

October 2012 Access Control & Identity Management

The access control market has evolved consistently over the last five to eight years, with new solutions being introduced that have taken technology originally designed for the commercial market and making it viable for the small business market. Easier to install solutions that can now be managed by the end user, improved integration between systems from different manufacturers and the introduction of mobile apps are just a few of the recent developments.

In this article, Scott McNulty, product manager for Kantech, a Tyco Security Products brand, answers a few questions about the changing access control landscape, what these changes mean for dealers.

Scott McNulty
Scott McNulty

What are some of the latest and most innovative developments to happen in the access control market?

Scott McNulty: Integration has been and continues to be one of the biggest topics in the access control market. People want to see more and more integration between their access control system and all kinds of other applications used, not only to secure their buildings, but to run their business. Those applications can include integration of security platforms, such as security access control with video or intrusion, as well as human resources systems, fire systems, time and attendance systems and systems that control logging into computers. It is currently a very big trend amongst manufacturers to trade SDKs (software development kits) and to enable linking systems together.

Who is driving integration?

McNulty: This trend is primarily being driven by the end user who wants simplicity, but the security industry as a whole has embraced this movement and integrated solutions are becoming the norm versus the exception.

How has this evolved?

McNulty: Previously you had an intrusion system, a card access system and a video surveillance system and you managed three separate systems without any interoperability. In fact, in many cases you would have three separate monitors on your desk. Where we are going is now you have more information in one central location and each solution is linked together, making the data easier to manage.

How long has this been happening?

McNulty: An integrated system is not a new concept. A decade ago, systems were 'bolted' together, but it was rather clunky. Within the last two years, technology has evolved to allow a more seamless integration. The shift is thanks to more manufacturers being willing to offer their SDKs and make their systems more open. In the past, you had to use one brand of camera with the same brand of recorder and the same brand of software. Today, you can use a camera from one manufacturer with a recorder form another company. Manufacturers today are recognising this is where the market has to go.

How has the perception of access control changed in the last few years?

McNulty: Years ago, access control systems, and particularly integrated solutions, were not regarded as either being easy to install for the integrator or intuitive to manage for the end user. It is important to make it as simple as possible for the integrator and the end user. The integrator wants to offer a competitive price, then easily install the system to get in and out, while the end user needs a reliable security system, that allows him to present his card and walk through a door without any hassle.

How are mobile apps changing access control?

McNulty: Mobile apps are generating a lot of interest and they have the wow factor. People are excited about mobile apps and, as a result, when you offer an access control system that offers a mobile app component it helps a dealer close the deal. With most mobile apps, people can lock or unlock doors and monitor their system. That is the basic stuff. Our recently introduced EntraPass Go takes it a step further to include every function that is important to the end user, such as deleting a card if an employee is let go or generating reports and remotely sending them to the appropriate staff person.

Beyond software, cards and readers, what new solutions have been developed in the access control field?

McNulty: One new development is an all-in-one integrated server comprised of access control, IP video surveillance and intrusion with one common interface. This simplifies the process for the end user because it is a secured, tucked away box that is protected from viruses and integrated with other systems. Kantech’s Intevo provides an integrated security platform based on EntraPass software and includes American Dynamics IP video management software and DSC intrusion alarm integration – managed in a single user interface. The benefit of this for the installer is the simplicity of a plug-and-play appliance that is already integrated. For the end user it is the ease of use of having one common interface.

How has the access control sale evolved?

McNulty: The sales cycle for access control has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. It used to be quite long because, generally, only larger buildings implemented access control systems, so it was a long process because of the size and cost. The sales cycle has become shorter with the introduction of smaller and less expensive access control systems, meaning that an integrator can turn around a project within a shorter period of time. Today, card access is accessible to a much larger market, making access control a beneficial investment for the systems integrator and end user alike.

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