The events of 2020 have thrust access control systems to the forefront of every brick and mortar business. You now must know who is accessing your building, when they entered, where they went, who they interacted with, and if they passed your health screening protocols. The features in many of the latest access control systems will answer all of these questions, and more for you.
Today we’re introducing you to the current trends in access control systems and explaining how these solutions can keep your staff and patrons safe and healthy.
5 Trends We’re Seeing in Access Control Systems
As COVID-19 continues to alter our world, we will start to see more organizations leveraging biometric features for their access control systems. This means a security system will be able to recognize a person based on their unique features, providing a more convenient and healthier entry into a building. These systems prevent people from having to touch high-touch surfaces like door handles when entering and exiting spaces. While facial recognition may be the most popular, other frictionless biometric authentication methods are available such as touchless fingerprints, iris, palm, voice, and vein pattern readers.
It’s not surprising that mobile phone based solutions are the fastest growing access control product since billions of people around the world are using smartphones. A user’s phone replaces other physical credentials and alleviates an organization’s need to constantly replace lost badges. Gesture based actions like twisting the phone or double swiping at a door can be used to trigger automatic doors to open without the user having to physically touch anything other than their own phone. Temporary credentials can also be issued to phones via email for visitors and contractors with set expirations and specific areas assigned for access. Mobile is a true game changer for customer, patient, and employee experience in facilities!
- Multi-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication is commonly used in the digital space and is swiftly moving into the physical access control system arena. This second layer of security is designed to ensure you are the only person to have access to a system or building. The most common multi-factor authentication methods include a biometric credential plus an assigned PIN or a card swipe and an assigned PIN. These multi-factor authentication access control solutions are typically used in high-security spaces like research labs, data centers, med-rooms, pharmacies, command centers, CEPs and IDFs/MDFs.
Legacy access control system hardware and servers were typically hosted on-site in the past. This made server maintenance an inconvenient and slow process without a specialist in your building. With new cloud/subscription-based model, the end-point hardware is still found on-site but the software and servers are hosted by a manufacturer or managed service provider. This makes server maintenance, updates and repairs much more efficient. There are also other benefits associated with subscription-based systems like low start up costs, scalability, instant updates, multi-facility management, frequent data backups, and more.
As important as our smartphones seem to us now, technology has advanced beyond our devices. We are seeing a surge in wearable authentication devices such as smart watches, clothing clips, and necklaces. In addition, security access control implants and tattoos are currently being tested and adopted around the world. The possibilities are endless with the smaller chip sizes for today’s credential types.
Your Security Strategy has Never Been More Important
With the rapid advancements in security technology and changes in facility requirements due to the pandemic, now is the time to revisit your security strategy. HSJ has insight into where the access control industry is headed, and which security solutions will solve your organization’s biggest security challenges.
Whether you need a system evaluation, redesign, or are expanding your facilities, HSJ’s experienced team can guide you through the entire process from planning and design to implementation. Contact our team today to learn more about our systems and what’s to come!