We're hearing a lot about interconnected access control systems these days, where building access is no longer discrete and separate from other data sources, including security and non-security systems. Instead, technology is now available that links building access, computer logins, secure print collection, closed-looped payments and almost any other networked application you can imagine.
While all this innovation certainly provides important data that can be used for predictive analytics and furthers the facility management industry’s ability to move from reactive to proactive security, questions remain: Is it really safe? Is it necessary?
Improved User Experience
The pros to new networked access control technology are that it can enhance a facility's investment value and improves user convenience. Having access to the different applications that are intrinsic to day to day tasks through a single card or cell phone is certainly streamlined, convenient and efficient.
As mentioned above, this technology also offers the facility manager access to on-demand, mobile data and analytics at the touch of a button that can transform day-to-day tasks. There's also a high degree of flexibility regarding the mix of devices available including a combination of smart cards, smartphones, wearables, and other mobile devices to suit your staff and environmental needs.
Safe and secure?
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Other considerations to think about when deciding whether to make the jump include the price point (the high level of security needed comes at a cost) and the impact on workflow and productivity during the often long transition.
The Future of Facilities Management
All things considered, the new access control technology feels certain to be the way the industry is headed across the board. Whether your facility makes the transition now or a few years down the line, the convenience of smart, networked access will no doubt help streamline processes and increase efficiency but will certainly come with a need to be ever more vigilant when it comes to security.