Changes are taking place in the access control industry as enterprises across all industries are deploying new products aimed at improving productivity while increasing security.
Reflecting on this year and looking ahead to 2012, I have compiled the top ten issues that I believe are essential to understanding how individuals and businesses will use access control products moving forward. These trends include:
1. The move to mobility. The emergence of near field communications (NFC) and other technologies is fueling the migration of access control technology to mobile platforms. The same basic access control methodology we've used for decades can now be embedded into smartphones and other mobile devices, and we can eliminate keys and cards virtually anywhere we need to unlock a door, gate, or drawer. This capability is built into next-generation access platforms such as HID’s standards-based, technology-independent Secure Identity Object (SIO) data structure.
2. The convergence of physical and logical access. Physical and logical access convergence improves security by enabling a single smart card to support multiple authentication methods while helping organizations meet regulatory requirements, enforce consistent policies, and drive consolidated audit logs throughout the enterprise, and cut cost by consolidating tasks.
3. Federal mandates that fuel more robust personal identification security. The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget has stipulated that, starting next fiscal year, physical and logical access control systems will have to be upgraded to use PIV credentials. Federal agencies must do this before using development and technology refresh funds to complete other activities. These systems must leverage smart card and biometric technology and support identification credentials.
4. The need for sustainable solutions. Organizations are facing mounting pressure to reduce costs while improving environmental accountability. The latest access control systems, and managed print services programs help fulfill these objectives. The choice of card and reader materials plays a big role, and many readers and secure print solutions are designed from the ground up for improved energy efficiency. Security professionals can also deploy greener projects by specifying access control solutions that support multiple technologies to avoid wholesale "rip and replacement" when it is time to upgrade.
5. The evolution of smarter smart cards. The rapid growth in smart card technology adoption will continue through 2012, as the convenience and cost of single-card solutions continue to drive demand. As they are used for more applications, today's smart cards carry more information that must be protected and they must be able to validate and secure identities. This has created an increasing demand for multiple layers of card security, including two-factor authentication and biometric templates, in addition to a number of new forms of higher card security.
Stay tuned for next week when I will discuss how issues such as the emergence of wireless locksets, the increased use of outsourcing and other issues are impacting the market. Until then, I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season!
As a Security Dealer and Integrator (SD&I) magazine Fast50 advisory board member,...
...I'd like to invite fast-growing system integrators to highlight your successes in the field through SD&I's new best practices program called Fast50. Fast50 is designed for both small and large alarm dealers and systems integrators and the program includes:
• End user input on what they expect from the SI community
• A unique ranking of the 'best of the best' successful companies
• Strategies for success for the entire industry and best practices from integrators
The program is fully endorsed and will be jointly presented by two of the most prestigious organizations in the industry -- the Security Industry Association and ISC West. The Fast50 best practices program gives you the chance to highlight your company and its achievements, where the top companies and their best practices will be presented in an educational awards program at ISC West 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.
Security Dealer and Integrator is also encouraging end-users to enter the program so the integration community can more firmly get a handle on what these buyers are looking for from their solutions providers.
There is no fee to participate. In order to enter, companies submit gross revenue numbers for a three-year period. These numbers are not published and they are under a strict non-disclosure with SD&I since they are only used in a formula to balance revenue percentage growth and overall revenue growth across all entrants, creating a level playing field for everyone.
The deadline for entries is January 23, 2012, the program is FREE and it's simple to enter by going to www.securityinfowatch.com/sdifast50 to complete the form. For more information, you can also watch the Fast50 video.
This is really a great opportunity to highlight your company's accomplishments. I hope you take full advantage of the program and I look forward to seeing you at ISC West 2012!
In India, a number of large organizations...
...are using HID Global credentials for physical access control and companies are now seeing the benefit of combining physical and logical access onto a single platform. These converged solutions cut costs, improve security and open many significant new market opportunities for dealers, installers and integrators. In fact, convergence projects introduce an entirely new set of decision-makers beyond the physical access integrators, including enterprise CIOs, CTOs and CISOs that are looking at the overall benefit to enterprise.
For example, many large enterprises will not authorize new access control expenditures unless they can build on the existing physical access control infrastructure and applications. Still others, including many small- to medium-sized companies in India, can't even afford strong logical access unless it is easy to add to their physical access systems and credentials. In these and many other cases, converged physical and logical access control solutions gives dealers, integrators and installers opportunities to deliver value to this new set of C-level customers.
To forge new relationships with these stakeholders in India, this year HID Global participated in some of the major events in the region that are tailored to this audience, including the India Computer Security Conference and the Banking Finance and Technology Forum. Given HID's large installed base of physical access control cards in many of the companies represented at the shows, a good number of the CIOs, CTO, and CISO I spoke with at the events immediately understood the value and long term return on investment offered by a combined HID Global IT security and physical access control solution.
And looking ahead, convergence isn't restricted to traditional cards and readers. Integrated solutions can now move onto mobile devices including NFC-enabled phones that use next-generation technology such HID's iCLASS SE access control platform. iCLASS SE is based on a technology-independent, standards-based model that enables an ecosystem of mobile access control solutions that are more secure, flexible and easy to extend with new, converged capabilities.
As we continue to engage more IT systems integrators and enterprise decision makers in India, the opportunities for convergence is growing by the day. I think 2012 will bring a new wave of possibilities and expansion for us in the region with the mounting interest not only in converged solutions, but also in other new HID Global products, solutions, services and technologies to come.