Switch to Electronic Access Control
In the ever-changing technology, embracing modern security solutions and features can be a challenge for many people, especially those who have been accustomed to tried-and-tested products (such as traditional key padlocks) for many years. Transitioning to a new system or solution can be daunting. Since many industry professionals are already satisfied with their time-tested products, they may not even know the benefits and convenience of adopting modern solutions.
The migration from mechanical locking solutions to electronic access control is a good example. Despite the advances in modern security products and software over the years, electronic access control and its benefits are still misunderstood in the manufacturing, construction, and telecommunications industries. Although mechanical and key security solutions including padlocks, door locks, and lock boxes have been the standard for decades, it is important to understand common misconceptions that may prevent operations or security managers from implementing electronic solutions.
Today’s access control solutions enable organizations of all kinds to more effectively protect critical assets, equipment, tools, and access points. The development of electronic access control allows businesses and facilities of all sizes to save time and money and improve security by simplifying and tracking who has access to critical equipment and assets in countless facilities.
Here are seven misunderstandings and misunderstandings that all security professionals should be aware of.
1. Electronic access control solution is only applicable to doors.
Although the electronic access control solution was originally developed for door control and hard-wired systems, the technology is now expanded to be used in various scenarios. Take the passive electronic lock system as an example. The passive electronic lock does not need to be hard-wired and is powered by the electronic key when unlocking. Therefore, the application range is relatively wide, and it is suitable for some widely distributed and remote areas. Such as communications, electricity, water conservancy, transportation, medical emergency and other fields.
2. Electronic access control solutions are expensive.
When replacing or implementing additional security measures, out-of-pocket costs are unavoidable, but the benefits associated with electronic access control usually bring a huge return on investment in just a few months. However, the electronic access control system solves the potential risk that the mechanical key may be copied, and eliminates the time and management cost of replacing the key.
3. The electronic access control solution is complicated.
The general notion that new features or functions means increased complexity is usually wrong. In fact, modern access control technology was created to solve the pain points of traditional mechanical security solutions. For example, the mechanical lock cannot control the user’s operation authority, and the operation record is not clear. With the electronic access control solution, security managers can flexibly perform access control and clearly know the user’s operation records.
The electronic access control solution enables security managers to more easily control access to their facilities, including when and where. According to the needs of the organization, access rights can be determined by temporary access restricted by time, date, user, group, and even time. This feature makes electronic access control more flexible than traditional keys. The electronic access control solution goes far beyond the capabilities of traditional mechanical access, and also provides visibility and reporting data of key areas to easily and accurately monitor who accessed a specific device, access time, and location. This audit trail is particularly useful in the case of theft and injury liability.
4. The key is more reliable than the electronic access control solution.
Although physical keys are regarded by many in the security industry as “proven”, the reality is that they pose liability challenges, especially when they are shared between personnel and contractors. External contractors usually need to visit the facility during non-working hours, which quickly becomes difficult to manage with physical keys, which can easily be lost, copied, or even fall into the wrong hands. Security managers responsible for overseeing remote and satellite locations have an additional burden of traveling across half a city or state to deliver keys, which can be time-consuming and reduce productivity.
Through the electronic access control system, managers can authorize access instantly and remotely as needed, and can also benefit from audit trails, which can be used to monitor and identify who visits facilities, the time of access, and the location usage rights that users obtain. Modern electronic access control solutions also alleviate the costs and risks associated with multiple doors sharing the same key or facility using a master key system.
Electronic access control is becoming the standard of security, and it is not too late for security managers to explore various solutions on the market. In general, the electronic access control market is expected to continue to expand due to increased demand for enhanced physical and data security in various residential, commercial, industrial, government, and defense facilities.