The Future of Access Control

When talking about the modern security system, the hottest item always seems to be the cameras. Now capable of extremely high res video, real-time analysis and video processing, and more. But in many cases, having a solid access control system is even more important. Without successful control of who can go where and when, having visual data can quickly become meaningless.

Access control at its simplest is basically an extension of one of the first great innovations in security, the locking door. Conventionally operated with physical keys, today it is more and more biometrics that act as the gatekeeper. In fact, biometrics represents around 40 percent of the offerings in this sub-section of the security industry.

As “the cloud” is increasingly adopted, the expense of on-site hardware to manage data is becoming a thing of the past. Hosting on the cloud also allows for deeper integration of all systems while wireless capabilities are included in devices so as to always be watching for gaps in security management.

Most people don’t stop to consider it, but biometrics have in fact already become a part of many of our daily lives even if you don’t step foot outside of your house. Apple and Samsung have moved to using fingerprints and retinal scans. This has, for better or for worse, softened people up to the idea of using their body as a key. Mobile fingerprint scanners are already very low in cost and easy to produce en masse, around 2 dollars a piece. It is just a matter of time until biometrics is the de facto lock management system for any project.

Access control is an integral part of protecting just about any facility of size, and each solution requires a tailor-made setup. The IoT and cloud will continue to serve as the number crunching and storing arm of the industry, while it seems it will be our bodies will be the keys.

Security Technology of South Texas, Inc. is currently partnering with Smith Protective Services to provide this unique combination of remote monitored video and on-site response. To learn more about how remote video monitoring and guard response can save you money and better protect your business, contact us at (855) 688-2718   or online at  .