Secure, integrated and convenient – access control systems are today the most reliable way to lay that protective shield on properties. Hence, users should know a few important things about dealing with such systems.
End user customers these days expect more and more. Users look for systems having buzzwords like Secure, future-proofed, integrated and convenient behind them. Plus, they also demand for the latest technology they use in other areas of life. Users don't want to manage systems themselves. In addition, they want best of breed in everything.
“Features themselves haven't changed that much,” says John Fenske, vice president of product marketing, HID Global, Austin, Texas. “The things users seem to be focused on are making sure the system continues to be interoperable on into the future so that any changes they make won't disrupt the overall system.”
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Hence, for user's convenience, here are some useful tips, one should know when planning, buying and implementing an access control system.
1. Establish An In-House Consulting Team
It is important to have a system, which meets the demands of your building and matches your corporate culture without compromising its security. For instance, if the system is very restrictive or complicated, it is more likely to be misused by the people it was designed for. Hence, consider input from personnel of different department in the decision making process. This'll increase your chances of implementing a system that will benefit everyone's safety and security.
2. Allow For Future Requirements And Updations In Technology
While replacing your current system with an updated one, better re-evaluate your facility's security needs and changes in the technology to meet them. There are a lot of innovative technological elements to work with both older and newer access devices and cards that provides cost savings and increased flexibility. Undoubtedly, the access card technology is constantly changing and developing. It has replaced bar code and magnetic strip with smart cards and near field communication devices. Hence, when considering an upgrade, you will need to install an access reader, compatible with these emerging technologies.
3. Compatible Hardware And Software Technology Is A Must
There are myriads of access control options on the market today. Since, majority of the access control devices depend on your network to transmit data, it is crucial to select one that is compatible with your current IT infrastructure. Hence, take the time to review system requirements and test it to be sure its compatibility and that it doesn't strain your network capacity.
4. Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Relying on your facility manager alone to supervise the design and installation of an access control system may overload them with the added responsibilities, particularly if the person has inadequate knowledge of the complex technical components relevant to the project. To ensure the project goes smoothly with very less delays or mistakes, it is best to hire an expert consultant to manage the project and keep the facility manager updated on a regular basis.
5. Regularly Monitor, Examine And Maintain Your Access Control System
The work doesn't end even once an access control system is installed. With the recurrent human contact and sometimes exposed to the elements, it will degrade over time. Therefore, to ensure a properly working system, it'll require regular testing and maintenance. Proper system maintenance will minimize liability risks and lower future repair costs.