By 2020, 20 percent of organizations will use smartphones in place of traditional physical access cards globally, market research firm Gartner has predicted. In 2016, less than five percent organizations used smartphones to enable access to offices and other premises. Also Read - Micromax to launch new smartphones in India on December 15: ReportAlso Read - Gujrat government offering farmers up to Rs 1,500 to buy a smartphone
“Today, the increasing availability of mobile and Cloud technologies from many physical access control system (PACS) vendors will have major impact on how these systems can be implemented and managed,” said David Anthony Mahdi, Research Director at Gartner, on Tuesday. PACS typically comprises an access control server and database holding identity and policy data and multiple control panels, door locks, readers and other data capture devices. It also includes the cards or other credentials issued to employees and others and the credentialing system that creates and provisions them.
PACS technology is widely deployed across multiple vertical industries and geographies to secure access to a wide range of facilities and ensuring that only entitled people get access to specific locations. Smartphones using technologies and protocols such as Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, and Near Field Communication can work with a number of readers and PACS technology. ALSO READ: Global shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones to fall 3 percent in 2016: Gartner
“Replacing traditional physical access cards with smartphones enables widely sought after cost reductions and user experience benefits,” added Mahdi.
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