Access Control Systems and CCTV: An Integrated Future

The Evolution of Access Control and CCTV Integration

Access control and CCTV integration have come a long way in the commercial real estate world. Let me take you on a journey through this evolution.

A Look Back: The Early Days

Back in the day, access control systems and CCTV operated in silos. Remember those bulky analog cameras with grainy footage and unpredictable key cards with a mind of their own? That was the norm. These systems served their purpose, but they were far from efficient. Each had its own set of controls, and they rarely communicated with each other. For want of a better word, it was all rather clunky!

The Shift to Integration

The real game changers came in the form of digital technology and IoT. Suddenly, it became possible to integrate these standalone systems into a cohesive security solution. Access control systems could now communicate with CCTV cameras, creating a synchronised security network.

Modern Marvels: Advanced Access Control and CCTV Systems

Today, the integration of access control and CCTV systems is nothing short of remarkable. I’m talking about high-definition IP cameras by Rhombus for example, that offer crystal-clear footage and access control systems by manufacturers such as the ever-reliable Kisi, that utilise biometrics and mobile credentials.

  • Biometric Access Control: Fingerprint and facial recognition systems have become more affordable and reliable while providing an extra layer of security.
  • Mobile Credentials: Gone are the days of fumbling for, forgetting or indeed losing key cards. Employees can now use their smartphones to gain access. This is not only hugely convenient but also reduces the risk of stolen cards.
  • Kisi Access Control, Terminal Pro and Apple Wallet Badges:  We choose to partner with Kisi for many reasons. The Terminal Pro offers ultimate flexibility by enabling multiple unlock methods and accommodating diverse access control scenarios, from employee badges in Apple Wallet for employees to QR codes for temporary access requirements.
  • Cloud-Based Solutions: Access control and CCTV systems can be managed via cloud platforms. This means real-time monitoring and control of your assets from anywhere in the world.

The Benefits: Why Integration is Key

So, what makes the integration of access control and CCTV systems so beneficial in the commercial real estate world?

  • Enhanced Security: Integrated systems provide a holistic view of the property. Access control events trigger CCTV recordings, allowing for real-time response to security incidents.
  • Operational Efficiency: Automation is a huge benefit. For instance, the system can automatically lock doors and alert security personnel if an unauthorised attempt is detected.
  • Cost Savings: Integration eliminates the need for multiple control centers and reduces the manpower required for monitoring. Additionally, cloud-based solutions reduce the need for expensive on-site hardware.
  • Data Integration: Collecting data from both access control and CCTV systems in a single platform allows for better analytics and reporting. This data can be used to identify patterns, improve security measures, and even optimise building usage.

Real-World Applications

Office buildings, coworking spaces, shopping centers, gyms and industrial complexes are leveraging this technology to safeguard their premises, protect their tenants/members, and ensure smooth operations. Integrate further with software such as Apple Wallet, membership apps or operating platforms like OfficeRnD, and the entire solution becomes unified; far more powerful than the sum of its parts.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Security Integration

With advancements in AI and machine learning, these systems will become even smarter. Predictive analytics could soon help us identify potential security threats before they happen, making our properties safer than ever.

The evolution of access control and CCTV integration is a testament to how far technology has come. As we continue to innovate, the future holds even greater promise for creating secure, efficient, and future-ready properties.

So, if you’re considering upgrading your security infrastructure, now is the time to embrace integrated solutions. It’s not just about keeping up with the times—it’s about scalability and staying ahead of the game.

Integration is a hot topic so to continue the conversation, get in touch and I’ll be happy to take you through the latest developments in access control including motion sense, tap to unlock, Apple Wallet and QR code capabilities.

Scot Gibson, Sales Director