Make no mistake, access cards still play a big role in today’s access control market, and there is no indication that they will disappear any time soon. However, advancements in access control technology, paired with changes in consumer demand are causing today’s security integrators to look to the future to address these changes. Here are four areas we are watching as the future of access control develops.
One increasing trend in the access control market is the use of smartphones and Bluetooth technology to provide access credentials. The use of mobile credentials replaces the need to carry a separate card or keyfob, eliminating the risk of losing or having the separate credential stolen, as people are often much more attached to their cell phones than a card/keyfob.
Mobile credentials can be accomplished through near field communication (NFC) technology, which lets NFC enabled smartphones communicate with other devices that contain the NFC tag.
Biometrics use a person’s physical characteristics, such as hand features, eye scans, and facial recognition to confirm their identity. This technology is already having a big impact on the access control industry, and it is not uncommon to see the application of fingerprint recognition already being used. In some cases, multiple methods of biometric identification are being combined and even paired with other forms of ID as a duplicate security measure.
Biometrics continues to demonstrate incredible advancements in accuracy and functionality. Read more about the benefits of biometric access control HERE.
Access Control as a Service
Access Control as a Service (ACaaS), is a subscription-based alternative to traditional access control solutions. The use of ACaaS moves data processing and storage off-site, eliminating the need for you to keep an maintain a server at your building. This alternative is proving to be an excellent alternative for the building owner who doesn’t want to, or doesn’t have the infrastructure to keep a server on site, plus, in many scenarios, ACaaS is proving to be a cost-effective access control method. It is also a great tool to keep the software and firmware current at all times.
Security integrations bring together separate services such as security cameras, access control, and security systems into a single arrangement that works together. There is a concerted effort towards improving these integrations to provide users with improved functionality and user-experience. As an example, integrations with access control could alert emergency personnel in the event of a break in, while simultaneously locking down access to sensitive areas and monitoring movements of staff sill in the building.
- How an Access Control System Works
- Benefits of a Biometric Access Control System
- The Benefit and Challenges of using Mobile as Credentials
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