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John Coleman CSL - Head of Sales UK & Ireland Sales
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In recent years, the landscape of security capabilities has undergone a transformative shift, with the ability to provide remote service, support and diagnostics to intruder and access control systems. Anticipated to be one of the most prominent trends in the management of security and access control technology for 2024, these advancements have not only revolutionised security but have also laid the groundwork for businesses to thrive in a hybrid working environment.

The evolution of remote connectivity

Remote connectivity for intruder systems has been around for many years. It allows a fire and security company to fix faults remotely and also carry out annual maintenance without having to send an engineer to the premises, saving both end-user time and reducing their carbon footprint.  

We are now seeing this same remote support functionality across other fire and security applications, especially access control management, allowing business owners to secure their properties, even when they are empty. This has been extremely helpful for businesses dealing with the challenges of a hybrid work model. It allows them to keep their commercial buildings open, whilst also supporting flexible work arrangements.

The rise of remote security aligns seamlessly with the surge in hybrid work models. According to a global survey by Gartner, 69% of boards accelerated their digital business initiatives following the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This acceleration directly translates to a greater reliance on remote security solutions to ensure the safety of both physical and digital assets in unoccupied or semi-occupied office spaces.

Remote door access control addresses the challenge of granting access to vendors and employees without physical presence. A 2023 State of Hybrid Work and Browsing Security Report by Red Access, highlighted that 63% of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) said they anticipate most employees at their organisations would work under a primarily hybrid or remote model in three years. Yet 72% of the CISOs agreed that the hybrid and remote workforce harms their organisation's security posture. This projection emphasises the need for robust access control measures that can seamlessly accommodate the flow of individuals requiring entry without compromising security.

Remote door access control

A significant advantage of having security systems configured for remote support and connectivity lies in its ability to provide anywhere access. This flexibility empowers organisations to adapt their security approach seamlessly, regardless of the physical location of their teams. Businesses can make adjustments to user permissions and door schedules at any time, and these changes are reflected instantly, eliminating concerns about time wasted during critical security events.

One specific application of remote security that stands out is remote door access control. This feature proves exceptionally useful for granting access to vendors and employees, without the authorised person needing them to be physically present on-site. However, a critical challenge in implementing remote unlocks is ensuring they are performed only for verified individuals.

Our role as a Critical Connectivity provider: Powering the future of remote security

As a Critical Connectivity provider, we understand the crucial role we play in supporting these innovative security solutions. Our expertise lies in providing reliable and secure connectivity solutions, with a particular focus on two main access control solutions: IoT SIMs and Routers. These solutions form the backbone of the remote security infrastructure, ensuring seamless and robust connectivity for effective access management.

IoT Connectivity Solutions in Access Control:

IoT SIMs play a pivotal role in access control by enabling secure communication between devices. They facilitate real-time data transmission, ensuring that changes in user permissions and door schedules are implemented promptly. A prime example of their effectiveness can be seen in our collaboration with Neop, a leading provider of connected locks solutions and access control systems. Utilising CSL's IoT roaming SIMs, Neop successfully provided a secure network to its systems across multiple networks, benefiting from improved coverage, reduced costs, and simplified management.

IoT Routers can enhance connectivity to ensure a seamless experience. They play a crucial role in supporting the communication between devices, enabling secure and reliable data transmission. Whether it's adjusting user permissions or remotely unlocking doors, our routers contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of access control systems.

While exploring the world of access control security, it's essential to recognise the broader applications of IoT in various industries. Our blog on How IoT is helping the sports world increase participation delves into the impact of IoT on sports, showcasing the technology's ability to increase participation and accessibility. Additionally, our exploration of The Role of IoT in Critical Infrastructure highlights the significance of IoT in safeguarding critical infrastructure.

What’s next for remote security and access management? Navigating tomorrow's security landscape

The future is dynamic, and those equipped with the right tools, supported by resilient connectivity, are the ones who will navigate our future security landscape with confidence and triumph.

The future of remote security and access management holds great promise for businesses seeking flexible and robust security solutions. The ability to manage access control remotely, supported by resilient and secure connectivity, empowers organisations to adapt to changing circumstances seamlessly. As we continue to advance in this digital age, businesses that embrace these innovative connectivity solutions position themselves for success in the evolving landscape of security and access control.

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