The paper " An Access Control System Trends and Future Directions" is an excellent example of a report on technology. An Access Control System (ACS) is a system devised to ascertain who/what has the permission to enter or exit, where and when to enter or exit a property, building, or room to authorized people. According to history, this access was controlled by keys and locks. The only person allowed to enter a locked door is someone with the key. This method had setbacks because mechanical locks and keys do not keep off the key holder from access at specific times or dates, they do not record the specific key and door used, and the key can be to unauthorized persons. Electronic Access Control Systems (EACS) uses computers to counter the above disadvantages of mechanical locks and keys.
EACS approves access according to the credentials presented. The credentials mostly a number is sent to a reader, the reader then sends the number to a control panel. The control panel compares the number to an already made access control list and then the results sent to a database. A match between the number and the control list leads to unlocking of the door.
The reader often indicates a flashing green LED light for an access granted. A mismatch leads to access denial often shown by a flashing red LED light. Access Control Systems Technology Trends and Innovations. Professionalism is a key factor that has enhanced broad changes in ACS. Globalization and technology advancement has extensively contributed to the demand for more advanced security systems. Value creation goes hand in hand with the ACS technology trends and innovations. I will expound more on the trends and innovations in ACS technology. Affluent Functionality- The link between powerful hardware and powerful software has made ACS technologies the primary drive towards the realization of the organization’ s security objectives.
Users can monitor all the activities in a facility and share data (images, audios, and videos) across other systems, for example, visitor management, surveillance, photo-imaging, alarms, and elevator control. Systems nowadays have a flexible database structure that captures and stores personal data that is essential in managing cardholder data for access to various rooms in the facility.
(Laughlin, 2015). Compatibility- The new software and hardware are extremely compatible and are upgraded when new security systems come up. For instance, in a story building apartment format, the landlord can be able to monitor the whole building on one surveillance camera which is compatible with subsequent cameras mounted on each floor. This medium a vital compatibility factor that has come up due to innovativeness and introduction of new ACS solutions that support multiple client functionalities. (Laughlin, 2015). Cost-effectiveness- Modern ACS technology solutions allow users to engrave up to date upgrades without having to completely replace the entire existing ACS infrastructure.
The ACS system is made up of many controllers with standard software that controls separate entrances; let's say a bank safe or a restricted facility door. In this case, when upgrading the system, the centralized controllers can be replaced with new remote interface cards. The installed readers and wiring can remain hence saving time and money. (Laughlin, (2014).
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Jordan Cullis, (2014). Top Five Access Control Trends for 2014. Retrieved from Technology Decisions. http://www.technologydecisions.com.au/content/security/article/top-five-access-control-trends-for-2-14-1272545047.
Security today (2014). 6 Trends Impacting Access Control and The Overall Security Market. Retrieved from security today. https://securitytoday.com/Articles/2014/12/01/6-Trends-Impacting-Access-Control-and-the-Overall-Security-Market.aspx?Page=1.