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.
Matt Barnette, vice president of Mercury Security and HID global accounts, and other prominent industry leaders, speaks with Karyn Hodgson, Managing Editor, SDM Magazine, regarding state of the market.
Another approach that has gained traction in recent years is that of non-proprietary systems. This was helpful for open-source hardware manufacturer Mercury Security, whose growth significantly outpaced the industry average, according to Matt Barnette, vice president of Mercury Security and HID global accounts, Long Beach, Calif. “The economy is certainly a big driver. Most companies that are big users of security equipment are doing well; and when they are having good economic times they tend to invest. But specifically in the security industry, there is a trend to open systems,” he says.