How To Migrate To An IP-Based Access Control System?

What is an access control system?

Access control systems (ACS) are the devices that are developed to restrict the accessibility of specific information or places. Access Control System identifies, validates, and permits access to a person to enter the building, thereby providing complete security with the system.

Unlike the traditional method of lock and key, the access control system provides a modern solution to security and access problems. With increasing development in technology, there is higher demand and use of this kind of security system in the technological and corporate world.

Internet Protocol (IP) based access control is advanced and multiplying in the area of security because of its simple and useful features. There are other access control systems like smartphone-based access control, physical access control, etc. IP-based access control system has proven to be effective in access management in various IT-based business as a result of extensive availability of internet connections.

For example, Smart INTEGRA is an all-in-one security panel comprising access Control, attendance, intrusion, detection, fire detection, and CCTV. It is specially designed for multi-location retail and offices for better-centralized control through CMS at HO. There is a wide range of products offered by Smart Identification Solutions like SmartSLIM, SmartRID-SLIK, SmartSWING and smartATM to provide solutions for the problem of security.

Why migrate to an IP-based access control system?

The IP-based access control system has many added advantages over traditional access control systems. One of the major advantages of IP-based access control system is its ease of use for business to continue, expand, and modify their physical access control infrastructure. It also allows users to benefit from modern ACS characteristics like effective multiple site management and Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology and accomplish significant cost savings in their Total Cost of Ownership (TOC).

For example, an IP-based SmartFACE (8 Inch), an intelligent biometric face recognition system with temperature detection benefits, can prove advantageous looking at current scenarios worldwide. Similarly, SmartTRACK (Mobile App) is a solution for attendance systems & employee location tracking. It combines precise real-time GPS positioning and sales reporting updates, works status submission, and the manager can approve or reject leave applications.

Goals for a Migration

Once the organization has decided to move from a traditional access control system to an IP-based ACS, the following goals are required to be considered to understand which solution provider can best for your organization:

  • To consider a system with a long-life span.
  • An organization can consolidate its ACS assets with an IP-based system into a single security platform. Subsequently, reducing the costs of various other platforms. Merging assets can expand system integration, adaptability, performance, consistency, security, and versatility.
  • Before physical migration, the system integrator should complete as much work parallel to avoid redundant and expensive downtime and accomplish a smooth ACS migration.
  • An organization must consider the effect of downtime on system users when migrating a current system.
  • An organization needs to examine the hardware and software features currently being used in their traditional ACS and make certain that these features will also be accessible in the new system.


Security is a vital responsibility that requires that everything is taken care of in this dynamic environment. The security segment is evolving with the establishment of advanced technology. IP-based access control systems have become imperative for access control systems with their efficacy and various advantageous characteristics.


Mr. Prashant Bhoir

Head – R&D