Trusted IDs keep 'smart' buildings secure for the connected workplace
Trusted IDs keep 'smart' buildings secure for the connected workplace

New research explores trends in smart buildings and the growing need for identity-aware building systems that offer greater convenience, security and productivity.

The study by IFSEC Global, with sponsorship from HID Global, focuses on how the access control infrastructure combined with trusted IDs can connect disparate systems in smart buildings for enhanced monitoring and a better user experience.

Hundreds of security professionals, facility managers and building owners/managers were surveyed across 54 countries.

“Most respondents want more integrated smart buildings and business applications that seamlessly work together. While many of them are realising these benefits by using common management frameworks with centralised databases, this approach is generally quite expensive,” said Ashish Malpani, director of product marketing with HID Global, in a statement.

Sixty-three percent identified their building as “smart” at least to some degree.

Eighty-six percent of respondents are either “very aware” or “modestly aware” of the IoT.

According to the research, 85 percent of respondents are aware that identities can be connected across multiple systems and devices. More than 60 percent believe that having everything on one ID card or mobile device will provide operational efficiencies.

More than half have already connected their building systems to access control applications, and converging systems can even be a factor in the decision to upgrade the access control infrastructure.

Sixty percent of access control systems are already integrated with other buildings systems.

Top upgrades for access control include enhanced security (65 percent), multi-factor authentication (46 percent), and multiple ID form factors, such as mobile devices and cards (41 percent).

Two-thirds of respondents believe IT and facilities/security management teams need to work together more closely when buying, installing and using new technologies.

“The study reveals how trusted IDs offer a viable alternative for achieving a connected building at lower cost, better ROI and improved user experience,” said Malpani.