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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 Happily, when an electronic access card is lost or stolen, access rights can be withdrawn immediately, rendering the card inactive.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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Antron Security and Inner Range provide integrated solution for prestigious commercial London property

Antron Security project-managed the design and installation for property owner, Derwent London, while Inner Range provided the core access control and intruder detection system that enabled a bespoke solution for the commercial office site. Read More

Paxton launches Paxton Connect Admin app for enhanced site management

The specialist in electronic IP access control and video door entry solutions says the app received glowing feedback from installers when it was previewed at IFSEC International. Read More

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New VR Mullion readers raise the bar aesthetically and security-wise, says Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt has developed VR Mullion card readers with a feature set that combats card cloners and helps them blend in with the building’s interior design. Read More

WATCH: Shock/water-proof, high security wireless access control systems from Amadeo Systems GmbH

IFSEC TV's presenter let loose with a hammer on a shock-proof locking system for high security applications at IFSEC 2018. Read More

GDX by STANLEY Product & Technology launches GDX7 PLE system with two-core cable

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What’s so good about open standards in access control? An industry round table responds

Each lock manufacturer has its own approach to writing and reading cards, but customers installing offline locks from brands that subscribe to the OSS–SO are guaranteed interoperability. ASSA ABLOY spoke to a round table of manufacturers and integrators about the standard’s importance - and its future. Read More

Amazon’s mugshot AI fail and 5 other facial recognition controversies

Amazon’s facial recognition software erroneously flagged 28 members of Congress as having been arrested for crimes during tests run by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Read More

CLIQ® Connect mobile access solution wins Germany’s Golden Protector Award

In the access control category, ASSA ABLOY won the Golden Protector 2018 for its mobile-ready mechatronic locking system, CLIQ® Connect. The award was presented on 27 June at the SicherheitsExpo in Munich. Read More

WATCH: Princeton Identity showcases iris recognition tech at IFSEC 2018

The Princeton Identity team showcased the impressive speed and accuracy of the technology, which is motion- and distance-tolerant and even works when someone is wearing sunglasses. Read More