Commercial buildings often have a lot of people moving in and out. Office buildings, in particular, have large numbers of people showing up daily for work, or clients arriving for meetings, or any number of guests throughout the day.
So how do you keep track of all of these people while ensuring the safety of your employees, their property, and your business?
Access control systems can take many different forms. Perhaps you have an exterior gate that requires a code to get onto the property. Or maybe you have keycards that need to be swiped to enter specific areas within your business. Herring Technology also offers advanced biometric readers to guarantee a heightened level of security.
But no matter what type of system you are using, there are overarching benefits that an access control system can provide.
Here are 7 benefits an access control system can provide to your business:
- Peace of Mind for Employees
- Greatly Reduce Likelihood of Theft
- Easier for Employees to Enter
- No Keys
- Know Exactly Who’s Coming and Going
- Allow Access to Multiple Buildings or Areas
- Give You Full Control of Access Restrictions
1. Peace of Mind for Employees
All too often, we see news stories of a compromised perimeter at a business that puts everybody on campus at danger. These situations weigh heavily on many employees’ minds and can be a cause for concern.
However, knowing that the building — and possibly even the parking lot — is secured with an access control system will reduce these anxieties. And employees that are able to stop worrying about external threats are able to focus on their work and be more productive in their workdays.
2. Greatly Reduce Likelihood of Theft
Unauthorized and anonymous access to personal belongings is a perfect situation for thieves. Unattended vehicles in unsupervised parking lots are much more likely to be broken into than those behind a secure fence.
Access control systems work to keep these nefarious characters out of areas in which they shouldn’t be in the first place. This includes parking lots as well as your business itself. A secured door protects the equipment in your office along with the information stored on your computers.
3. Easier for Employees to Enter
Our work schedules can vary from day to day. This includes the time we arrive as well as the time we leave. A singular security system with standard door locks makes it difficult for someone to access the building outside of standard work hours.
Access control systems allow your employees to securely enter the building — either as the first to arrive or the last to leave — quickly and easily. They won’t need to disarm an alarm or call a manager in order to access pre-approved areas.
4. No Keys
Traditional keys have their time and place, but the scope of commercial buildings often make them obsolete. An access control system will save you the hassle of making copies of keys for every employee that needs access to certain areas. And then when that employee leaves, you won’t need to either reclaim the key or redo the locks.
These keys are easy to lose and easy for thieves to duplicate. Keycards can be deactivated, passcodes can be changed, and permissions can be revoked quickly and easily if the need arises.
5. Know Exactly Who’s Coming and Going
There are many benefits to knowing exactly who enters your business and when. First of all, any security breaches or thefts can be compared to who was in the building at the time. This greatly helps in finding the person responsible.
The second benefit is that it provides accountability for your employees. You can know which members of your team are showing up on time and who needs a little encouragement to get out of bed in the morning.
6. Allow Access to Multiple Buildings or Areas
Does your business have multiple access points or buildings? This can be difficult when it comes to traditional keys. You don’t want your employees to need to carry a whole set of keys simply to get into the various buildings.
Moving from area to area can be essential for particular employees, and making this movement much easier will improve their experience throughout the day.
7. Give You Full Control of Access Restrictions
The bottom line is that you get to choose who goes where, and when. This is advantageous for keeping out criminals, but also for granting access to employees that need it. These systems are just as effective at keeping the wrong people out as they are at allowing the right individuals in.
Herring Technology works with your company to get you the best system for your specific needs. There are many different options to choose from and many different ways to keep your employees and your business safe and secure.