Articles by Bryan Montany
IHS Markit projects that the market for physical electronic access control solutions has grown to over $5.2 billion in 2018. The market has experienced stable and predictable growth rates that have hovered around 6 percent over the past several years. Electronic locks remain both the largest and the fastest growing product type in access control, representing nearly 40% of the global market size for all access control equipment. Impact of technological developments While market growth rates have been consistent, technological developments have dramatically impacted the market in 2018. The most prominent trend involves mobile credentials, which are poised to revolutionise the longstanding business model for access control system sales. The mobile credentials market was still in its infancy in 2018, but many end-users are already anticipating a transition to these credentials by installing compatible readers in their systems. By 2020, over 10 percent of all new readers sold in the market will be compatible with mobile credentials. Access Control as a Service Other trends to watch in 2019 and beyond include Access Control as a Service (ACaaS), which allow end-users to avoid the need to invest in costly on-site IT infrastructures to support their access control equipment. ACaaS solutions will be particularly popular to support small and mid-sized projects that service less than fifty doors. In addition, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons will support geopositioning in an increasing number of the world’s most advanced access control systems. Through geopositioning, the exact location of specific personnel can be identified at any site in real-time. The top fifteen access control vendors represent more than half of the total size of the global access control market, but there are pockets of opportunity for new vendors, particularly to accommodate small and mid-sized projects. The mobile credential and ACaaS markets will also be highly competitive in 2019 and should attract an influx of new market entrants.
So often, one’s focus in security and access control zeroes in on the hardware. Its latest functionality or compatibility with emerging technologies grabs the headlines. Yet it is the access control software which knits a system together — and the signs are, this is finally getting the attention it deserves in security procurement. Supported integrations “Today, access control software is more accessible to a wider variety of actors,” writes Bryan Montany, a research analyst at IHS Technology, “providing end-users with broader and more comprehensive data relating to patterns in building occupancy.” “Software has also supported integrations with other security systems, enabling security managers to respond in real time to emerging incidents and potential security breaches.” Software solutions In other words, one can escape the limiting functionality of outmoded access management with a new generation of software solutions. They can fix everyday access irritants and below are seven. Freedom from the access management terminal Multi-seat management should be a given. One’s intuitive, customised dashboard could have a personalised login screen configuration for every administrator. Software should offer flexible management options, including secure system administration from anywhere and multi-timezone capability options. An access management “terminal” should be tied to the person — not the other way around. Maximum flexibility, whatever the legacy system Access control software puts in the hard yards when it bends the existing system or setup to new needs. It can integrate across several databases, making workflows easier and less error prone. One may even wish to manage any existing mechanical locks from the same interface as the electronic or electromechanical locks. The right access control software handles that for the person. Tailored access for every site user and visitor Streamlining access rights management for staff, contractors and visitors can boost business efficiency. The access control software should filter access to specific locks according to the precise security needs of the site and users. For any system, one should be able to create individual schedules for key-holders, doors or audit trails. In a few clicks one can require users to revalidate keys regularly, making it safer to issue a contractor with time-limited access. Smarter, more effective building management Smart buildings need intelligent software. Is it known who uses which doors at the site, and when? Is one planning an office expansion and weighing up appropriate security for each type of room use? A properly configured software control panel should accurately track user movement around the site. It feeds back the data needed to make better business decisions. Saving security budgets with a Software as a Service (SaaS) option Ideally, one would want to spend the security budget on actually securing people and assets. In the real world, IT costs and contingency budgeting eat up much of it. When one runs access management software with a reliable SaaS provider, security infrastructure budgeting becomes more predictable. The data enjoys complete redundancy and is therefore more secure. And the company’s software is always, automatically up to date — critical for cyber security resilience. Mobile solutions for the modern mobile workforce Are mobile workers and contractors returning to base — or the nearest credential updater — to redefine or revalidate their access rights? Access control software can (and should) be mobile. So, instead of updaters, workers update credentials on the go, wherever they are, via an app and its encrypted Bluetooth connection. All business process software in one place Multiple systems create double or triple the work. Duplicating data entry increases the chance of errors. With access control powered by the CLIQ Web Manager, for example, one can integrate powerful access management features with the existing business process software. One hub for everything. Thanks to the CLIQ Web Manager’s open architecture, one can build a single interface to control all “live” workflows. Manage HR, support ticketing, financial reporting and more, alongside daily access control tasks like validating and revalidating credentials, cancelling lost keys and ordering automated audit trails for locks or users.
ONVIF, renowned global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced that it will again be participating in ISC West 2019, April 10-12, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., with a presence in the exhibition as well as a speaker in the educational programming. ONVIF will host the ONVIF Lounge, Booth L0, in the lobby of the Sand Expo, where attendees can catch up with ONVIF for latest updates and also relax and recharge their mobile devices. In addition, ONVIF will also be taking part in a panel discussion from SIA Education@ISC, the Security Industry Association’s educational programming at ISC West. Future IoT functionality in access control Bob Dolan, Director of Technology, Anixter, Per Björkdahl, Chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee, and Bryan Montany, principal analyst, IHS Markit’s Access Control Intelligence Service, will present the panel discussion “Driving the Future: How Interoperability Standards in Access Control Can Enable Smart Building Success.” The goal of the session is to highlight the importance of an open platform approach as a building block for future IoT functionality by discussing the role of access control systems within a smart building environment. ONVIF is a globally-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products “As standards evolve along with the industry, there is more and more demand for a system to system approach to standards, in addition to the already prevalent interoperability standards within a single system,” said Björkdahl. “By examining how access control systems can fit into a bigger system, we can begin to see how different systems can complement each other through a common interface, allowing for cost savings and ease of use for the end user.” IP-based physical security products Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a globally-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and nearly 12,000 profile conformant products. ONVIF offers Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality, Profile A for broader access control configuration and Profile T for advanced streaming. ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.