Value-added resellers (VARs) are flocking to the physical security market due to its steady and promising growth rate. Access control in particular is experiencing a long period of growth, with no signs of slowing down. Now is the time for VARs to get started in the access control security market.
To get your creative juices flowing, let’s take a look at the top five access control security trends:
Wireless technologies are being implemented more and more in the security industry, for several reasons. They provide both VARs and customers more flexibility with installation, which can help save time and money. And, over time, they enable the customer to easily add to the system as needed, without significant business disruption.
Wireless access control devices are a great fit for both small and large customers. Keep them in mind for those facilities that might undergo expansion in the coming years. Having a wireless option will put your customers at ease about scalability, which for some can be a huge selling point.
2. Integration with video surveillance.
For comprehensive physical security, it’s important for a customer’s access control solution to seamlessly integrate with their video surveillance technology. This is especially true for larger facilities that have hundreds or even thousands of doors, parking garages, loading docks and other entry/exit points.
Integration with video surveillance enables security officials to link access control events—such as unauthorized entry attempts—with corresponding video footage. This helps officials respond to incidents in real-time, and streamlines investigation after the fact.
3. Advanced privilege capabilities.
Most larger access control customers require at least some variety in their privileges; for example, the access control systems enables employees to access most of the building, but prohibits them from keying into certain areas.
With today’s access control systems, highly specific rules can be pre-set depending upon the time of day, area of the facility, day of the week and even specific users. As manufacturers have recognized that access control can’t be a one-size-fits-all solution, customers are appreciating the added flexibility and enhanced level of security.
4. More open-source technology options.
There’s no denying that the physical security industry is trending away from proprietary technology and toward open-source devices. Today’s customer wants to rest assured that the technology they are investing in will easily integrate with other access control systems, as well as video surveillance, security management and other platforms, for years to come.
When specifying access control technology, be sure to choose devices that are built on an open architecture. This will ensure that your customer can easily grow and adapt the system as their needs change and technology evolves.
5. Bluetooth-enabled access control.
It’s no secret that people go nearly everywhere with their smart phones. Now, a growing number of companies are embracing mobile devices as access control credentials. Using Bluetooth technology, smart phones are able to interact with special access control readers, in essence saying “I’m here, and I’m verifying this user’s identity.”
Not only does Bluetooth-enabled access control add an additional layer of convenience for end users; it also speeds up the time it takes to gain authorization. However, facilities that require a high level of security should likely skip this technology in favor of more secure alternatives, such as fingerprint scanners, or implement a two-step authentication process. After all, it only takes one lost phone to compromise the security of an entire facility.
What other emerging access control security trends do you expect to really take hold? What are some of the most popular technologies among your customers?