Next week thousands of security companies and experts will be making their way to Las Vegas’ Sands Expo for ISC West 2018. At last year’s ISC West all eyes were on video surveillance and biometrics, however, this year several different security technologies will compete for showgoers’ attention. Below, we have a list of just a few of the key access control technologies that will reign at this year’s show.

Internet of Things

The adoption rate for IoT technology has grown significantly since 2013 when it was reported to be an important factor for only 12% of organizations across all industries. Today that number stands at almost 30%. Industries, organizations, and entrepreneurs all over the world are finding ways to build on the IoT and its remarkable ecosystem in order to gain better insights on their customers that can help fine-tune unique customer experiences for each user. Additionally, IoT For All writes that when “your security measures are paired with IoT-enabled devices that bolster interconnectivity, you will have almost unlimited access to a digital trail of security events.” This kind of data holds the potential to give companies and users a better understanding of who and when individuals are accessing connected entry-points; giving them more control over their system. With that being said, security professionals can expect quite a few ISC sessions that will delve more into how the industry can utilize IoT and cloud-based access control solutions in order to create smarter, more intuitive products and more productive office spaces.


This year, biometrics will be making a reappearance at ISC West with many organizations showcasing facial recognition and fingerprint technology. However, this year’s biometric systems seem to be implementing more frameworks constructed on neural networks to boost the efficiency of visual data processing. As the name suggests, neural networks are more or less modeled after the human brain, and consist of “thousands or even millions of simple processing nodes that are densely interconnected.” Neural networks are also able to function in similar ways to the human brain, in that they’re able to process information in a similar fashion; something that can be used in object recognition systems such as facial or eye (retina and iris) recognition and even signature verification.

Video Surveillance

Yet another piece of access control technology that’s no stranger to the ISC spotlight, video surveillance, is expected to be another major focal point of the show for the second year in a row. Video surveillance systems are getting smarter through the use of video analytics which utilize machine learning methods like deep learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive learning (like neural networks) and as they get more sophisticated, they’re able to be stronger threat detectors and data gatherers. Erin Harrington of SSI adds that “today’s cameras can track and analyze motion, sound, colors and even temperatures. They can recognize people, packages, pets, fire and specific activities like falling and breathing.” With all of its capabilities, video surveillance is generating more interest from security experts because of its daily opportunity to gather and process a massive amount of rich visual data. In the future, this data could be used as a foundation for predictive security systems.


The final piece of security technology that will be a must-see at this year’s ISC West is mobile key technology. Mobile credentials have been a hot topic of discussion ever since the release of the very first smart lock, the Kwikset Kevo. While mobile keys are arguably one of the most secure and convenient forms of credentials, they’re also one of the most versatile. Mobile access control technology can be applied to all of the above security trends, giving several organizations and their products the ability to enhance their key offerings and features. For instance, using a mobile connected surveillance system, users can keep an eye out for potential threats from any remote location. Coupling this with mobile keys and their remote locking and unlocking abilities you get a similar system to Amazon Key, and a more protected front door. Additionally, adding mobile access control to biometrics could give systems an added layer of security and additional functionality. Take Samsung Pass and Apple Pay’s Face ID for example, where users can securely pay and/or verify their identity with their eyes and face; creating a more seamless and secure cashout process. With mobile access control, a smarter, connected security ecosystem is within reach.

Meet with UniKey at ISC West 2018

As you prepare for ISC West, we encourage you to schedule a meeting with UniKey’s Founder and CEO, Phil Dumas, and our team to find out how UniKey’s leading mobile access control platform can work with your legacy products. To find out more, visit

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