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State of Access Control Report

HID Global has released the 2022 State of Access Control Report, on market trends. It’s produced by IFSEC Global with HID, a survey of just over 1,000 respondents from across North America (56 per cent), EMEA (29pc) and Asia-Pacific (15pc) to detail the procurement, installation, specification and operation of physical access control.

The report describes the technology being used, and what security and IT professionals are witnessing and foreseeing. Ease of use is the most crucial reason to upgrade to a new access control system, according to 60 per cent of the respondents. This means that in addition to securing premises, a new system must provide a smooth and straightforward process for users (employees, residents or visitors) and administrators (security, facilities and IT teams).

Demand for mobile access is showing an uptick, with 42pc of respondents planning to upgrade to mobile-ready systems. While security system administrators benefit from increased operational efficiency, employees and visitors may find mobile access more convenient and secure since they are more likely to have their mobile devices at hand than their access cards. The pandemic also played a role in the demand for touchless physical access control. About 32pc or one in three of respondents cited they would upgrade systems to introduce touchless solutions in response to the pandemic, with contactless biometrics also being considered among them.

Future-proof support is also a growing concern as users are pushing for long-term convenience while achieving cost savings. In fact, almost half of the respondents (49pc) selected the ability to support new tech in the future as one of the top three features in a new access control solution, and 33pc included integration with existing security platforms as being important. As a result, consultants and integrators are moving away from proprietary models and embracing open standards-based technology, where software upgrades can be securely managed through the cloud. One in five respondents added that interoperability and open standards will be one of the top trends set to shape the industry in the near future.

Organisations across all regions are making an effort to understand how new purchases and upgrades in access control can have an impact on sustainable practices, with about 28pc of respondents having consulted their sustainability departments about their buying decisions. Access control readers that have Environmental Product Declarations and intelligent power management, for example, support green building ratings such as LEED. Deploying mobile access and virtual credentials removes the need for plastic cards and so spares the carbon footprint associated with their lifecycle. When integrated with a building management platform, it is possible to maintain for continuous adjustment of building resources based on occupancy.


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