Why Access Control is Now More Important Than Ever
2020 will always be remembered as the year when everything changed. For many businesses, remote working became a lifeline at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic — now, workers are slowly going back to the office and returning to a ‘new norm’.
While this return presents many new challenges for business owners and staff, we know that a good access control system is something that can help combat these difficulties.
Whether it’s overcoming health and safety hurdles or solving security issues, we’re going to look at ways that access control can benefit your business now more than ever:
Individual fobs, cards and even retina scans can help prevent the spread of coronavirus. An automated access control system reduces the need for physical contact with keypads and buttons, helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
From a HR perspective, this should also make employees feel more comfortable when entering and exiting the premises.
Access control with integrated CCTV can give you reassurance when you and your staff are working flexibly. Before the pandemic, it was likely that there was always a member of your senior management team in the office at some point during the day. Now, there might be hours or days that go by when no managers are present because they’re choosing to work from home instead.
With this in mind, it would be wise to have CCTV integrated with your access control system. This means that you can monitor every time the access control panel is activated, and have peace of mind even when you’re working remotely.
It’s an added level of security that can stop opportunists taking advantage of near-empty offices. You might be used to keeping your office’s doors unlocked, but in the wake of the pandemic you should consider having some form of access control, especially if there are a lot less people going in on a day-to-day basis.
Opportunists may try and take advantage of the lack of people around, so it would be a good way of adding another level of security — ensuring the safety of both your employees and equipment.