Main­tain­ing con­trol over who enters your facil­i­ty is a fun­da­men­tal pri­or­i­ty for any busi­ness, but the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic has added new urgency to the need for secure, touch­less access con­trol sys­tems.

Busi­ness­es must ensure they restrict access to unau­tho­rized per­sons and track who’s com­ing and going. Mean­while, your employ­ees need to be able to eas­i­ly enter their autho­rized spaces, ide­al­ly in a con­tact­less man­ner that pre­vents the spread of germs and virus­es, espe­cial­ly amidst a glob­al pan­dem­ic.

This post looks at how today’s access con­trol sys­tems can deliv­er depend­able secu­ri­ty and peace of mind.

How Access Control Systems Work

Elec­tron­ic access con­trol sys­tems help busi­ness­es con­trol and mon­i­tor who enters a space based on exist­ing autho­riza­tions.

A tra­di­tion­al sys­tem works like this:

  • Elec­tron­ic locks are installed in the busi­ness’s entry points or secure spaces through­out a facil­i­ty
  • Only pre-autho­rized peo­ple with cre­den­tials can unlock the doors
  • Employ­ees’ cre­den­tials are autho­rized via key­pad PIN codes, key fobs/cards, fin­ger­print read­ers or oth­er meth­ods
  • The doors remain locked to all oth­ers who do not have these cre­den­tials
  • Access con­trol sys­tems can also keep records of all entry activ­i­ty so that you can see who entered and when

Some access con­trol sys­tems can also be equipped with live video and audio com­mu­ni­ca­tion, allow­ing your secu­ri­ty staff to com­mu­ni­cate with those at the door and remote­ly access as need­ed.

The move to touchless access control

Even before the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, new­er touch­less access con­trol sys­tems were becom­ing the norm because of their advanced tech­nol­o­gy and ease of use. But the threat of viral trans­mis­sion has made these sys­tems even more invalu­able as busi­ness­es work to keep their employ­ees safe and healthy.

Touch­less access con­trol sys­tems elim­i­nate the need to enter PINs into a key­pad or swipe a card. Instead, autho­rized staff can use their own smart­phones to gain access.

This touch­less entry can be done in two ways:

  • 100% hands-free: The access con­trol read­er auto­mat­i­cal­ly receives the per­son­’s cre­den­tials from the device as they reach the entry point. This means the phone nev­er needs to leave your pock­et or bag to unlock the door.
  • Mobile unlock: The phone can be placed near the read­er to gain access and/or require an addi­tion­al PIN to be entered in the mobile app.
  • When part­nered with an auto­mat­ic door open­er, the access con­trol sys­tem will unlock and open the door.

These sys­tems can be installed through­out a build­ing or even across mul­ti­ple loca­tions. So, for exam­ple, if the com­pa­ny has mul­ti­ple offices, then autho­rized employ­ees can use their mobile phones to access each one.

In addi­tion to the sim­plic­i­ty of hands-free entry, the touch­less design cre­ates a con­tact­less process that elim­i­nates the risks of viral trans­mis­sion from using a key­pad-based read­er.

Certified Openpath Partner

Open­path is a lead­ing inno­va­tor of touch­less access con­trol sys­tems that can be man­aged via the cloud. As a cer­ti­fied Open­path part­ner, PROTECTION PLUS helps busi­ness­es auto­mate their secu­ri­ty pro­ce­dures and enforce com­pli­ance with Open­path’s best-in-class safe­ty access con­trol solu­tions and cut­ting-edge cloud-based soft­ware.

Learn more about pro­tect­ing your busi­ness with smart access con­trol sys­tems, or con­tact us for free con­sul­ta­tion.

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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.