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ACRE 2022 Predictions: ACaaS and the Growing Adoption of Cloud-based Access Control

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ACaaS and the Growing Adoption of Cloud-based Access Control

By Joe Grillo CEO & Founder, ACRE

Access control as a service (ACaaS) has experienced many changes over the past few years. While several companies now have cloud-based access control products to offer customers, it's still an emerging technology for manufacturers and integrators. With that being the case, a new trend has begun, showing a rise in organizations seeking out touchless security solutions. We expect this trend to not only sustain itself, but lead to a significant increase in the adoption of cloud and ACaaS throughout 2022 and beyond.

The increased demand for ACaaS is currently being seen within small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and an increasing number of large enterprises because of their organizations' lower capital investment on access control hardware along with a multitude of other reasons. ACaaS provides a more streamlined security infrastructure without the combined expenses of an in-house IT unit to support the system, and Integrators are actively selecting cloud-based access control solutions to support this demand, diversify their offerings, and add more recurring monthly revenue.

Why ACaaS is Increasing in Popularity

For some organizations, traditional onsite solutions can be expensive, difficult to keep up-to-date, and time-consuming to manage. Switching to a cloud-based access control product can ultimately strengthen an organization's infrastructure, save money, and allow for greater security.

ACaaS offers numerous benefits such as:

  • Reduced cost - Cloud access control allows organizations and end-users to save on costly hardware upgrades, IT, and administration and management.
  • Remote management - Cloud-based systems offer the benefit of remote control. Administrators can access the system 24/7 because it is web-based and stored in the cloud. Therefore, no one is needed to be onsite to open doors or grant access.
  • Scalability - The cloud is an excellent tool in helping organizations scale their security infrastructure. Because the data is stored in the cloud, the system is capable of growing alongside the organization.
  • Cybersecurity - Having an off-prem security solution dramatically reduces the chances of potential data breaches. By having data maintained and secured in the cloud and choosing a team of trained professionals to monitor the infrastructure, organizations can rest assured that their information is being protected.

Most markets can benefit from ACaaS and cloud-based access control because it is a solution that enables robust security while remaining relatively inexpensive. However, with that said, there are a few verticals in which ACaaS can benefit more than others. For example, any markets with numerous locations or a small IT crew, such as retail stores, construction sites, rental companies, and restaurants, can benefit significantly from these solutions.

Within these verticals, it stands to serve both enterprises and small-to-medium businesses (SMBs). Still, it is a solution that takes the burden off IT teams and allows the company to solely focus on business operations. As we move into 2022 and beyond, for companies who do not have the workforce to manage and maintain a security infrastructure in-house, ACaaS is an excellent option.

Future-Proofing Access Control

ACaaS also promotes the streamlining of an organization's security infrastructure. It serves as a future-proofing solution by offering flexible integration with other third-party systems and by storing and collecting all data into the cloud, including intrusion detection, video surveillance, and other third-party systems.

ACaaS also promotes the use of mobile credentials. These credentials can be fully supported with ACaas, just as they are with other various on-premises solutions. The beauty of cloud-based access control is that it enables users to access their system from any smart device, anywhere, at any time, making mobile credentials a scalable and ultra-convenient option.

When deciding if ACaaS and cloud services are a good fit for an organization's security, it's essential to take note of the organization's needs. When doing so, it's often realized that the versatility that ACaaS offers is an ideal choice due to costs or the absence of an IT team. Ultimately, cloud-based access control is a scalable and robust solution that enables SMB's, enterprises, and every size of organization in between to have a streamlined, convenient, and cost-effective security infrastructure that will serve them for years to come.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Grillo 

Joseph Grillo is a 30-year leader of the electronic security and identification industries with a track record of successfully growing, acquiring and restructuring businesses. In 2012, Grillo founded ACRE Operating Group as a platform to consolidate acquisitions in the electronic security industry. Since that time, Grillo has completed seven acquisitions globally. Grillo was known for his long-term association with HID, serving as National Sales Manager in the early 1990s, then participating in a management buyout of the business in 1995 from Hughes Aircraft/General Motors. As President of HID, the company grew from a $15M card and reader company to a dominant $100M+ industry leader by 2000. He successfully led the effort to sell HID to ASSA ABLOY in 2001. At ASSA ABLOY, Grillo was promoted to running its $750M Global Technology Division. In addition, he served as President and Board Member of the Security Industry Association (SIA) from 1998-2007.

Published Wednesday, December 08, 2021 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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