Wherever there is innovation, hardly a minute goes by after the concept becomes mainstream before industry experts start asking, “What’s next?” We may not reap all of the technological benefits that we see today if it were not for this very question.

This is not to say that current trends should be overlooked. On the contrary, the trends of today are Image_Placement_3windows into the realities of tomorrow, especially in the realm of security technology, where product life-cycles more closely resemble the IT world than ever and the convergence of the physical, logical and cyber domains is accelerating. It is incumbent upon us to start asking new questions about today’s IT and physical access control trends to look for insights on where the industry goes from here.

Interoperability

Interoperability means much more than systems just working together; it means creating solutions that are “native” in an IT environment and can share information seamlessly with logical and cyber security applications.. By coming together to promote a unified approach, access control and video surveillance manufacturers can work together to provide optimized, scalable solutions for customers at a much lower cost. These converged solutions make security deployments cost more effective in current installations, but also provide long-term “cost of ownership” benefits that a more unified approach to design enables.

The Cyber Threat

Cyber security has quickly become a priority in protecting the physical population and its personal information, and continues to increase in importance as we operate more in the world of virtual data. The access control system of the future will need to measure up to increasingly rigorous government or institutional standards to effectively manage identities across the enterprise and safeguard against hacking and all forms of cyber threats.

Physical/Logical Merge

The connection between physical and logical access control has traditionally functioned on a “separate but equal” basis, where two different, equally critical systems are deployed but exist in completely different realms. Today, increasing technological innovation in the IT sphere finally allows these two applications to join forces for a more unified solution based on common standards and shared information necessary to both physical security and IT departments. This new generation of software-centric solutions allows enterprises to easily retrofit and “future-proof” their security programs combining maximum protection, flexibility, and a platform for leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon and cloud-based solutions.

Viscount Freedom is ahead of the curve as it unifies the physical and logical worlds of access control. Freedom’s “software-centric” solution eliminates the need for traditional access control panels, reducing installation costs and providing a truly open platform for the new world of security convergence across the full enterprise IT spectrum.