ASSA ABLOY’s latest industry report analyses how wireless access control is evolving — and how security managers can benefit
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The latest report biennial. Connectivity and convenience are key themes in the latest Wireless Access Control Report 2023 edition.
Using data gathered from a new survey of 400 security, facilities management and IT professionals, the 2023 Report identifies trends which will shape this market and customers’ experience over the coming years. The Report was produced by IFSEC Insider and includes expert contributions from analysts Omdia.
“We are delighted once again to offer fresh insights into the ongoing digitalisation of access,” says Richard Sharp, Director, Product Line Management, Digital Access Solutions at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions. “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 decision-making power for 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.
“Security is often assumed these days,” adds Sharp. “The role of access control is now to help the business work smarter, saving time and costs in the process.”
One key technology is the smartphone, of course. Data from the Report highlights fast-growing deployment of mobile credentials in organisations of almost every size and type.
Alongside convenience, the Report makes an urgent business case for connected intelligence — within and across organisational functions — including by combining cyber and physical security under one roof.
For example, only 12% of survey respondents felt fully prepared for forthcoming European cyber-security legislation. “The cyber-security knowledge gap in ‘traditional’ security and facilities management departments is real,” says Sharp. “As the Report also highlights, combination cyber–physical security attacks are on the rise. Now is a good time to upgrade both systems and knowledge.”
The economic climate has encouraged organisations of every size and type to focus on cost and workflow efficiencies. This presents an opportunity for security managers and directors to show how they can contribute to business success — and quickly.
“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,” notes the Report.
“Security can escape its silo,” Sharp adds. “Indeed, it must, if organisations are to thrive.”
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