The Future of Electronic Access Control: Two Perspectives

Both Salto Systems’ Lindstrom and Grah Safe & Lock owner Younger sees continued replacements of keys by smartphones and other electronic credentials.

In the next five years, I believe we will see access control that includes schedules and audit trails on more and more doors. I believe that we will move from 5 percent of doors with access control to 25 to 35 percent penetration. This will happen as the cost per opening drops to be similar to current mechanical solutions. “Cheaper and deeper” will be the new mantra.

Smart credentials that can gather audit trails from electronic cylinders is one way we will be able to drop costs per opening and go deeper into a facility. Wireless solutions are another way to drop the cost per opening. Running wire or cable to the door is one of the major cost drivers in a multi-door access system. To the degree, we can avoid that cost we can then expand to many additional doors within a facility.

I believe that anything that simplifies the installation reduces the labor and helps with the audit and schedule ability will be part of the future of access control.

Glenn Younger has worked in the security, access control and life safety field since 1974. He is a board Certified Master Locksmith (CML) and Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and serves on advisory boards for the CA State Fire Marshall, CA. Dept of Consumer Affairs - Bureau of Security and Investigative services, CA Contractors State License Board test committee. After 20 years in door hardware distribution Glenn and his wife, Bridget, purchased Grah Safe and Lock in San Diego Calif. Founded in 1914, Grah Safe & Lock has retail, service, safe, access installation and supply divisions. For more information, visit

Editor’s Note: These are two opinions of the future of electronic access control. What is your opinion being a locksmith/security professional or a manufacturer? What products do you feel provide your customers with best quality and control? For locksmiths/security professionals how do you train yourself and your employees? For locksmith/security professionals and manufacturers, where do you see your company in the next five, 10 and 20 years? Let me know, if we receive enough responses, I will write a part two to this article. My email address is

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