How can you effectively manage any potential security threats while maintaining a comfortable business environment for employees and customers? The answer can be found in the myriad of options available in today’s access control systems.
Unfortunately, to many businesses, facility access control is thought of as an added inconvenience or liability rather than an asset. This leads to lax enforcement of security protocols or pushback from management when investing in new security systems and service. The reason for this is typically because a business has previously chosen the wrong solution for their needs, or a lack of support from their past access control security system provider has resulted in a diminished benefit from the security system.
Understanding the options that are available and working with an expert in the industry who can provide comprehensive support regarding the installation and maintenance of the system will completely change the way you think about access control.
Even those who are hesitant to embrace access control systems understand the need for protecting facilities, employees, and confidential information from intruders. A global analysis by IBM calculated the average cost of a security breach was 3.5 million dollars in 2014, which is 15% higher than a year ago. Lackadaisical security can put an entire business at risk and be a liability to thosein management who are responsible for the aforementioned assets. Even if network systems are implemented, a physical breach can result in theft of electronic equipment, sensitive files, or valuable products.
Modern access control systems offer unprecedented levels of customization and provide information regarding what areas of a facility are accessed and when. In addition to physical access, other protection methods such as closed circuit cameras can be integrated into the access control system to provide a comprehensive security solution. There are numerous different types of access control systems available, and each type can be customized and scaled for a specific security application and business size.
Key Cards Provide Versatility and Functionality
Key card access offers a method for not only controlling who enters a facility, but provides businesses with a way to create tiered levels of access for specific employees. So much more than a way to lock and unlock doors, access cards can change access to parking areas, warehouses, and offices, based on time of day, the area in question, and a range of other pertinent factors. Key card access controls can also be used to track where employees are within a facility and when they enter specified areas.
Several different keycard access options are available from a number of our reputable network partners. These options include smart card systems in which access is granted through identification using encrypted or micro-chip technology, and proximity identification, which can be used to grant access using the Weigand Protocol, the standard method used in the access control industry.
Modern Technology Meets User Convenience
Encryption is used in access control systems to protect the integrity of the card and entry system, preventing intruders from making duplicate keys. Smart cards that contain micro-chip technology are an increasingly popular type of smart card used in modern access control systems. Smart cards can be used in conjunction with contact readers in which the user swipes the card to gain access or in contactless systems in which the micro-chip is powered through RF induction. Contactless cards do not require the card to be within a specified proximity reader to grant access, making this type of system very convenient for the user.
One of the reasons keycard access control systems typically fail is that the businesses can’t obtain additional cards when needed, so security ends up being turned off to accommodate employees without cards. To combat this, we maintain a secure inventory of access cards that can be delivery via next day shipping. Businesses in a wide range of industries are beginning to realize the benefits of partnering with a security provider with a deep level of integration. Over 80,000 hosted access control doors were added in North America in 2013 and the total number of hosted access control doors is expected to exceed 1.8 million by 2018.
Beyond Key Cards
Biometric identification and pin entry systems are another option that can either be used as a standalone access control method or as an additional line of security in conjunction with key card access protocols.
Biometric access control systems have become increasingly popular as the cost of the technology has decreased and accuracy has greatly improved over the original generation of biometric scanners and control systems. Most fingerprint biometric scanners now provide a FAR, or false acceptance rate, of between 1 for every 10,000 scans and 1 for every 1 million scans, depending on the parameters of the system.
Biometric access controls include fingerprint, facial, and iris scans. The type of biometric feature used to control access is primarily dependent on the level of security required and the setting of the scanning system.
In the banking sector, adoption of biometric access control systems are expected to cut operational risks by up to 20% over the next 10 years. With an average inquiry rate between 1% and 2% of all transactions, this improvement in technology is also expected to provide significant cost savings in labor due to reduced inquiries.By thoughtfully customizing the levels of access of a facility for different areas and times, businesses can obtain the needed level of security without adversely affecting the facility environment for customers and other visitors.
Unified, Comprehensive Solutions are the Key
A complete access control solution requires a multi-faceted approach to security that includes customized control over facility access. These solutions do not have to come at a sacrifice to productivity and providing a welcome environment to potential customers and other visitors.
The key to the success of an access control system is partnering with an expert in the security industry who is capable of tailoring the hardware and security network to meet a specific set of needs. Whether the application requires an access control program for a single facility ora network of facilities with access points spread throughout the globe, responsiveness, knowledge, and experience are the key to long-term success. Access control programs must stay at the forefront of security of technology in order to prevent increasingly sophisticated attacks from intruders who wish to profit from the information or inventory contained in the facility.
After considering the challenges associated with implementing an access control program compared to the risks associated with allowing intruders access to your facility, it is simple to see how having a security provider you can trust is essential to the success of securing the success of your business for the future. Find out more information about the benefits and options available in today’s access control security systems by contacting on of our professional team members today.