The rise of smart buildings

Keith Carey of Salto Systems takes a look at the trends having a significant impact on access control, and how they are putting smart systems at the heart of how buildings will be operated in the future.

There is a lot of talk in the industry right now about the rise of ‘smart buildings’, but products that deliver buildings that are smart to own, operate and manage are already available.

An access control system is sometimes seen as a small part of the overall building but in fact it is absolutely central to how the owner will operate that building. It needs to work with other integrated sub systems including CCTV, alarms and fire to provide effective and time-saving management of all online, offline and wireless systems including access points and applications via, where possible, one software package.

The key for the architect and their client is to select an access control solution that balances security with accessibility, and advanced technology with affordability. By embedding high performance electronic access control into their building infrastructure, architects can ensure the building owner or operator can protect their people, assets and building while providing world-class facilities. It’s about realising tomorrow’s keyless buildings today with innovative thinking and advanced technology.

Cloud technology

Cloud technology is steadily growing in the access control market, but what are the benefits of using it? The success of the cloud is growing fast, and this has given rise to new perspectives in the industry. Many commercial clients are recognising the advantages that cloud solutions can offer especially when you incorporate the right security measurements. We saw its potential early and were among the first manufacturers to bring an advanced cloud-based electronic locking solution to the access control market.

The versatility cloud access control can bring to a client – particularly small offices, retailers and the serviced apartment industry – is considerable. It provides functionality and performance with a flexible management system that requires no software installation and negates the need for complex IT infrastructure. All you need is an online device with an internet connection to make access control a simple and secure solution for clients to manage keys, users and doors across multiple locations – enabling full control of who can access what, when and where at all times.

Mobile technology

From an access control point of view mobile means you can send a key electronically to a smartphone. This replaces the need to carry a fob or smart card. One of the fastest growing users of this is the hotel industry where a guest makes their booking online and receives their key – via secure encrypted technology – on their phone. The app on the phone and the key sent to that app gives them access to all the doors they will need to use while on-site and at the end of their stay the key deletes off their phone automatically.

Is there a future for access control in the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is undoubtedly an exciting opportunity for all access control companies, allowing devices to be usefully connected like never before. Today, our world is generally becoming

increasingly connected. The importance of access control in IoT will grow as IoT devices become more widespread and building systems become smarter and more connected.

The proliferation of devices which can be and are connected to the internet – building security, cameras, heating systems and doorviewers – will continue to grow, changing the way we live, work and play, and driving the increased adoption of smart connected access control solutions in the years to come.

Access control’s role in the rise of the smart home

Over time electronic locks will rise in popularity. We have seen this happen in commercial markets in the last decade, and now focus is moving to the residential market.

Mobile technology is key in the smart home and IoT connectivity will help companies to rapidly drive forward into this market.

Keith Carey is marketing manager at Salto Systems