The Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) market is poised for new growth and innovation, after many years of relatively unimproved technology. Growth will be driven by a combination of new products and technologies, new investments, and new requirements, as well as by gaps in existing systems. We have already seen this type of innovative enterprise-technology growth over the last two decades – and still going strong– in cyber security, unified communications, workplace technology, server infrastructure, and other sectors. The same trends are presently driving innovation in physical security.
UniKey’s very own, Lee Odess, flew out to Birmingham, UK, for the annual FIT Trade Show in order to give us some insider knowledge on the what’s-what in the smart lock and access control industries. This blog post provides a quick run-down on his main takeaways, as well as the apparent trends he noticed throughout the event.
Between consumers, entrepreneurs, and businesses, the implementation of democratized access control could potentially disrupt an already disruptive economy. To put it simply, this sharing economy that a majority of us have taken part in, could become a greater and more convenient influence in our everyday lives. With the right piece of technology, profitable ventures of sharing personal and commercial property could be automated and set-up to allow anytime-anywhere access to these products.
This year, we will begin to see smart access control systems ushering in a second generation of the Gig economy by providing more methods of collaboration for employers, employees, and end-users of the economy’s services. Gigs like: grocery delivery, maid services, home repair, and dog walking are just a few of the jobs that can expect greater control and efficiency when utilizing smart access control.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Mesh Networking, a relatively new technology development, stole at least some of the spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month. While a slew of new products were displayed and discussed, a portion of the conversation centered on interoperability and smart home networks.
Today, we’re already seeing several well known Physical Access Control System (PACS) manufacturers developing their versions of IoT connected smart locks, and while these locks are a great step in the right direction, they still fall short of what the next generation of PACS will aim to create: The ultimate at-door-experience. “What is the ultimate at-door-experience?” You may ask. The answer to this is simple, it’s a user experience that provides superior security, convenience, and smart technology that feels natural to the user.
With the introduction of ride-sharing to the autonomous market, the necessity for smart access control is high. As leaders in the access control industry, UniKey is well versed in the art of creating software that is fortified and malleable, which is exactly what these two ton chariots will need in order to keep up with consumer expectations. Both autonomous car owners and ride-sharing passengers will want a convenient and stress-free experience, and that all begins with the right platform. Through the utilization of our software’s CORE platform and its patented Inside/Outside technology, car doors will be capable of authenticating and confirming that the user who enters the driverless vehicle is in fact the intended passenger. This also solves the pain point of autonomous ride-sharing services having to worry about the possibility of picking up the wrong customer, and can even protect against any unwanted users attempting to catch a free ride.
New advancements in IoT have started to move forward improvements in access control connectivity by utilizing AI (artificial intelligence) and mesh networking. Today, smart lock technology can be found primarily within the deadbolt, but through the evolution of this technology, end-users will realize its potential beyond just the front door; and into every room.
As digital transformation becomes a mainstream initiative, the automotive industry is now looking toward mobile devices to meet the needs of their consumers. With increasing technological advancements made in mobile device connectivity over the past decade, innovation in consumer experiences using the smartphone are currently at the forefront of research and development by today’s top car manufacturers.
If you take a look around you’ll notice that we’re entering into a new technological era. The world is stepping away from complicated autonomous systems and moving toward a digital transformation characterized by electronics with embedded systems and interconnected cloud spaces. However, this isn’t the first big transformation.
Today, market leader in global access control solutions Grosvenor Technology has announced its partnership with smart lock and digital access control pioneer UniKey. This technology partnership will yield a new line of access control solutions, leading the next wave of digital transformation in the Physical Access Control industry.
Interest in smart, or connected, apartments is growing, with Building Design + Construction noting it as a looming trend as early as 2015. “The industry is slowly moving toward giving tenants greater command over their environments—from entry doors to HVAC systems,” the publication says. “The tools help tenants and property managers lower their respective operational costs,” as well enhance sustainability efforts and existing amenities.