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Innovation central to access control, identity detection markets

The access control and identity detection industries are shifting, creating an environment in which innovative solutions are taking center stage in the market. According to a recent SecurityInfoWatch report, advances in access control and identify detection capabilities have given integrated security providers opportunities to offer customers more advanced and sophisticated solutions.

The news source explained that the managed service revolution taking place in many sectors is also having a marked impact on the access control and identity detection industries.

Third-party services for security
With economic constraints severely limiting what companies can afford to spend on access control technologies, many organizations are looking for new and less expensive ways to protect their assets, the report said. In many cases, network-enabled access control and identity detection systems need to be supported by robust IT systems. A significant number of companies are no longer willing to put the money necessary into those types of systems and are increasingly looking for managed security solutions in which they depend on provider systems for their access control and identity detection needs.

Access control-as-a-Service solutions are emerging as a way for service providers to take complete ownership over the security systems, managing all of the infrastructure. In such a setup, clients gain the benefits of a premise-based solution but do so through a monthly fee instead of a large capital expense, the news source explained. As a result, more organizations can implement an advanced access control solution that is more accessible.

The rise of peer-to-peer replication
According to the report, peer-to-peer replication principles will increasingly be deployed within security setups during the coming years. Typically, peer-to-peer systems are used in IT to unify various departmental databases and enable smooth integration between systems stored and duplicated in multiple data centers. This is a complex and expensive process, but one that pays major dividends from an operational standpoint.

These peer-to-peer systems can be difficult to enact on an access control and identity detection level because the security system has to access all of the databases to ensure that individuals are authorized to enter certain doors and facilities, the news source explained. As a result, peer-to-peer principles are being applied to more security systems so they can synchronize with the various databases in use and seamlessly access the data they need to provide identity detection and access control functionality.

Physical and logical convergence
Another major trend in the access control and identity detection sectors is the convergence of logical and physical security systems, the report said. Integrating the physical and logical elements of security systems is a relatively new trend, but it is something that will soon become commonplace in the sector. Essentially, it is not a matter of if this process will take place, but how long it will take to get there. Moving forward, working to develop fully integrated and converged solutions will likely be a priority for many providers in the sector and contribute to the creation of more robust security systems.

Focusing on innovation
One of the greatest challenges when considering any type of building security or access control system is the need to provide functional convenience without sacrificing the ability to offer meaningful protection. Innovation can help organizations on the path toward such sophisticated systems because advanced security technologies provide the functionality needed to provide solid protection in such a way that access control and identity detection efforts do not have a detrimental impact on day-to-day operations.

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