Modern access control is about more than locking and unlocking doors. It's about connecting people, properties and data to the cloud to make managing access easier and more secure than ever. Whether you need to control access for a single door or for an entire enterprise, cloud-based access control presents many benefits over on-premise solutions.
1. Remote Access Control Management and Monitoring
Cloud-based access control solutions put you in control of your entire system by offering the ultimate flexibility for remote management and control. With such systems, there is no need for an on-premise server or panel, expensive IT infrastructure or specialized personnel to keep the system running day-to-day. You can add, delete or change access levels for properties all around the world at a moment’s notice using the cloud.
2. Economies of Scale
Access control systems are constantly scaling as new users are added or removed, access levels adjusted and new doors are added. Gone are the days of guessing system future usage and buying expensive panels that may never be used to their full capacity. Cloud-based solutions provide the freedom to reliably expand and contract your system as needed while keeping the costs aligned with actual system usage. Leveraging the cloud also makes for easy multi-site expansion and global deployments that can be synchronized and deployed in a matter of minutes.
3. Always On
Many businesses run around the clock. Grocery stores, apartment complexes, fitness centers and medical facilities represent only a fraction of the businesses that operate continuously. Today’s high-speed life demands that access control systems not only be on 24 hours a day, but that they be configurable and the monitoring data be available at a moment's notice. System uptime and disaster recovery protocols are essential considerations when choosing an access control system. Unlike on-premise solutions that often require a system technician to be onsite to manually push through feature upgrades or cybersecurity patches, cloud-based solutions allow changes to be deployed remotely any time of day. The “always on” model of cloud-based solutions makes them ideal for applications that require secure and efficient access control management from any device such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet device.
Integrability is the unspoken hero of cloud-based platforms. Cloud solutions lend themselves to rapid evolution based on the lessons learned from the application of the software across multiple industries. Chances are the problems you may be looking to solve have been encountered before and already have been incorporated into the platform. API protocols allow access control functionality to be seamlessly connected to other business processes such as workflow and resource management, maintenance ticking and even HR onboarding tools. Creative security applications that also improve business processes represent the leading edge of tomorrow’s access control solutions—and the only way to get there is through the cloud.
5. Secure Data Protection
Ensuring the data underlying any access control system stays secure is a critical requirement. Cloud-based solutions offer data security protection that extends beyond what on-premise solutions can offer. On-premise solutions depend on dedicated, local hosted servers which are often left vulnerable to hardware failures and missed software security updates. Cloud based systems have hardware redundancy reducing the risks and impact of hardware failures and assure software updates have not fallen by the wayside due to budget or limited IT resources. Unplanned system interruptions are minimized through this redundancy and the loss of critical access data is prevented through regularly scheduled data back-ups.