15 Dec 2015

The Key is in the Smartphone: A Closer Look at Mobile Access Control

Mobile technologies are not going away. In fact, more organizations are moving from lock and key and manual processes to mobile platforms, making everything from accessing video surveillance to access control more accessible for security personnel, students, employees and citizens. But with new technology comes a new level of challenges, drawbacks and threats.

In the past, organizations relied heavily on lock and key to keep everything from assets to students or employees safe and protected. Today, keeping anything safe by lock and key is simply not enough. Not only have advancements in technology come a long way, but also our way of life has changed. Active shooter incidents and terrorist attacks have been placed front and center in the media, therefore becoming top-of-mind, affecting the public on a global scale. Organizations and technology developers are looking for ways to create smarter technology that will limit access, allowing only a select group of people to move beyond certain corridors, as well as solutions that will monitor and manage access.

Mobile access control can mean a couple of things to a number of people. Some seek mobile access control which allows employees and students to use their mobile phones to gain access within an organization, facility or campus. Just like a card or other form factor, the mobile device acts as the key card enabling access.

Mobile access control apps have also been designed to allow security personnel to view access control points within an organization. The ability to access all points of entry through a mobile device allows security professionals to easily manage and protect the perimeters of a facility. With easy viewing capabilities, security personnel can lock down the perimeter or allow access to specific individuals all from their mobile device.

The world we live in today is changing and technology is rapidly evolving to meet the needs of the public. While active shooter incidents are on the rise, people are asking more from their employers in terms of personal safety, and most organizations are doing everything in their power to ensure service continuity and quality of life. By taking additional safety measures, and by creating barriers for attackers, organizations are taking the extra step to keep the threat out and allow additional time for police forces to arrive in the event of an emergency situation.