Over-the-air (OTA) updates can be the difference between a software installation or bug fix taking hours instead of days. Yet, only in recent years has this method become feasible for many IT and security teams. As cloud access control grows in popularity, OTA is helping providers to more rapidly troubleshoot and deploy solutions. Ultimately, IT and security teams should transition their on-premises access control to the cloud in order to help their end users become more efficient. However, cloud access control has proven to be much more agile than its on-prem predecessor thanks to OTA.   

What is Over-the-Air?  

An over-the-air update is a method used to remotely or wirelessly implement new software into an access control system. This method of updating is often used when a threat occurs requiring a software or firmware patch. Over-the-air updates may also be used during routine system updates.  

“If devices are not connected to the internet or cloud, it’s very difficult to update them,” said Mishit Patel Chief Technology Officer at Genea. “On-premises access control systems take longer to update and require higher maintenance costs.” 

As indicated above, over-the-air updates are made possible through cloud access control

 Why Use Over-the-Air in Cloud Access Control? 

The internet of things (IoT) has created networks of tablets, smartphones, laptops and more. The major benefit of IoT architecture is its capability of performing rapid system updates. For example, it is possible to update a fleet of devices in minutes with IoT. Conversely, manufacturers of traditional offline or on-prem systems often take months to release a patch. While the downtime is frustrating, an even more significant problem is that this leads to vulnerable devices across the network. A security breach can endanger and pose significant risk to the network. If such an event occurs, OTA or wireless services can quickly, securely and easily update devices across the entire network.  

Updating devices, including an access control network, can be done individually or in groups with a single click. Benefits of OTA include: 

1. Continuous Improvement- OTA services allow for continuous improvement of access control systems, even after the system has been deployed. 

2. Reducing Expenses- Instead of delegating maintenance specialists to perform on-prem updates, the cloud saves costs by allowing updates to occur from a remote platform. 

3. Correct Security Vulnerabilities- Access control vulnerabilities can be patched quickly through OTA updates.  

4. Increased Scalability- New features and integrations can be added after the launch of a cloud-based system. 

There is tremendous benefit to going wireless, especially when it comes to keeping your access control system safe and secure.  

How Do I Know OTA Connectivity is Secure? 

While the cloud and OTA are clearly beneficial in speed, cost and scalability, one aspect of public perception remains a bit murkier. The security of the cloud often comes into question. However, Genea takes forward-thinking precautions when it comes to customer security. For all data in transit, Genea uses 256-bit-encrypted — TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.2 and above. It will take years for anything, including a supercomputer, to decrypt the combination. 

Cloud-based Access Control from Genea 

Genea Security pairs advanced, cloud-based technology with flexible, non-proprietary hardware. The result? Teams can add and remove users, monitor access, and more from a Global Dashboard. Assign access keys in any form – from physical key cards to mobile keys. Best of all, it’s backed by Genea’s 24/7/365 customer support. To learn more about Genea Security and OTA updates, feel free to speak with one of knowledgeable team members.