Where Access Is Going

Industry experts sound off on IP impact, enterprise systems and the convergence phenomenon.


The complexities of planning and implementing an integrated access control program are becoming much more intense. Rapid technology advancements have forced security directors to reassess what the term “access control”really means in the context of their business environment.

For many caught in the mixing bowl of enterprise-risk and network-centric approaches to security, access control spans both physical and logical domains. A new world of internal partnership between IT and corporate security directors has facilitated the integration of biometrics and smart cards into the access control landscape. Web-based options have also enabled the global expansion of the security function.

Still, most security professionals are operating legacy systems that must evolve or become obsolete in time. How can technology evolve, show ROI and protect the enterprise? Some of the top access control manufacturers in the world tackled these questions in this month's roundtable.

Dave Adams is the product strategy manager for Tyco Safety Products Access Control and Integrated Systems. Mr. Adams has been with Tyco/ADT for more than 20 years, working in integrated systems applications management, national account sales management, ADT branch management, and installation and service. He has had extensive involvement on many of ADT's largest integrated systems projects.

Daniel Smytka, president of Engineered Systems for GE Security, joined GE in 1990 and has held a variety of roles primarily within GE Consumer & Industrial. Most recently, he was president and CEO, Asia Pacific, for GE Consumer & Industrial. In May 2005, Mr. Smytka was appointed as a GE Officer.

Mark Peterson is HID Global's director of the Intelligent Technology Design Resource or iTDR Group, which was established to provide technology and design counsel to specifiers, consultants, engineers and designers as they work with their clients to migrate to new secure identification technologies. A former security industry consultant, Mr. Peterson has more than 27 years of experience in intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, parking control and integrated security management systems.

Steve Thompson is the director of marketing for Johnson Controls Fire & Security Solutions worldwide. He has been involved in the design, development, and marketing of technology products serving the commercial controls, fire, and security industries for more than 25 years.

Masami Kosaka has been president and CEO of PCSC and TTIK Inc., of which PCSC is a subsidiary, since 1989. He previously held positions with BASIX Control Systems Corporation, Cardkey Systems and TTI (Transaction Technologies Incorporated).

Jim Clark is vice president of Global Marketing & Strategy for United Technologies Fire & Security group. Previously, Mr. Clark served in a variety of management roles at GE, including vice president of Global Sales & Marketing at GE Security. Mr. Clark is a former board member of the Security Industry Association and chair of the education committee.

Rob Zivney is vice president of marketing for Hirsch Electronics. His career in the security and building controls industries spans 30 years, and his expertise covers access control and intelligent building systems including the integration of environmental, lighting, fire and security systems. Mr. Zivney is on the board of directors of the Security Industry Association, serves as SIA's chair of the Personal Identity Verification Working Group, and represents SIA to the Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board Physical Access Committee.

ST&D: How much of an impact has Web-based technology had on conventional card access control, and where do you see it going in the next three to five years?

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