Basic Trends Driving the ‘Smart’ Future for Access Control Technology

Basic Trends Driving the ‘Smart’ Future for Access Control Technology

The introduction of mobile based credentials has the immense potential to revolutionize the access control industry – enhancing the firm’s security posture.

There has been an uptick in the mobile credentials popularity, which is used via a smartphone to interact with any access control reader instead of a physical card. Mobile credentials are more convenient, improve privacy, allow greater flexibility, and can also lower the maintenance costs of certain credential management for end-users.

Biometric technology is increasing with iris scanning and fingerprint recognition. In many cases, multiple biometric identification methods are used in combination with an identity card or used in place of a card for greater security.

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As technology continues to advance and evolve, physical cards continue to play a crucial role in securely restricting or granting access, considering the trusted identity. Physical cards remain a basic but essential part of commercial security systems—maintaining the companies’ security and safety by restricting access or controlling entry within a space. But, they aren’t enough in the current security dynamics.

The combination of a physical card with any digital identity is immensely powerful and offers multi-layered security. And, this is a must-have in the current scenario.

Authentication Security and Technology

All three types of access control cards – magnetic stripe, proximity, and smart – are driven by different identity management technologies. Magnetic stripe cards are copied easily and offer minimal security. The most recent advancement across the access control card market segment—smart cards—is developed to be challenging to duplicate. Smart cards promise optimum security, operating at 13.56Mhz. They provide personal authentication, identification, data storage and application processing. But, to conclude, it is recommended to combine this technology with others for increased security.

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Digital authentication technologies are transforming identity verification processes and systems around the globe. Access cards remain tied to a person’s identity through a modern physical access control (PAC) system that involves a two-step process for linking a card to a person. Some card personalization software systems can connect to and update the PAC system post the card has been personalized. However, with cyber-criminals getting smarter with each passing day, it is immensely crucial to back such physical identification systems by reliable technologies and software.

Considering the increasing risks in the post-COVID era, governments, corporations, and property managers need to elevate the importance of a trusted identity in order to mitigate the demand for efficient and convenient access. Technological advancements in security systems, encompassing the deployment of wireless technology, are assuring advanced access control.

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Security is the top concern for both public and private entities. Most industries have transitioned to smart cards for a more stout security posture. But, access cards will surely not suffice and should not be relied upon. As the most secure type of access card, smart cards are used most often in health care, government, and financial sectors, while proximity cards are commonly used in education and enterprise.

Access cards as the basic identity management system will continue to be used for access, but a definite shift has been observed to biometrics and mobile credentials. And going forward, enterprises need to invest in technologies like biometrics, iris identification, and mobile verification, along with access card to assure enterprise security.

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