IHS Research Note: ‘The Access Control Industry of Tomorrow’ – How will role-based access and open standards influence market opportunity?

In the latest Research Note from IHS, Blake Kozak (senior analyst for security and building technologies) discusses the exciting changes afoot within the access control industry.

The access control market is beginning to propel itself into innovation and technological advancement through integration. Open standards, convergence of access control and video and partnerships with non-security related companies [and non-access control companies such video surveillance providers] are the focus of the industry.

It’s safe to say that access control providers, integrators and building IT managers are no longer hesitant to implement access control to its fullest capacity. Integrating access control with video allows for forensics and more seamless security.

While video recording at the door is not an entirely new concept, many providers are looking to develop software and user interfaces which unify the two solutions. Additionally, ease of use and convenience are helping to drive the industry.

The Access Control Industry of Tomorrow: how will role-based access and open standards influence market opportunity?

The Access Control Industry of Tomorrow: how will role-based access and open standards influence market opportunity?

Access control does not always need to be used for only hardened security applications. Using social media and applications/hardware in conjunction with access control could help open the market to new opportunities since interacting with the access control devices is becoming increasingly popular.

NFC (Near Field Communication) and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) are also trending and will allow more options in the medium term for those end users who wish to replace physical credentials with mobile credentials.

Open standards/interoperability standards

Additionally, open standards and interoperability standards may also begin to change the face of the industry over the next 12-36 months. ONVIF Profile C and Physical-Logical Access Interoperability (PLAI) may look to lead this movement.

In addition to open standards, integration with hardware and software that’s neither security related nor BMS related could also change the industry.

Role-based access control is one example. Typically, access control rights today are assigned based on time schedules which often requires additional inputs from an administrator. However, there could be a trend towards using assigned roles to provide access to not only doors but to also logical access control.

The future focus could be on allowing logical domains to work with physical domains in order to increase efficiency and open doors for other possibilities in addition to automated privilege management.

Last, travel programs within organisations could be tied to access control systems which automate access to different buildings within an organisation based on a colleague booking travel. This would effectively eliminate the need for an administrator to grant each travelling colleague access rights to each building they are traveling to in a different city or country.

Innovation and implementation very much part of the mix

Overall, the access control industry is no longer standing still with innovation and implementation of technology firmly part of the mix. The access industry is now thoroughly entrenched in wireless, IP-enabled devices and integration beyond video surveillance. Many of the leading suppliers of access control are working to offer a wide range of product and offerings which include not only enterprise but also SMB.

One of the keys to success over the next few years will be to have an offering beyond traditional access control readers, panels, cards and software and embrace the new position of the industry which includes things such as remote management, mobile and fixed functionality credentials, wireless, reducing administrative burden and increased efficiency and integration with human capital management software.

The access control industry of tomorrow is knocking at the door.

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