The world of access control changed profoundly in 2020 after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. This came at the time of parallel technological advancements, with the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and smartphone technology now enriching the access control systems that needed to respond to new challenges. As a result, readerless access control is gaining traction as it allows users to have fully functional access control without being exposed to the risks of contracting the disease by interacting with readers. Read on to find out why this trend is here to stay and where you can learn more about this trend.
Why are readerless systems emerging just now? It’s all about mobile credentials. Considering that 2 billion people are smartphone users today, it was only a matter of time before these platforms started replacing access cards and fobs in the domain of access control. NFC and Bluetooth technologies are combined with app-based access control, which is not only more convenient for users, but more cost-effective for deployment by businesses compared to readers. As there is no physical interaction involved, the readerless approach is also a less risky option at the time of the pandemic.
How will the ability to open a door with a link change the tourism industry? First, the users are required to install a mobile app which is used to identify them and the physical location of the door in question. Once this is done, users receive their virtual key in form a web link which can be accessed from the browser i.e. without the need to have the app installed on their device. This will change the tourism and apartment renting industry as a convenient and faster alternative to using keys and cards to open doors.
How Does Biometrics Play Into This? Increasing adoption of smartphones which support biometrics will play a role in introducing biometric verification as an additional access control parameter. Actually, users’ smartphone devices will eventually become everything one needs for the authentication of an individual, thus promoting readerless access control with the help of biometrics.
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