We have previously spoken about how Access Control has featured in movies. Well in this blog, we want to discuss how if Access Control had been prevalent in these movies…It could have changed the outcome drastically.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Despite the technology available in a galaxy far far away, the Death Star has examples of incredibly poor Access Control. Whilst the most obvious failure is the lacklustre cybersecurity and non-encrypted building plans allowing R2D2 to easily hack top secret information we will focus on the physical Access Control elements.

  • Despite it being a literal spaceship, there is not a single security camera seen during the movie. This means any limited CCTV that was available on the ship, did not cover the main spaces and could not be used to alert the security detail to any events were unfolding
  • If the Deathstar had the ability to blow up a planet, it could have implemented some facial recognition and Access Control, both for restricted areas and for the use of the stormtrooper suits. This would have prevented anyone sneaking around the ship. Similarly, there seemed to be no credentials for certain areas, giving all storm troopers access to all areas.
  • Also, a spaceship the size of a moon should really have motion detectors in case of debris in the area, any technical issues or a fleet of rebels flying directly at its surface.

Overall whilst we probably would not want an outcome where the Deathstar had better security, it would have very drastically changed the fate of Star Wars as we know it if they had.

The Truman Show

  • Now yes, they had to be discreet in allowing Truman both freedom in his world, but also preventing him from seeing the boundaries of his facade; However, instilling in him a fear of water and then making the only exit across an ocean, was a bit extreme. A ferry port that was abandoned and locked up via an Access Control solution would have been more plausible.
  • Also due to the town being a set, there were many doors and exits that were used by members of the town but could never be seen by him, as they were fake or more suited to being a backstage room. This would have worked a lot more smoothly if they had motion sensors and utilised all their copious CCTV to keep all out of bounds areas automatically locked when he was in the vicinity.

These measures would have most likely stopped him from realising the situation he was in as quickly and the Truman Show could have carried on for years.

Our third and final example comes from the movie, Night at the Museum.

  • We begin by addressing the most important rule when working the night shift at this museum, ‘Don’t let anything in or out’. Had all the doors and windows been programmed via an Access Control solution to automatically lock at 11:59, there would have been no risk of people breaking in, or the exhibits breaking out.
  • The lack of a CCTV surveillance system means that the new night manager Larry must run around the museum in chaos to fix every issue, rather than being able to observe and control a lot of the issues from one central safe place. This would also have tipped him off about the heist happening in the museum earlier.
  • To put it quite simply also, a self-locking door system when dealing with Lions and various other beasts that come to life, would have been a lot safer than having to physically lock a gate. Also, a biometric system between areas of the museum would mean that not only could the exhibits not move around beyond their own allocated spaces, It would also mean that Larry could have removed the credentials of the previous team and they would not have been able to access the building in the first place.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about these examples of how Access Control could change these movies and if you have any other examples, let us know in the comments below…