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The Future of IP Access Control Technologies

April 21, 2017

The Future of IP Access Control Technologies

Throughout the physical security industry, the future of IP access control is always a hot topic. Networked access control technologies are growing rapidly, and many experts agree there is no end in sight.

Even with the growth of IP alternatives, some of your access control customers may still use legacy analog systems—and with great success. However, there is little doubt that the market as a whole will move over to IP access control, much like surveillance has.

Here we take a look at the future of networked access control technology:

Rapid growth.

IP access control technology is only expected to grow as legacy analog systems reach end of life. This is good news for both you and your customers, since the benefits of networked access control are great: It helps lower installation costs, improves integration with other systems, allows for easier configuration and management—including remote and mobile access—and provides a greater degree of installation flexibility for use in all types of environments.

In addition to these benefits, IP access control also promises to be a future-proof investment, because the industry as a whole is moving gradually toward networked and integrated physical security devices and systems. It’s no wonder most end users are looking for the opportunity to transition to IP door readers, controllers, and other devices.

Intelligent devices.

As access control evolves toward IP, it gains the ability to provide a greater degree of information and intelligence, a trend that will only continue in the coming years. IP systems can gather massive amounts of valuable data on events such as entries, exits, and access attempts, providing your customers useful insight into access control trends.  

IP access control also more readily integrates with other devices, such as video surveillance, visitor management, and video management. When working together, these devices can achieve predictive analytics, which enables your customers to move from a reactive to a proactive model of physical security. The next generation of devices are likely to have even greater intelligence, which will tighten security even more.

Adoption of standards.

Just like the IP surveillance industry before it, the access control world is transitioning from proprietary systems to open solutions. In the next few years, expect to see a greater focus on open standards and standardized interfaces. The customer wants flexibility in product selection, interoperability, and installation, and international industry standards are the most sure-fire way to meet that demand. Before long, devices built on open standard will be the norm.

Greater opportunities for VARs.

The transition from analog to IP access control systems has been good news for VARs. These systems are easy to install and readily integrate with other devices, such as IP cameras, alarms, and building control technologies. And as open standards continue to take hold, you will be even better positioned to provide end-to-end security solutions for a wider range of customers and verticals.

What percentage of your business is made up by IP access control technologies? Do you expect that figure to increase over the next five years?