Mobile access control solutions are on the rise.

Nexkey’s Access Control Trends Review suggests COVID-19 has had a major impact on the uptake of mobile access control, with 44 per cent of customers saying the pandemic has made access control more important for their business.

According to Nexkey, prox cards are the most common access control credential, with 41 per cent using a key card/badge as the main credential to unlock the building, according Nexkey’s survey.

Nexkey surveyed 1264 office workers to uncover what will come next in access control. The report found that:

* 41 per cent of office workers use key cards to enter their office. Yet the same amount of people said smartphones or smartwatches would be their first-choice credential.
* 44 per cent feel access control is more important after the coronavirus pandemic.
* Around 3 out of 4 people use keys, key cards or fobs – of these 43 per cent had these keys, key cards and fobs lost or stolen, while 34 per cenbt let someone borrow them.
* 75 per cent want additional doors on their access control platforms, with 1 out of 4 people saying they don’t because of prohibitive cost.

And while one of the biggest reasons people did not install mobile-based security solutions was cost, traditional access control that zeroes in on key card and fob technology remains incompatible with most doors, insecure, and expensive which leaves it out of reach for most small to medium sized businesses, according to Nexkey.

“Players in the access control industry are severely underestimating the potential of the SMB market,” says Eric Trabold, CEO of Nexkey. “They are missing out on a $10 billion industry where their products just don’t make the cut.”

Touch-free and biometric access control solutions must use face recognition, mobile devices or no-touch biometric scanners. All signs point to mobile access control being the future of the access control industry. According to HID’s 2019 survey, 54 per cent of access control users have upgraded or will upgrade to mobile access control in the next 3 years.