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Understanding Integration Between CCTV and Access Control Technologies

November 24, 2017

Understanding Integration Between CCTV and Access Control Technologies

Within today’s physical security industry, “integration” is one term that is gaining some serious momentum. While truly interoperable systems were once a luxury for only the largest and most complex installations, now they are becoming a must-have for medium-sized and even small business and agencies. For value-added resellers (VARs), integration represents an exciting opportunity to grow your business—now and throughout the future of the industry.

To get started, here are a few of the key items to understand about integration between CCTV and access control technologies:

Open-architecture technologies streamline integration.

As the industry moves more toward integration, the rallying cry for open standards becomes ever louder. That’s because technologies built on an open architecture help streamline, and even encourage, integration between various systems and different manufacturers. This trend benefits the customer with more access to best-in-class technologies, while also helping VARs enjoy faster, easier installations—even between disparate systems, such as CCTV and access control.

Integration greatly benefits your customers.

Using tightly integrated security systems provides a wide range of benefits to your customers, such as:

  • Centralized management of all of a facility’s security operations
  • Improved situational awareness through better-structured information
  • Seamless migration to new or more advanced technology as budgets allow
  • Faster, more effective, and more consistent response to emergencies and non-emergencies alike

As a result of these and other benefits, physical security information management (PSIM) software—one of the key tools in integrating multiple disparate security systems—is becoming one of the most sought-after products in the industry. The PSIM market in North America alone is booming: Experts expect revenues to grow from $3.6 billion in 2015 to just shy of $5 billion in 2019.

PSIM software offers the end user a single platform on which to manage several different physical security systems, including CCTV and access control, but also other related tools, such as intrusion detection, video management systems, and panic alarms. Instead of having to reference multiple systems on separate interfaces, PSIM presents all relevant information in a single, streamlined user portal. And the best solutions seamlessly integrate CCTV and access control information so that the customer gains a higher level of understanding—and greater security—through the solution.  

Integrated systems may help your company achieve long-term success.

Increasingly, the security industry is leaning toward greater integration capabilities than in the past. That’s because a growing number of customers are realizing that they stand to benefit from systems that work in concert. Many industry experts agree that the integration of access control into CCTV systems will only continue—so VARs that are familiar with these types of installations are going to have a leg up on the competition.

Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the various options for integrating access control and CCTV systems, whether through end-to-end solutions, with third-party PSIM software, or through other avenues. Even if your customers aren’t clamoring for integrated systems yet, they will be in the years to come.

How much demand are you currently experiencing for integrated CCTV and access control technologies?