5 Common Myths About Cloud Access Control

Cloud-Based access control systems have quickly supplanted “on-premise control” access control systems as the most feature-rich and capable of access control systems. Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about cloud access control and the truth behind them:

1. Only Works When Connected to the Internet

This is a common myth about access control that many people believe, but it’s an outdated and inaccurate statement. It’s true that the control panel needs to be connected to the internet in order to conduct administrative tasks like adding users and credentials or configuring schedules and permissions, but most worthwhile systems now come with integrated memory in the door controllers.

This way, the system can handle on-site tasks like accessing whitelists, permissions, user credentials, and door information as needed. This means if the internet is disconnected, the card reader can still authenticate a credential.

Brivo OnAir offers a system that can host information for up to 250,000 users in the built-in memory and record up to 60,000 events offline, for detailed records of everything that occurs.

2. Not as Safe as Network Systems

Cloud service providers take all the necessary precautions to secure their systems from hacking and tampering, as well as ample measures to back-up all important data. True cloud systems use redundant backups, located in different and varying locations. If one server goes – due to technical difficulties, natural disasters, or hacking – the system will simply connect with another server, working seamlessly the entire time and without a hitch.

Brivo, the most popular cloud-based access control company uses AES 256 encryption algorithms. These are similar to what’s used in government and banking. They use a 4096 bit key length which creates very strong security strength. There’s no reason to be worried about security when using cloud access control if you choose the right cloud-based access control provider.  

3. More Expensive Than Server-Based Access Control

Using a cloud-based access control system can actually save you hundreds or thousands of dollars a year. The most substantial savings come from the complete elimination of costs to run and maintain servers on network-based systems.

Instead of paying for physical server equipment and hosting, as well as the paying for a technician to maintain those servers regularly, you simply sign up for a subscription from the cloud service. The cloud service then handles all the repairs, maintenance, and upkeep of the servers on their end. This is usually a much more cost effective way to have an access control system.

Second, switching to a cloud-based system eliminates licensing fees. With network systems, a license must be purchased – usually in packages or increments – to run the system, and these licenses must often be renewed at certain intervals. With cloud-based systems, doors can be purchased one at a time, allowing you to pay for what you use, and are rolled into a monthly or yearly subscription.

4. All Cloud Access Companies Are Created Equal

Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Some brands and access control systems are a lot better than the competition, in terms of features, security, and sheer capability. Network systems retrofitted for cloud service, for example, generally lack the redundancy and diverse servers that true cloud systems include.

The best cloud access systems from brands like Brivo offer redundant backups and servers – and a host of useful features such as APIS – for connecting and customizing with other programs and devices, and automatic software updates that many systems don’t offer.

5. Cloud-Based and Network-Based Are the Same Thing

They may accomplish the same things, but cloud-based and network-based access control systems work very differently. Network access control systems run off a self-contained network, where all the data and door information is stored on the network’s physical server. Cloud-based systems use controllers connected directly to the internet, where all needed data is stored on a remote server.

Where people sometimes get confused is in the fact that hybrid cloud-network systems exist. This allows you to have the flexibility and scalability, as well as redundancy, of cloud systems while also having some of the reliability of network systems.

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