Security is critical for any business. As more people return to the office and business starts to ramp up after shutdowns, building security advancement trends are noticeable across Chicago. More than physical security, commercial building security advancements are becoming more in tune with the state of our lives today. From monitoring how many people are in the lobby to outstanding cybersecurity systems, the future of commercial building security is promising.

1. Access Control Systems

An access control system controls who gets access to any commercial building. With authorized credentials, users can unlock designated doors to reach their destination. Also, with touchless mechanisms becoming part of our everyday lifestyle, access control systems using cards or fob keys seem to become the future of access points moving forward. It wouldn’t be surprising to see fewer and fewer door handles around next year.

2. Security Cameras & Video Surveillance

Mounted cameras help security teams see what’s happening in key areas. Video surveillance isn’t new, but it also isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Security cameras are getting more sophisticated by the minute, even providing temperature measurements for those in the room. Video surveillance stored in cloud services and accessible from anywhere globally via online streaming makes security even more accessible to building owners or office owners.

3. Sensors

Stemming from access control systems, sensors are potentially the next forefront of building security. Door contact sensors help notify when a door opens or if any doors are left open. Infrared, laser, or microwave sensors provide more advanced security measures for highly protected areas, such as server rooms or private offices. Sensors can also help open doors on signals to prevent points of contact with surfaces like doorknobs.

4. Cybersecurity Systems

Building security isn’t just about physical barriers. Many businesses are adding security for their networks to protect private data and proprietary information. Modern commercial buildings need to offer cybersecurity systems such as anti-virus software, data encryption, firewall protection, and traffic monitoring to remain competitive in today’s market.

5. Occupancy Management Solutions

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the way commercial buildings looked at things such as capacity has changed. For instance, many commercial businesses are now looking to add occupancy management solutions to their security arsenal to adhere to health mandates and control social distancing protocols. This technology can help count the people entering and exiting a building to understand better how different spaces are being used over time. This then can help enhance the tenant and visitors experience.


From smartphone connections to cybersecurity protection, commercial buildings in Chicago are looking at the latest advancements in building security to make tenants happy. Therefore, most organizations will invest in new access control and video analytics solutions. Such solutions help them to see the bigger picture and how their buildings are being utilized. Data is the main trend we’re seeing in building security advancements in Chicago, and data will determine what’s next to come.

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Author’s Bio:

Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with steel piping distributor FedSteel.