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The next big trend in cloud access control

The next big trend in cloud access control
Besides biometrics and data storage, system integration will be the next big thing in the field of cloud access control. Examples such as with HR systems, mobile devices, and surveillance systems.
Besides biometrics and data storage, system integration will be the next big thing in the field of cloud access control. Examples such as with HR systems, mobile devices, and surveillance systems.

In terms of cloud-based access control systems, there are several trends in the forefront of 2020, including biometrics and data storage. However, the biggest trend seems to be integration – dealing with how cloud access control systems work with other systems which further creates addition values for companies and users. There are two major areas where cloud access control systems are often integrated: mobile and surveillance solutions.

Cloud access + mobile devices

Before mobile device integration, cloud-based access control systems required lots of equipment to be installed, such as large expensive terminals to physically enter data and access points of entry whether for physical locations or electronic systems. Now, with the wide adoption of mobile devices, the previous hassle can be saved. With technologies like Apple Face ID and Samsung fingerprint scanner, mobile devices can even perform biometric authentication to add an extra layer of security.

Several tasks are eliminated once cloud-based access control system integrates with mobile devices. For example, the need to drive to a facility if a key or access credential is forgotten to enable entry for someone, the need to be physically present to enable access for visitors or special events, the need to store keys in a safe place, the need to track who has the key and for which doors, and the need to hook onsite to a dedicated computer to manage access control of users and groups.

“By integrating mobile devices – which are on us every day – with service providers for cloud access control systems, the need for usual hardware for access control is not mandatory,” said Yogendra Singh Chauhan, Research Manager, ICT, Transparency Market Research. “Clients are more likely to use their mobile phone, even in access control. Next year will have more providers 69 launch mobile access solution,” said Peter Chen, Product and Marketing Director at Anviz Global.

Cloud access + surveillance

The integration of cloud-based access control with security systems of an organization will be another trend in the field. For instance, with video surveillance systems. In the scenario of investigating specific events in the organization, searching through long hours of video recordings isn’t productive along with all the technologies nowadays. The integration of video cameras and access systems can directly present the footage of when the door is accessed and by whom. For such needs, the connection with the access control system and video recording system helps save considerable time and resources.

SALTO KS offers KS Services, which integrates Comelit and Edge Eye Networks that enable intercom and video surveillance within the SALTO KS app. “The services includes being notified about someone ringing your doorbell, having a live video or audio feed, and unlocking remotely,” said Rick Voogt, Managing Director at SALTO KS. “Ultimately, the possibility of integration proves to be endless, and we look forward to exploring this further in 2020.”

Further integration, meanwhile, will be with other systems in the organization. HR system, for instance, helps improve administrative efficiency if it integrates with the cloud access control system. If a new employee joins a company, there is automatic access granted to the facilities. It doesn’t require a log in to two different systems for a new employee to set up. The same is also true for revoking access to facilities when an employee leaves.

More market education needed

One of the goals of the cloud access control market is to attract more customers and users to adopt this technology. In others words, companies in the field need to educate more customers to learn about this new technology, and how to implement it. “The availability of retrofit hardware compatibility for legacy products currently in use is a primary reason for slower adoption challenge,” said Matthew Ng, Vice President of Product, Head of America at igloohome.

“Also, many company security policies reside in the background without constant oversight, so only when a security breach has occurred, do companies consider reviewing and improving their solution to something more secure. Many vendors target only niche markets (hospitality, logistics, commercial real estate), so access solutions differ for each vertical,” said Ng.
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