When you think about what you really need from an access control system and then about the advantages of the cloud, it just makes sense. We've covered the basics of the cloud in an earlier post (check it out) if you're not already 100% on what we mean when we talk about the cloud). But in case you're wondering exactly how it could benefit you, here are six reasons to move your access control system to the cloud.
It's always available
For most of us this is the real beauty of the cloud in everyday life. Thanks to familiar products from Gmail to Dropbox to Spotify to your online banking, we take it for granted that we can get access to data wherever we are and whatever device we're using. Which begs the obvious question: if we've come to expect this from banking, messaging, music and more, why, oh why, do we not expect the same from something as simple as access to doors?!
When your access management is in the cloud, everything is available on demand. Share access with someone, take it away, modify, manage, monitor - all in real time.
BrightLock bonus: BrightLock smart locks can work in several different modes of connectivity - having a Wi-Fi connection gives you the most flexibility, but they can even work offline if you need them to
It's much, much easier to deploy
There are some advantages to static offline systems, we're not denying it. For some businesses in some situations, they make sense. They also have some huge drawbacks. Like the big outlay you have to make for their infrastructure. Or the difficulty you face in integrating with other systems. Or deploying firmware updates. You get the picture.
With a cloud-based access control system like BrightLock it's as simple as installing the hardware, downloading the mobile app and creating a user account. Which also means...
It's more scalable
Want to add a new user? No problem. Want to add 1,000 new users? Yep, still no problem. With traditional token-based access controls systems, every new user needs their own token. That can mean spiraling costs. And old-school software models can mean paying for new user licences and computing resources like whole new servers when you need to scale up.
A truly cloud-based system takes away all those barriers - and their costs. Your system is hosted for you and can scale with your workforce with no effort, no complications and generally no cost.
BrightLock bonus: Because BrightLock turns the flash of anyone's smartphone into their key, it's truly scalable from a practical point of view. All anyone needs is a compatible phone.
At the very least, a cloud-based access control system is likely to have a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) simply because it involves much more efficient use of hardware. But its also lets you get rid of all the unnecessary overheads you have with a traditional system - fobs, badges, cutting keys, costly installation processes, travel costs for handing over keys, server costs, inflated user licences, maintenance for hardware that can't be updated remotely. There's no catch. It's just more efficient.
It's easier to integrate with other systems
If you haven't already started to integrate your security systems, you'll need to soon. CCTV, intruder alarms, fire alarms, ANPR; even HR systems and building management systems (BMS) - they all need to be able to talk to each other. For better security management, of course, but also for masses of operational benefits - but we'll cover those in another post. In short: because it's that much more flexible and everything works in real time, cloud-based architecture is just easier to integrate. Look for an open API that comes with an SDK (software development kit) and you can keep your whole security infrastructure future-proof.
It's more secure
Ever had a key go missing? Any of your staff ever lost their fob? Ever heard horror stories about how easy it is to copy RFID and NFC access cards? With cloud-based mobile access, there's no threat of keys getting lost, falling into the wrong hands, getting copied or shared, and none of the risks you run with RFID tokens such as fobs and badges.
How exactly does that work? With BrightLock, for example, your access is stored against your user account in the mobile app. So even if you lose your phone and someone manages to get into your account on it, you (or an admin) can log in on another device and remove access from your phone remotely, and in real time. No delays, no stress.
If you want to know more about cloud-based access control, we'll be covering a lot more topics on all things cloud and mobile access, so check back. And if you'd like to ask us in person, we're always happy to talk - just use the chat from the home page and one of the team will get back to you.