In the recent past, the facility access controls standard has changed. In addition to allowing people to enter and leave a facility, today’s facility access control systems have video support and control asset movements. They also integrate financial and vending systems. They are more complex than those that were in use several years back. This complexity means you must take extra care when choosing an access control system. Here are seven things to keep in mind when choosing a facility access control system.
Available video surveillance tools
Avoid access control systems that do not allow you to keep tabs on where your employees go, what they do and when they do it. Go for an access control system whose video surveillance tools allow you to monitor your employees and your business assets in real time.
Monitoring via the internet
Monitoring your facility should not be limited by your geographical location. A good system should allow for remote monitoring of your facility. The system should make it possible for you to monitor your business premises from anywhere as long as you have access to an internet connection.
Card control management
A good facility access control system should allow for seamless card control management. All administrators in the system should have complete control of employee access, key cards and more.
Limit access to certain individuals
An excellent access system will allow you to limit the persons who can access certain areas of your facility. The system administrators should be able to predetermine the areas of your facility that certain employees can access and other areas that they can’t.
24/7 monitoring allows you to keep up with every happening at your business facilities regardless of the time of day or week. Tracking your assets and your employees every day of the week makes it easy for you to identify fault lines as soon as they emerge and device ways of dealing with them.
Iris identity scanning and fingerprint scanning are common biometric scan options for installation at many business premises. Biometric scans are especially necessary in those areas in a facility where only a few people should have access to.
Door scheduling management
A good facility access control system gives you the option of predetermining the times of the day when doors at your facility should stay closed and the times they should be unlocked.
Holiday schedule management
Some access control systems allow schedule management for the holidays. This means you can schedule the times of the year – like during the holidays – when doors at your premises should stay closed. You can also choose the business hours that the doors should stay unlocked.