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IMS report touts access control as a service

According to a recent report from IMS Research, access control as a service (ACaaS) provides more revenue opportunities and customer touch points beyond traditional access control technology.

January 8, 2013  By Staff

“ACaaS presents more of a plug and play type installation and has opened up the market to the wider installer community including locksmiths that have traditionally not installed access control hardware/ software solutions,” said Blake Kozak, report author and senior analyst at IMS Research, in a release.  “Other opportunities for ACaaS also exist with smaller end-users, e.g. those with less than 50 doors to manage and within large organizations that cover a wide geography such as utilities that own several hundred substations.”

A potential target for ACaaS solutions is facility managers, according to the U.K.-based research company. For example, large office buildings would benefit from having a hosted model for access control, allowing the facility manager to effectively outsource that aspect of security. According to IMS: “Rather than having each office maintain a server or having the facility manager administer a server for each tenant, by utilizing ACaaS the manager could pay a fee to have the system managed/ hosted removing the need to maintain that system.”

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