Sir William Gallagher heads up New Zealand electronic security manufacturer Gallagher, a company that is unquestionably a world leader in access control and automation solutions. Sir William is a witty and erudite lateral thinker, rich in anecdotes, who rarely takes his eye off underlying business principles.
JA: How old were you when you first started on the factory floor at Gallagher, Sir William?
SWG: SCUBA diving was my thing when I was young – I was still at school and was running a little business making SCUBA regulators. I was about 22 when I joined Gallagher – it was a 10-man band back then and now we have 950 staff on the direct payroll and about 1100 staff in total. We’ve certainly grown a bit.
JA: What do you put the growth of the Gallagher business down to?
Very clever Gallagher mobile-based door access reader
Persistence Market Research reports the global electronic access control (EAC) systems market is forecast to increase from $US15.4 billion in 2013 to $31.2 billion in 2019, growing at a compound annual growth (CAGR) of 12.6 per cent.
And according to the report, the Asia-Pacific EAC systems market is expected to record the highest CAGR growth of 16.7 per cent to reach $9.6 billion in 2019. Usage of EAC systems in the commercial sector (the largest end user in 2013) increased by 13.9 per cent CAGR during 2009-2013 to reach $4.6 billion in 2013.
Terrorist attacks, vandalism and violence in public places such as city centres and educational institutions are some of the factors leading to increasing demand for EAC systems, according to Persistence.
Weigand cable - tried and tested but not most secure for some applications
Q: Which is best for communications between access controllers and door readers – Weigand or RS-485?
A: This is an interesting question. There’s a lot more behind Weigand and RS-485 than you’d think. Some of your choices need to be application specific but it depends on the product you are using, too.
For a start Weigand readers are unsupervised – this means if they are breached, your customer will not know. If they are smashed or completely removed from the wall and carried away, the system will not report this. The maximum Weigand run is about 150m – this might be fine in some applications but in larger sites it can be limiting. You also need to install Weigand in a star config around a controller, making for complex wiring schedules.
In years’ past, the notion of affordable access control usually meant significant functional compromise. No longer. It’s now possible to source highly capable access control solutions that offer integrators and end users affordability, functionality and flexibility.
ARGUABLY the biggest winner in the shift to new technology has been affordable access control. In this market segment, a combination of must-have modular functionalities combine with mobile and browser-based interfaces to deliver something bigger than the sum of parts. In many ways, the affordable access control market is everything the domestic security and automation market is struggling to be. Why the difference? Because SMEs need reliable and well-supported access control and intrusion detection solutions, while residential users are driven almost exclusively by price.
ICT ProtegeWX wizard-based access control, intrusion, lift control and automation system
ICT ProtegeWX is a wizard-based access control, intrusion, lift control and automation system that supports 10,000 users, 50,000 events, 512 inputs, 512 outputs, 128 doors, 8 elevator cards and 32 floors per car. ProtegeWX is fully scalable and offers browser and app-based management.
ICT’S ProtegeWX is a wizard-based security system that puts access control, intrusion detection, lift control and automation into the hands of installers in an affordable, expandable and easy to manage package. Modular, you start with a controller or an affordable starter kit and build out using optional modules to meet the expanding needs of your application. The notion of ProtegeWX is a solution that you unbox, connect the power supply, power up the controller and launch the web browser on your laptop using the controller’s IP address. Because it uses wizards for setup and programming, installers are guided through configuration in a trice.
According to HID’s Steve Katanas, the top 5 trends in access control include the continuing shift to mobile based credentials, a focus on user experience, wearables, the convergence of physical and online authentication and the growing pressures of exposure to IoT.
MOBILE integration is the first trend I see. As we do more with our phones and increasingly demand anywhere/anytime on-line access, there is the opportunity to better protect these activities while creating a more satisfying, mobile-centric security experience at home, in the office, on the road and online. Over the past several years we’ve started to turn phones into ID cards, keys and computer login tokens while plugging security holes that mobility initially introduced. Moving forward, continuing advancements will enable a new, more secure identity lifestyle built around the convenience and ubiquity of our ever-present mobile devices.
PAXTON'S net10 access and building automation solution from Security Distributors Australia is license free, carries a long warranty, supports multi-format readers and has an integrated wireless network. This new solution is a strong addition to the Paxton line-up, firmly underscoring the company’s strong networking credentials.
Manufacturers are offering more and more integrated security and automation solutions – such systems are becoming more powerful and more pervasive. But what do installers and integrators need from such solutions? And what are end users asking integrators and consultants to design for them?
PAXTON has announced the integration of its networked access control system, Net2, with Milestone Systems’ newest video management software (VMS). The integration allows the user to display access control events and monitor video surveillance cameras from the, Milestone XProtect Smart Client.
“We are delighted to work again with our long standing partner, Milestone, and believe this feature rich integration provides a solution that meets the needs of many specifications we are seeing in the market,” said Paxton’s Gareth O’Hara.
Paxton has developed a plugin using Milestone’s MIP SDK 2016, that can be added to the Milestone XProtect (VMS) linking Paxton Net2 access control information to the Milestone XProtect Smart Client interface. The integration associates cameras with doors and displays real-time video footage as video events and access alarms occur.
Leading security technology manufacturer, Gallagher, scored approval for its Type 1A high security solution from the Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC).
SCEC is the body responsible for providing the Australian government with protective security advice, product testing and evaluation.
“We’re extremely proud that SCEC have deemed Gallagher product to meet the highest security standards. This certification reflects our investment in high security and our ongoing commitment to delivering intelligent and innovative protection solutions,” says Craig Schutte, general manager, Gallagher Australia.
Type 1A manages alarms, monitors sensors and defends the system integrity of high value security assets. It is only available via a Gallagher Type 1A accredited installer. ♦