CHOOSING ACCESS CONTROL PRODUCTS FOR YOUR BUSINESS: FACTORS AND FEATURES TO CONSIDER
Access control systems serve many functions: they can make access to various areas and resources within your business more convenient for authorized users, and can prevent access to those same areas and resources from those who do not need them. This gives your business protection on many levels, including deterring unwanted intruders and protecting proprietary products and information from prying eyes.
With the right access control, you decide who and when an individual enters your premises protecting your assets and your employees.
The top industries to use access control systems include offices (22%), manufacturing facilities (14%), and hospitals/schools/universities (11%). There are growing numbers of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and daycares investing in these systems as well.
The average access control system covers 6 to 7 doors per facility, though about 56% of installations involve facilities with 4 or fewer doors.
Whatever type of business you operate, from a law firm requiring on-site security for sensitive data, to a medical marijuana producer needing to set appropriate security clearances for your employees, – here are some factors and ideas to consider when either making product recommendations to clients, or selecting the the most appropriate access control solutions for your business
1) Size of the Organization or Business
The needs of a multinational corporation with locations that span the globe will differ from a mid-sized business headquartered in Toronto. By the same token, the needs of an office building will differ from that of a daycare or a retail store.
Comprehensive access control systems will consider every facet of the access control process. Do you have just a few employees in your office who need to be able to get in each morning and lock up at the end of the day? Or do you have multiple teams on multiple floors, each with its own level of security clearance?
Another issue can be how your system handles visitors. While offices might have a few limited visitors who can easily be scheduled, facilities like daycares or nursing homes have regular visitors, but still need access control to protect inhabitants and employees, and to direct people to the appropriate areas of the facility for visitation purposes.
2) Most Important Functions of the Access Control System
An Access control system must provide the features and functionalities you need the most, while having the ability to remove the functions that are less important. In other words flexible and functional. For some organizations, protection of intellectual property, digital access, and sensitive information is key, while other companies require a focus on physical access, like daycares or assisted living facilities.
At Veridin, we look at which features are most important, and make recommendations on how to maximize those functions, while scaling back on items that are less essential to your operations, saving you implementation time and costs.
3) Availability of Technology
A good security system has multiple layers, ensuring that access control systems have backup processes in place in the case of any potential failures. We always seek out ways to make your system even more secure.
One way we do that is by discussing the ability to give your access control system its own network. While it is possible to use an existing network in your business, separating your security system from other IT functions can be prudent. It isolates security functions, ensuring they remain operational even if your business suffers any kind of digital disruption. These types of innovative solutions can work for any business.
4) Mobility and Access Control
Mobile devices have become multipurpose devices. In the physical security world particularly facility access control, they are a useful tool. Access control systems can be remotely controlled via iOS devices, tablets, and Android phones. This feature alone is a convenient time saving asset to anyone that uses and or controls such access systems.
Software House is a major player in the access control and facility management arena. Software House solutions include the innovative C•CURE 9000 security and event management system and the C•CURE 800/8000 access control solution, including a range of complementary hardware products. With an open architecture and integration platform, Software House C•CURE solutions allows customers to integrate seamlessly with critical security and business applications giving users full control through a single user interface.
C•CURE Go Mobile App
C•CURE Go is a full-featured access control app for mobile devices for C•CURE 9000 security and event management system.
The app is compatible with iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and Android phones and tablets. C•CURE Go enables the user to quickly search, create, or update personal records while away from an administration station. The user can add or remove clearances and deactivate cards on the go quickly and easily saving valuable time. With C•CURE Go, monitor C•CURE 9000 system activity and lock/unlock doors with a touch of a button. Easily navigate C•CURE 9000 to a specific date and time for forensic investigation anytime, anywhere. C•CURE Go provides a highly secure connection to C•CURE 9000 over WiFi, and 3G or 4G. This complimentary application can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Let Veridin be your partner in protecting your assets, personnel, and business. We will work with you to evaluate your needs and design a cost-effective system that works for you. Contact us today to learn more about the products and services we have available. Our specialists have worked with both small businesses and enterprise-level operations, and can custom tailor the ideal solution for you.