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Types of Access Control
Oct 09, 2018

In addition to locally-hosted access control systems, where the server is onsite (as explained in the previous section), you have three other options:

Cloud-based access
control systems

Mobile or smartphone-based
access control systems

IoT-based access control
systems

The easiest way to explain these modern types of access control is to compare them to Google Mail, where your email is stored on the cloud rather than on your computer. The cloud, of course, is another way to say a remote server hosted by a service provider. This gives you the convenience of accessing your emails from any browser, as long as you have the correct login credentials.

Major Options of Access Control Systems

In addition to locally-hosted access control systems, where the server is onsite (as explained in the previous section), you have three other options:

Cloud-Based Access Control:

In the world of access control the access permissions are not stored on a local server, but in the cloud. This means that the administrator can manage the permissions from home, or while on vacation anywhere, simply by using a browser. This appeals to security managers charged with overseeing multi-location facilities.


Mobile or Smartphone-Based Access Control:

Mobile or smartphone access control works on the same principle as mobile accessed email, once an app has been downloaded, users are able to access and respond to their mail as long as they enter the correct sign-in credentials. The same is true for smartphone-based access control. Once authorized, and users have downloaded the access control app to their smartphones, they're able to do the same thing; namely, sign in with their user account, and as soon as  their authorized keys appear, select which door to open. The difference with Kisi, for instance, is that they just hold their phone to a Bluetooth or Near Field Communications (NFC) reader, and the door will unlock, but the permissions (log-in credentials) are checked in the background, just like sending an email