Can mobile access guarantee freedom of movement and security at the same time? Do smooth access controls and new lock and key systems contribute to efficiency gains in everyday private and professional life? How do living and traveling change with flexibly adaptable access authorizations? And how do smartphones influence everyday professional and private life?
Read our articles on mobile access and the future of access control.
After societies relied on mechanical keys for thousands of years for security, the world of access control now has technology transforming the industry.
"Buy experiences, not things" might sound like just another inspirational social media quote. However, it's the mantra that summarizes one of the tremendous paradigm shifts in consumer demand, which has been making waves in the global markets since the 1990s.
The fitness and sports industry is growing exponentially. Consumers engage with physical activities more than ever, which exploded fitness into a global industry, edging USD 100 billion in worth.
The security industry has traditionally been a hands-on one, characterized by physical precautions such as security guards and mechanical keys and locks. The image of a guard patrolling a place with a torch in one hand and a ring with many mechanical keys attached to their belts has long been the picture associated with on-site security.
Recent technological developments in cloud computing have driven innovation in the security market, convincing companies of all sizes to switch from manual or electronic access control to cloud-based ones.
Digitization and finally also COVID-19 have triggered a boom in new forms of work. Both remote-work, as well as flexible working hours, are on the rise. These new ways of working require new ways to record working hours.
Near-field communication (NFC) technologies first appeared in 1983, even though it wasn't until 2006 when Nokia introduced the first NFC-enabled mobile phone. Fast forward to 2021, NFC is a ubiquitous feature for many more mobile phone models and electronic devices.
Tailgating, the passage of an unauthorized person behind authorized personnel, is one of the most common physical security breaches. Also known as “piggybacking", tailgating often results from a random act of kindness such as holding the door to a stranger.
Security and access control came a long way from the wooden sticks used as keys in Ancient Egypt and Babylon some 6,000 years ago. Modern access control systems are no longer just keys and locks, but sophisticated ecosystems with high-tech components that interact with each other.
“Why has slamming a ball with a racquet become so obsessive a pleasure for so many of us?" mused cultural critique, Nat Hentoff. “It seems clear to me that a primary attraction of the sport is the opportunity it gives to release aggression physically without being arrested for felonious assault."
As some parts of the world are beginning to recover from the pandemic and outlining new roadmaps, hotel managers might be asking: What should hotels do before they re-open after COVID-19?
Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology is as old as the radio. It was first used in 1901, by the Italian innovator Guglielmo Marconi, who sent Morse code sequences across the Atlantic Ocean using spark-gap radio transmitters.