The benefits of an access control system are numerous. Businesses invest in access control to secure and protect their premises.
Additionally, access control is a means to protect people within an organisation from unauthorised entry.
It also stops staff and visitors from gaining access to potentially dangerous areas such as warehouses.
Furthermore, for businesses looking to track and monitor the flow of people around a building, there are various access control systems that fulfill this objective too.
In this blog we will cover:
- The role of access control in a business
- What are the main benefits and advantages of access control systems?
The role of access control in a business
As the role of technology increases in our everyday lives, businesses continue to find new ways to embrace the latest methods in modernising their operations.
Technology presents businesses with the opportunity to:
- Increase productivity
- Protect a business from crime
- Manage people
- Improve competitive advantage
When it comes to security, technology is playing an increasing role within businesses and access control is one area on the rise.
The range of access control systems include:
- Keypad door entry systems
- Keyless door entry via keycards, swipe cards, and fobs
- Video intercom
- Audio intercom
- Temperature screening systems via thermal CCTV
What are the benefits and advantages of access control systems?
The benefits of access control are vast.
Whether it’s a keyless door entry system, video, or audio intercom the benefits of access control range from protecting against crime, ensuring staff safety through to managing the flow of site visitors, and more.
Here are a number of reasons access control is becoming increasingly important for businesses:
- Access control helps track the flow of people around a site – ever since the rise of the computer and IT, information and data has become the backbone of business decision making and management. Access control allows businesses to know exactly where people are, the room they are in, for how long and more. From a health and safety point of view, this is critical and saves time when locating people in the event of a fire or other emergencies
- Access control systems provide protection and help reduce crime – these systems are designed to restrict unauthorised access to a premises or site. This provides a secure means to keep intruders out, helping to reduce damage and theft. Additionally, this protects staff from potential threats such as violence and abuse
- No more need for physical office door keys – unfortunately, keys can get lost and forgotten. A lost office door key poses a security threat to a business. There are also the costs of having to replace multiple keys or at worst, all office door locks. By implementing a keyless door entry system, these threats become obsolete. Unlike a physical key, a keycard or fob, if lost, can simply be removed from the systems and a replacement issued
- Restrict access to certain areas – access control systems help restrict entry to areas of a business premises containing hazardous waste, expensive IT equipment and sensitive information. These restrictions help reduce theft, damage and more
- Staff timekeeping – the data provided by well-designed access control and door entry systems can be invaluable to a business. Persistent employee lateness can be tracked through a keycard door entry system. This helps businesses spot staff members who are consistently late arriving to work and leaving early
- Productivity – the backbone of many businesses. An unproductive workforce, reduces operational efficiency, impacts revenue and customer service. Access control enables businesses to deal with productivity issues such as unauthorised breaks and more
- Flexibility – systems can be programmed to grant different levels of access to different user groups. Ok, that’s the technical terminology. In practice this means, certain staff can be given full access to all areas of a site and some restricted purely to the front door and the area of the building they work in. This can help reduce accidents in potentially dangerous areas, reduce the risk of theft and sabotage
- Integration – businesses often rely on a mix of security systems, to protect their staff, assets, and operations. Access control systems can be integrated with other security solutions such as CCTV and alarms. For example, if someone attempts to gain access to a restricted area, CCTV camera systems can be programmed to hone in on the person, providing visual evidence of their activity
- Remote access – some sites aren’t guarded or staffed 24/7. There are occasions when suppliers, contractors and delivery drivers require access outside of business hours. Video intercom systems can be implemented to grant access easily and safely to those requiring access during these times
- Peace of mind – access control isn’t all about tracking people, using data accordingly and managing productivity. These systems can provide businesses with peace of mind, knowing who is in the building at all times. They limit the potential for criminals to gain access and therefore reduce the threat of theft and vandalism. This helps create all round peace of mind for the business owner and staff
Protect your business with access control
By investing in an access control system, businesses will benefit from a system which:
- Helps protect assets such as expensive equipment
- Creates a safe working environment for employees
- Provide data on staff movement, timekeeping and productivity
- Reduce the potential for breaks ins and theft
Therefore for any security-conscious business, an investment in access control would be a wise choice.
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