Now January is behind us we can start to see the developing landscape of the ‘New Year’ a little more clearly. A report on technology trends for 2015 by renowned secure identity experts HID Global, reveals a number of expected key trends, some of which we’ll talk about in this post.

Interoperable Technologies

The first of these trends is ‘interoperable’ technologies. Basically this means getting systems working together, allowing innovative solutions through linking. So we could have, for example, a digital key, either on a card or on a smartphone, programmed to open doors that also gives you access to an electric vehicle charging station. It’s all about merging security with convenience.

Mobile Access

The next trend is said to be the adoption of mobile devices that offer improved ways to open doors. A good example is Assa Abloy Mobile Access for Hospitality. This went live last year at Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide, enabling members with Preferred Guest status to use their smartphones as room keys at selected hotels. There are plans to expand use of the system early this year to 30,000 doors.

Interconnected Devices and Data Capture

Another trend is the growing popularity of interconnected devices where mobile keys, online hotel locks, Wi-Fi locks and radio frequency identification (RFID) will connect and capture data so it can be used for the benefit of a company or the consumer.

Sector Specific Security Trends

In the banking sector it is said that different types of security systems will further merge into unified solutions, which should please the growing number of security managers who agree that fully integrated systems incorporating the likes of access control and CCTV are the ideal. We may also see the early phases of biometric authentication at the ATM.

In education, university campus IDs are likely to be moved onto smartphones and other mobile devices courtesy of sophisticated systems capable of managing multiple ID numbers for several uses across a variety of platforms.

Biometrics will also feature strongly in the transportation sector and also in the retail industry, with authentication and access integrated into overall security systems.

If you’re excited or intrigued by any of these trends and would like to learn more about whether any of them could fit into your security plans for 2015, please get in touch for up-to-the-minute advice.