09 November 2017
The future of access control
The methods businesses use to keep their property and people
safe have changed significantly over the years. New technologies are constantly
making their way into security strategies, promising to deliver stronger and
more efficient protection. The industry is in no way standing still either –
the future is bright, with various exciting solutions and trends on the
Let’s have a closer look at what you can expect.
In most instances, a typical security key – be it a
passcode, fingerprint scan or swipe card – is enough to prevent unauthorised
access. But there will always be criminals looking to infiltrate through fraud,
theft or even force. The most obvious way to reduce the risk is to double protection
by adding another layer.
Two-factor authentication – or in some cases even
three-factor authentication – requires users to prove their identity more than
once, so the system can be completely sure before access is granted. It means
if one method is unlawfully bypassed, the next is there as a backup.
It’s something that’s already being implemented across the
web, helping users keep online accounts secure, but we’re now starting to see
signs of its effectiveness in physical access control.
Biometric access control
Biometrics are nothing new – retina and fingerprint scanners
have been used as effective security tools for some time already – but these
methods are evolving.
Firstly, the accuracy with which scanners read is better
than ever, and it’s still improving. This means businesses will be able to rely
on them more heavily. Biometric technology is also becoming cheaper and more
accessible, with smartphone manufacturers even using it in their devices. That
means this reliable, and now more accurate, method is likely to become more
widespread across businesses.
We’ll likely see businesses adopt a more integrated approach
to access control. This is partly due to the rise of two-factor authentication,
which will inevitably see the pairing of different technologies to create
There’ll also be more integration involving business-wide
systems, with greater interoperability allowing different solutions to be brought
even closer together into central control interfaces. As a result, security
teams will have tighter control over the various hardware and software
implemented throughout their premises.
These improvements in interoperability will also allow
businesses to combine technologies and create systems that better suit their
own needs, rather than the generic needs of their wider industry.
The rise of automation
Automation is impacting most industries in some way or
another – and we’re expecting a significant impact in access control too. With
sensor technologies improving, security teams will have detailed and accurate
information on the movement of people on their premises delivered directly to
their dashboards, removing the need to find and aggregate it manually.
With video analytics technologies improving quickly too,
businesses may soon be able to rely on CCTV cameras alone to determine
how many people are in a room or area. This would help to reduce the risk of
A secure future for your business
Our access control systems can already give your business
the peace of mind that comes with knowing your staff and property are safe and
secure, but as the technologies on offer continue to evolve, so too will the
protection available. That’s why we’re always keeping a close eye on
developments in the industry.
To find out more about how we can help, and to learn about
the solutions available, get in