The transition towards a world run largely by our smart devices is certainly in full swing. Almost everyone carries a smart device on their person at all times, and these devices just keep getting smarter.
Smart homes have been trending for some time now, with residents able to remotely check on their security, change the internal temperature and even start the kettle boiling in time for their return home. But how does this smart technology relate to commercial applications?
The post-pandemic commercial landscape is set to be infinitely more mobile, with the adoption of remote working, hot-desking, and BYOD (bring your own device) showing no signs of slowing. Commercial operations are transitioning towards an all-mobile future, and security must follow suit.
The Security of Mobile-Based Access Control
When commercial door locks and access control systems are paired with cloud-based technologies, the need for businesses to manage multiple fobs or key cards is eliminated. But how secure are these systems?
Given the advanced security that mobile devices now feature, a mobile-based system of access control can be highly effective and reliable. Some of the security benefits of a mobile-based commercial access system include:
- Each set of mobile credentials is entirely unique to each individual, unlike PIN code entry or traditional key systems
- Mobile credentials cannot be duplicated as easily as an ID badge or key card
- Multifactor identification (MFA) processes are built into the device itself
- Mobile and cloud-based access control systems can integrate with other security systems, like video security, for a more comprehensive management system
- Automatic, instantaneous alerts can activate to notify the necessary security personnel in the event of a security breach or incident
- Access activity records can support compliance and auditing
What is a Mobile Credential?
Mobile credentials are essentially virtual keys that exist on a smart device. With access control systems that are mobile-based, users simply install an app on their device, and either scan a QR code or open a Cloud Key link to gain authorized access to a business premise. Depending on the particular system used, the use of mobile credentials can involve a variety of lock-activating technologies, such as Bluetooth, RFID, and WiFi. When in close proximity to the entry point, an authorized user can either use a mobile application or, in some cases, simply wave a hand across the reader and the door will unlock/open.
Additional Benefits of Commercial Mobile Access Systems
In addition to enhanced security, mobile-based security systems provide much more convenience of use for employers, employees and managers/landlords.
For employees and visitors, mobile-based security systems do away with the need to keep track of any physical keys. These systems also support the need for touchless entry, particularly when paired with automatic doors or gates. This contactless technology enhances public safety by reducing the risk of disease transmission.
With mobile-based security systems, commercial landlords and managers can remotely manage a building’s security in real-time, efficiently issuing and revoking authorized access on the spot as needed. Such systems also allow for added peace of mind, as users are far less likely to lose their phones or lend them to an unauthorized third party to gain access.
Business security personnel can use mobile-based security systems to view and analyze video and security event data from anywhere in the world, providing they have internet access. They can also receive real-time security notifications and respond efficiently to security threats without being physically present.
The future of security is undoubtedly cloud and mobile-based. As a result, intelligent commercial security systems have evolved to improve security and public safety while also enhancing convenience and, thus, productivity. One of the most effective ways of incorporating smart technology into commercial security is via mobile access control
Such systems’ security and usability benefits for commercial applications are far-reaching, allowing for optimized security, efficiency in incident response, and the ability to integrate systems for a superior, cohesive security strategy.