Access control systems, as a term and as a concept, have a little bit of a cool factor. There’s an undeniable appeal to scanning into a building using cutting-edge technology, like card-based keyless entry (cool) or biometric recognition (even cooler). It’s satisfying when it works, and if it’s done well, it can feel futuristic, like something out of a spy film.
Access control systems are cool. But in today’s world, they’re more than that: they’re essential in guaranteeing security.
The advance of modern technology means that traditional access control systems are quickly becoming outdated at best and dangerously insecure at worst. Key-based systems are easily compromised by theft or duplication, but, in addition to that, they don’t offer any kind of comprehensive management capabilities – with keys, it’s difficult to offer varying levels of access to different areas and it’s impossible to monitor entries and exits.
Thankfully, the keyless entry solutions of modern access control systems can be much more effective – if they’re designed and implemented correctly.
With that said, let’s take a look at three keys (pun intended) to effective access control.
Considering these factors is crucial to implementing an access control system that’s not only cool, but effective, too.
1. Access control systems should work comprehensively.
The term “access control” implies management of entries and exits. The best access control systems, accordingly, allow the most comprehensive management of entries and exits.
The foundation to this is physical control: access control should enable admins to determine who can enter and exit a space, and who can’t.
The most effective access control systems enable deeper levels of customization, though. For instance: what if a user should have access to certain parts of a space, but not to others? Or, what if an employee should be able to access an area at certain times, but not at others? Effective access control systems account for these more comprehensive management scenarios.
Additionally, part of controlling access involves understanding how access is happening – are certain areas or times busier than others? Are certain users accessing areas more frequently? Are entries or exits happening at suspicious times?
Effective access control systems should generate the data behind access. That way, administrators can not only physically dictate who can enter and exit – they can also observe how entries and exits are happening, allowing them to identify any suspicious activity and maintain security.
2. Access control systems should work easily.
Comprehensive access control is important. It enables effective security. But if access control systems are difficult to manage, administrators will struggle to use them correctly, and building security will suffer.
That’s why access control systems should work easily.
There are a few common ways access control systems can facilitate ease-of-use:
Intuitive design: access control systems should be designed for intuitive use of both software and hardware components. That sounds obvious, but it’s important.
Optimization for all devices: admins should be able to view and manage access controls from a variety of their favorite devices, and ideally from any location. Restricting management to a certain platform or device means management is harder and happens less often.
Customizable alerts: access control systems should include the ability to set customizable alerts based on user activity. Automating management makes it easier.
3. Access control systems should work with other systems.
Finally, access control systems should also be easy to integrate.
The most effective systems work well with other systems. For instance, an access control solution that easily integrates with a video surveillance solution can enable admins to view entries and exits in realtime – and, with customizable alerts tied in, can speed up reactions to any security issues that arise.
An access control system that integrates with an alarm system could go a long way in preventing theft.
An access control system integrated with HVAC systems could help to boost efficiency in energy usage by ensuring that buildings aren’t unnecessarily climate-controlled when there’s nobody in them.
If access control systems can integrate with other systems, the possibilities for effectiveness are nearly limitless.
Ready to get an access control system that’s more effective?
Access control isn’t just cool – it’s impactful, too. With a system that’s comprehensive, easy-to-use, and easily-integrated, access control is an incredibly effective way to improve building experiences and security.
If you’re relying on a solution that’s outdated or insecure, it’s time to make the switch. Your business deserves access control that works.
Let us help. At Medlin Communications, we pride ourselves on doing the job right. We’ll work with your needs to design, plan, and implement an access control solution that takes your building security to the next level and gives you peace of mind – and it might even look cool in the process.
For effective access control systems, get in touch with us online or at 1-800-4-MEDLIN today.