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Cloud and Hybrid Adoption on the Rise

The physical security industry is experiencing a time of great transformation. Cloud connectivity is accelerating, and more organizations are choosing to blend on-premises and cloud-based solutions. This transformation is affecting all aspects of security, including access control. In the Genetec annual State of Physical Security Survey, it was access control that topped the list of new technologies end-users planned to focus on in 2024.

Unlocking New Possibilities

Access control is no longer a ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ system focused only on locking and unlocking doors. Leading-edge systems today can do so much more.

Consumers are looking for new solutions that make deployment and credentialing easier to manage, bring processing power to the edge, and have the option to interact with access control systems remotely via digital systems.

While many organizations still handle video and access control separately, there is also a strong push to break down these and other technology silos. Increasingly, end-users are moving away from maintaining multiple systems and prefer to have only one system to learn, monitor, and maintain. Unifying all aspects of their security system within one piece of software also improves situational awareness, streamlines workflows, and simplifies training and upkeep.

Modern access control software can be unified with many other systems, including building management systems such as HVAC. This unlocks the opportunity to use data from access control in powerful new ways. For example, heating and cooling systems can be programmed to switch to a more energy-efficient mode when the last person leaves the building.

Identification technology is also advancing rapidly. New solutions that manage credentials either through dedicated apps or digital wallets are replacing or supplementing traditional physical credentials. Unified solutions can take this a step further to link access control credentials to databases containing human resources (HR) and other data. Permissions can be dynamically updated based on data from these systems. If a person changes roles or responsibilities, their access permissions are automatically updated as well.

Movement Toward Cloud Solutions

In addition to these enhancements to access control technology, hybrid solutions are quickly gaining popularity. Companies that have already adopted cloud technologies for video management have experienced the benefits and are now considering doing the same for other systems, like access control.

A hybrid approach allows organizations to maintain control of certain servers on-prem while taking advantage of the flexibility and scalability of cloud solutions. Choosing cloud solutions also allows teams to pass some of the responsibility for monitoring and maintenance to cloud providers.

Other benefits include uptime guarantees, lower up-front infrastructure costs and maintenance expenses, and the ability to leverage the expertise of the cloud service provider’s team. Because the cloud provider is responsible for maintaining servers and keeping the software up to date, end-users do not have to use their staff to take care of these tasks.

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