Has the recent COVID-19 cri­sis caused you to rethink how you con­trol access to your work­place? If you could rev­o­lu­tion­ize how you, your employ­ees, guests, and cus­tomers enter your build­ing, what fea­tures would that access con­trol sys­tem con­tain? Well, keep read­ing to learn what we can do today to take your work­space to the next lev­el. Let us intro­duce you to Open­path.

1. Would you like the abil­i­ty for Hands-Free Unlock of doors, not only for con­ve­nience but for hygiene? With Open­path, you have sev­er­al options for hands-free unlock­ing. Not only can you use a Fob or Card, but now by just hav­ing your mobile phone in your pock­et or brief­case, you can unlock the door by touch­ing the read­er with your elbow or wav­ing your smart­watch across the read­er. Ask us about all the options.

2. Would you like the abil­i­ty to sud­den­ly Lock­down one or more doors in the event of an emer­gency? Would you like to have this capa­bil­i­ty from the con­ve­nience of your office or home? We can now make a LOCKDOWN PLAN a real­i­ty with our Open­path Access Con­trol Sys­tem.

3. Are you tired of meet­ing con­trac­tors or employ­ees on-site on week­ends, ear­ly morn­ings, or evenings to unlock the door for them? With Open­path, you can open a door using your smart­phone via Remote Unlock or text Guest Pass from the con­ve­nience of your home or any­where.

4. Do you have mul­ti­ple loca­tions and want to man­age them all from one login? With our Open­path cloud-based sys­tem, you will nev­er have to wor­ry about com­bin­ing net­works or pay­ing your I.T. peo­ple for a VPN. You can access and man­age from a login from any­where, even from the con­ve­nience of your smart­phone.

5. First Per­son In / Last to Leave — Adminta­tors can con­fig­ure entry sched­ules so that entry doors remain locked and secure until the first per­son arrives and per­forms an autho­rized unlock dur­ing the sched­uled peri­od. This is help­ful should the office be emp­ty dur­ing reg­u­lar office hours for any rea­son. Sim­i­lar­ly, autho­rized users on their Open­path App can use the last-to-leave fea­ture to restore the entry to its secure set­ting if the office is emp­ty dur­ing a sched­uled peri­od.

6. Are you tired of track­ing keys, pay­ing for lock­smiths to rekey doors when keys are lost, or employ­ees leav­ing and don’t return keys? Per­haps it’s time to con­sid­er using an elec­tron­ic solu­tion to con­vert to key­less entry, with full report­ing, sched­ul­ing, remote access and more.

7. Do you already have a lega­cy access con­trol sys­tem and don’t want the cost of replac­ing every­thing? Open­path uses stan­dard cabling, stan­dard strikes, and maglocks and is com­pat­i­ble with many 3rd par­ty cards/fobs. Con­se­quent­ly, with Open­path, your cost to upgrade will be rea­son­able, and the ben­e­fits will be many.

8. Have you resist­ed going to elec­tron­ic access con­trol because you aren’t tech-savvy or don’t want the headache of doing all the admin­is­tra­tion and soft­ware updates? Today we can take away all your sys­tem’s com­pli­cat­ed, expen­sive, and time-con­sum­ing man­age­ment. Let us pro­vide you with cus­tomer ser­vice and tech sup­port from 7 am to 11 pm. With our Open­path Access Con­trol Sys­tem, which uti­lizes “the cloud”, you will nev­er again have to wor­ry about updat­ing soft­ware.

9. Would you like to avoid con­tin­u­al­ly increas­ing I.T. invoic­es to man­age your access con­trol sys­tems and oth­er tech­nol­o­gy in your work­place? With Open­path, you won’t need to place a bill­able call to your I.T. peo­ple with sup­port from Open­path from 7 am to 11 pm, and no soft­ware to update.

10. Do you want to be able to inte­grate oth­er secu­ri­ty tech­nolo­gies with your access con­trol sys­tem? Open­path inte­grates with many of the solu­tions you already use, and you can add more. A great way to enhance your secu­ri­ty at entry points is to inte­grate cam­eras with the access sys­tem, with video con­fir­ma­tion of who accessed the build­ing, pre­vent­ing things like tail­gat­ing or shar­ing of fobs or phones.

Recent­ly, we have seen how com­pa­nies have had to adapt and change with the pan­dem­ic we are expe­ri­enc­ing. Tech­nol­o­gy can sig­nif­i­cant­ly help busi­ness­es become more effi­cient, quick­er to respond to emer­gen­cies, and more secure. In sum­ma­ry, the above 10 points scratch the sur­face of what the next gen­er­a­tion of access con­trol has to offer any busi­ness in Cana­da.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.