Is granularity the next big thing?
For years, mechanical, digital and electronic locks have done the basic job of controlling access to buildings, rooms and storage areas. But they offer only two options. Users either have access or they don’t. And if access is granted, it’s generally valid for 24/7 and 365 days/year. New, cloud-based systems are peeling back these limitations and opening up for a new level of granularity in access management.
Over the air access rights
Arguably, the key advantage of cloud-based services over traditional technologies is that they enable a finely tuned approach. They let companies grant access over the air to some people, some of the time, to some parts of their site. And they can easily be adjusted in real time.
All this means that administrative staff can – many for the first time – apply their company’s access policies correctly and with a degree of precision that was never previously possible. They can select exactly who gets access, where and when,with pinprick accuracy.
What does it mean for business users?
Lots of organisations struggle with security. Healthcare providers are one good example. They lose literally billions of dollars’ worth of equipment and supplies every year.
You may wonder how such a thing is possible. But the answer is quite straightforward. New recruits receive keys or key cards for the places they need to access at work. These can then be used freely until their contracts end. Unscrupulous employees are sometimes tempted to take advantage of this freedom to pilfer prescription drugs, among other things.
When you introduce a cloud-based access management system this changes completely. Nobody can access a building, room or storage cabinet unless they’ve been granted personal access rights. These rights come in the form of virtual keys which are sent to the users mobile phone. They are only valid for a specific place and period of time, and once that period of time is up, the ‘key’ stops working.
In healthcare facilities where cloud-based access management systems have been implemented, drug losses are no longer an issue.
Another interesting example is construction sites. With a cloud-based access management system, only registered workers receive access rights to the site. Illegal or underage workers can no longer pass ‘under the radar’. Valuable equipment is safely stored in containers, and only trusted operators get the access rights to unlock and use it. And even then, only between the hours of 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, for example.
In stadiums, theme parks, retail complexes, office buildings, university campuses, science parks, hotels and actually, any organisation that needs to control access, the advantages of a cloud-based OTA service are clear.
Sony’s unique offer in this category
Criotive is an over-the-air access management service developed by Sony. It not only offers cloud-based access control with the level of granularity described above, it is also a vendor-agnostic platform. This means businesses can keep the electronic locks they already have and simply add the Criotive service on top. No major new investments are needed.
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