It’s easy to think the access control market has begun to stagnate. After all, what’s left after biometrics have become so easily accessible, and $500,000 school security systems have become the de rigueur? In 2019, the access control market continues to trend upwards in value, mainly as new technologies come to the forefront.
Access Control For All
The newest technology taking over the access control market is the adoption of cloud-based technologies. By eliminating the need for on-site hosting, access control technology has become more affordable and easier to use than ever before. Businesses large and small are now able to utilize access control systems where cost may have previously prevented them. For small businesses, this means bringing vital security functionality to facilities they have not been able to afford. For larger corporations, cloud-based access control can be installed across a greater number of facilities that may have seemed daunting before.
Mobile integration is also expanding rapidly. By partnering mobile devices — which are on us every day — with cloud services, the usual access control hardware is no longer a necessity. The early days of access control called for quite a lot of equipment to be installed. Large, expensive terminals were used to log and access points of entry whether they were physical or electronic. But with the widespread adoption of phones and smartwatches, Apple ID and Samsung fingerprint scanners, biometric access is now almost always on your person. Partner that with cloud-based technology, and these sophisticated access measures can be used almost anywhere in the world.
Again, this provides business large and small with two main benefits: Less equipment means less cost which theoretically can expand profit margins, and employees are now more mobile than ever before. So whether they’re on or off-site, full company access won’t suffer.
Cloud computing adoption rates have grown exponentially over the past 5 years. Over 70% of the 550 respondents in a recent IDG survey indicated that at least one portion of their enterprise computing was based on the cloud, with some respondents saying they felt immense pressure to move the majority of their computing to cloud-based services.
In the access control market, cloud-based systems have also expanded the business prospects of many access control providers. The ease of installation of these services means that companies can now offer product (hardware) as well as service (server hosting). Cloud hosting not only makes the experience more seamless and affordable on the user’s end, but it also makes management and operation of a facility much easier. These days, entire facilities can be monitored over the Web or on a smartphone.
The Cloud has taken the access control market out of hibernation. What once was a sedate arena of tech is now catching up to the rest of the world at a rapid pace. Access and security were often viewed as a costly, sometimes unnecessary expense in the past, but these recent technological advances have made access control affordable and easy to use for consumers and companies at every level.
If your business is in need of a security and access update, or you just want to explore your options, get in touch with Customer 1st Communications today. We’ll give you a no-cost, no-obligation quote no matter your business needs.