“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds aren’t in your favour.” -Elon Musk
This is the life mantra of Mr. Rohin Parkar, Co-Founder and CEO, Spintly, who has a background in wireless technology and engineering, has always aspired to create a global product brand from India.
Technological Breakthroughs that have the Potential to Reshape Modern Access Control
With the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a difficult year defined by worldwide turbulence. This upheaval has resulted in a new standard of mask and glove protocols, social isolation, and travel restrictions, as well as an increasing requirement for smart safety measures. People are now demanding more from their security landscape, which includes wireless, contactless solutions, whether it is an apartment or workplace, government buildings, public venues such as shopping malls, restaurants, auditoriums & museums, educational institutions, libraries, workout centers, or banks.
The Pandemic, Highlighting the Importance of Cloud Based Access Control Systems
Challenges posed by the pandemic, a hybrid work style, and ever-increasing physical security concerns are driving organizations across all market segments to implement smart access control solutions for increased security and accountability. A few technology innovations that have the potential to change modern access control are listed below:
The Cloud-based access control system is the next in line and the most popular technological transition of the current times. This technology allows the user to operate and monitor various doors and locations from anywhere in the world over the internet with no or little financial outlay. Due to the flexibility, ease of integration, security, and compatibility that cloud-based access systems provide, they are gaining traction across all industry segments, allowing users to benefit from zero downtime, a simple access revocation process, and regular security data backups.
A SaaS based access control model adapted to the user’s business needs is available with a cloud-based access solution. This replaces the old hardware-based access control approach with a SaaS (Software as a Service) business model, in which the user pays a monthly subscription fee for the software in order to maintain over-the-air security and accountability.
Wearable Device-based Access
The globe is undoubtedly growing smaller, and so are our devices, with revolutionary innovations springing up in the consumer electronics industry. Wearable gadgets that are used in access control solutions are unquestionably the next-generation trendy prospect that is more personal to the users. It’s as simple as waving your hand in front of the door to allow the access control to open it!
People are experiencing unrivaled security and convenience thanks to wearable gadgets such as smartwatches, smart rings, or smart necklaces that are creating a new ecosystem in the smart access control business. Wearables can track a person’s real-time information and act as a key to open doors, but they can also find and monitor people to improve productivity.
The smartphone is both a gadget for connecting with the rest of the world and a key that grants access to a variety of doors, facilities and assets. Smartphone-based access control is an easily available, cost-effective, and simple solution that allows employees, visitors, guests, and staff to have seamless access to the specified location or material in a convenient and safe manner. Smartphones are increasingly replacing traditional key cards due to their ability to merge digital and physical identity, authentication, and security. Mobile-based access control is predicted to become one of the key trends in the security systems industry over the next decade, providing smart access control system vendors with significant commercial potential.
Wireless Access System
After over 40 years of living with wired systems, the world is rapidly shifting toward wireless technology and solutions. The access control business also provides wireless solutions for all security and access needs, utilizing well-known Wireless Mesh technologies such as Bluetooth (BLE) Mesh Technology, Thread Technology, and Zigbee Technology. Wireless access control systems can not only be installed on existing doors without affecting the property’s appearance but they can also be used to upgrade mechanical locks to make them more responsive and intelligent! When compared to traditional wired systems, such systems can save up to 80% on costs and can be more dependable if properly designed and deployed.
Biometric Technology for Multi-factor Authentication
As time passes, the security landscape changes, necessitating the adoption of contactless and doubly-secure access control solutions. The traditional biometric method was widely employed across many industries for decades, despite high installation costs and accuracy concerns. Contactless biometric technology has now put an end to all of these headaches by allowing users to authenticate themselves via their smartphone using either fingerprint or facial detection when visiting a door or facility. The digital identity and physical attributes are combined in this multifactor authentication method. That is, it enhances security, control, and monitoring while providing a contactless access experience by utilizing both the smartphone and the user’s biometric specifications.
To assist the world in adapting to the new normal post-pandemic, technological breakthroughs in the access control sector focus on creative and cutting-edge technologies that allow contactless & wireless smart access, authentication, identification, and surveillance. As we look to the future of the access control business, it is undeniable that, in addition to adapting to ever-changing settings, safety will continue to be a major focus. The future of smart access control and physical security appears hopeful in the next few years, as more people rely on technological innovations that have the potential to change modern access control.