2N puts out new whitepaper on new access control standards

2N has released a new whitepaper entitled ‘Access Control 3.0: the new standards in residential access’, arguing that we have recently entered a new era in access control which represents a technological revolution in the industry, and it is one which is already having a transformative impact globally.

Access Control has been progressing for over 6,000 years through three crucial stages. The first access control revolution, Access Control 1.0, was inaugurated by the earliest lock and key devices. According to 2N, the oldest known lock and key devices was found in the ruins of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, and is from around 4,000 BCE.

Access 2.0 began when Charles Walton, an American inventor, received the first US patent for a passive RFID device, which enabled key cards and enhanced the security of door-locking systems.

The third access control revolution, Access Control 3.0, is characterised by seven pillars, the first being IP technology which has transformed access control. It has enabled the development of smart and fully customisable solutions. As well as being easy to install, IP technology is simple to scale and integrate into complex security and home automation systems.

The second pillar is mobile access. Smartphone access control is one of the key components of the Access Control 3.0 era. Driven primarily by a desire for convenience, industry forecasts indicate exponential growth in mobile credentials over the next few years.

Multi-user technology is the third pillar, integrating IP intercoms and access readers into a single device to deliver flexibility. It enables users to choose between different credentials – for example, a single device can support smartphone access, fingerprint scans, RFID cards, and/or a PIN code simultaneously – and is also capable of distinguishing between those people who require authorisation (guests and other visitors) and those who do not (pre-registered tenants and staff).

Remote management is also important. IP technology has also enabled access control systems to be managed remotely in real time. This has made a huge difference in residential building where building managers are able to monitor many devices from one place, enabling problems to be identified early and addressed immediately.

Another important pillar is cybersecurity. While the connectivity of technology enables greater efficiency, it also exposes new entry paths for cyber-attacks. Cybersecurity has therefore become a top priority in the Access Control 3.0 era.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is another pillar of Access Control 3.0. The access control industry is as shaped by consumer (and employee) expectations around ESG as every other sector.

The final pillar is privacy and the protection of personal data. The use of modern technologies carries with it an increased risk of personal data being misused. This is now a primary concern for access control companies, particularly those in Europe who must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

“IP technology has initiated a technological revolution in access control which is having a transformative impact on security, convenience and reliability,” said Michael Nicholson, business development manager for the UK and Ireland at 2N. “It will continue to define industry standards and consumer expectations for years to come, and it will do so worldwide. That is why it is right to call this the Access Control 3.0 era. It is also why it is so important for developers, property managers and system integrators.”

2N’s whitepaper, ‘Access Control 3.0: the new standards in residential access’, is available to download now.

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