ASSA ABLOY: Report analyses the evolution of wireless access control

  • 6 Jul 2023

A new report from IFSEC Insider analyses the evolution of wireless access control and illustrates how security managers can benefit. The Wireless Access Control Report 2023 uses data gathered from a survey of 400 security, facilities management and IT professionals to identify the trends that will shape the market and customers’ experience over the coming years. Published by IFSEC Insider, the report includes expert contributions from Omdia and ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions.

Richard Sharp, Director, Product Line Management, Digital Access Solutions at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, says: “We are delighted once again to offer fresh insights into the ongoing digitalisation of access. A particular focus of the 2023 Report is access control’s potential impact on the wider business — as an enabler for business intelligence, cost efficiency and of course better sustainability performance.

“The Report highlights ways for security departments and consultants to contribute directly to business strategy — and indeed, reveals data which makes it clear this process should happen sooner rather than later.”

Convenience, connectivity and a seat at the table for forward-thinking security managers

Convenience has triumphed. End-users prize flexible, scalable technologies which are easy to use and to integrate with building systems. In the Report survey, 93% of respondents agreed that compatible, integration-ready standards are important when choosing or recommending access control. 

Richard continues: “Security is often assumed these days. The role of access control is now to help the business work smarter, saving time and costs in the process.”

One key technology for convenience is the smartphone. Data from the Report highlights fast-growing deployment of mobile credentials in organisations of almost every size and type.

Connected intelligence

Alongside convenience, the Report reveals an urgent business case for connected intelligence — within and across organisational functions — including by combining cyber and physical security under one internal roof. 

For example, only 12% of survey respondents said they were fully prepared for the implications of forthcoming European cyber-security legislation.

Richard comments: “The cyber-security knowledge gap in ‘traditional’ security and facilities management departments is real.

“As the Report highlights, combination cyber–physical security attacks are on the rise. Now is a good time to upgrade both systems and knowledge.”

The current economic climate has brought increased focus on cost and workflow efficiencies to organisations, of all sizes and types. This presents an opportunity for security managers and directors to show how they can contribute to business success. 

The Report notes: “Data gathered from security systems can be used in many other areas of the business, such as managing the hybrid working patterns of the staff and improving energy efficiency by only heating and/or lighting areas of the building which are occupied.

Richard concludes: “Security can escape its silo. Indeed, it must, if organisations are to thrive.”

The 24-page Wireless Access Control Report 2023 includes much more in-depth trends coverage and expert analysis.

To download a free copy, visit https://www.assaabloy.com/group/emeia/campaigns/wireless-access-control-report-2023 

Contact ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA Digital and Access Solutions

Dukes Court/Dukes Street
Woking
GU21 5BH
United Kingdom

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Phone: 0049 30 8106 2970

 

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