ASIS 2017: What to Expect

ASIS 2017: What to Expect

From cyber security to internal workplace safety, this year’s ASIS Convention is sure to pack many interesting topics, demonstrations, and industry education into three incredible days. In addition to all of the events and a massive showcase floor that will hold over 500 exhibitors, this year’s ASIS will host some unique keynote presentations. Among the list of speakers is former President George W. Bush, Shark Tank judge and serial entrepreneur, Mark Cuban, author and business consultant, Scott Klososky, as well as the first female F-14 Tomcat aviator/ former lieutenant, Carey Lohrenz.

Access Control: Powered by UniKey, Designed by You

Access Control: Powered by UniKey, Designed by You

In 2012 UniKey’s founder, Phil Dumas, went on Shark Tank and showcased a working prototype of the world’s first smart lock. Shortly thereafter UniKey became exclusively recognized as a smart lock company. In the 15 minutes Phil presented the product, the sharks and viewers were able to see its incredible built-in features. However, what they didn’t see was the concrete foundation this smart lock and its technology was laying for the future of the access control industry.

Mobile Access Control: 5 Reasons Platform Providers Do It Better

Mobile Access Control: 5 Reasons Platform Providers Do It Better

Whether it’s Latch or Kevo or even the Ellipse bike lock, mobile access control is experiencing a boom. In all key verticals: residential, commercial, automotive, and so on, we’re seeing this trend driving many companies to build sophisticated mobile access products. Some companies are developing these products on their own mobile key platforms, while others are partnering with reliable access control platform providers. In almost every use case, the benefits of integrating with a secure platform greatly outweigh the drawbacks. We discuss a few reasons why in this blog post. 

Don’t Underestimate a Reliable Experience

Don’t Underestimate a Reliable Experience

In 2017, access control (and even our smartphones) should be something that we can take for granted, so much so that it shouldn’t even be a thought in our minds, and become a reliably, uneventful part of our lives. Read on to find out how access control, in a sense, is essentially the smartphone of the technology and security industries. There’s nothing overly flashy or ostentatious about it; it just simply works and remains consistent in its foundation and performance.

Video: New Opportunities in Physical Access Control Technology

Video: New Opportunities in Physical Access Control Technology

The world around us is in the middle of an incredible digital transformation, as everyday our technology is advancing to create better and more convenient solutions. So why not invest that same level of transformation and advancement into our access control platforms? Watch this video to learn more.

How Consumer Experience is Driving the Latest Tech Trends

How Consumer Experience is Driving the Latest Tech Trends

It’s 2017 and as you read headlines about big name companies, you’ll find that they’re either falling behind due to lack of innovation in their customer experiences, or they’re downright knocking customer experience out of the technologically connected park. No matter the business, one thing seems to hold true throughout every industry: doing the same old thing is not going to cut it anymore. This blog post discusses just a few big name companies that are stirring things up with technology in order to keep their products and businesses fresh.

Not all PACS are Made the Same

Not all PACS are Made the Same

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 Top 3 Takeaways from FIT 2017

UniKey’s Top 3 Takeaways from FIT 2017

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.

3 Big Ways Democratizing Access Control will Transform the Sharing Economy

3 Big Ways Democratizing Access Control will Transform the Sharing Economy

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. 

Gig Economy 2.0: Why Smarter Access is the Key to a Winning Customer Experience

Gig Economy 2.0: Why Smarter Access is the Key to a Winning Customer Experience

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. 

BLE Mesh Networking with Access Control

BLE Mesh Networking with 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.

Passive Entry: The Second Generation of Mobile Access Control in PACS

Passive Entry: The Second Generation of Mobile Access Control in PACS

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.

Still using RFID key cards? We have one BIG reason to retire the 70 year old technology.

Still using RFID key cards? We have one BIG reason to retire the 70 year old technology.

Think RFID cards are safe? Follow the hacker while he shows you the vulnerabilities many businesses face with this older access control technology. You'll also see how mobile access readers powered by UniKey™ landed him in jail.

Rise of the Passenger: Why Self-driving Cars Will Need the Most Secure and Scalable Access Control Platform

Rise of the Passenger: Why Self-driving Cars Will Need the Most Secure and Scalable Access Control Platform

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.

The Future of Residential Smart Locks: Thinking Beyond the Deadbolt with AI

The Future of Residential Smart Locks: Thinking Beyond the Deadbolt with AI

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.

Connected Cars: Digital Keys in the Autonomous Era

Connected Cars: Digital Keys in the Autonomous Era

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.