Capitalize on the Growing Demand for ACaaS

Businesses are demanding centralized access control for all of their locations. Can you deliver?

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The Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) market is growing. MarketsandMarkets predicts the market will grow from $9.9 billion in 2023 to $14.9 billion by 2028, a CAGR of 8.4 percent. The segment is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2027. MarketsandMarkets stated that the rising adoption of smart infrastructure and security systems with cloud computing platforms is driving the growth.

Additionally, the cloud services market is growing at a 20 percent CAGR, and managed services are growing at a 13.6 percent CAGR.

Increased demand for access control and cloud and managed services set the stage for more Access Control as a Service implementations. These offerings move access control management from on-premises systems to the cloud, allowing companies to scale and control access remotely.

Top service-based platforms are designed to be similar to on-site deployments. For example, ACaaS uses existing access control panels, readers and credentials but shifts management to a cloud-based platform.

This design allows for less overall adjustment to a training regimen for deploying and managing these systems for the integrator and end-user teams.

Additionally, managed services providers (MSPs) can remotely monitor for changes in functionality for the access control devices on the network to ensure they’re all up and running. As a result, installation is also easier, troubleshooting is more straightforward, and response times are faster – and for the integrator or MSP, remote monitoring saves the time and money associated with a truck roll to an offsite location.

How ACaaS Works for the End User

In addition to centralizing access control for organizations with multiple facilities, ACaaS also provides businesses with the following:

  • Cost Savings: The SaaS model reduces reliance on internal IT departments to deploy and manage an access control system. There are also upfront cost savings in deploying a service-based model rather than making a CAPEX for an entire system.
  • Network Security: Cloud-based access control is often more secure than security a business puts in place for an on-premises system. Cloud hosting providers use state-of-the-art security, often far beyond a company’s ability to deploy independently.
  • Remote Management: SaaS services can be managed by an end user’s team from anywhere and anytime. Through the platform, they can manage permissions to delegate business control from simple cardholder management to full administrative powers.
  • Trading a CAPEX for an OPEX: SaaS allows end users to scale their systems as they add cardholders and locations. They also avoid significant capital investment in on-premises equipment, upfront software licensing or server and workstation costs.

Keys to Success

One essential factor in ACaaS success is communication with your customer’s IT department. However, their expertise may not include access control, so consulting and educating your clients throughout the process is crucial.

If you are shifting to ACaaS from on-premises systems, your business must also address changes in invoicing, sales commissions, and pricing structures. Again, the right ACaaS vendor partner can help you transition to the new model and successfully launch this part of your business.

Never a Better Time Than Now

Businesses’ demand for cloud and managed services creates opportunities for you to provide Access Control as a Service solutions. Seize this chance to help secure your clients’ facilities, streamline access control management, and grow your business.