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What You Need to Know About Access Control Systems

Posted by David Charney on Jan 30, 2019

In Inc.,
Gene Marks tells the story of how a disgruntled employee prevented his employer
from accessing an email system and data for their entire database. He also
supposedly erased the hard drive on his laptop.

This
is one of many stories of employees taking advantage of access. It doesn’t have
to happen. Every company must have an access process to improve business
security.
Imagine if a building had an access panel where employees
enter a passcode to get inside. If it only has one passcode that everyone uses,
what happens when an employee leaves? The company would have to change the
password and inform all the employees. What happens if an employee doesn’t get
the information? The person could be on vacation or can’t access the updated
password.

While
business security is an important factor for businesses, many don’t know about
the value of an access control system and remote
video surveillance.
Here’s what you need to know.

Benefits
of a Business Access Control System

A
business access control system enhances business security by allowing you to
control who comes and goes in your apartment property, office building, or
industrial site. You may be thinking you could simply post a keypad at all
entry points, but that brings up another problem. Consider this: An employee is
about to enter the building when someone approaches from behind and follows him
in. This is common because employees don’t know everyone who works in the
company, and they assume that person belongs in the building. An employee could
also simply forget to lock the door behind him.

Here
are six benefits of an access control system:

  • Stops
    unauthorized people from entering the building.
  • Deters
    theft especially with visible cameras.
  • Prevents
    employees from being locked out.
  • Adds
    control for different parts of the building.
  • Avoids
    potential employee mistakes.
  • Costs
    less than onsite security guards.

A
remote gate control system goes a step further than the simple keypad. A camera
by the entryway allows a remote team to watch the comings and goings through
live video monitoring. Trained security operators can perform the same function
as security
guards
for a fraction of the cost.

What
Things to Consider When Reviewing Access Control Systems

Before
implementing a business
access control
system, companies must come up with rules and
processes for managing it. They need to document how they will let
non-employees in. What about the cleaning crew or contractors? Prospective
clients? Visitors?

Here
are the questions to ask:

  • Who needs access?
  • Which locations need monitoring?
  • Do you need remote video surveillance?
  • Does the system need to scale?
  • What levels of credentials do you need?
  • What reporting features does the system have?
  • What’s the process for revoking access?
  • What’s the backup plan if the access control fails?

Access
control systems with live video monitoring offer more flexibility. You can
customize the access points. For example, all employees need to get in the
building, but only certain employees should access the data room, where
critical information is stored.

If you
would like more information about remote video surveillance business access
control and other solutions that increase business security, please contact us.