Access Control systems

Demystifying OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol)

Sign up to free email newsletters

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 Happily, when an electronic access card is lost or stolen, access rights can be withdrawn immediately, rendering the card inactive.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.

Latest access control articles

Access control  manufacturers

Cloud security brand 3xLOGIC launches in European market

“3xLOGIC has an enviable track record in redefining what’s possible with security technology and its success in the highly competitive US market is testament to its ability to stay one step ahead,” said Gary Rowden, vice president of commercial sales at SPS. Read More

ABLOY UK Centre of Excellence becomes first of its kind to gain CLIQ Competence Certification in UK and Ireland

Abloy UK’s digital transformation team has become the first CLIQ-approved centre of excellence in the UK and Ireland to gain the CLIQ Competence Centre by ABLOY certification. Read More

Paxton employees meet running costs of children’s charity for a day

Chestnut Tree House cares for children and young adults, aged between 0-19 years of age, with progressive, life-shortening conditions. Around 300 children use the service each year, both in its premises in West Sussex and in the children’s own homes. Read More

The cost-effective, hassle-free way to protect private rooms from public access

It's impossible to keep watch over every private door in a public-facing space: the storeroom in a shop or pharmacy, or the toilet for staff use only. That's when you need Code Handle. Read More

IFSEC 2019: By the industry, for the industry

IFSEC and FIREX event director Gerry Dunphy sets out the case for visiting IFSEC International 2019 in June - reasons including unrivalled backing from associations and government agencies, The Attack Testing Zone, a Keynote Arena with presentations from major thought leaders, cutting-edge security technologies on show and much more. Read More

Abloy UK marks 10th anniversary of the Abloy Academy

Providing education on compliance and standards for topics like emergency and panic escape, the Abloy Academy was created in 2009 to raise standards in how its technologies are used and awareness of the importance of compliance. Read More

Judges announced for IFSEC Global security and fire influencers 2019 – starring Lord Toby Harris and NBA CSO Jerome Pickett

IFSEC Global has announced perhaps its most impressive judging panel yet for the 2019 edition of its Security and Fire Influencers, with nominations now open. Read More

Demystifying OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol)

As the number of flaws in clock-and-data and Wiegand protocols grew, a wide range of organisations adopted protocols like OSDP, which are future-proofed for a connected world. This EBook from HID Global examines the vulnerabilities of legacy systems and the benefits and future of the OSDP protocol. Read More

Inner Range urges Concept customers to migrate to Integriti as flagship brand nears end of life

Concept systems, which use Insight software, and replacement parts will no longer be available from the end of April 2019. Inner Range says migrating to Integriti will future-proof systems and provide myriad operational benefits for the fraction of the cost of an entire system replacement. Read More

PACOM is the perfect fit for Replay

With innovative flair, characteristic Italian design and the quality of its products, Replay has become a leader in jeans and […] Read More