Companies’ growing realisation that cyber security and web-enabled smart building access are together becoming a single security priority for business heads the insights in a new white paper on the intelligent access control market from 2N.

Called The Evolution of Access Control: guidance for smart office projects, the report enables building owners, employers, installers, FMs and security professionals to examine different market drivers – such as wider uptake of IP-based control units and next-generation Bluetooth access technologies. These insights will help buyers and installers deliver best-in-class intelligent access control solutions in the years ahead.

The paper’s examination of progress towards smarter building solutions comes amid rapidly-increasing digitization of business processes driven by pandemic conditions: a McKinsey survey in late 2020 found that firms have already accelerated digital interactions in their customer service channels and supply chains by three to four years.

2N’s report details fast-emerging technology-driven trends that customers and installers alike cannot ignore: more than four in ten office workers now say their preferred method for storing access credentials is their smartphone, the use of readers with built-in access controllers is projected to grow by more than 50% by 2024 and companies worldwide were already planning a near 40% increase in cybersecurity spending in only 12 months following 2019.

Matt Raban, distribution manager for the UK and Ireland at 2N, said: “There is undoubtedly rising demand for intelligent access control solutions but emerging technology trends and building users’ changing preferences are shaping best practice solutions for smart buildings in the UK. Our white paper builds on our ongoing innovation with partners worldwide to guide customers towards the right solutions for their workplace and property development needs.”