Access control solutions are vital for ensuring your office premises are kept safe from unauthorised visitors. Not only that, the facial recognition technology that’s so prevalent within these systems is beneficial for keeping track of your employees’ time and attendance, with the help of T&A (Time and Attendance) terminals. Thanks to access control, all your employees are properly verified when they attempt to enter your office. However, as with all office resources, there will come a time when your access control system requires an upgrade. Here are various reasons why.
If your office has already experienced a security breach, then it’s definitely time for you to assess your access control solution and consider how it can be improved. By figuring out how the breach occurred you can better ascertain what measures to take in order to prevent another one. Was it a lack of proper biometric scanning technology that caused the breach, or was the technology already put in place malfunctioning at the time? Whatever the reason, a breach of security is definitely the first and foremost reason to upgrade to a better system.
Business changes and expansion
As your business grows and changes, so must its resources. The more employees you onboard, the more challenging it might be to keep track of their comings and goings. An advisable move would be to upgrade to an access control system that can better facilitate the swift onboarding of new employees and grant access to them without any time being wasted. The same goes with people who are leaving your company and who need to be removed from the system on their last day of employment. You don’t want anyone who’s no longer part of your organisation to have access to your office premises.
You might find that the system you currently have installed doesn’t measure up to others in terms of efficacy given how long it’s been around. While you’ve relied on it for long enough, there are now better options that guarantee greater security and ease of use. Also remember that outdated access control systems run the risk of breaking down a lot more often and are therefore more susceptible to vulnerabilities. Upgrading your system might seem daunting when it comes to costs, but the improvement in quality is worth it.
Ease of use
It’s not just the security of your company you should consider when upgrading an access control system. You should also take into account the ease with which you and your employees can handle that system. There are easier ways to enter an office than trying to find the right key, signing in with a pen and paper, or entering a passcode that might be forgotten, or which might change every time an employee leaves the company. Many modern access control systems use face recognition as means to authenticate people. This technology involves no-touch access and simply requires the presentation of one’s face in order to be scanned for authentication. It’s quick and effective.
Upgrading your access control solutions will strengthen the security of your company substantially. If you’ve already suffered a breach or your current system is outdated, then it’s definitely time for an upgrade. Also remember that your access control solutions might need a do-over if your company is expanding. While security is the main issue, also remember that a system that’s easy-to-use will prove far more satisfying to your workforce. Added to that, consider the fact that an upgrade to your system will help with the low-touch economy during the spread of COVID-19, what with facial recognition technology reducing the need for physical contact.