Vincent Dupart, CEO, STid talks to Security Buyer about the latest trends in the access control industry and the future landscape of technology
The access control market is taking a decisive turn towards contactless identification to protect people even more. STid, leading developer of high security contactless identification solutions, designs identification products and solutions for high security access control and Automatic Vehicle Identification. Vincent Dupart, STid’s CEO shares his vision about the latest trends within the Access Control market.
How has Covid-19 changed the access control landscape?
The health situation is seriously disrupting our lifestyle. We’re all aware of the need to mitigate the risk of infection. it’s up to us to offer innovative solutions that address public health issues! We must turn the changes brought about by this situation into new challenges. The potential of the smartphone, an already essential item of our daily lives, offers new perspectives and creates new uses.
What are the benefits of contactless access control?
Not only do contactless technologies reduce the risk of contagion but they add value both for users and for companies looking for secure solutions that allow simplified and secure management of their access control. The smartphone, our greatest personal device, becomes the access control key thanks to its operational effectiveness, flexibility, efficient access and intuitiveness. Solutions such as STid Mobile ID offer new keys to access control. STid Mobile ID digitalises all your access credentials or cards into one single mobile application. The system manages physical employee access and visitor access. When the smartphone is switched-on and even during phone calls, it becomes a means of identification that uses several different modes.
For companies, one virtual card is between two and five times cheaper than a physical card. No more consumables, printing and personalisation costs, recycling expenses or costs incurred when cards are lost or damaged. The solution offers economies of scale and higher operational efficiency, all in an eco-friendly package.
Could you explain what ‘instinctive security’ means?
STid’s success is based on our ability to combine two contradictory needs: the requirement for flawless security from Security Departments and the necessity for a seamless user experience by removing identification restraints. With STid, access control becomes instinctive and guarantees data protection. For example, with STid Mobile ID we offer new modes of identification to allow users contactless entry choices and simplicity. STid’s innovative solutions ensure that access control is no longer seen as a constraint. STid Mobile ID is now compatible with SIRI on iOS to effortlessly open doors. With a simple “Hey Siri, open the door!”, you can pair your iPhone’s voice command with STid Mobile ID to achieve perfect contactless access! An efficient way to merge high security and health protection measures.
All our access control solutions are futureproofed and can easily adapt and evolve to our end-customer needs.
How do you ensure innovation in a continuously evolving market?
STid’s vision is to create products and solutions that grow with ever-changing security needs. With COVID-19, the “unexpected” has abruptly changed customer’s needs. STid is especially well-positioned to address these new challenges. We rise to such challenges on a daily basis and our high security Architect Reader range exceeds expectations. Our readers can evolve by simply adding Biometric, QR-Code and Multi-technology modules to meet current demands for additional functionality and safety.