Mobile Access Control – The Future Of Access Control

Businesses are trying to find ways to protect themselves and their workers as the world navigates it’s way back to some sort of normality. Sanitising stations, face masks and shields all provide some level of protection and help instil confidence as offices reopen but what about how we access buildings and offices? As the pandemic continues to affect every aspect of our lives the traditional key card method doesn’t seem quite so appealing. Nexkey’s recent survey found that although 41% of office workers used key cards to access their workplace, the same amount of people said their first choice would be mobile access via smartphone or smartwatch. Key cards and fobs are easily lost or stolen and in the same survey Nexkey found that 34% of those surveyed had let someone else borrow their card or fob. In comparison, workers are probably less likely to lose or lend someone their phone or smartwatch.

Mobile Access Control


Using a person’s unique, biometric data, businesses can keep a track on employees and visitors and ensure the safety and security of all personnel. For touch free mobile access control, biometrics using face or iris recognition offers a secure and safe solution.

Smartphone Technology

Replacing traditional key cards or fobs makes perfect sense as the majority of us now own smartphones and/or smartwatches. Combined with biometric verification you can be sure only authorised personnel can have access to specified areas.

Touch Free Entry

Access control systems often rely on physical barriers for card readers but as we try to find solutions to help stop the spread of viruses surely mobile access control makes the most sense.

Software that allows mobile devices to be used in place of a wall reader, this means the security verification process can be as touch free as possible.

Contactless card entry is another option to keep access control touch free. There are many suppliers of contactless cards, key fobs and badges that can work seamlessly with your current Access Control System.

There are many pros and cons to consider when contemplating updating to a Mobile Access Control system using smart devices:

  • Cost of devices- Badges and cards are much cheaper
  • Upgrade of systems and software to be able to operate- this can be costly in the short term and may put businesses off especially during economic uncertainty
  • Need to be able to operate across a multitude of platforms, not everyone has access to the same smartphone etc
  • Might not be suitable for all industries
  • Potential for greater risk of cyber attacks
  • Greater employee choice as the system is designed for the user as opposed to building on existing legacy systems
  • Investing in smart technology now could save money in the long term
  • Employee and visitor confidence- knowing you only have to touch your own personal smart device means less perceived risk of virus exposure
  • Convenience- most employees and visitors will be used to remembering their smartphone or smartwatch
  • Environmentally friendly? Less plastic will be used if cards are no longer required

Do you need help with Mobile Access Control? Are you thinking about how you can make your security system touch free and fit for the future? Contact SMI for professional support.