As security industry buzzwords go, “convergence” is perhaps the best known and most pervasive. We have been hearing about convergence in our market for almost 20 years. We have heard it’s happening soon. We have heard it’s inevitable. And yet, for all the talk of convergence, it has sometimes seemed there has been more talk than action. We wanted to check in with our Expert Panel Roundtable and get their latest takes on this most enduring of industry buzzwords. We asked this week’s panel: Has convergence happened yet in the physical security market? And what exactly does it mean?
Convergence means different things to different people. Despite the variation, however, many (but not all) of our Expert Panellists agree that convergence either is happening, has happened, or is a moving target and will continue to happen. Will we ever experience a perfectly converged world of security, with all systems working in harmony and the security and IT departments operating in lockstep for the good of everyone? It’s certainly a worthy goal, and one we seem to be working toward. Perhaps it’s time we at least upgrade the status of convergence from buzzword to work in progress.