The term “open platforms” has become a buzzword in current access control discussions. Unfortunately, the discussion about which system is open or not open can distract from the real problem: the search for access control systems that will provide the necessary flexibility, efficiency and activity in solving specific problems.
Today much has been said about open access control platforms – are systems open and, if so, how much. So, let’s look at things in a less binary way than “open” and “closed”. What if we discuss access control systems in terms of flexibility? In other words, what features really make it easy, cost-effective to implement, modify, scale and innovate?
To get answers, you need to go beyond the general benefits of access control. Instead, you need to see what distinguishes the ACS themselves.
Breaking the bonds imposed by the manufacturer
The first step towards flexibility is not hardware related. If access control kits tie you to a specific manufacturer, it will limit the speed and ease of management and expansion of your system. The term “open” is intended to mean freedom. But this is not always so easy.
Systems may offer a choice of components or software from a number of partners, but only from those approved by the manufacturer. In the end, the manufacturer still sets limits on what is possible and what is not.
What is a flexible access control system? This is a solution that allows the user to move freely by selecting or combining an infinite range of hardware and software options. APIs and hardware are available to everyone, not just specific partners, which creates an open development platform.
Reducing physical connections in the form of wires or cables is a lost aspect of agility. Simply put, too many physical connections can constrain the system, even if the components themselves are considered flexible. In many access control projects, the amount of wiring is huge, which increases material and labor costs.
In a traditional ACS, central controllers and door controllers are provided. Decisions are usually made on the central controller and then transferred to the door controller to take the necessary action. This configuration leads to complex wiring. In essence, this creates a gigantic puzzle that complicates installation and complicates further changes.
Freedom to scale
Transferring decisions to peripheral computing affects yet another form of dexterity, namely the ability to scale the system. Extending traditional access control is often considered expensive due to complexity or technical requirements, which usually makes it difficult to meet future needs.
In contrast, border-based door access control system is built for scalability. Small access control systems can be easily upgraded to corporate software without the need to replace any installed equipment or accessories for access control, and additional components are easily integrated.
It is possible to easily add new controllers or even readers individually, without unnecessary costs or complications.
Simplified implementation, high scalability and the flexibility of connecting access control based on boundary computing provide the most important form of comfort – the freedom to work with innovative solutions and create security systems that go far beyond traditional solutions. Suddenly, it becomes possible to actively innovate to meet the challenges of tomorrow.