The rapid development of digital technology has provided us with many automated alternatives to previously manual processes. It is hard to think about a time when we did not have mobile phones. Mobile phones have become a vital part of our daily lives, from waking us up with alarm clocks, scheduling meetings with customers, and joining online conferences.
Mobile devices are beginning to mold the systems that we use, to communicate with one another. We are now seeing the most cutting-edge development in mobile technology: mobile access control. Modern mobile access solutions enable easier entry, remote monitoring of systems and make for easy management of essential occurrences.
What is a Mobile Access Control System?
Controlling who enters the office building is a real hassle, which can be solved by mobile access control solutions. With this cutting-edge technology, the building’s administration and staff may safeguard operations, oversee visitors, and maintain security without bothering tenants or workers with smart cards or other tangible credentials.
A smartphone or another mobile device can serve as a digital access key, along with an access control solution. In this blog, we will focus on mobile access solutions and explain why and how can they benefit businesses.
Mobile Access Control System Technology
The use of mobile devices such as smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets as entrance credentials is the defining feature of mobile access control systems. These systems provide unrivaled connectivity and ease because of smartphones’ prevalence. Additionally, Android and iOS can use nearly all mobile access solutions.
Users’ mobile devices communicate with access readers to unlock and open doors, gates, turnstiles, and more. In addition, using a mobile device can be integrated with access control in several ways.
Access control on the go is made feasible by several technologies, including:
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
BLE eliminates the need to manually link devices with readers. The technology detects items from several feet away and can work from considerable distances. Access control readers automatically recognize signals from authorized devices to provide access.
Cloud-Based Access Control
For cloud-based mobile access control, credentials are kept in an online cloud database, allowing for remote monitoring. A significant benefit is that, unlike older forms of mobile device access management, this technology doesn’t necessitate the installation of a server at the building’s physical location.
Control Panel Systems
These are the physical systems that limit the movement of people into and out of the building. This term is typically used to describe the physical components of electronic access control systems. Gates that require a key fob to open, RFID-enabled doors, and electronic locks are all examples of this.
Using QR Codes
QR codes provide quick and easy mobile access credentials. A unique QR code can be shared with every person to access a facility. Business also get to monitor the activity of an individual between their entry and exit.
Near-Field Communication (NFC)
NFC is the same technology that enables contactless payments at retailers, including grocery and convenience stores. It is also used for access control management. NFC demands a few conditions to be met for mobile devices to communicate successfully:
- The mobile device must be within a few inches of the scanner
- One must hold the mobile device close to the scanner for at least 5 seconds
What are the advantages of Mobile Access Control Solutions?
As per market reports, with a CAGR of 17.4%, the market for contactless biometric technology is expected to grow to a whopping $70 billion by 2030 and mobile access control solutions are going to contribute substantially to that number.
Cost-effective and Time-saving
Mobile access control systems hosted in the cloud are compatible with most cell phones, reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Mobile access control systems can often be installed for less than half the expense of traditional critical card systems. In addition, time is saved when handing out keys to tenants or employees because access is granted and revoked digitally.
Higher Level of Safety
An easy way to control who enters the office building is with a mobile access control system. Businesses can eliminate the risk of lost or stolen keys by giving users digital access via mobile devices.
Secure Data Storage
With mobile access control solutions, SMEs can monitor employees’ actions in real-time. In the case of an issue, such as theft, the administrators can quickly investigate the audit trail and take corrective action. Any time something untoward happens, such as theft or an unlawful entry, you’ll benefit from the audit trail that records who entered and exited the building.
There are several benefits to using a mobile access control system hosted in the cloud, but the most prominent are safety and ease of use. In addition, mobile devices can easily be incorporated into the most recent access control system.
Convenience for SMEs is another benefit of mobile access control systems because it allows seamless entry to the premises with the click of a button.
How to choose the right Mobile Access Control Solution?
It takes some consideration to figure out which mobile access control system is most suited to a company’s needs, but in the long run, it can save SMEs a lot of stress, frustration, and money.
Some things to think about with respect to each:
On-Premise Access Control
Cloud-Based Access Control
Requires hardware, must have a local server
Hardware required; onsite server not necessary
Manual updates and check-ins
Constraints on personalization
Flexible API interfaces
Scaling up is difficult and costly
Consistent compatibility and scalability
Apps that allow users to unlock doors using smart devices, particularly smartphones, have been rapidly adopted by new and established SMEs to suit this need. That’s because cards are expensive and complicated to use, and smartphones are much more convenient.
At OLOID, every day is an opportunity to move closer to revolutionizing physical identification and access by using cutting-edge technology to challenge the status quo of antiquated, manual, and compartmentalized systems. In today’s highly mechanized and interconnected world, we see no place for the old ways of doing things. Every day, we put in the effort to make revolutionary changes appear elementary to our clientele. Doing so ensures our focus is always firmly planted on meeting their business requirements. Our cutting-edge devices are designed to work with your current infrastructure rather than requiring removal and replacement, saving small and mid-sized businesses time and money.