Prior to the transformations that have taken hold in the access control industry during the past several years, the technology was primarily one that could be implemented and ignored for years until it needed an upgrade. Now changes continue to be introduced in rapid succession, forcing decision-makers to take a second look at what they have and determine if it can be enhanced, according to a report by A&S Magazine.
"Access control is an integral part of the security industry's move toward [internet protocol], as the much hyped convergence of physical and IT security becomes a reality," John Davies, managing director at TDSi said, according to A&S Magazine.
While biometrics and IP technologies disrupt access control, a major contributor to change in the industry will be the evolution of near-field communications-enabled ID cards and smartphones, the news source said.
"Undoubtedly, cards will continue to be an integral component for many access control systems for some time, but as well as the rise of biometrics, there is also growth in near-field communications," Davies said, according to A&S Magazine. "This has largely been borne from the market growth of smartphones and the potential to use them as an authentication credential."
A separate report by GBI Research echoed the growing market for NFC technologies, forecasting it to expand at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 69 percent through 2016.
As technologies able to strengthen access control continue to emerge, more organizations will likely implement the systems to enhance the protection of valuable assets and leverage more effective crime deterrent tools. In doing so, the ID card will become a multi-functioning device used for authentication and identification.