Trends shaping the future of access control

With recent news forcing security to front of mind, this year’s IFSEC International conference was focused and popular.  Their seminar highlights and day-by-day videos offer a great round-up of the show for anyone unable to attend. Below we’ve summarised a few headline points from a panel debate on the future of access control.

Access control is under a period of rapid change

  • Access control has been until recently still its infancy. Credentials were used on a low and slow frequency, with no memory capability.
  • Moving forward manufacturers will increasingly use the faster, higher frequency (13.56 MHz) handshake between credential and reader as this speed allows encryption to take place.
  • Mobility was identified as the main driver of innovation for the future.

NFC and Bluetooth

  • Marshall explained the differences between NFC and Bluetooth technologies. NFC is near field, very close proximity. Bluetooth (BLE) is low energy and draws a minimal amount of battery energy out of the device. BLE is also long range (8 to 10 metres)
  • Simplicity was identified as the main driver of innovation in the locking aspect of security. The drive to deploy secure locks in an access control system as simply as possible has resulted in the development of the wireless, encrypted Aperio product.
  • The next step involves working with access control partners to adapt the platform for use by access control manufacturers.

Open Protocols

  • Open protocol drivers for access communications – many have adopted profile C for their controllers. This means they can be controlled by someone else’s software, it breaks through the proprietary world. Management systems, alarm receiving centres, building management systems will now be able to talk in an open controller manner to controllers developed by TDSi and HID.
  • HID ensures credential through a process of encrypted emails sent from their cloud service. These contain a license code, which is then entered into the app and communicated back to the cloud services and exchanges all relevant details about the device– the communication is encrypted and the person using the trusted identity is known.

Cloud access

  • The cloud is having a huge impact within access control and means a paradigm shift because companies are not selling kit but providing a service. The need of customers is to be secure and this means they want a secure building or management system, which is driving the service-side of security. The industry started with opening doors – but it is now about people and how people interact with systems.

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