The Host with the Most

Outlining the benefits of hosted security

Driven by consumer expectations, mobile applications enable users to remotely manage a multitude of everyday tasks — security and access control are no exception. Similar to the web portal, the advent of the smart phone and tablet and the creation of applications for these devices that link with the access control system has enabled administrators to execute tasks that used to be handled in front of a computer screen. Everything from report generation to updating and managing ID cards, to viewing event history can now be handled on a mobile device.

The focus is no longer on hardware and making sure the infrastructure is there to support necessary tasks; instead, the shift is now to applications and making them as feature-rich as possible. Companies are stepping away from the hardware and concentrating on the various ways, through the use of mobile devices, that they can handle important functions and also make better use of each person’s time. Administrators have already been liberated from the burdens of maintaining hardware, training staff, updating databases and the like. Now they can focus on reaping the benefits of portability and scalability from web and mobile apps.

For those who are still not convinced about the benefits of outsourcing security management, these web-based and mobile applications may be the final push to get into the game.

Because of the direction in which technology is progressing, the capabilities of this new security platform will only grow. With the availability and convenience of fully integrated security systems, the next step is the migration to fully managed security, including intrusion and video surveillance. This will give security managers the convenience and ease of use they require, solidifying managed security services for years to come.


Scott McNulty is Senior Product Manager at Kantech, part of Tyco Security Products. He has more than 14 years of experience in the security industry including access control, video and intrusion. He can be reached at