Best Practices for Access Control in the New Normal

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There’s a new normal forming in the workplace. Employees working from home and businesses changing their hours or capacities started last year, but these things could be part of our reality for some time to come.

That makes this a good time to assess your security technology, starting with your access control system. If you have an access control system already installed, consider using these best practices to make sure you’re making the most of your system.

Evaluate who has access

The first step is to look at your current access logs. As you examine them, answer these questions:

  • Have you removed access for all terminated employees?
  • Have there been any failed access events (people attempting to enter unsuccessfully) lately?
  • Is there a need to grant access to anyone new, such as maintenance or cleaning crews?

By answering these questions and taking action as needed, you can strengthen your site security in a matter of minutes. In addition, your access control logs can help you with contact tracing in the event that someone on staff tests positive for COVID. Be sure to review your logs regularly so you can be on top of your building access.

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Take advantage of cloud-based technology

When an access control system is run on-premises, a manager needs to go to the site to troubleshoot problems or reboot the server. But with cloud-based access control, you can tackle server issues safely and remotely. Using your own mobile device, you can perform a variety of management tasks. If help is needed, we’re just a phone call away.

Remote management is for more than repairs; you can also use it to make any changes to building access. Use it to turn on access for the cleaning crew or turn off access for non-essential employees. With a cloud-based system, you can do it all from the comfort of your own smartphone.

 Put extra eyes on your business

To get the most mileage out of your cloud-based access control system, consider pairing it with video surveillance so there will always be an extra set of eyes on your site. When these two technologies are integrated together, you can check your access logs against your video footage to verify any suspicious entry attempts. Video and access control form the perfect partnership for building security in the new normal.

Use mobile tools to reduce contact

Moving forward, we all need to keep our security tools as contact-free as possible. The fewer things we touch, the better it is for everyone. To reduce contact points, consider using mobile credentials that work when users swipe their phones. There are even contact-free biometric options to consider, including FaceID and fingerprint authentication that users can use exclusively with their phones rather than touching an access point at the door.

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As we all work hard to chart a post-pandemic path, now is the time to test out new practices for better building security. With a cloud-based access control system, you can start off strong. To learn more about these systems, contact Beyond Tech Solutions. We will be happy to speak with you.

About Beyond Tech Solutions

Founded in 2010, Beyond Tech Solutions fills the void in security, surveillance and communications in California. We specialize in installation and maintenance of security systems, including cameras, access control, intrusion detection, perimeter protection and communications.

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