Good Access Control is seamless, so most of us interact with it on a regular basis without even thinking about it. We probably notice Access Control more when it is used in pop culture. We wanted to take a look at the most famous Access Control Technology ever seen on our screens.

Most on-screen Access Control examples feature some form of biometrics. The most popular being facial recognition, closely followed by voice ID, retina scans, and DNA ID. We have all seen the spy movies in which a door can only be opened by a certain code, or an action thriller involving biometric scanners that need to be hacked or opened with high-tech devices and extreme cunning. From Marvel to James Bond, Mission impossible to Jack Ryan, Access Control has played an important part in movies for decades.

Let’s take a look at some of the best examples…

Star Trek (1966), was one of the earliest TV series to feature Access Control and biometrics. Voice Identification and code words were used to interact with the ship’s computer, allowing The Enterprise to run efficiently. Star Trek also had its famous sliding doors, which would shoot open when someone approached them. Whilst the noise the doors made remained fairly consistent, various technologies were used to open them, including codes, fingerprints, and sometimes laser guns. The character Worf had plenty of run-ins with doors. Take a look at some of them here…


In the 1997 film Alien: Resurrection, breath identification is used to gain security access to highly secure areas. Whilst an interesting concept that is actually being explored in the medical field for the purposes of diagnosing, this is a fairly unnecessary approach to Access Control. It also proved to be fairly insecure, as later in the film it was spoofed with a synthetic breath spray.


Kevin McCallister invents his own form of Security, which arguably could be called Access Control, in the film Home Alone. From using a fictitious movie named ‘Angels with Dirty Souls’ as an alarm to deter intruders, barricading the doors, Heating up doorknobs, and setting traps, Kevin managed to keep the home secure and unwanted guests from entering.


Our next example is the 1993 classic, Jurassic Park. Initially, it is a security failure that allows the dinosaurs to escape. However, it was the ability to view CCTV, manage and lockdown the park’s Access Control, and much more, from a central computer that allows the surviving visitors to escape the Island (eventually).


One of the most secure buildings on our screens in recent years is the home of superhero costume designer Edna Mode in the Incredibles and the Incredibles 2. Not only does she have a video camera intercom at the bottom of her drive to identify guests but there is also a laser gate to keep unwanted visitors at bay. Once you have access to her state-of-the-art home, there is still PIN entry and a voice-activated system to contend with. There is also a nice example of how easy it can be to add users, just like Janus C4 when Edna Mode adds Jack-Jack’s details to her system.


We could not create a list of Security Access in movies without mentioning Tom Cruise. Our final example is the most impressive and high-security Access Control system maybe ever seen on our screens, from the movie Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation. This Access Control has a fingerprint, lock combinations, and gait analysis. No spoilers, but you can take a look at this impressive system here.

That’s the end of our list. If you have any better examples. let us know!