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June 9, 2021

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IFSEC Connect

IFSEC Connect Day 2: A deep dive into the latest access control tech and the impact of integration and the cloud on the sector

The second day of IFSEC Connect (2nd June) revolved around the latest solutions and tech in access control, with exclusive product demonstrations taking place, as well as a panel discussion where experts considered the impact trends such as biometrics, the cloud, integration demands and smart buildings are having on the sector.

The second day of IFSEC Connect focused on access control, as several vendors, including 2N, Proxyclick, Nedap and HID Global provided attendees with exclusive demonstrations on their latest solutions. The afternoon session then put a panel of experts in the spotlight, as they discussed the future of access control, covering topics from biometrics and visitor management, through to the cloud and integration trends.

2N Telekomunikace kicked off the morning’s sessions as the company presented on the benefits of working with its access control and intercom portfolio and solutions. It covered the features of several of its access units, which work with Bluetooth, RFID, mobile, keypad and fingerprint credentials, as well as its intercom systems that all work on the same platform and are powered and installed by PoE. 2N also touched upon its software platform specifically for SMEs, Access Commander, designed to control and configure campus wide deployments.

Next up was Proxyclick, as the team explained how users can utilise its latest features to provide flexible access for employees, visitors and contractors, without compromising on security. Its presentation highlighted how the workplace continues to change, particularly as a result of COVID-19, and why it believes Proxyclick’s latest features can support businesses towards the transition to a ‘hybrid workplace’. Access control integrations, visitor management, ID match, watchlists and data privacy were all covered.

Jim Burton from HID Global then gave attendees exclusive insight into high security credential technology. Jim covered the evolution of credentials in a short ‘history lesson’, the essential elements of a secure credential programme, HID’s Seos portfolio, and finally an explanation of best practice into migrating to a high security credential platform. It was highlighted how a move to more secure credentials should be a key goal for businesses of all sizes, with high security technology utilising cryptography and enhanced privacy protection standards, amongst other features.

Finishing the morning’s Tech Talks sessions was Netherlands-based Nedap, which is a specialist in automatic vehicle identification. Attendees received an insight into the company’s ANPR Lumo solution, an all-in-one licence plate camera with embedded software, anslyser and IR illuminator, designed to provide a smooth recognition of vehicles on a given premise. Working from a range of 2-10 metres, typical applications include vehicle access control, automatic toll collection, free flow applications at parking facilities, or other situations where it is not possible to use RDIF tags.

What is the future of access control?

An important question, no doubt, and one that the afternoon session of IFSEC Connect’s second day looked to answer. A panel of experts were on hand to discuss several key topics, with Chris Edwards, Group Director at Informa Markets, hearing the views of:

  • John Davies – BSIA representative and Managing Director of TDSi
  • Dave Roscoe – Field Operations Manager, SSAIB
  • Bryan Montany – Senior Analyst, Access Control Intelligence Service, Omdia
  • Darrell Gilmour – Fire & Security Lecturer, New College Lanarkshire
  • Matt Haynes – European Distribution Business Manager, Physical Access Control Solutions, HID Global

Sponsored by HID Global, the panel debated key trends and challenges that came out of a survey carried out by IFSEC earlier in the year – the results of which have been summarised in an exclusive eBook. The discussion began by dissecting how biometrics was impacting upon the sector and the future of fingerprint, card-based technology and facial recognition technology, as well as how mobile technology is transforming credentials. There are several benefits to this new tech, the panel noted, designed to improve security and also make the lives of installers and integrators easier.

The participants also covered why access is now being viewed as extremely important in the transition towards more ‘connected’ buildings, and is often viewed as the ‘trigger’ point for many other building management systems. Environmental and building efficiency directives have been one driver of this change, it was noted, and though smart buildings may not be widespread just yet, there is significant potential for growth here.

Other questions from the live audience included topics such as open protocols in access control, as well as the growth in cloud-based systems for Access Control as a Service (ACaaS), and whether this will displace on-premise systems or not.

Watch the panel discussion back, here…


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