Electronic access control systems are the type of leading security system that is integrated into BMS platforms, says IHS Markit.
DENVER: partnering with suppliers of building management systems (BMS) or developing proprietary solutions will become an important part of access control product maps of suppliers over the next five years, according to a new research note from IHS Markit.
BMS platforms include any computer-based control system that oversees some or all of the mechanical and electrical systems of a building, including a building's energy, safety, and security domains. The upward adoption trend for these platforms is especially relevant for providers looking for their solutions in the business segment, explains Jim Dearing, senior analyst, security and construction technology, IHS Markit.
"Leading access control providers should remain vigilant as command-and-control BMS platforms become increasingly popular," says Dearing. "Opting to develop a proprietary solution would allow access control providers to protect themselves from this threat. However, outside of the top 10 access control providers, few companies have the financial resources and the existing product portfolio to compete against the main operators of the BMS market. "
The research note cites the results of the "Intelligent Buildings Report of IHS Markit – 2018" report, shows electronic access control systems they are the type of security system leader in being integrated in BMS platforms. Almost 30% of shipments of access control equipment, including readers, door controllers and electronic locks, were installed and connected to a BMS platform in 2017.
It is forecast that unit shipments of access control equipment that are connected to a BMS platform will outperform the rest of the market by a considerable margin, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5% over the next five years. . In comparison, it is forecast that total shipments of market units for access control equipment will increase to a CAGR of 8.8%.
What follows is the rest of the research note as provided by IHS Markit.
The main reasons why the integration of the BMS platform is increasingly popular are:
- Interoperability: BMS platforms are capable of adding significant amounts of equipment data across many domains, allowing end users to manage a wide variety of building management functions through a single platform. As the process is centralized and simplified, it can be completed using fewer resources.
- Data visualization: accumulated data from multiple domains can be classified, structured and presented to end users in a series of tables, graphs and other visual tools designed to easily communicate complex information to viewers. Since dashboards and data visualization directly affect a user's experience with BMS platforms, these tools have also become crucial differentiators for competing products in the market.
- Analysis: BMS platforms offer automated tests, reports and fault detection and preventive diagnostic functions for end users. These offers improve the security of buildings by ensuring that all devices work optimally. They also allow end users to compare historical data and recalibrate individual subsystems to improve efficiency.
- Changes in the supplier base: Many of the leading security manufacturers are investing heavily in the development of their broader building management portfolios, to ensure that their competitive advantages are not affected by rivals that offer more complete solutions.
Access control in front of other security equipment
It is considered that access control systems are an important piece of the intelligent construction puzzle, due to the quality of the information that the system can provide to the BMS platform regarding the whereabouts of the occupants of the building and how they move through. of the building.
The integration of the BMS platform can allow the access control authentication decision to be more intelligent, taking into account information from other building security systems or connected building management systems. A simple example is the use of video surveillance feeds to verify the sliding of the access control cards.
The integration of access control is essential to unlock the potential of the higher level BMS platform functionality. As more BMS solutions move toward command and control style features, which allow buildings to adjust the building management subsystems to respond to the actions of individual occupants, the need for access control integration grows exponentially .
Physical access control systems and identity management platforms are the key to initializing many BMS processes, since they provide the start command that lists the tasks that users must perform once a specific person has entered the building.
Barriers for wider adoption
One of the main barriers to adoption is concerns about who is really in charge. In centralized architectures, the provider of the BMS platform will always want to exercise maximum authority, since the intelligence of the building and its analysis cancel the orders of the software in access control and other subordinate domains.
However, access control providers feel uncomfortable giving this authority to third-party BMS platforms, since their software feature sets are what allow them to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
Another barrier is the fact that end users can often be slow to adapt to new technologies. Over the past decade, the access control industry has struggled to unite security and IT departments. The integration of smart buildings would probably add a third entity to the mix: facility managers.
Due to the slowness with which large organizations are often restructured, getting these three departments to collaborate effectively to take advantage of the true capacity of full integration of the building is a problem that probably will not be solved in the next five years.