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JUL-AUG 2018

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S-24 ACCESS CONTROL TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGY 2018 JULY/AUGUST D ue to greatly enhanced product performance, sharp user demand for the convenience of technolo- gy, and with major cost savings as compared to hard-wired systems, we're seeing a substantial migration toward wireless locks and mobile access solutions. Offering a new level of instal- lation and user convenience, as well as elevated features for both the users and administrators, wireless and mobile solu- tions, are fast becoming a driving force within the industry. Traditionally with lock systems, there were few choices. Either install cyl- inder lock/brass key units, or put in a fully wired access control system. For decades, there was no middle ground; The Fast-Growing Shift Toward Wireless Locks and Mobile Access Solutions Integrators should embrace emerging technologies and tools that make their jobs easier and their companies more profitable By Lisa Corte wireless locksets existed for quite some time, without any improvements to the technology. Digital technologies now enable man- ufacturers to embed a significant level of intelligence within a lockset. This data intelligence allows different products to interconnect through the convenience of wireless communications. Today's wire- less and mobile solutions deliver access control functionality to applications where traditional hard-wired installations were cost prohibitive. With equipment and installation costs accounted for, a wireless lock system's total cost can be less than half that of a traditional online, wired access control system. By leveraging wireless technologies, the need for installing hard- wired power and data cabling can be significantly reduced or even eliminated in many installations. Additionally, integrated wireless locksets require significantly less power to run compared to traditional wired access control systems. Depending on the wireless technology chosen, these systems may achieve up to an 80 percent reduction in power per opening, further reducing the total cost of ownership. The ability to provide the functions and features of online access control, at a fraction of the cost continues to catch the attention of business sectors, most notably universities and residence halls, small- and medium sized businesses, and multi-family facilities. Given the benefits that could be realized through the implementation of mobile credentialing, smartphones could one day replace access control cards. (Image courtesy bigstockphoto. com/Julia Tim)

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