By John L. Moss, CEO of S2 Security
November 20, 2017
Innovation in access control is quietly heating up. The industry is ready to implement innovations on a broad scale that have been just out of reach. Demand for virtual credentials is growing, facial recognition technology is both technically and economically feasible, and migration to the cloud is increasing—and increasingly beneficial. Over the next few years, market adoption of these advances will transform the ways security professionals operate and organizations benefit from their access control systems.
Virtual credentials and mobile access technology
The demand for virtual credentials and mobile access is intensifying, driven in part by younger members of the workforce who never go anywhere without their smartphones. Suffice to say, most employees wouldn't turn their cars around for a forgotten physical credential, but they'll certainly restart their commutes to collect forgotten smartphones.
The benefits are simple: convenience, compliance, and satisfaction of workforce demand. Everyone carries their phone, security professionals enhance their management capabilities, and employees can stay on the move. By including the credential in a mobile device, embedded in an app, organizations can also provide novel security capabilities, such as threat reporting and virtual photo ID.
The good news is that virtual credentials and mobile access technology have progressed to the point that they are easier to implement. Migration is straightforward, and implementation does not need to be all-or-nothing. Instead it can be taken in phases leading to an interim hybrid approach that includes physical and virtual credentials.