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All systems go
now essential for joined-up security.
Security and facility managers want
systems which work together seamlessly.
In a survey of professionals conducted
for our Wireless Access Control Report
2021, over 90% of respondents noted the
importance of integration across
building management functions.
That percentage is hardly a surprise in
an increasingly interconnected world.
Budget concerns also play a role.
Running systems in parallel, rather than
from one integrated control panel, is
more expensive and increases errors in
data entry and analysis. A single system
becomes a more reliable and
authoritative record and renders security
auditing easier and more accurate.
Despite all of this, deeper integration
of building systems is still at the
planning or ‘To Do’ list stage for many
companies. The desire for that deeper
integration remains unfulfilled. Why?
Over a quarter (ie 27%) of
respondents to the same survey suggest
a lack of available solutions developed
for compatible standards. “Standards are
key for the momentum behind the shift
towards system integration,” notes the
Wireless Access Control Report 2021.
“The migration from proprietary or
closed technology to open architecture
has likely come as a response to the
demand for flexibility from end users,
consultants and system integrators.”
As well as being more flexible,
solutions developed to shared standards
are better future-proofed. Standards
ensure investments may be made today
with confidence that hardware and
firmware can be built upon in the
future. Compatible solutions offer
greater peace of mind than do
proprietary ones, with the latter ‘locking
customers in’ for the long-term.
Another quarter (26%, in fact) of
survey respondents highlighted a lack of
integration expertise in general.
Both of these ‘roadblocks’ can be
removed with the right solution.
In essence, hardware and software
integration are two different paths
towards the same goal. When end users
match the application to the right
integration strategy, the end result is
going to be a demonstrably powerful
enhancement of building management
capability with minimal disruption
realised for their day-to-day business.
The principal challenge of hardware
integration is to do it in a manner which
enhances – rather than complicates –
the way in which building systems and
organisations work. For almost any site,
expanding coverage of traditional wired
locks to more doors can be expensive
and disruptive. Installing and integrating
wireless locks instead is usually much
more cost-effective because no cabling
or invasive building work is required
around the doors.
A published API for rapid, hassle-free
integration should be an essential
element of any wireless locking
technology on the shortlist. This way,
businesses playing host to wired access
control and a desire to enhance their
system can do so easily while retaining
their existing RFID credential
technologies. The ideal wireless locks are
sold ready to integrate with security
systems from multiple OEMs
worldwide. Rather than heightening the
complexity of security management,
they actively simplify it.
Wireless battery-powered cylinders,
escutcheons, handles and locks with
built-in RFID and mobile credential
readers may, of course, be fitted as a new
access control system. They can also
extend an existing installation by linking
new doors, servers or cupboards to the
same security system without the hassle
and expense of electrical cabling.
Hardware integration makes security
management more efficient. When staff
use fewer interfaces, less training is
required. The job is transacted quicker
When end users match the application to the right integration
strategy, the end result is going to be a demonstrably
powerful enhancement of building management capability
with minimal disruption realised for their day-to-day business
The deep integration of access
control technologies can actively
extend the security manager’s
capabilities and, subsequently,
benefit the host business. As
Russell Wagstaff explains in
detail, these must be the core
goals of a successful integration
project for either a hardware or