Why we are digitizing

The Internet of Things and the digitization of our industry is having a huge impact on ASSA ABLOY. The need for employees with new knowledge and experience has risen sharply within the company. But this transformation also calls for new ways of working and being open to working with new partners. These times emphasize the need for clear goals and remembering why we are digitizing. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/why-we-are-digitizing/

Augmented reality in physical security

Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging technology, but physical security experts are already anticipating how it will impact the industry. Unlike virtual reality, which completely immerses the user in a digital world, augmented reality keeps the user functional in the real world by superimposing digital information, such as images or GPS data, onto the user’s real-world view. Early AR hardware includes the Microsoft HoloLens and Google Glass. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/augmented-reality-in-physical-security/

Digital identities in your everyday life

Trusted identities will soon move from simply an add-on feature to become embedded in applications used in daily routines for both consumers and professional users. This trend is partly driven by the evolution of workplaces and temporary offices. Shortly we will see new applications emerge such as employee mustering - real-time reporting of employees' and guests’ locations during an evacuation. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/embedding-trusted-identities-more-deeply-in-everyday-activities-for-businesses-and-consumers/

Shift on the wearable horizon

From smart watches and smart jewelry to Fitbits and Jawbones, wearable technology is becoming ubiquitous in today’s world. But wearables are evolving to become multi-functional. This means users need only one device to open their hotel room, start their car and unlock their front door. And to simplify things further, the next generation wearables might soon be embedded to your clothing or equipment. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/shift-on-the-wearable-horizon/

The locksmith of tomorrow

Once upon a time, if you wanted a lock, you went to a locksmith. That's no longer true – you might go to a home improvement store, or the Internet, or a home automation company, or a security consultant. All of them provide locks and some of them will fit them too. So where does that leave the locksmith? The business seems to be at a crossroads - specialize on a specific service like access control or broaden the offering with CCTV and burglar alarms? http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/the-locksmith-of-tomorrow/

What’s happening in the Cloud?

Cloud computing has changed the way the physical security industry works. And the evolution is far from over, according to experts. The cloud is what delivers computer software, infrastructure and storage over the Internet as a service that is based on user demand. Expense and expertise are only two benefits that cloud solutions bring to the security industry. But how will the cloud change physical security in the future? The Future Lab decided to investigate. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/whats-happening-in-the-cloud/

Busting the myths around wireless access control

EXPERT OPINION. Let’s begin with something that’s hardly front-page news: the market potential for wireless access control is huge. At January’s Intersec exhibition forecasts of 15% annual growth in the Middle East region alone were suggested. ASSA ABLOY’s own data predicts that wireless locks could make up 30% of the total market within a decade. The potential is there. But when ASSA ABLOY worked with IFSECglobal.com last year on a major market survey of security managers, industry insiders and decision-makers, we encountered some big surprises. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/busting-the-myths-around-wireless-access-control/