Gazing into the access control crystal ball

Command Access Technologies' President Greg Kristoff discusses industry trends

LL: How does Command Access plan to address these revolutionary changes?

Kristoff: Our product development team continually strives towards time and cost saving solutions. Installation, troubleshooting, and system management costs are expensive. Our goal is to produce products that install easily, require minimal training, and work flawlessly well beyond our 3-year no hassle warranty.

LL: Will batteries play an ever increasing role in the development of electronic access control?

Kristoff: As credential solutions operate more and more efficiently with battery powered door hardware, I think there will be more practical options for their use. Battery powered door hardware to be practical needs to have sufficient power for a couple of years (in most conditions). This makes sense when trying to maintain communications, especially on an emergency level. The challenge is to extend battery life and reduce power draw, while providing more features and functionalities.

LL: Have wireless standalone locks affected your market share?

Kristoff: It is hard to tell. The wireless standalone systems are typically expensive, somewhat bulky, and not always preferred by architects. They certainly have their applications, but it is not always the best solution for the end user. I would be arrogant in stating that wireless standalone locksets have had no impact on wired lock sales. But, our year over year wires locks sales continue to grow and it should be noted that our products are also used in IP/POE and hybrid wired/wireless systems.

LL: What new products are being introduced by Command Access for 2013?

Kristoff: This year we will be introducing several exit device motor kits/modifications, new power supplies and an extra-heavy duty Grade 1 cylindrical lock.