Access control for offices is an idea that’s quickly gaining steam. Businesses have realized that offices are completely different than they used to be. Today, they traffic in unreal amounts of data. From private information to financial data, there’s so much more at stake. While cyber security is increasingly important, much of the personal data that’s stolen is still the result of physical copies being stolen or lost.
Access Control & Analytics
Access control is a way of defining tools that help restrict physical access to certain areas of a building. You can restrict access to certain areas where security elements, corporate and executives’ offices, and physical data are located. Just as importantly, you can monitor access as well.
With individualized key cards or codes, you can monitor who has gained access to certain areas and certain data. By keeping a record of this, you can even create an audit trail. You’ll have an electronic record of every time a door is opened, and by whom. This can help you hold employees accountable should something go missing or be stolen.
You can even dive deeper, using this information to analyze employee behavior and task efficiency. Or you settle attendance and arrival/departure disputes when an employee is cutting corners on their hours.
Flexibility of Individualized Access
The control you exert over access can go even beyond this. You can make certain parts of a building accessible at certain hours, but then locked after hours. You can even adjust this individually, making an area accessible to a particular employee for certain hours, but not at others. This can help you to manage access and have further control over physical security, as well as audit-worthy accountability in case of a breach.
Remote access control even allows you to adjust the system on the fly. Picture if something happens after hours and you need it addressed before the opening of business the next day. You can remotely allow a particular manager or employee to access the building after-hours by opening it to their key card alone.
Security Against Lost & Stolen Cards
Similarly, if you discover someone has lost their key card, you don’t have to wait to the next morning to deactivate it. You can do so remotely, confident that no one will try to use it that night. By assigning a different unique key card to this employee, you can keep the old access deactivated while keeping the employee in the access loop. You can even be alerted if anyone tries to use the old access card!
This kind of access control for offices is far overdue, and the flexibility it allows can change the shape of how an office and a business operate.