State of the Market: Access Control 2018

August 15, 2018

2017 was a very strong year for the access control industry, with many market forces working in its favor; 2018 and beyond looks even more promising

There is a frequently used analogy when it comes to the access control space, particularly at the larger, enterprise level: Big ships don’t turn around quickly or easily. For the last several years access control manufacturers have continued to innovate and promote new solutions and technologies (from wireless readers to big data, mobile credentials to cloud solutions, and more). But unless they were interested in being early adopters or living life on the “bleeding edge,” cautious end users seemed to adopt a wait-and-see attitude, for the most part remaining happy with their existing systems.

High-end integrators are doing well with access control, which has been a change for the better. – Bill Bozeman, CPP, president and CEO, PSA

But this year, for the first time, manufacturers and security integrators that work in that space reported a refreshing change in attitude, and an increased interest in hearing about and actually buying and implementing new solutions to solve their pain points.