In the last two years, with the invasion of COVID-19, the way we live, work and communicate has changed radically. This has forced many companies to make a number of changes to stay afloat, which in turn has allowed the rapid and easy entry of a number of new technologies in every area of our lives. The field of access control has not lagged behind and in recent years there have been a number of changes and new trends aimed at ensuring security, employment management and providing greater control over business in the new reality. Here are the top trends in access control that we will see in 2022:
1. Mobile access control
Approximately 6.4 billion people worldwide own a smartphone, and more and more people are using it for everything from ordering food to meeting, work and play, and at the same time, smartphones are getting smarter every year. That’s why mobile access control is fast becoming the norm, and turning smartphones into a key, ticket, card and / or verification device is a trend. Mobile credentials offer a more secure and convenient solution, and as people now carry their cell phones with them everywhere, these devices have evolved organically for the area of access control.
2. Cloud-based system
Cloud-based systems are so popular because they are easier to manage and save time and money, they are more flexible, large-scale and secure. More and more access control products entering the market are powered by cloud-based software. This allows you to remove the cumbersome, expensive server in place and instead manage the data in the cloud. This way we get automatic data backup and software updates, and the system can be managed from anywhere and on any device, reading information in real time. It is no longer necessary to stop selling tickets before the start of the check-in process in order to fill the database in the verification devices. Sales can also continue during the placement process, with devices reading real-time information from cloud-based systems.
In recent years, facial recognition or fingerprint has been used quite successfully in contactless access control technologies. Although these technologies have not yet found application in the event sector, more and more hotels, fitness and sports centers and attractions are adapting this type of technology. In addition to a higher degree of security, this type of technology allows maximum digitalization of the processes of management, reservations, sales, analysis and control of purchased services. In this regard, URBO Studio and BIODIT have developed a comprehensive management, control and sales platform in the hotel, sports and entertainment industries. You can read more in our article here.
4. RFID or NFC
Both RFID (radio frequency identification) and NFC (near-field communication) are designed and used primarily as a way to easily store and transmit information between devices.
By its nature, RFID is very effective in storing and processing simple information, but in very large volumes (eg barcodes for large events and festivals). NFC, on the other hand, can store longer / more complex information and has a little more flexibility when it comes to storing and interpreting information (NFC technology can be easily applied to top-up cards or bracelets in attractions or during festivals and concerts, or for direct non-cash payment for additional services at this type of event). Despite a number of advantages that this type of technology provides, their use still remains limited to large-scale events, mainly due to higher costs, as well as the need for a very good and stable network and access to charging stations for smartphones on your guests.
Flexibility, security and convenience will continue to influence security and access trends in the future. Technologies that are in line with these trends will grow in popularity and will soon become the new standard. Getting acquainted with these trends and applying them will ensure business sustainability and end-user satisfaction.