Can access control systems actually make you more efficient?
Access control systems help protect your facility’s assets and mitigate the risk of insider threats.
That’s a well-known fact.
However, did you know that access control systems can also improve your facility’s operational flow?
It’s true. Contrary to popular belief, a properly installed and maintained access control system can actually increase the efficiency of your organization.
Access control systems reduce redundancies and waste.
Our guess is that your facility houses sensitive and/or proprietary assets of some sort. And chances are, you don’t want every employee (or customer) in your building to have access to those assets.
So, what do you do?
Well, you could install a deadlock on every door that needs protecting and only issue keys to certain people.
Though this simple system may work for smaller operations, it is not feasible for facilities with numerous employees, intricate office layouts, and multiple clearance levels.
Think about it: If every employee has to have a key to get into the building, a different key to enter the corridor where their office is located, another key to unlock their office, and other keys to access certain rooms, it wastes time and halts your operational flow as employees need to fumble around to find the correct key for the door they’re trying to open (they also need to remember to lock the doors or the whole system would be all for not).
The lock-and-key system also causes problems when employees’ clearance levels are increased/decreased as you need to create/collect keys to ensure that they can properly do their jobs and that your risks are properly mitigated.
An electronic access control system abolishes both of these problems.
First, employees are issued one key card (or PIN) that allows them to access any room/area for which they have clearance, eliminating the need for multiple keys and locks, and improving overall flow.
Second, access levels within an electronic system can be changed instantly, which means there’s no delay when an employee’s clearance level changes—all you have to do is update the system to allow/deny control to the current key card/PIN.
Access control systems help you mitigate and respond to risks.
When improper people get access to certain rooms or information, it can cause a cornucopia of problems that can be costly and time consuming to fix.
Organizations who use a traditional lock-and-key situation are exposed to risks that can be difficult to prevent and eliminate. For instance if an employee copies or loses a key and it falls into the wrong hands, the only practical way to mitigate the damage is to change the locks on all of the doors that were exposed and issue new keys.
With an electronic access control system, if a threat arises you can immediately isolate it and eliminate it. If a key card/PIN falls into the wrong hands, it can be shut down and made completely useless—no need to change the locks or stress over who might have the key card/PIN—saving you time and money.
As you can see, access control systems can do more than provide protection. When implemented correctly, they can improve the flow of your operations and ease your mind.
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