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Company : Milestones


Our company was built on a passion for securing people, property, and information. Over the years, this commitment to the best in security management and access control solutions has been mirrored in a long list of company achievements, some of which were industry firsts. This list reflects a few of our favorite company milestones.

1979
Matrix Systems, Inc. is founded by D. James Young.
1981
Matrix manufactures and installs ID Badge Readers with early versions of Matrix’s proprietary Access Control and Time and Attendance Systems.
1985
Matrix Systems develops an Access Control System with advanced features designed to support large databases implemented on DEC Micro PDP 11/73 computers. This innovative solution leads to contracts with large industrial and defense customers, including Eastman Kodak, AlliedSignal Corporation, General Electric Jet Engine, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Henry Ford Hospital, and the Detroit Medical Center, among others.
1987
Matrix revamps its intelligent ID Badge Readers, incorporating expanded database capabilities, faster processing speeds, and enhanced design.
1987
Matrix develops a new version of its Access Control System to run on Intel computers.
1988
Matrix installs the first fully integrated system to perform Access Control, Alarm Monitoring, and ID Badge Production—at Albuquerque International Airport—in anticipation of the FAA’s FAR 107.14 regulation that mandates upgraded Access Control, identification, and security systems at all major commercial American airports.
1990
Matrix introduces Badge Readers that can accept Wiegand and proximity cards in addition to standard, high-coercivity magnetic stripe badges. Matrix also introduces a proximity reader with an integrated keypad and LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) option.
1991
Matrix wins a global contract from United States Steel to install an integrated solution that combines Access Control, Alarm Monitoring, ID Badge Production, and Data Collection Systems.
1992
Matrix’s U.S. Steel installation is chosen by Security Magazine as “Security’s Best” Integrated System Installation for 1992.
1993
Matrix’s Bangor International Airport installation is chosen by Security Magazine as “Security’s Best” Access Control and Photo Imaging System.
1995
Matrix incorporates support for TCP/IP communication protocol and introduces MX MultiView—a user-friendly pull-down menu graphical workstation option. The company also unveils its MX-1 magnetic stripe and MX-Prox proximity Badge Readers and MXRCM Reader Control Modules, which increase reader capacity, performance, durability, and ease of installation.
1996
Matrix releases the MX-2 magnetic stripe reader, MX-Prox2 proximity reader, and metal casting MX-540 magnetic stripe or Wiegand technology reader.
1998
Matrix releases Frontier—the next generation of Access Control and Alarm Monitoring software.
2001
Matrix earns a contract with Eastman Kodak to provide a global Access Control solution. Matrix installs Frontier on five continents.
2002
Matrix is awarded a contract at to install an Access Control and Alarm Monitoring System to operate on an ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) backbone and integrate live audio, video, and digital video recording solutions. This is the first integrated system of its kind, enabling viewing of recorded video that precedes an alarm, two-way audio communications, and camera control with pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities.
2003
James S. Young, son of founder D. James Young, becomes President of Matrix Systems.
2004
Matrix sells its Time and Attendance business to Kronos in order to focus on Access Control and Security.
2004
Matrix launches innovative new technology, The Matrix Subsystem Gateway (MSG), to provide a cost-effective, network-capable Access Control solution for remote locations.
2006
Matrix launches a Reader Control Module with PoE (Power Over Ethernet) capability, an industry first. When Matrix demonstrates this groundbreaking technology at the ASIS trade show, it is selected as one of the highlight products.
2009
Matrix releases its Frontier 2010 Access Control software, which features built-in interfaces for both Schlage and Videx® CyberLock® wireless hardware, plus an improved import/export wizard.
2010
Matrix moves to a new, state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio. The facility is 25 percent larger than the company’s previous space, providing room for additional employees, future expansion, and combining administration and production under one roof.
2010
Matrix releases next-generation Frontier access control & security management solution utilizing Mercury Security™ hardware.
2013
Matrix Systems appoints Holly Tsourides, formerly of VideoIQ and, before that, Stanley Supply & Services, as Chief Executive Officer.
2014
Matrix Systems launches two new business units: Xentry Systems Integration and Frontier Security. Xentry Systems Integration sells security systems including best-in-class access control, video surveillance, fire, intrusion systems, and healthcare technologies to end-user clients in the Great Lakes Region, Ohio River Valley and southern Florida. Frontier Security develops and resells the Frontier Integrated Platform to resellers in the security, IT and electrical contractor markets.