28 January 2021
Global operations have dramatically changed
following the outbreak of COVID-19.
The knock-on impact to industries worldwide
as a result of the pandemic cannot be disputed. Like other business sectors, the
security industry has needed to react, adapt and adopt existing and emerging
technologies to meet the demands that COVID-19 presented.
With the events of 2020 undoubtedly shaping
security over the next 12 months, we explore the top three technological trends
and developments that could be in store for access control in 2021.
COVID-19 has significantly altered access
control and its perception and practice. This is reflected in the shift towards
mobile based access control systems.
However, 2019 survey data conducted by HID estimated that 54 percent of businesses had decided to upgrade or would consider a mobile system upgrade in the next three years. This shift has
been facilitated by the sudden and unprecedented events of the pandemic, which
acted as a catalyst for more businesses to go mobile.
With a heightened and continued emphasis on
safety, hygiene, and sanitation, it is no surprise that the pandemic has
resulted in an increased desire for mobile control systems across business
The increase in mobile based credentials is
not surprising, not only because there are over three billion smartphone users worldwide, mobile phones are
carried everywhere and are less likely to be forgotten or misplaced unlike
With the consistent rise in safety and
hygiene concerns resulting from COVID-19 comes the inevitable increase in
mobile control systems, and this is a trend we predict is to stay during 2021
and possibly beyond in some guise.
As we know, our physical characteristics
are the most unique and impenetrable form of identity verification that exists.
This is where biometric access technology is invaluable.
What was once perceived as a costly
investment is now being looked upon by many businesses as a highly essential, viable
access control technology to adopt. Thanks to reduced prices, improvements in
quality and privacy concerns no longer being at the forefront, it is predicted
that the popularity of biometric access control is only set to increase in 2021
and the future.
Many industries are looking to explore
facial recognition reader technology for building access and time capture.
Facial recognition biometric readers will therefore provide a modern and
touchless access method – vital in the immediate post-pandemic world. Safe use
of other reader technology is likely to remain but with tighter control.
Alongside facial recognition, other
biometric technology set to rise in popularity this year include:
- Touchless Palm
- Vein pattern
Discover more about this technology in: Biometric access control systems: An overview.
Think of the cloud and email, sales CRMs,
website hosting and productivity tools are likely to come to mind. However, it is
not just the above array of company systems that can run in the cloud, physical
security is also able to utilize many of the benefits of a cloud-based
The benefits of security using cloud-based tools
for access control are vast and include:
- Low startup costs (Downloadable
software and updates)
- Operational improvements
- More robust security
- Easy multi-site management
The adoption of cloud-based tools is set to
become an ever-emerging trend in 2021 due to the ability to manage multiple
sites under a single system. It removes the previous requirements for manual
multiple notification in advance from employees looking to visit and work in a
different branch office.
The scalability, flexible and ability to
manage large enterprises or global infrastructures without compromising on
security makes a cloud enabled security access model one to watch for 2021.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR – LYNDEN JONES
Lynden joined Touchstar ATC (formally Feedback Data) in a sales role for Access Control in 2010. Prior to joining the company, Lynden held both Production and Account Manager roles, gaining wide technical and commercial experience within the electronics market.
In 2013 Lynden was promoted to Sales Director and in 2017 he took overall responsibility of the business as Managing Director.As well as running Touchstar ATC, Lynden still remains extremely active in the sales and key account management aspects of the business. When not involved in the business, Lynden is a keen performance car enthusiast.