Access Control


Warsaw Skyscraper Uses Mobile Access Control to Maximize Security, Efficiency

HID, provider of trusted identity solutions, recently announced the successful implementation of its mobile access solution, HID Mobile Access, and mobile-enabled Bluetooth® readers at the new Skyliner skyscraper in Warsaw, Poland.

The March to Mobile: How Mobile, Cloud-based Access Control is Changing Security

“Mobile” might seem like a buzzword in the access control industry these days. However, use cases and demand are rapidly increasing. According to a survey, 62% of respondents have purchased access control solutions with mobile credential options over the past two years. What’s more, an estimated 14.7 million mobile credentials were downloaded globally in 2020.

New Benchmarks in Biometrics

New Benchmarks in Biometrics

For too long now, facial recognition technology has been caught in the middle, residing somewhere in between universal and extraordinary.

New Report Looks at the Trends and Current State of the Access Control Market

HID Global, provider in trusted identity solutions, announces the 2022 State of Access Control Report, providing insightful perspectives of the market’s current state and trends.

Using Mobile Data

Using Mobile Data

One of the leading adaptors to mobile access control systems is the multi-family residential industry, an example being the high rise, luxury condominium that Quantuum Energy Products upgraded in downtown Sarasota, overlooking The Bay.

Installing Smart Systems

Installing Smart Systems

Legacy entry systems will soon be obsolete as telecom companies begin to phase out the use of copper wiring. Security integrators who are serious about building their businesses should get in front of this inevitable transition to smart access control systems.

Transitioning to the Cloud

Transitioning to the Cloud

Is access control in the cloud truly secure? Most organizations have asked this question when considering a transition from on-premise access control software to a cloud-based system.

Mobile Ticketing to the Rescue

Mobile Ticketing to the Rescue

When Public Transport Operators (PTOs) were hit by the pandemic, it reduced their sales volumes dramatically. One challenge was the difficulty of distributing and selling physical tickets.



Popular Access Control

Popular Access Control

Today, 13.56 MHz contactless smartcards are used to provide increased security compared to 125 KHz proximity cards.

A Security Deposit

A full-service bank with operations spanning numerous states across the United States and several international offices found itself in an all-too-common situation regarding its access control solution — too many different systems.

HID Global Forecasts Seven Trends That Will Impact the Security and Identity Industry in 2022

HID Global, provider trusted identity and physical security solutions, outlines and discusses important trends that are set to reshape the security industry in 2022 and beyond.

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation

The global pandemic accelerated a worldwide digital transformation that has simultaneously reduced or eliminated physical touchpoints and in-person contact.

PSIA Approves Secure Credential Specification

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) today announced it has approved the Secure Credential Interoperability (SCI) 1.0 specification.

Brivo to Become Publicly Traded Company Through Merger with Crown Proptech Acquisitions

Brivo, Inc. provider of cloud-based access control and smart building technologies, and Crown PropTech Acquisitions (NYSE: CPTK) (“Crown”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, recently announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement that will result in Brivo becoming a publicly listed company.

Live From GSX 2021 Roundup

This year’s Live From GSX was a huge hit thanks to the support of our sponsors: NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc.; OnSolve; and Salient Systems.

Satisfied Customers

Even though there were not throngs of attendees, as in past years, ASIS still produced a good tradeshow in Orlando. Many exhibitors that I talked with were pleased with the quality of booth visitors.

Connecting Networks

Connecting Networks

The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning dumb houses into smart homes. It is also revolutionizing access control systems for all types of commercial buildings, from small offices and retail shops to enterprise campuses and sprawling factories.

Report: Smart Home Market Poised for Strong Growth

Report: Smart Home Market Poised for Strong Growth

Despite a turbulent 2020, the smart home market is poised for exceptional growth as the industry aims to bring intelligence to ‘not-so-smart’ smart homes, according to research group Omdia.

Turning to the Cloud

Turning to the Cloud

The ability to reliably and quickly access video from anywhere at any time is something healthcare organizations have come to rely on.

Security behind the Front Door

My nature is being skeptical about securing the home. Maybe because a home is a small target or I figure that deadbolt is enough. I have started taking home security and smart home technology more serious.

Tapping into Touch-free Digital

Tapping into Touch-free Digital

As the world glimpses a return to more “normal” life, one change seems likely to endure: the preference for touch-free digital experiences.

New Fingerprint Technology Can Detect Cocaine Use

New Fingerprint Technology Can Detect Cocaine Use

Dr. Melanie Bailey is a fellow of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Her team has identified differences between the fingerprints of people who touched cocaine compared with those who have ingested the drug, even if the hands are not washed.

Preventing Intrusion

While technologies have advanced and integration processes have become much more sophisticated, the basic tenets of electronic access control systems haven’t changed much over the last quarter-century.

Master Lock Celebrates 100 Years

Global safety and security leader reveals year-long celebration details and new user-led innovation to commemorate milestone

The How and Why

Current RFID devices, particularly those operating at 125 kHz, are not suitable for secure identification. Proximity credentials that operate at 125 kHz are vulnerable to cloning.

Access ID Market Predicted to Grow Following 2020 Decline

Access ID Market Predicted to Grow Following 2020 Decline

A new annual report shows that sales of access control products declined to $7.9Bn in 2020. However the report from researchers at Memoori also forecasts that by 2025 the world market should be worth $10.2Bn a CAGR of approx. 5% over the next 5 years.

Will Facial Recognition Identify People Involved in Capitol Attack

In an effort to better understand the role of facial recognition, and if it is a viable means to identify rioters at the U.S. Capitol, we have arranged to speak with Thomas Carnevale, CEO of Umbrella Technologies, and a well-known security expert on video surveillance and facial recognition technologies.

Newly Updated Access Control Standard Improves Interoperability and Security; Expands Support for Smart Card Applications

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released version 2.2 of SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), an access control communications standard developed by SIA to improve interoperability among access control and security products.

Improving Entrances with AI

Improving Entrances with AI

With the evolving dynamics of cloud storage and the ability to harness and proactively employ an ever-increasing pool of big data, AI in the form of machine learning and deep learning has become a disruptive technological force in the physical security industry.

The Use of Technology

Customers and the public trust security firms to safeguard people, places and information. This trust is quickly destroyed when security staff commit a crime, which is often due to inadequately prescreening job candidates during the interview process.

Bringing Rapid Identification

As biometric readers play an increasingly prominent role in law enforcement, one of the newest high-value use cases is the ability to identify persons of interest on the street using smaller mobile biometric readers that are easy and safe for officers to both carry and use.

No Touch, Low Touch

No Touch, Low Touch

The global COVID-19 pandemic has made eliminating the spread of germs a critically important life-safety imperative.

Security Industry Association Says Portland Facial Recognition Bans Are Shortsighted

Security Industry Association Says Portland Facial Recognition Bans Are Shortsighted

City council’s decision to prohibit the technology’s use by businesses impacts companies’ ability to secure their facilities and property and protect their people and customers.

Democratizing Access

Democratizing Access

The COVID-19 pandemic has put financial institutions under more pressure to stay on top of fraudulent activity— as opportunists are looking for any weakness in a system that can be exploited.

The Evolution of Risk

Risk prevention has always been a fundamental part of business planning and operations. And while the various forms of protection available have evolved over the years, so also has risk. About 20 years ago, professional security was mostly limited to night watchmen, armored trucks and closed circuit video cameras wired to VCRs.

A Larger Security Puzzle

A Larger Security Puzzle

Ask any analyst what data is coming into or out of your data center and they’ll quickly pull up a dashboard showing packets flooding across their network.

Genetec Customers Come Up with Innovative use of Mission Control Decision Support System

Security automation engine used to establish standardized and efficient screening procedures for staff and visitors

Remote ID Becomes Even More Critical Now

Remote ID Becomes Even More Critical Now

With the global digital transformation, many of the interactions that enterprises have with their customers are shifting online.

SIA Supports Commonsense Legislation Addressing Facial Recognition

SIA Supports Commonsense Legislation Addressing Facial Recognition

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) recently introduced H.R. 6929, the Advancing Facial Recognition Act, which requires the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce and other appropriate agencies

COVID-19 Spread Doesn’t Slow Down Human Smugglers

COVID-19 Spread Doesn’t Slow Down Human Smugglers

Human smugglers continue to plague law enforcement and society at large, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and without regards to several Customs and Border Protection policies and travel restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the disease. Smugglers continue to place migrants in harm’s way.

  • Ahead of Current Events Ahead of Current Events

    In this episode, Ralph C. Jensen chats with Dana Barnes, president of global government at Dataminr. We talk about the evolution of Dataminr and how data software benefits business and personnel alike. Dataminr delivers the earliest warnings on high impact events and critical information far in advance of other sources, enabling faster response, more effective risk mitigation for both public and private sector organizations. Barnes recites Dataminr history and how their platform works. With so much emphasis on cybersecurity, Barnes goes into detail about his cybersecurity background and the measures Dataminr takes to ensure safe and secure implementation.

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