In a previous post, we have spoken about the history of Access Control, so now we will take a look at the future! 

A 2019 survey of nearly 500 managers, security directors, and consultants conducted by HID Global and Security Management magazine identified the top 3 Access Control concerns at that time. These were integration with legacy systems (45%), taking advantage of features in new technologies (39%), and protection against increasing vulnerabilities (38%). 

Modern Access Control solutions are fully integrated Security Management Systems that keep workplaces safe and secure by recognising people and faces, reading their temperature, and more. Some experts suggest systems like Access Control could help with employee health and well-being by monitoring working hours, screen time, posture, and movement through integration to mobile devices.

The main element that we can see evolving is the use of CCTV. Currently, CCTV requires human observation to identify a person. However, the development of facial recognition and the use of sophisticated data protection indicates CCTV itself will soon be able to identify and verify an employee. This would be a fantastic way of performing identification and verification seamlessly without impeding the employee’s actions.

With the rise of hybrid working, the future of Access Control will most likely evolve to feature easy, transparent management of staff on a shift schedule system. Complex AI technology will help manage approved schedules, detect suspicious behaviour, such as an employee entering the office at an unusual time, and alert a manager for investigation.

Access Control will also develop to keep us as safe as possible. ‘Anomaly Detection’ software will soon be able to detect someone entering with a weapon, alert relevant staff, lockdown certain areas, and contact emergency services instantly.  

AI could help Access Control identify hazards and accidents. For example, in a fire outbreak, it could automatically contact the emergency services, lock the affected area, turn on any sprinklers and trigger the fire alarm. 

Technology is also being used in Access Control to tackle people losing cards and keyfobs. There is now the possibility of turning everyday items such as watches, bags, rings, and other wearable technology into a key, making the process even more seamless.

There will also be an evolution in security protocols, such as using Blockchain. Put simply, this means information, such as a person’s identity or biometric fingerprint, will be stored in a single digital block on a P2P network under a unique identifier known as a ‘hash’. Changes to the information in this block would result in the creation of a new block and ‘hash’. This new block is linked to the previous block by storing the hash of that previous block. If any blocks were tampered with, it would cause the ‘hash’ of that block to change, meaning the chain would be broken and all information lost. This protects against tampering and data theft.

Overall, the area of Access Control is one that we believe will continue to grow and expand in many ways. Be it with modular design, CCTV verification measures, higher data security or more personalised entry. Access Control has been a staple of security for decades and will continue to be implemented (incorporated) into our future.