Access Control systems

Demystifying OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol)

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Access Control systems can be simply defined as the process by which security staff control who enters and leaves the premises and when.

The global access-control market is projected to reach a total value of $10.4bn by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 10.6%, according to research by Markets and Markets.

Access control technically includes the time-honoured mechanical lock and key, but when people talk about access control in the modern security industry, they mean sophisticated electronic turnstiles, gates, wireless locks and other barriers.

Keys can be lost, stolen and copied, leaving assets vulnerable and requiring an expensive change of locks. Happily, when an electronic access card is lost or stolen, access rights can be withdrawn immediately, rendering the card inactive. Should thieves gain access before a theft is noticed, operators can identify when they breached security and – if there are multiple access points – where in the building they are at any given time.

Modern access-control systems also offer flexible access rights. For example, while all staff can generally gain access through a building’s main entrance, access to certain internal areas may be restricted to those with relevant authority. Access can also be restricted to specific time periods.

The plastic access card has long been the dominant form of identity verification. While they still govern access for most installed systems, biometric solutions – usually authenticating identity through facial, fingerprint and iris recognition – are becoming more reliable, affordable and widespread.

Often accused of being a conservative industry the access control sector is finally emulating its CCTV counterpart in embracing IP, open-platform technology, the internet of things and integration with, and interoperability between, building systems. Mobile access – gaining access using smartphones – is one burgeoning trend with numerous operational benefits.


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Access control  manufacturers


Why does the Aperio® H100 access control handle keep winning industry awards? Design, functionality, simplicity

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Code Handle®: The secure PIN-locking handle you can install yourself

From the minute you open the box, Code Handle - a secure handle with a built-in PIN keypad - makes upgrading internal door security simple. Read More

CLIQ® Connect access control helps you cut fuel costs and eliminate wasted energy

With CLIQ® Connect, everyone carries their own programmable CLIQ® key and keeps its access rights up-to-date on the move with just a smartphone — meaning fewer miles driven and less money wasted on unnecessary fuel. Read More

Paxton launches Net2 Entry Audio monitor

Paxton has launched the Net2 Entry Audio monitor, advertising its chief merits as simplicity, versatility and cost-effectiveness. Read More

WATCH: 5 reasons to attend IFSEC International 2019

IFSEC International is Europe’s leading integrated security event, attended by security professionals from across the world and supply chain. Read More

Almost 60% of multinationals feel their access control system isn’t future-proofed

Nearly three in five multinationals think their access control system isn’t future-proofed, according to research conducted by Nedap Security Management. […] Read More

Inner Range announces Integriti integration with Vega Smart HD/2HD

Inner Range’s Integriti access control and intruder detection system can now be integrated with ANPR developer Tattile’s flagship ANPR system. Read More

Traka to showcase key management innovations to university campus market

Traka is presenting its latest key and asset management systems at a forthcoming conference dedicated to making university campuses safer […] Read More

The right access control technology makes schools safer – and doesn’t cost the earth

Doors in schools perform many different roles and most school managers are non-technical. Is electronic access control really the answer? SMARTair from ASSA ABLOY certainly could be. Read More

Urmet supplies integrated video entry and Yokis lighting control at The Denham Film Studios

The Urmet Group proudly supplies video door entry and lighting solutions for The Denham Film Studios, a £120m development by Weston Homes, consisting of 154 apartments and 70 townhouses. Read More



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