Creating safer workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning dumb houses
into smart homes. It is also revolutionizing access
control systems for all types of commercial buildings,
from small offices and retail shops to enterprise
campuses and sprawling factories. Although digital
locks, keyless entry, RFID card readers and security cameras have
been around for many years, IoT technology has transformed
building automation, bringing a new level of data-driven security,
control, reliability and safety to the workplace.
The convergence of ultra-low-power IoT devices, cloud
connectivity and advanced security technologies has enabled
developers to create highly sophisticated, versatile and resilient
access control systems. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has also
added a new and unprecedented dimension of complexity to the
workplace as evolving health screening regulations require even
greater scalability, security and upgradability for access control
To ensure the security of a building, its occupants and its
contents, network and security system architects must consider
all points of entry, anticipated threats and the ever-changing
credentials of those seeking access to a building or campus.
A comprehensive access control system can include a multitude
of devices such as smart locks, security sensors, keypads, card
readers, surveillance cameras, gates, health screening kiosks, and
a wide array of sensors to help monitor maximum occupancy,
elevated body temperature and facial mask compliance. Integrated
through a robust network, these devices provide real-time status
and control of the entire system.
Whether the scale of an access control system is a set of
smart home door locks, health screening stations at building
entrances or hundreds of secured doors in a large hotel or office,
the costs and complexity of maintaining and upgrading the
control network continue to increase. Whether running on an
on-site computer or hosted by a cloud-based remote monitoring
center, an access control system will benefit from using low-power
wireless connectivity and IP, to unite all of the access components
into an IP-based network that can extend across long distances
inside and outside of a building.
This article originally appeared in the September / October 2021 issue of Security Today.