Why gadgets have never been closer at hand

The future is here, and getting personal. With technology seemingly advancing at the speed of light, it may only be a matter of time before much more advanced wearable gadgets turn mainstream. But what defines wearable technology and which are the most common application areas today? And why on earth are all these devices hitting the market right now? The arrival of new sensors and low-power radio chips has something to do with it. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/why-gadgets-have-never-been-closer-at-hand/

Healthy ecosystems support diversity

We have reached the third and final part in the Future Lab article series about security ecosystems. This time we investigate important qualities that an ecosystem needs to have in place in order to be successful, but we also look at some of the pitfalls. A business network has to support diversity and is only as strong as its weakest link. Finally we get to hear a cautionary tale from the consumer electronics industry. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/healthy-ecosystems-support-diversity/

The Value and Importance of Open and Interoperable Access Control Products

Historically, access control systems have been anything but open. Early electronic access control systems were custom-built by independent entrepreneurs. It could take up to 16 weeks to order new cards. In 1996 the Wiegand Reader Interface became the first interoperability to access control systems. But it is still a long way to go for the security industry, especially for smart cards. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/the-value-and-importance-of-open-and-interoperable-access-control-products/