For many entrepreneurs and business owners, keeping their company safe is the utmost priority. The melding of security and technology has produced a slew of high-performance security tools from stunningly sharp video surveillance to unprecedented data protection. However, door access control still tops the list of most crucial security measures, as business entrances are the first line of defense against unwanted visitors while swiftly allowing entry for employees and approved visitors.
From hotel key card technology you use on vacation to HID access card technology you use to get into your apartment building, card access control systems are evolving and continuing to advance. This has made room for some significant trends in access control security.
New Trends In Access Control
Rising Popularity of Cloud Solutions
For many of us, the adoption of cloud solutions has been prominent in our personal lives for quite some time. From Microsoft Office to Apple Products, cloud computing solutions have slowly been creeping into our lives and making them easier. Although the adoption of cloud services in the security industry was lagging due to unknown risks, it has now become a prominent influencer.
Cloud-based access card technology introduces many benefits to the security of any business. Aside from decreased physical hardware and its associated costs, cloud-based access control systems allow for businesses to scale, update, and integrate their security system much more conveniently. Other benefits include being able to remotely access the system from anywhere and the ability to easily manage multiple sites, if necessary.
Advanced privilege capabilities
For larger business with complex buildings or multiple sites, access control privileges can be vast. Most access control systems have some privilege variety available – for instance, you can keep certain employees out of certain areas of the building. However, access control security trends are pushing systems to have an even wider selection of privileges. Specific rules such as time of day, day of the week, or specific area of the facility can be programmed into each employee’s access identity to ensure your business is being protected from all possible security threats.
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Increased Utilization of Smartphones
Mobile phones have become an integral staple in our day to day and they present an opportunity to be used as tools to better protect facilities with a more intuitive security experience. Smartphones are no longer just used to communicate with loved ones. They’re increasingly being used as ID cards, access keys, 2-factor authentication, and much more, making access simple while instilling more security measures. As smartphones become more and more sophisticated, they’ll continue playing a key role in access control – by 2020, 20% of organizations will be using smartphones in place of traditional physical access cards.
Integration with Other Security Applications
As facility security applications and their features become more advanced, the opportunity for a comprehensive view of your building’s security is growing. More and more, businesses are integrating their card access technology with other security systems in place, such as video surveillance. Integrating an access control solution with video surveillance allows for security officials to link access control events with corresponding video footage, to better understand events in which there are unwanted entries and streamline investigations.
Access Control as a Service
As the industry continues to expand, the trend of access control as a service is gaining popularity. Access control as a service (ACaaS) allows a business to pay for a server that manages the access control system of their building from a central location, rather than having to house the servers in-house. This more affordable option opens the possibility of access control to many other types of business that wouldn’t otherwise be able to purchase an entire system for their facility. ACaaS is a sector of the industry that will continue to develop as the security needs of smaller and non-traditional businesses grow.
Another trend that’s growing in the card access control industry is the increasing popularity of integrating wireless/offline locks into the comprehensive security system. Businesses are using more sophisticated card access readers to protect their higher security areas while fitting the less secure areas – such as server room racks or cabinets – with wireless locks. These offline locks gather the data needed to paint a comprehensive security picture but also supports the growing trend of smart buildings with integrated security systems.
As access control security systems continue to advance, you’ll want to partner with a security system provider that keeps up with industry trends and best practices to ensure your business is as secure as possible. Card access system providers should be able to provide referrals, have ample experience with your business size and type, and have all necessary certifications.
At Veridin, we provide a suite of services and support for facility access control security systems in Toronto. With 27 years of experience in security management for a range of brands and businesses, we have an unprecedented expertise in new technology and keeping businesses secured. Learn more about our services or give us a call to find out more about how we can help meet your access control needs.