“By 2020, 20% of organizations will use smart phones in place of discreet physical access cards up from less than 5% today,” says Mahdi.
He adds that while there is a lot of interest in leveraging mobile devices across the enterprise, we still face significant barriers as an industry.
By 2020, 20% of organizations will use smart phones in place of discreet physical access cards up from less than 5% today
One of the reports highlights barriers to mobile credentials. NFC, as an example, is hampered or enabled differently by various vendors and handsets. There’s also a significant disparity in functionality between smartphones. But as these barriers are removed, it changes that landscape and expedites adoption.
He predicts that cloud and big data back ends will be crucial to realizing the potential of these next-gen PACS. Combining adaptive authentication, video, and user behavior analytics, requires massive processing power, and he says that will happen in the cloud.
“You will go through the motion of tapping your phone, but the risk engine will have already determined if it is you. That will be in the cloud via big data back ends,” he says.
Replacing traditional physical access cards with smartphones can enables both cost reductions and end user benefits. So too can the deployment of cloud-based physical access control systems. “We recommend that security and risk managers work closely with physical security teams to evaluate the user experience and total cost of ownership benefits,” concludes Mahdi.