Smartphones – we use them for everything in today’s world. And you may have heard about how they are becoming a major player in the field of access control. What though are the benefits to Tulsa and Oklahoma City business owners of using these devices as part of their commercial security systems?

According to Axis Communications, a global leader in intelligent security solutions and one of Mac Security’s component vendors, and Gartner, “around 20 percent of organizations expect to use smartphones as an alternative to traditional access cards by 2020.”

In June, Axis Communications launched its first integrated, open, IP-based mobile access control solution with HID Global. With this end-to-end solution, businesses of all sizes can deploy mobile access control for their commercial security systems and easily manage these solutions. Thus, employees can simply use their smartphone, tablet, or even a wearable device to gain entry to doors, gates, networks, and more.

Why the rise in mobile access control? In a nutshell…. “Using mobile devices as a replacement for physical access cards provides a more convenient experience for end-users and offers companies a simple, efficient and cost-effective way to manage identification credentials,” Axis noted.

What are some of the benefits of using mobile devices in commercial security systems’ access control?

Enhanced User Experience

For both the end user and administrative personnel, mobile access control makes security much simpler. No longer do users need to carry a traditional key, card, or key fob to access doors or through other secure areas. They can simply and more conveniently use their ever-handy mobile device. “

As Axis noted, this integration “aligns perfectly with the mobile-first preferences of today’s workforces.” People already use their phones for “identification, authentication, authorization and accountability in computer information systems,” Axis added. Thus, mobile integration in access control just makes sense in line with how much employees use smartphones already.

For administration, it also affords a much more convenient way of managing credentials for employees – both during the initial distribution of credentials for new employees and for revoking credentials when an employee leaves the company. This, in turn, improves operational efficiency for a company.

More Cost-Effective Security

 With mobile access control, there is no longer a need to manufacturer physical access cards or key fobs. Thus, there are significant cost savings to employers in integrating this into their commercial security systems. As Axis noted, “. . . it represents a more cost-effective, simpler way for companies to manage identification credentials as it eliminates numerous manual tasks related to handling, printing, distributing and disposing of physical identity badges.” This elimination of manual tasks for administrative personnel can also be a significant cost saving.

Higher Security Overall

Interestingly, this mobile technology is also more secure than other forms of access control. The HID Mobile Access solutions use highly sophisticated cloud-based technology that actually offers “the highest levels of security and privacy protection in access control,” Axis noted when reporting on their decision to integrate with HID Global’s technology.

And not only is the technology itself more secure, but common employee interaction with their smartphones means that this technology is more secure than keys or access cards. People usually guard their phones more than they would their access cards or keys, HID Global noted.

These factors come together to demonstrate why mobile access control for commercial security systems is here to stay and why it can greatly benefit Tulsa and OKC businesses. The access control and commercial security system specialists at Mac Security can help you learn more about how this system can be integrated with your security solution. We can design, install, maintain, and monitor the best commercial security systems for your Oklahoma business owners.