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The Features and Challenges of IoT-Based Access Control

K. Harisaiprasad CISA, Associate Consultant, Mahindra SSG, India
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K. HarisaiprasadEmployees and guests can use IoT-based access control for convenient access. Through their mobile device, they can be connected to a facility’s access control through digital ID securely.

IoT is an integrated network of devices that are connected through internet, capable of communicating with each other without human intervention. Every device in the network has a unique IP address assigned for communication. They are connected with specific sensors to perform some action at a trigger of an event.

In IoT access control systems, each lock, access controller, card reader and other associated devices are provided with unique IP addresses with which they communicate among themselves. These devices are connected through wireless networks to their mobile/software application. An alert is generated if any malicious activity is generated in the system. The alert could be in the mobile application or in the software application. Authorized mobile devices gain access to the electronic access control through their unique IP address.

Here is a closer look at the features and challenges of IoT-based access control:


  • Indoor wayfinding. Users can benefit from indoor wayfinding and their accessibility options can be seen on their mobile devices.
  • Secure access control. Access credentials are easy to manage and update. Doors can be opened from a distance.
  • Instant confirmation. Users can get instant confirmation of access requests.
  • Convenient interaction. It provides easy interaction with other users and also provides location details to users.
  • No physical ID. Physical ID is not required; therefore, the risk of it being stolen or lost is eliminated. 



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