Top Trends in Access Control for 2020


Now more than ever, organizations need to protect their premises, equipment and other assets and valuables that are kept on-site. This is why they should employ a robust, comprehensive and multifaceted approach to security and utilizing the latest technology advancements.

At Tensor, we strive to stay ahead of the curve in terms of security technologies – and a big part of that is having a very clear understanding of where the market is heading and what the future trends are likely to be.

For this reason, we have put together a short guide of what we are likely to expect from the access control sector in 2020, while also incorporating some of these ideas into our own development plans.

Attribute-Based Access Control

A recent market research report from Gartner suggests that 70% of businesses will use attribute-based access control (ABAC) to protect critical assets. Employees, contractors, consultants, suppliers, partners, the channel, and even customers need access to enterprise systems. Many also assume multiple roles during their identity lifecycle making, so implementing a solution that caters to these various roles can help improve performance.


The introduction of biometric security into the access market has proven an effective counter to security and productivity vulnerabilities

Biometric solutions remove the element of human error from security breaches. By reading the physiological features of key personnel via fingerprint reading, facial recognition, iris recognition, etc. biometric security eliminates the need for swipe cards, fobs or keys – items can be lost, stolen, or borrowed by unauthorized personnel – granting quick and easy access to the people who need it.

Tensor continues to work with its partners towards developing new and exciting biometric access control and security solutions, with a few very interesting solutions set to be announced later on this year, especially in the facial recognition access control segment.

Facial Recognition Access Control

Facial recognition technology is evolving rapidly with the application of AI and machine learning. Facial recognition access control systems can be integrated with virtually any existing access control system and, when paired with deep learning technologies, can provide an excellent level of performance in detecting and matching faces.

Analytics and Intelligence

The end of 2020, identity analytics and intelligence (IAI) tools are likely to deliver direct business value beyond access and governance tools in 60% of enterprises. Gartner’s research recognizes enterprises must provide a “who” view based on analysis. Identities must be indexed in a way that dovetails with business operations through intelligence features.

The Advent of Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a major trend for the past few years in many industries, and this will continue as multiple types of security sensors are added to existing sensors. The collection and analysis of the data collected by these sensors is giving rise to numerous applications such as industrial applications, intelligent building management, event management, and much more.

The physical security industry benefits by having additional intelligence for situational awareness and emergency management, as well as opportunities to provide additional value-added services and business insights. In fact, analysts at Gartner predict that, in 2020, the Internet of Things will redefine the concept of “identity management” to include what people own, share, and use.

Cloud and Mobile

Mobile applications are critical for physical security and this trend is rapidly growing through the development and use of cloud-based services, as well as the ability to access security devices through a smart phone or Web-based browser. 2019 has seen the launch of numerous mobile apps created to manage cameras, receive automatic alerts for the most diverse events, and giving users the ability to grant or restrict access to a facility. This trend will continue and indeed make itself more prevalent he world’s demand for mobility, connectivity and ease-of-use.

Tensor – your partner for access control and authentication solutions

Tensor plc is the No.1 British designer and manufacturer of smart card – based access control and time and attendance terminals. We supply top-quality, reliable and secure Access Control Systems, delivering complete control of a single internal door through to a fully computerised, multi-site network of control points.

You can control most standard types of internal/external electronic door releases and physical security devices such as barriers and turnstiles making full use of location points, whether in full view or hidden out of sight.

Operated by contactless smart cards, key fobs or biometrics, a Tensor Access System gives you full control over who is allowed access through any controlled point at any time of any day, placing it at the forefront of security solutions.

Tensor Access Control is modular in design, and has the advanced capability of being able to be adapted and extended to integrate with a time and attendance system seamlessly and without complication.

If you’d like to find out more about the extensive range of access control solutions supplied by Tensor, just contact us or Book a Demo, we’d be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.

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