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The world of physical access control is constantly evolving as technology advances

Posted by Ed Brown | February 17, 2017 | Facilities

The world of physical access control is constantly evolving as technology advances. Customers play their part too, as they set vendors challenges around integration and interoperability. So we thought we’d round up some of the trends you can expect to see over the coming couple of years.

With the rise of smartphone usage, it was only going to be a matter of time before these devices are used for access control. Smartphones are part of your employees and students daily life so it makes sense to use them as a way of identifying and gaining access to buildings or rooms. By using the phones Bluetooth low energy and NFC capabilities offers security managers another way to distribute access rights, update rights or even evoke rights.

Wireless access control has been available for a while but take up has been slow, which is a surprise as wireless systems offer many benefits. With no need for hard wiring or cabling installation is much quicker and more cost effective than a networked solution. It allows access control controllers to be placed in previously difficult to get to areas. It is particularly attractive if a building is listed or has lots of glass doors, or where the security solution is being retrofit.

Open Standards
These have been on the horizon for some time, but the next couple of years will see real progress as the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) and Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) and other industry bodies come together to agree standards. It will also be driven more by customers, as they demand access control that does more than just open doors, they are looking for systems to integrate together for increased interoperability as well as be more future-proofed so customers have the choice to us multiple vendors.

Physical and Logical Access
These two areas will merge more and more, IP technology is changing the way many security systems are designed, installed and managed and this is bring security and IT managers and their teams closer together. Teams are finding common ground around identifying people not only as they enter their buildings or rooms but as they log on to computer networks. They can share data from systems to have a greater understanding of building flows, asset usage and many other areas.

If you would like to know more about the access control solutions AIT offer and our integration skills please call us on 0113 273 0300 or email . If you’re not ready to talk to us yet there is lots of information in the access control section of the website – click here 

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