Access control system is essential, both for protecting a commercial premises as well as ensuring smooth day-to-day operations. Thanks to major advances in the biometric technology, navigating the security landscape has never been easier. However, it is important to understand that the best access control system is not always the most advanced or expensive one. A prior assessment of your property’s security needs and goals is key to helping property managers identify an access control system that best matches the building’s needs.
Anything – criminals, intruders, disgruntled employees, terrorists, and more – that can interfere with the critical operations and business assets is considered a security threat. So here are important factors that you need to consider when choosing an access control system for your property.
- Location and type of property
Establishments located near cultural or transportation centers, or tourist attractions, are certainly at a greater risk of crime and terrorist activity, and may require extra protection. It is important that you research any history of threats to the facility and surrounding area from the local police department.
- Tenant needs and goals
It is important to consider whether you are hosting high risk tenants. While every business has unique security concerns and needs, government offices, chemical plants, and banking premises definitely require additional security precautions that you should take into consideration when selecting an access control system for the entire building. Be sure to learn your tenants’ security needs, plans, and goals. That said, go a step further and inquire about the tenants’ security hopes. What kind of security system are your tenants comfortable with? Remember, getting your tenants or employees on board with the access control system will make the process of implementing security measures far more effective.
- Building traffic
Be sure to evaluate the collective tenant base. A retail client like a bank or a healthcare facility with walk-in visitors will definitely increase the amount of traffic coming into the building. Come up with a security program that handles visitors while avoiding congestion at the lobby. Be consistent in following protocol.
Recent advancements in security development include CCTV, biometric access control, and biometric smartcards and face detection systems. Biometrics access control systems tend to be the most expensive while cards are more affordable. It is important that you invest in an access control system that is both affordable and effective.
- Life of the access control system
Be sure to consider the system’s life as well as any future security needs for the building. Make no mistake, security technology is constantly advancing, with better and more effective solutions coming into the market from time to time. As such, it is important that you review your building’s security needs every three to five years to ensure that the system is up to date.
The security industry is making tremendous changes with advances in technology. That said, there is no better substitute for the watchful eye of a professionally trained security officer. A combination of a robust biometric access control system, along with multiple layers of security measures, will protect the building from unauthorized access to ensure the safety and security of its tenants.