Smart Buildings

Should a Smarter Building Mean a More Secure Building?

Since its recent resurgence, the access control sector has been constantly evolving to enable better security processes in the next generation of smart buildings. Moving from the physical key, to the radio frequency identification (RFID) card, to passwords, smartphones, video, fingerprints and other biometric identification. As access control goes digital so does its vulnerabilities. The smart technology movement can be boiled down to one word, “connectivity.” Greater connectivity enables the sensory capability of the internet of things (IoT), it facilitates the use of big data for real-time analytics, for access control it allows personal devices to speak to security systems and security systems to utilize server data. But with greater connectivity, in a digital sense, comes vulnerability to cyber attack. Furthermore, with so much personal data being held in databases, privacy fears are rife. As is commonplace in this digital era, uncomfortable amounts of our private information are being held by a variety of private […]

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