Podcast: Unlocking Physical Security Costs

In Episode 2 of the new podcast 'Unlocked', we take you on the journey of an IT Director at a small college as he navigates through the sometimes choppy waters of purchasing and implementing a new door access system for his campus. Hear some best practices from a leading integrator on how you can avoid some of the pitfalls when starting your own physical security project. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/podcast-unlocking-physical-security-costs/

Podcast: Unlocking Campus Lockdown

Active shooter emergencies are a reality on today's campuses. On this first episode of the podcast series 'Unlocked', we take a look at what can go wrong during these emergencies and what can be done to make sure students, staff and faculty are kept safe. Learn about the different lockdown procedures and protocols, and why every campus needs to have a good emergency preparedness plan in place. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/podcast-unlocking-campus-lockdown/

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/

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/