Currently, there are multiple access control systems that are used in different environments and with different applications. Over the years, they have undergone a constant technological evolution to offer high levels of security in companies and organizations of any sector.

In this article we tell you about the evolution of these systems and how they work in combination with the Internet of Things (IoT).


Access control system (ACS)

An ACS is a mechanism that allows access to data, information or areas of a place based on a previously authenticated identity. For example, when we enter a password to open an application, there is a software access control system. Another SCA to access information is the use of our fingerprint to unlock our smartphone or when we do so to enter the office or certain areas of a company.

However, technological developments, have taken SCAs to a more sophisticated level and with improved management and control.


What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

When we talk about IoT, we are talking about a network of devices interconnected through a digital network (public or private), which allows interaction and exchange of data flows between them. These can be household appliances, industrial machinery, robotic assets or any other device capable of interacting without the need for human intervention, that is, M2M (machine to machine).


Application of access control systems through IoT

Access control systems (ACS) through IoT, are systems whose devices are connected to a network, which exponentially multiplies their uses and applications. When an access control system is used in a company, the purpose is not only to ensure security, but also to facilitate organizational management through a series of parameters.

The advantage of these evolved systems is that they can contain solutions for the entire company as a whole, providing advanced functionalities based on user control and identification systems, such as control of working hours, access control for visitors and restricted areas in real time, and even evacuation and emergency plans.

The really interesting thing about using IoT technology for access control is that it allows real-time monitoring and management through a centralized control platform. Moreover, its effectiveness increases when combined with Big Data technology.


Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT)



Intelligent access control technology paradigm

When the science of artificial intelligence comes into play, an access control system becomes an advanced technology that opens up endless possibilities for an organizational environment.

Biometric access control is an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven system for identifying people. In our article on biometric recognition systems in buildings, we discussed how each person possesses biological information that distinguishes them from others, making them unique.

Intelligent access control systems that are interconnected through IoT offer a number of advantages and features that make organizations increasingly opt for their implementation.


Security and convenience

Current access control systems offer high security, as we have seen in the cases of biometric access, and, above all, convenience. The fact that they use IoT technology makes them capable of being connected and exchanging data with a centralized platform, which processes the information in milliseconds and grants access permissions.

In addition, we can go one step further. This system is applicable to the use of specific assets within an organization, where the user has a unique identifier with a coding of permissions to make use of machines and other “active” elements for his profile. For example, a given user can use a wristband to use vending machines, access certain areas and even associate that ID with their fingerprints if the individual also visits highly restricted areas.


Centralized control

The integration of all these SCA devices with a centralized software platform is the key to operational efficiency for digitized companies and organizations.

From a single management framework, new users can be created and specific permissions can be granted for use and access to network-connected devices (doors, machines, clocking devices, etc.). Whether through a chip, wristband, electronic key or any other biometric element, centralized identification makes administration easy, providing a complete overview of users and their movements.


For all types of environments

Traditionally, the most advanced IoT access control solutions have been applied in environments with high security and sophistication, such as banks and government buildings. But, thanks to the democratization of data and technologies that are already accessible to most companies, it is now possible to apply them to any type of environment: industrial plants, offices, city halls, shopping malls, airports, among others.


Control your company’s accesses with Nexus Integra

Access control has become a fundamental part for all types of organizations in order to achieve maximum security for themselves and their customers.

Nexus Integra is the platform that will help you connect and manage your organization’s access control systems. The process is simple and fast: Data is collected, processed and displayed through software making it very easy to manage your organization’s access control systems.

In addition, integrations can be made with existing systems and, with our Smart Solutions, you can have in the same place the control of systems such as climate control, video surveillance, parking spaces and supplies, among others.

Contact our team of specialists to get a solution tailored to your needs.