Soon, mobile phones would be integral to access control

Soon, mobile phones would be integral to access control
Mobile phones would soon become an inevitable part of access control systems, according to one of the largest US security systems integrators. 
 
Speaking at a webinar organized along with JLL, Nikhil Shenoy, Director of Product Marketing at Kastle Systems said that it’s only a matter of time before the technology, which is already here, becomes more popular. 
 
“Within 3 years I believe mobile phones would be the default mode of access,” said Nikhil Shenoy, Director of Product Marketing at Kastle Systems. Further explaining the concept, he cited the example of his car which does can be unlocked and started without a key today. “The technology is already here, it's just a matter of time before it's everywhere.”
 
Shenoy added that the building control systems industry can be historically divided into three parts. The infrastructure period that lasted from the 70s to the 90s, the integration phase that lasted from 90s to 2010s and the intelligent phase that we are in right now. 
 
In the infrastructure phase, businesses focused on acquiring and applying new technologies as they became available to tackle fundamental challenges. Personal computers and HVAC systems are examples of this era. Electronic access control cards became popular during this period, replacing metal keys. 
 
At the end of the infrastructure period, we reached a tipping point. IP solutions began to get popular in the early 2000s, driving new abilities to connect one system to the next and unlock new value by connecting disparate solutions together. Business networks and integrated building management systems became ubiquitous. 
 
“What we see now is the beginning of a new phase,” Shenoy said. “While building operators drove change in the first few phases, tenants and building managers are contributing to new ideas for today’s office, which is currently in the ‘Intelligent Phase’.” 
 
The intelligent phase is marked by the conversion of hardware and software into purposeful solutions that deliver the workplace technology environment. According to Cisco, in the next four years, nearly fifty billion devices will be IP connected, Shenoy added. 


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