Average Access Control Project Size 2016

By Brian Rhodes, Published Oct 12, 2016, 10:09am EDT

Integrators told us their average door count of their access control projects, and their answers reveal key drivers in the market.

In this note, we analyze their responses, and look at the whether typical projects are getting larger or smaller.

Average Project Sizes

There are two distinct 'typical' project sizes:

  • Small: 4 to 16 doors represented almost 50% of responses. This size encompasses most commercial systems.
  • Large: Systems with more than 16 doors represented over 40% of responses, with 10% reporting more than 64 doors representing 'very large' institutional and enterprise systems.

The chart below displays how the answers were distributed:

This distribution shows peaks at 4 - 8 doors, typically smaller systems controlling a few security-critical doors in a single commercial property, and another jump at 32 - 64 doors, for enterprises and larger facilities that make heavy use of access control throughout their campuses.

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Comments (1)

As an end-user with a large system (200-300 doors across the USA/Europe/Asia) and plans to increase that number, I found one statement dead-on.

"Larger reader counts take a long time to land as a customer but once you have them, proper attention to the customer will lead to a valuable, long term relationship." Now that we have moved to a platform serviced by several different vendors, if we don’t get “proper attention”, we can look elsewhere. It would be a hassle to change, but if getting service is too difficult or poor quality, we will do it. Our previous platform had us rather locked into one service provider, and when it came time to update, they lost our contract due to complacency.

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