SJA Exclusive Interview: Ed Hendricks, Keri Systems


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Ed Hendricks, North American Sales Manager, Keri Systems discusses access control and integrated security systems.

Could you tell our readers about Keri Systems?

Keri Systems has been at the forefront of developing access control and security management solutions worldwide for over 30 years. 

Our product offerings are highly scalable with design flexibility for true cloud hosted systems, Borealis, as well as on-premises based systems, Doors.NET. 

On the access controller hardware side, we manufacture four variations of door controllers and a series of telephone entry controllers plus two series of proximity card readers and a wide array of credential models.

Not only that, but Keri offers easy interoperability with Mercury Security controllers, wireless locking solutions from Assa Abloy, Allegion and DormaKaba, Farpointe Data card readers and credentials, TRES Transponders, Allegion Schlage card readers and credentials and HID card readers and credentials.

Where do you believe the key areas of growth will be over the coming 12 months?

Without a doubt, we expect the largest growth will be with Cloud Access Control as a Service (ACSaaS) requirements and App based access control solutions.

These will require the seamless integration of a wide variety of hardwired, wireless locking products and mobile access via geo-location or virtual credentials. The market demand for these conveniences while still offering a high level of security only continues to grow on a daily basis.

You are a leader in access control across North America; what do you believe is the company’s unique selling point?  

It is a little difficult to just distil all of our positive attributes down into a singular unique selling point, but that might just be the point of Keri Systems from our flexibility of products, integrations and the support we can provide. 

I feel we bring a Swiss Army knife approach to the marketplace in offering a multitude of solutions for any given property or facility and not shoehorning the customer into a single solution. Use the right solution for the right application.

How has the video surveillance area of your business grown?  

Video surveillance integration can be highly critical to many facilities for verification of who passes through a turnstile, door, gate or even travelled on an elevator. In staying true to our business model, we integrate with a wide range of video manufacturer solutions. 

In fact, earlier this year the list of different VMS manufacturers that can be integrated with our Doors.NET platform has nearly tripled in length.

How has Keri increased cloud use in the past couple of years?  

Excellent question and thought. Not only has Keri released the new Borealis ACSaaS platform that resides and operates 100% in the cloud, but we have brought key elements and benefits of the cloud to our Doors.NET on-premises solution for database backup, storage and immediate recovery. The addition of this feature certainly provides that insurance policy against data disaster situations that many System Administrators and IT Directors require for their applications.

Ed Hendricks, North American Sales Manager, Keri Systems

This article was originally published in the July edition of Security Journal Americas. To read your FREE digital edition, click here.

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