The future of access control technology

irisscannerWe live in a world which is dominated by passwords and access security. Access control systems offer management over points of entry to a building, whether this be a door or a gate or a barrier. All access control technology is focussed on safety and control, determining who can be granted access to certain areas.

The application of access control technology is far reaching and used across many different premises; commercial properties, residential homes, blocks of flats, hotels, gyms, airports, hospitals, schools, laboratories, law enforcement centres, car parks and offices. Access control technology is increasingly becoming an integral part of a responsive, active and intelligent solution to a wide variety of threats to premises and property.

Technological advances in access control technology

The advancement in affordable access control technology is shaping the future of security systems;

  • IP integration is becoming more mainstream and so access control technology is becoming increasingly mobile. This has two applications. Firstly, access points can be operated away from the premises via an internet connection and secondly, mobile phones or other internet connected devices can be used to replace traditional swipe card or key fobs to activate doors.
  • Advancements in biometric readers offer the most exciting developments in access control technology. These systems offer an incredibly secure, infallible and effective solution, without the risk of swipe cards or keys being lost, stolen or copied and compromising security. Fingerprint readers are already commonplace, but voice, retina, facial and palm recognition can now also be installed, offering further levels of security. Having a variety of systems to choose from offers excellent flexibility and caters for many kinds of businesses.
  • Combination systems. Access control technology is particularly effective when different systems can be integrated. Using multi technology readers and systems is beneficial to installers and end users alike. Installation costs can be reduced, and a great variety of specific needs can be catered for in one system. In addition, combining a number of systems makes management of security more efficient and allows incidents to be more thoroughly investigated.
  • Software that allows data management is becoming increasingly useful and sophisticated. This places the user in total control of their security and be able to proactively distinguish trends and potential problems.
  • Battery life for mobile wireless handsets and the range over which they can be used has significantly increased.

Biometric accessIncreasing choice of access control solutions

As the technology behind access control systems continues to evolve and becomes more commonplace, prices fall and a wider range of systems are available for purchase. This means that a wide choice exists for all budgets. Now that access control technology is increasingly affordable, it is more appropriate to install in residential properties and most new housing developments incorporate some form of access control.

Access control technology is constantly evolving, but security threats are also an ever moving target. Security requirements are determined by sophisticated threats as well as legal requirements for staff and data protection.

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