Gartner Research

Technology Insight for Physical Access Control Systems

Published: 21 September 2016

ID: G00303066

Analyst(s): Ant Allan , David Mahdi


Critical digital security needs, technology convergence with IT, and changes driven by cloud and mobile mean that physical security can't stay the sole province of building managers. Security and IAM leaders will take an increasing role in selecting, implementing and operating new PACS technologies.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
    • Headend System: Access Control Server and Database
    • Panel
    • Reader
    • Locks
    • Credentials, Credential Management and Biometric Technologies
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Integration With Other Applications
  • Risks
    • Risks of Legacy Systems
    • The Politics of Physical Security
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers

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