The security of your business is an integral part of keeping your business safe and healthy. Without a comprehensive security system in place, you’re putting your business in harm’s way – there were roughly 1.16 million property crimes reported in Canada in 2016.
Access card systems help keep unwanted visitors out of your facility while also protecting high-security areas within your building. However, with the rise of the security system’s popularity come the misconceptions about it. Below we debunk some of the common myths about key card access security systems.
1. Key Card Access Systems Are More Costly Than Traditional Security Systems
A common misconception about key card access security systems is the price. People often think that wireless key card access systems are pricier than traditional wired systems. However, key card access security systems use much less energy and can result in cost savings for the facility/business owner.
Key card access controls are battery powered and only activate when a credential is presented, meaning the system utilizes a fraction of the energy required for a traditional system that is always on. In addition, as energy costs increase due to inflation or other factors, having a traditional wired system is only going to continue getting more expensive to manage while costs associated with wireless key card access systems will stay more stable.
One other thing to consider when it comes to cost is how much money you’ll be potentially saving by protecting your business. According to the Retail Council of Canada, theft of goods and cash by employees costs Canadian businesses over $1 billion every year. Having a comprehensive security system in place like a key card access system can help protect your business and save you money in the long run.
2. Key Card Access Systems Don’t Integrate Easily with Existing Security Systems
Many skeptics of key card access systems believe they won’t integrate well with the existing security systems the business is currently employing. However, wireless key card access control systems can be fully integrated with existing wired systems and can even be incorporated with CCTV or energy management systems.
This ease of integration can help strengthen your existing security system, minimizing risks to your business, assets, and employees.
3. Key Card Access Systems Consume More Energy
Many businesses are becoming more aware of their environmental footprint and are actively adopting new ways to minimize their impact. One key card access misconception is that they consume more energy to run than other access control systems.
However, key card access systems require considerably less energy than traditional access control systems. Instead of functioning off a consistent stream of electric current to keep the door locked, wireless access control systems are battery powered and are only triggered on when a credential is presented.
4. Key Card Access Control Systems are Only for Large Businesses/Facilities
A common key card access myth is that the systems are reserved for large buildings with many doors and thousands of credentials to manage. However, the market actually looks very different – the average installations consist of seven doors, less than 130 credentials, and only about 20% of total installations have more than 10 doors. Without the cumbersome and extensive installation, key card access control systems are extremely flexible and scalable with your business growth.
When setting up a key card access control system for your business, it’s important to partner with a security system provider that considers all scenarios in order to keep your business and your employees safe.
At Veridin, our team has over 25 years of experience in security management for a range of brands and businesses. We have an unprecedented expertise in new technology and keeping businesses secure. Learn more about our services or give us a call to find out more about how we can help meet your access control needs.