Need to Know the Nuances of Networked Solutions: Trends in EAC and BAS

Never has the adage the whole is greater than the sum of its parts been over on the nose. Discover what is achievable by combining networked access control and building intelligence systems.

The Network Effect is a transformative phenomenon that previous generations will not have experienced, but it has shaped modern life in countless ways and will likely continue to have a massive impact on our future.

In the past 50 years alone, we have moved from signal transport to data control. We will soon see the proliferation of autonomous networks, and the potential next stop: neural networks.

The power of smart connected devices and the scope of data collected by these devices is increasing every day. In the process, buildings will become smarter, businesses more efficient, populations safer, and comfort and convenience will be more widely achievable than previously imagined.

The power of networks increases with each new node and each new event. Systems become ecosystems that become smarter and more useful with each additional device or sensor event.

EAC and BAS coupling

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Web 3.0, and a host of new emerging technologies will shape and reshape the smart homecommercial building, education, healthcare and smart city experience as well as electronic access control (EAC).

Together, these technologies – at the crossroads of the physical and networked worlds – will be the scene of innovation, integration and advanced user experiences.

Significant progress is being made in this area with the coupling of building management and access control systems. Depending on how many people an access control system “knows” are in a building space, for example, the more data it can provide to the building management system to regulate temperature and lighting.

It may be necessary to change the airflow in a particular area of ​​an office for better filtration or to add more air conditioning as more bodies take up space. Not only can this promote greater comfort and a healthier, more productive environment, but it also creates opportunities for greater energy efficiency.

EAC already provides convenient ways to securely authorize and enable entry into secure areas. There is no doubt that integrated Software will continue to use access authorization, detection and audit trail data even more intelligently.

For example, an employee registering to enter through a parking lot gate after hours could trigger the lights between the parking spot and the person’s office to turn on, intelligently and safely illuminating the path. When we look at things like elevator control, destination dispatch, and intelligence, people who register at a lobby kiosk could be directed to shared elevator cars going to common or adjacent floors.

This could translate to less square footage required inside the core of the building and a more sustainable and efficient way to move people around the building. Again, we combine access control intelligence with building systems. We are seeing this more and more, especially in smart buildings, smart campuses and smart cities.

Over time, as more and more sensors and data become available, we can use them to make these smart decisions in a building or campus. Information on temperature, physical security, logical security, cybersecurity and network management can be merged into robust building intelligence.

The impact is immediately noticeable. Authorized personnel move freely from area to area, and data fuels learning that makes the building and its experience even better. As the experience improves, the economy of building management also increases.

The power of networks increases with each new node and event. Systems become ecosystems that become smarter and more useful with each added device or sensor event. (Image: BullRun/

Advanced Apps

Over the past two years, we have seen the commercial sector increasingly exploit access control and security management data for intelligence purposes. For example, suppose you have a parking garage in your office building and pay for X number of spaces. Are they used? Do people really come to this building?

You may have three buildings in an urban environment. Are all three buildings used in the same way? Are the three car parks maximized and used wisely? The intelligent exploitation of this data allows you to make more informed real estate and management decisions.

Ultimately, the goal is to take the available data and use it as a sensor and as input to make machine learning decisions, artificial intelligence decisions or simply empowering more people to make smarter decisions with real-time data about their situation.

Space optimization took on added urgency and presented new opportunities during the pandemic. For example, hosting spaces in commercial and institutional facilities. The workforce is much more remote than it has ever been, but people are definitely coming in and out of the office every few days.

So how can we house them in one place? How do we provide them with a place to sit and plug in and ring that desk phone with their phone number while they’re in space? Then, if they go to another place the following week, how can we move this system to where they will be?

Again, the access control system knows where they are and when they enter a particular office. It can give us a real-time view of where people are. It also allows users to use their existing credentials to unlock a locker that might be needed in a temporary space and/or unlock a desk, office or conference room for scalable or hospitality type environments. hot desking.

If we think about this in the context of a campus, we need to think about how to handle guest lecturers, visiting family members, visiting faculty and staff who come to campus temporarily. How Networking Works access control allow you to manage this space in the most efficient way?

Going forward, how can we start bringing all of these different things together to make classrooms, labs, and dorms smarter?

This is another potential benefit of integrating access control data into building management systems. For example, if there’s no one in a room, you can reduce energy waste by turning off lights and outlets so that things like chargers that aren’t charging continue to consume energy. .

The temperature set point for this room can allow it to be a little warmer in the summer or a little cooler in the winter. It can also relate to planning, loss prevention and occupant well-being. The impact of networked access control technologies combined with building management systems promise tremendous gains beyond the building, whether it is a commercial office space, a school, a a hospital or even a house.

Sustainability is at the heart of many corporate, institutional and government brands, organizations and cultures. As we take a closer look at how we can take advantage of some of the benefits of sustainability, we can now reduce the amount of energy consumed by these systems. We all try to make sure the doors are closed to save energy. This is important to consider when thinking about the amount of heat or cooling lost from a building in any given day.


Another key element that security integrators should keep in mind when selecting their network access control product vendor is that manufacturer’s degree of transparency. Look for a technology partner who cares most about getting it right and doing it right.

In the case of ASSA ABLOY, the company moved to low power actuators in its various bore, mortise and exit devices and looked at how it builds the doors, frames and seals around the gate. In addition, the company reviews health product declarations, environmental product declarations and Declare labels so people who use its products know exactly what’s in them.

According to ASSA ABLOY, it is now more important than ever to consider how a product is made, how much recycled content is used, and if any materials are present in a redlisted product. Visibility into a product’s full ingredient list allows integrators and facilities to ensure materials meet their standards and the architectural, design, and sustainability goals of that space.

The clever use of door operators, door closers and access control lets us know when a door can be held open and release cool or warm air to the outside so we can correct this situation quickly. It may even be possible to repair it remotely if that door uses a connected door operator. By adding access control and security management intelligence, organizations can truly improve sustainability.

Towards superior solutions

To capitalize on commercial opportunity offered by networked access control within a broader building technology/building management system environment, security sales and integration professionals can partner with network management vendors and building to push these new areas of innovation and integration.

Early adopters will be able to play a leading role in setting up these integrations and certifying the security of these new ecosystems. This means that building management companies will take inspiration from publications like this, and security industry professionals will learn from innovations in other non-security related areas; assist or at least monitor security and non-security segment events; invest in partnerships with individuals and organizations from adjacent fields and network with peers in other areas of the building profession.

Although not quite the network effect mentioned at the beginning of this article, it is another example of how 1 + 1 is often greater than 2.

Peter Boriskin is CTO for ASSA ABLOY Americas.