Benefits of Access Control Integration
A few days ago, I saw the following scene: an employee walked up to the business’ front door carrying a stack of paperwork, a purse, a laptop and a coffee cup. She had to find her keys, and select the correct key for the door. After opening the door, she had to lock it behind her then rush over to the alarm keypad to keep the alarm from going off. Her hands were already full, and the added task of locking and unlocking the door and disabling the alarm made her entry more complicated than it had to be. All I could do was sit there and wonder how many times the employees at this business go through this ordeal each day. It seems a little stressful, and that was just as an innocent bystander. As an employee? The race to the alarm panel is fun the first few times, but it quickly loses its appeal.
The problem with what I witnessed at the business was that access control and security weren’t integrated. In this day and age, integrating the two is user-friendly and simple. More importantly, integrating access control with your security system doesn’t have to be a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Ener-Tel has installed systems that use access cards, key fobs, proximity readers, biometric recognition and smartphones as keys for entry.
Integrating access control and security has several benefits.
- Simplify. By integrating your system you simplify the operation and improve the functionality of your system. Keeping those two functions separate means twice the maintenance, twice the hassle, etc. Consider the woman trying to get into work. What if they had used key fobs? The alarm system would be disabled and the door unlocked when the key fob was within the reader’s proximity. This eliminates fumbling for keys and rushing to turn the alarm off in one fell swoop. This also limits false alarms, which saves business owners money. If the alarm automatically disables when an authorized key fob opens the door, the number of times an employee doesn’t make it to the panel in time decreases to zero.
- Audit. Once your access control and security systems are functioning together, it’s easy to track who came and went. Access control systems can provide users with documentation of exactly who came in to the building at exactly what time. This function is especially handy in places with multiple entry points. If there is a security incident, you’ll know who was there last, which access control device was used to gain entry, and so on. What if a non-authorized person attempts to access the building? The software logs this, too.
- Schedule. Access control systems give you way more control than keys would. In fact, you can allow or deny access during specific times for specific personnel. If employees aren’t supposed to be in a certain area after a certain time, keys certainly aren’t going to stop them. Using access control technology from Ener-Tel allows you to set limits on where employees can go and when they can go there.
- Control. If someone leaves your employment, there’s no calling the locksmith to re-key your locks. Simply remove that persons access through the system’s software, and replace access cards or fobs at a minimal cost.
There’s nothing we can do to help your employees carry their bags in, but we can make getting in safely significantly easier. Simplify, audit, schedule, and control your access control and security systems by integrating the two. Have questions about how this could work for your home or business? Talk to us.