The Future of Access Technology


November 29, 2021

What you can expect in the weeks, months, and even years to come.

Access technology is guaranteed to impact virtually every aspect of daily life. In 2021, access technologies continued to adapt to a collective unwillingness to contact germ-covered door handles. Looking forward, the industry is predicted to focus even further on heightened public safety, personal convenience, and integrated operability. With IT and security increasingly blending plus the impacts of Covid-19, it’s of little surprise that these trends in access tech are gaining traction for 2022 and beyond.

Access Control Trends to Watch in 2022

Video Surveillance

In 2019, the video surveillance camera market was valued at $23.6 billion and was expected to grow to $44 billion by 2025. Related tools and algorithms for increasing cyber-security, the development of video analytics and body-worn cameras, the creation of “safe-city” systems, and the introduction to robotics are all at the forefront of this trend. Video analytics will be incredibly impactful as it applies to a variety of crossover functions.  

Motion tracking – Tracking of vehicles and detection of intruders on-premises are enabled by video analytics tools such as consolidated sensors and night vision, among others. 

Facial recognition – When it comes to security, facial recognition features and video analytics naturally fit hand in hand. Monitoring crowds, detecting unusual behavior, and even discerning criminals from a comprehensive database are just a few uses of this innovative feature. 

Detection and tracking of objects – From unidentified objects left at a bank or hospital to particular high-value items in a retail setting, you can now identify and track objects throughout surveilled premises thanks to this emerging technology.

Integrating machine learning and AI analytics creates new uses for video data than just that of the standard CCTV systems. Led by Huawei Technologies Co., “Safe-City” is a set of initiatives based around creating a more secure community for citizens, businesses, law enforcement, and officials. These initiatives rely on AI analytics to maximize safety and minimize crimes through ‘enterprise’ LTE technology (the private version of the 4G (LTE) networks) and the Internet of Things (IoT) with secure wireless broadband connectivity. However, security robots may be a viable option for a smaller scale within private businesses and even homes. Combining AI with sensors, motion detectors, and cameras, these robotics can assess possible break-ins and crises. These AI use facial recognition to form a “known persons” database to alert potential intruders. Sensors can detect a broken window, for example, or an abnormal change in temperature, possibly a smoking electronic that’s been improperly left on.

Highly practicable data can be generated from vast volumes of video surveillance with these features, eventually negating the need for terabytes of footage from traditional cameras, thus reducing bandwidth usage and enhancing speed. The less potential for human error in identifying actions, objects, situations, and behaviors, the better!  

Smart Phone Integration

Convenience is king and a primary driver of technological development. An estimated 6.4 billion people around the world own a smartphone. Instead of carrying a separate ID card to access certain areas, employees can verify their identity and gain access via the device they’re already carrying. The trend for mobile credentials is growing fast and is only set to continue its upward trajectory. Access control systems are launching new programming interfaces to allow seamless data sharing and management of physical and digital assets. Think about daily operations like your building’s locking system or ANPR parking access control. Integrating them with a singular platform or app on a smartphone device can save you so much time on top of streamlining efficiencies. With the access control industry predicted to grow by 2025 from $8.6 billion to $12.8 billion, stay on top of the curve with integrated systems from Access Professional Systems!

Biometric Technology & Touchless Access

While biometrics has been heralded for decades already, the conditions seem to be suitable for widespread acceptance of its adoption finally. According to Future Market Insights, “Contactless biometric technology will ride the wave created by the COVID-19 pandemic to a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 17.4% from 2020 to 2030.”  In that same timeframe, the global market as a whole is expected to increase five-fold. 52% of data breaches have been attributed to weak passwords and human error, making biometric techs like fingerprint detectors and hardware sensors on mobile devices all the more crucial of a development. It’s anticipated that touchless access control solutions like iris scanners, facial recognition, and vein pattern readings will also grow in popularity in access control. Their vast versatility and potential for integration anywhere you might find a camera only adds to their allure. In many cases, businesses can look to these methods as a more cost-effective alternative to traditional means like security guard staffing and as a relevant response to the long-term collective awareness of germs in high-traffic spaces.

Need some help keeping up with the future of access technology? We here at Access Professional Systems are happy to help! Give us a call at 853-223-9982 (CA) or 602-737-2081 (AZ) anytime. We have been committed to providing our customers with customized solutions and superior service since 1977.

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