The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant disruption to various industries, including physical security. As we look to the future, it’s crucial to understand the access control trends that will shape the industry in 2023 and beyond. Based on industry expertise, research, and projections, here are five major access control trends to watch for:
Mobile Access Control: The adoption of mobile access control is rapidly increasing. In a survey conducted in 2019, it was estimated that 54% of businesses would upgrade or transition to a mobile access control system within the next three years. Mobile credentials offer convenience, enhanced security, and a more secure solution compared to traditional key cards. The use of mobile-based credentials is expected to continue to grow, with more than 120 million mobile credentials predicted to be downloaded in 2023.
Multi-Factor Authentication: The convergence of digital and physical identity is leading to the adoption of multi-factor authentication. Mobile credentials are now being used for both multimodal and multi-factor authentication, providing an additional layer of security. Two-factor authentication, requiring verification through at least two methods or credentials, is increasingly available for wider deployments. Multifactor authentication not only enhances security but also simplifies network access, and its adoption is driven by regulatory requirements and the need to handle personal identifying information securely.
Biometric Access Control: Facial recognition is becoming a prominent technology for touchless access control, replacing fingerprint access. Biometrics have faced challenges in the past, including high costs, accuracy issues, and privacy concerns. However, with advancements in technology and decreasing costs, biometric access control, particularly facial recognition, is gaining momentum. Contactless biometric technology is projected to experience significant growth, with facial recognition leading the market share for identity verification and access control. Other biometric technologies such as iris, palm, vein, voice, and touchless fingerprints are also expected to see increased demand.
In addition to these trends, other developments are shaping the access control landscape, including the rise of touchless access control systems, new access control technologies, and access control convergence and integration. Concerns regarding integration with legacy systems, taking advantage of new technologies, protection against vulnerabilities, user convenience, and simplifying physical access processes with digital administration have driven innovation in access control technology.
As the access control industry continues to evolve, these trends will play a crucial role in shaping the future of access control systems. By embracing mobile access control, web-based solutions, multi-factor authentication, biometric technology, and subscription-based business models, organizations can enhance security, improve operational efficiency, and adapt to the changing security landscape.