IPVMU Certified | 05/06/14 01:39pm
If you ever wanted a glimpse at the sharpest contrast between Access Control and Video Surveillance equipment, behold:
After 20+ years of being sold as a mainstay controller, RBH has finally decided to obsolete it's NC100 controller it released in the early 1990's. And this is not uncommon, either. There is no big rush to push new access hardware into the field, typically because there is just no need.
In other words: Unlocking doors in 1990 is startling similar to unlocking doors in 2014.
Unlike video surveillance, where advances like HD and continual refinement of imaging tech translates into new camera models released every year, access control has retirement parties.
We plan to cover topics like 'Access System Longevity" in our upcoming "Access Control Integrator Survey 2014" reports, just to see how long these systems typically last. It will be insightful!
Until then: what the longest amount of time you've been able to buy a particular access product? 10... 15... 20 years?