HID Global 2021 State of Physical Access Control Report

Changes to work and physical spaces introduced new challenges for security professionals.

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HID Global hosted an access control webinar Jan. 21, 2021 with Matt Win, Director of Marketing and Luc Merridew, Regional Product Director for the commercial door industry to discuss the topics from their latest survey.

Based on surveys conducted by HID Global, there are three key drivers to updating access control as a pandemic response:

  • Touchless solutions
  • New features
  • Digital process

Also expressed is a desire to take advantage of applications in new technologies and make physical access administration easier with digital processes. Changes to work and physical spaces introduced new challenges for security professionals. Mobile infrastructure allowed companies that already deployed the technology to quickly change their security workflows and further encouraged other companies to adopt mobile solutions.

The industry trends observed in this year’s Physical Access Control survey  have their roots in the challenges facing the industry. Emerging threats, vulnerabilities, infrastructure demands of aging technologies, and changes to physical spaces to comply with physically distanced work are pushing organizations to find relevant solutions while overcoming hurdles associated with cost. The need for touchless solutions topped the list with 41% of security directors citing it as a motivator.

HID Global survey results show that over 50% of respondents’ companies, have already upgraded to mobile, are in the process of upgrading to mobile, or have plans to deploy mobile access in the near future. In 2019, only 31% of companies were at the same stages of deploying mobile solutions. 45% of companies also reported their credentials are three or more years old, and 50% stated their controllers are of similar age. Companies are upgrading to newer software to support their systems, with 39% of companies now having software that has been in use for three or more years compared to 48% in 2019. This report is based on over 1000 responses to the 2020 Access Control Systems Trends Survey conducted by HID Global, ASIS International, and 1105 Media, Inc. in the summer of 2020.

This report is based on over 1000 responses to the 2020 Access Control Systems Trends Survey conducted by HID Global, ASIS International, and 1105 Media, Inc. in the summer of 2020. A link to the 25-question survey was emailed to Security and IT personnel across a range of titles representing more than a dozen different industries, including Education, Software, Technology & Telecommunications, Government, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Professional Services.

This information has been provided by HID Global during THE 2021 State of Physical Access Control Report webinar.  

 

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