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Making sure your employees feel safe and secure is key in creating a comfortable workplace where work can get done without the fear of someone suspicious coming through the front door.
The benefits of an access control system are varied, it is a very effective way to upgrade your business. So, why use access control systems? We’ve listed a few reasons for you.
An access control system allows you to give your employees access to different areas with ease using a PIN input or a keycard scanner. Being able to “set and forget” access to these rooms will ensure employees are getting what they need to do their work, but only going where they are authorized.
Physical office door keys can be a pain, they can get lost, they can break, or they can just be difficult to immediately identify on your already full key ring. If they get lost, they pose a serious security threat to your business, and they can cost a lot of money to replace, especially if you also need to replace the locks in the office.
Access control systems are keyless door entry systems that will save you time, money, and frustration. A keycard or fob is more easily deactivated and replaced, allowing you to maintain a high level of security in your building.
Access control systems can add another level of security because tracking who enters and who exits the building or any specific room within it, as well as when they came and left, can be an advantage in the case of an accident or theft, as you can know who was in the area when the incident occurred. It can also be helpful in ensuring people are working when they should be.
Don’t underestimate the importance of access control systems. They’re an effective tool in saving your business money, energy, and manpower. Lock money in secure areas where only authorized personnel can access it, reducing the need for security guards.
You can also integrate an access control system with your lighting, cooling, and heating systems. Set the lights to only turn on when someone enters the room and set the temperatures to adjust when no one is around, reducing energy costs.
Access control systems have scheduling features, allowing you to give access to specific doors and rooms to specific people for specific days and times. That’s a lot of details that you can just set and forget about afterwards.
For example, if your business was holding a conference then many stakeholders, partners, and employees would be invited. An access control system makes it easy to give them access to the necessary rooms and offices for the duration of the conference, and remove it immediately after it ends.
Maintain a safe work environment by restricting unauthorized people from entering. You can run background checks on anyone before allowing access, keeping your business safe from unwanted visitors.
Access control systems are also helpful in an emergency. In the case of a fire or other emergency, standard lock and key doors will stay locked, preventing a quick exit for your employees. Access control systems have fail safe locks that unlock doors when the power cuts out, so no one will waste time trying to manually unlock the door.
Organizing different levels of access with physical keys can be exhausting, time consuming, and confusing. An access control system offers flexibility for your security in that it’s an effective solution to almost all of your building's security needs. Allowing the particular programming of access to specific areas to certain employees, increases security.
Access can be easily restricted, added or adjusted to accommodate your business growth including new employees, as well as existing employee position changes, promotions, and departures. Access control systems make manual key systems obsolete, offering flexibility and ease of use.
Integration is another key benefit of an access control system, further layering protection over staff, equipment, and assets. Access control systems can be integrated with your existing security efforts, like alarms and CCTV. A good example of their cohesion is if an access control system detects someone entering a restricted area, a CCTV camera records who the intruder is, and the video can later be used as evidence, if necessary.
Access control systems can help reduce the crime rate, as they restrict access to buildings and offices. Effectively keeping potential offenders out will decrease the chances of theft of expensive equipment and supplies and damage to the property. It can also protect employees from possible violent crimes.
Intruder threats are not the only thing that you can protect against; since an access control system tracks staff movement through the building, it deters employee misconduct.
It’s expensive to staff your business 24/7. When contractors, delivery drivers, or suppliers show up at inopportune times, like after hours, allowing remote access to the building can be a lifesaver. Access control systems can include video intercoms in order to safely grant access.