Exploring new paths to success: Frictionless physical access control - an event review
The frictionless access control event coincided with the release of Axis’ latest whitepaper, The digitization and cyber security of physical access control, which highlights the many benefits of implementing physical access control systems (PACS), and presents a new vision of how such systems should be deployed and utilised in the Internet of Things (IoT) era.
The online event was facilitated by Steven Kenny, Industry Liaison Manager at Axis, who welcomed his fellow colleagues from Northern Europe to each share their expertise. Steven explained that there are important considerations to be made around the delivery of such solutions to maximise their effectiveness and result in a system that delivers value while also being cybersecure.
By way of emphasising the importance of access control considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven gave examples of papers recently published on the matter; the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has recently provided information about physical access control, while The British Council for Offices has issued a briefing document offering thoughts on office design and management of operations. Visitor management and access control are shown to play a pivotal part in restoring operations and managing people flow.
Steven explained that there is a need to move away from the limitations of traditional designs. New solutions should comprise openness, be network ready, employ Power over Ethernet (PoE), factor in cybersecurity and comply with the GDPR. Steven predicted that embracing openness and benefitting from IoT interoperability will result in future-proof designs. “Who can honestly say they predicted the challenges of 2020?”, he asked. “Yet this is influencing the design of new physical security systems.”
While it is important that purchasing decisions are based around organisational requirements in the current climate, companies should look for evidence access control technologies are secure and that their design will support long term business strategies, factoring in the uncertainty of the future threat landscape.
Key advice was given for system integrators; that they should work with existing customers to educate on industry innovations, support them to secure their systems and understand how frictionless access control can increase security, and demonstrate how such solutions can improve user experience and drive operational efficiencies.
The event series has been developed in conjunction with IFSEC Global. Future events will cover analytics, perimeter protection and cybersecurity.