Best Online Resources for Access Control Systems

By Bernhard Mehl
March 8, 2018

If you are just starting out with access control or you would like to stay up to date about the latest industry insights, this post is for you.

The security industry is fast growing and it is necessary to be informed about new door security trends and developments. The reason for that is that products change very quickly and new technology is developed frequently. Magazines and blogs can be helpful to to find all necessary information to keep up to date.

The following magazines and blogs will keep you informed about new product launches and innovations in the security and facility industry.

Here are some of the best resources for access control online:

Security Publications:

Security Magazine

Security Magazine News

Security Systems News

Building Operating ManagementBuildings

Facilities Access Control

Facility Executive

facility security access control

Facility Safety Management

facility security

Facility Manager Magazine

Security Today

security access control



SC Magazine

Door Access Magazine

RFID Journal

security magazine

NFC World

IFSEC Global

security magazine and access control

Tomorrow's FM

Facility Management and Security

Facilities Management Today

bfm - buildings & facilities management

Premises & Facilities Management online

Security Info Watch

Buildings Services Management

Security Dealer & Integrator Magazine

GSN Magazine

Facilities Manager

Doors + Hardware Magazine

Security Sales and Integration

InfoSecurity Magazine

Door + Access Systems Newsmagazine

FMJ magazine

Locksmith Ledger

Facility Management Magazine

Professional Security

FM World

Let us know in the comments if we forgot anyone, would love to extend the list over time!


Phone-based systems are not just a small-business solution. CEO of Kisi, Bernhard Mehl, comments: “If you see the average of three doors connected then that might seem low but, in reality, one door relates to around 50 employees—so those are locations with about 150 people on average, including satellite offices. That’s quite significant.”

Mobile Access Control Adoption by Industry

Kisi examined which industries are investing the most in mobile access control technology. To do so, the average size of mobile access control installation projects by industry were measured. Commercial real estate topped the list with 23.5 doors running mobile access per facility. Education management came in last with 1.0 door running mobile access per facility. 

Physical Security Statistics: Mobile Access by Industry

The number of shooting incidents at K-12 schools, according to the CHDS, reached an all-time high at 97 incidents in 2018—compared to 44 in 2017. Cloud-based access control companies, like Kisi, offer a lockdown feature for active shooter situations or emergencies, making it an effective protective layer for places that are targeted, such as religious institutions, which come in near the top of the list with 4.0 doors running mobile access per facility. 

Based on industry size, it makes sense that commercial real estate tops the list, with 23.5 doors running mobile access per facility. Cloud-based access control enables these larger organizations to scale more seamlessly and allows large organizations, like telecommunications, to deploy the most manageable IT solutions available, eliminating the need to create and manage a business’s own IT infrastructure over time.

“Commercial real estate is, of course, the driver of mobile adoption since they have the largest buildings,” Mehl adds. “The key here is to show that mobile-first technologies are not a risk but an innovation that brings positive ROI and allows agencies to reposition their buildings as forward-thinking establishments.”

The scalabelilty and ease of use in onboarding an organization allows many different types of industries and businesses of different sizes to adapt a cloud-based access control system, either using keycard or mobile credentials for access. 

Mobile Access Control by State

Looking specifically at the United States, Kisi analyzed in which states companies are investing the most into upgrading to smartphone-enabled access systems. Of the currently installed base of access control readers, around 20 percent will be mobile capable by 2022, according to a recent IHS report. Cloud-based systems, like Kisi, are future-proof—allowing over-the-air updates in real time and unlimited scalability for users.

“Mobile unlock technology makes you think of the major tech hubs like New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles,” Mehl adds. “Looking at which states have the largest projects, it’s surprising and refreshing that those are not the typical ‘tech cities, and yet that’s where access control technology really makes an impact.” The fact that the largest projects are seen in states outside of the typical tech startup landscape is evidence that mobile access control is highly applicable across industry sectors.

For further questions about this study, reach out to Kait Hobson (

Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.

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