Access Control

What is Access Control?

Access control is a set of permissions for a connected camera (or any IoT Device) that specify which users are granted access and the operations they are permitted to perform.  Each entry in an Access Control List (ACL) specifies a camera, a user, and an associated access level.

AnyConnect Access Control

AnyConnect Access Control grants access to only the rights users over public networks (Wifi, LTE etc.). It offers different access levels, simplifying access control management. AnyConnect Access Control is secure, and GDPR-compliant.

Access Control Challenges

Reliable access control must be resilient across public networks and mobile devices. This presents many challenges to reliable access control:
App and camera updates
Cross-region support
Network and state transitions
Data protection and privacy
Scale
Security
Wired and wireless networks
App and camera updates

Cross-region support

Network and state transitions

Data protection and privacy

Scale

Security

Wired and wireless networks

AnyConnect Access Control Benefits

AnyConnect Access Control enables reliable camera (and other connected device) access control while maintaining security and compliance with data protection and privacy regulations. AnyConnect Access Control delivers:

How AnyConnect Access Control Works

AnyConnect Access Control enables new IoT business models such as Cameras As a Service, where you might sell camera access to users.

1. Access Levels

AnyConnect Access Control supports 3 access levels:

2. Pairing

Once a camera has been onboarded, a User can (via an App) request a “pairing key” from AnyConnect’s cloud service, and send this pairing key to the camera (e.g. via Bluetooth / BLE or WiFi AP / WiFi Direct).

3. Access Control Service

Upon receiving a pairing key, the camera forwards it to AnyConnect’s cloud service.  Once AnyConnect’s cloud service validates the pairing key, the Camera and the App’s User and the Camera are “paired”, and AnyConnect’s Access Control service has created an ACL entry.

4. Granting and Revoking Access

Provided that they have sufficient access rights, An Owner or Admin User may grant access to and revoke access from other Users. A typical Access Control List may look like this:

5. Controlling Access

When a User requests to access a Camera, for example to Stream live or recorded video, AnyConnect’s cloud service checks for a corresponding Access Control entry before granting or denying access.

Additional Benefits of AnyConnect Access Control

AnyConnect Access Control enables new IoT business models such as Cameras As a Service, where you might sell camera access to users.
Remote customer and user support

Detect and remotely troubleshoot issues.

Device heartbeat

Manage the health of your connected devices by monitoring health and executing actions such as reboots, factory resets, and security updates.

Deployment management

Organize and manage your connected devices by groups, by applying access policies and firmware updates.