There are many types of access control that businesses can use. From straightforward approaches like keycards to incredibly stringent access control systems like fingerprint scanners, they run the gamut when it comes to confirming identity. There are certain advantages to a cardless access control system:
For many, a key code fits the bill. Key codes are easy to remember, but just about impossible to guess. There are other options which can be used instead of, or in conjunction with, a key code. These include voice readers and fingerprint scanners. You can also pair any of these with a card to add a layer of control that can’t be stolen.
A lost keycard means a keycard someone else can use to gain access to your business, private information, or secure facility. Outside of a “Mission: Impossible” movie, no one’s going to be stealing your voice, your fingerprints, or a code you’ve memorized. Without a physical key, an identity for an access control system can’t be stolen.
Similarly, a keycard can be quickly read and duplicated. It only takes a few minutes and equipment that you can find at a hardware store. This can be solved in a keycard system that individualizes each card – you simply de-activate access for that card and issue a different one for the employee. For systems where the access is broad (keycard access is not identified differently for every individual), duplication can be a real danger.
Cardless access control is easier to adjust. If someone needs access but you’re not at the office, you can give them the code without having to rush over. For executives and managers who travel or don’t always work out of the same location, this can be much more useful than a keycard access control system. You can also establish temporary codes that are only good for a certain amount of time, or have the system only allow that code a certain number of times if access isn’t permanent.