The Changing Face of Access Control

Various challenges are driving new technology adaptations for traditional access control

Unlike a badge, utilizing mobile credentials signifies one less object that a student, team member or employee needs to carry each day.

Work and life have shifted drastically over the past few years, and organizations have been forced to make extreme changes to their daily operations to remain afloat. Adjusting to the continuously changing “new normal” that impacts our work culture has caused it to transition from in-office to predominantly remote. With access control, innovative trends that aid in this new way of life are making the rounds.

These new products and features ensure stronger security, and remote capabilities and enable businesses to have better control over daily operations. The latest access control trends center around new technology and features that integrate security into our way of life and bring productivity to the workplace. These recent trends in access control enforce safety, allow for greater control, and transform security into a seamless experience for end-users and integrators.

The Cloud

One of the most prominent physical access trends has been the cloud. The majority of organizations today already have specific systems running in the cloud, and the transition from on-premise to off-premise or hybrid is beginning to impact businesses of every size. The cloud presents numerous benefits for organizations, from managing multiple locations in a central location to quicker responses and action to combat security incidents. Additionally, with a cloud-based or hybrid cloud system, organizations’ can take advantage of centralizing data across sites in the cloud without needing to “rip and replace” all existing hardware.

Because of the cloud, system installers and integrators can now switch to a service-based business model that provides recurring subscription-based monthly revenue. Instead of just selling traditional hardware-based systems or service agreements, they can now offer full-service cloud solutions, including system health checks, cybersecurity functions, and other professional services.

This is only the start of this new business model. According to a recent analysis, the access control market was valued at $7.65 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $11.7 billion by 2026. It’s apparent that more companies are beginning to realize that cloud solutions can effectively solve new challenges by helping them scale their business and provide cost-effective solutions that mitigate risks.

Intrusion Detection

Intrusion detection is an influential driver in the access control market. With today’s cutting-edge technologies, access control can set parameters for approved access and credentials when the systems are combined, making intrusion detection highly desired. Intrusion detection helps establish the baseline of standard activity by setting definitive rules and procedures and monitoring predicted traffic movement. Understanding these variables produces a much easier way to catch intruders or inappropriate access, ultimately amplifying the access control system.

Intrusion detection also assists in determining and executing access control across the institution. Periodically, intrusion detection may help find circumstances where authorized access is required outside what is permitted. Repeating intrusion alarms may be the initial indication that access control procedures must adjust. When intrusion detection and access control are integrated, they are synergistic. And businesses with robust systems use these two methods to support their infrastructure further. When both are executed and operated together, security teams can spot more complex attacks that might otherwise escape one or the other.

Mobile Credentials

As physical access control shifts to digital, mobile credentials will continue to replace traditional key cards and fobs at institutions like university campuses, resorts, hotels, etc. A mobile credential usually adds two-factor authentication and visual identity verification without requiring investment in another credential. It also streamlines security by creating a unified access control experience at people’s fingertips. By integrating digital and physical identity, organizations can amplify security without compromising convenience. In other words, mobile is here to stay.


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