Cloud Access Control

What Is Cloud Access Control?

Cloud-based door access control systems are different from traditional systems because their management software is stored remotely on the Internet (rather than on an on-site server). By keeping software in the cloud, web-based access systems provide building managers and security personnel with conveniently centralized management tools, expanded situational awareness, and increased control—all without the expense of an on-site server.

Cloud access control systems are used to secure small businesses, apartment buildings, large businesses, and even entire cities. There are many unique cloud-based models available to meet a wide range of commercial and government needs—from starter packages for single-point access control in an office to packages for massive institutions with thousands of doors and far-flung locations.

How Does Cloud Access Control Work?

In an access control system, people must present at least one credential for authentication at a door reader to enter a physical space. Access credentials can include key fobs, proximity cards, Bluetooth signals, and even biometric evidence like fingerprints.

cloud-based access control system lets users gain access with an Internet-connected device

If a credential is authenticated by the system and deemed a match with site privileges, a door controller will transmit a signal to unlock the access point.

Cloud-based access control systems are different from legacy systems in that they store identity management and site privilege data in the cloud rather than on an on-site server.

Features of Cloud Access Control

Facial and Biometric Recognition

Some access control systems use biometric recognition in place of a physical credential like a key fob or proximity card. These systems identify users through facial recognition, fingerprint reading, and even eye scans.

Mobile Credentials

Most of today's smart mobile phones feature Bluetooth technology that transmits identifying data to access door readers.

Bluetooth technology is not only less expensive than physical access control cards and fobs, but Bluetooth signals are also much more difficult to duplicate than the RFID data transmitted by most physical security credentials.

Visitor Management

Businesses and tenants alike benefit from cloud-based visitor management. Tenants can grant access to visitors by sending temporary digital credentials to their smartphones. And management is empowered to remotely control entrances and site permissions from any Internet-connected mobile device or interface.

No On-Site Server Expenses

Access control in the cloud is often more affordable than legacy on-site systems because they eliminate the need to purchase and maintain an on-site server.

Why Choose Cloud Access Control?

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Automatic Updates and Performance Diagnostics

Instant updates and performance diagnostics help to ensure that your cloud-based system is improving, that errors are being patched, and that your system will remain resistant to new cybersecurity threats.

With a cloud-based access control system, any new software improvements by the manufacturer will automatically update your system on the cloud. There's no need to physically download software updates or enter individual facilities to update control panels.


Most access control systems can be integrated with other security systems for efficient management and improved situational awareness.

For example, an access control system integrated with security cameras can support identity management by providing video footage alongside access attempts. And by pairing access systems with video intercoms, managers can ensure that visitors are always granted access when needed.

Remote Management

Cloud-based access control systems make remote management easy. For example, administrators have remote access to add new users, remove users, change access permissions, and lock or unlock doors from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Data Synchronization

Data can be automatically synchronized between most customer management and cloud-based access systems.

Data synchronization empowers management to save time and effort while maintaining multiple databases.

Flexible Scheduling

Most can be programmed to automatically unlock for scheduled access. This feature eliminates the inconvenience of creating and distributing temporary credentials for visitors.

Stable and Reliable

Cloud-based access control systems protect data during power outages and other events by storing all information off-site.

Cloud vs On-Premise Physical Access Control System

Cloud-based systems support convenient centralized management and are often less expensive than traditional access control because they don't require an on-site server.

Best Cloud Access Control Systems

Avigilon Access Control Manager

The Avigilon Access Control Manager (ACM) is a cloud-based access control system that seamlessly integrates with many access control hardware components.

By operating on open-source software, Avigilon products are ideal for installations that combine security systems and devices—like alarms, access controllers, and video surveillance cameras from multiple manufacturers.

Also, advanced features like remote lockdown, event search, video analytics, and site mapping make the web-based Avigilon Access Control Manager the right system for many large business and government enterprises.


SALTO KS provides cloud-based access control software for the multifamily, commercial, hospitality, and retail sectors. SALTO KS is designed with visitor management in mind. The system lets administrators assign site permissions to users, adjust user permissions, schedule access for visitor management, and track entry events and exits.

Residential tenants of SALTO-secured properties are even able to grant temporary digital keys to their guests.

Honeywell's NetAXS-123

The NetAXS-123 is Honeywell's cloud-based access control panel. Honeywell is known for designing durable security systems at an affordable price point. The NetAXS-123 provides all of the features of traditional access control systems but can be managed from anywhere with an Internet connection and doesn't require an on-site server.

PDQ SecuRemote

PDQ's proprietary SecuRemote technology provides securely encrypted, cloud-based access control systems that can be managed using a smartphone or browser. PDQ is recommended for controlling access at critical, high-value sites.

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A cloud-based access control system doesn't require an on-site server, and systems that use biometric readers or Bluetooth technology to authenticate credentials don't require physical credentials like fobs and proximity cards. However, other access control components are still necessary. For example, door readers, physical doors, and devices for locking are essential equipment for a functional access control system.


Cloud-based access control is generally secure, but the level of security can vary depending on measures taken to protect data and resources. It's important to use a reputable provider, such as the providers Mammoth Security works with, and to implement best practices like encryption and multi-factor authentication.


A cloud-based access control system is particularly useful for businesses with multiple locations or remote employees because it allows for centralized management of access permissions. Cloud-based access control is also an excellent option for businesses that may need to scale up or down as they grow or change.


Cloud computing is important to cloud-based access control because cloud computing is where a cloud-based access system stores and manages its information. Any access control system that is managed on a remote Internet server (rather than on a local server or PC) is cloud computing access control.

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