Three Current Trends in Access Control You Should Know About
Lower Touch, Integrated Solutions Lead the Way
Access control has always been a key component of premises security in organizations and businesses large and small. The most common methods include magnetic key cards and fobs that are easily programmed and managed by a central system software solution. Many systems also still rely on numeric keypads for entering codes, to allow for temporary codes and backup access.
While these systems may not have changed drastically in the past decade, new technology from other sectors is beginning to show up in access control solutions. What are some that you may want to consider to secure your building or campus in the Texas Rio Grande Valley? Keep reading to learn about three of the latest trends.
Lower Touch Systems
In the consumer technology world, smartphone apps are at the center of control of smart devices and services. With the relative ubiquity of smartphones, people want to use them for access control too; it offers a way to have a "key" that's always with them. Already smart locks and alarm systems in homes can be controlled via a smartphone. In smartphones, secure Bluetooth communication and NFC (the technology that enables secure contactless payment at retailers with services like Apple Pay) can make for a contactless, simplified system for users. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, touchless access control coupled with motorized doors can offer a hygienic solution that minimizes surface contact.
Many access control management software consoles work on a computer, sometimes a dedicated machine depending on the system. The trend in most software is to the cloud, which provides the capability to access the management features from a variety of devices located practically anywhere. The cloud also offers redundancy, easy increases to capacity for scalability, and less maintenance. Look for access control solutions with a cloud component that makes it easier to manage centrally, especially for organizations with multiple locations and staff that work in various locales.
Integration with other Security Systems
The decrease in cost in video surveillance, coupled with advanced analytics features that are more cost-effective than ever, has made video surveillance an increasingly popular addition to security solutions. Integrating access control with video feeds makes for more secure premises. If desired, video cameras at access-controlled entries can record every entry and exit event. It can also track when the door has been held open for someone not using a card for entry. This could be critical to identify perpetrators after incidents have occurred and gather evidence. Alternatively, with facial recognition capability, the system can track that the user of an access card is the correct one.
In the current pandemic, mitigation efforts like mask-wearing, social distancing, and occupancy control can all help curb the spread of disease. The combination of access control and video analytics can help implement a scalable approach to these efforts. Access control can track the number of people in a location for safe social distancing, and video analytics can identify compliance with mask guidelines. Look for integrated solutions that add up to more than just the sum of the parts for a more holistic security strategy.
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