If your residential or commercial building already has access control systems in place, you are likely familiar with the many ways that access control systems improve security and make building management a much more simple, streamlined, and organized process. However, like all technology, access control systems are not infallible – and require active management in order for their use and potential to be truly maximized. Here’s a guide from the access control installation experts here at Nonstop Locksmith and Security Solutions on some essential tips that you can follow to improve your building’s access control systems.
Evaluate your Goals and the Access Control System’s Place in Them
Make sure to evaluate your fundamental goals and priorities for management of your property on both a security and functional level, and analyze if your current access control system is effectively providing solutions for these goals. Make sure to assess where the hardware of your access control system – and its controls – are located, and whether they are doing a proper job of protecting the individuals and assets that you want to be securing.
Understand who Can Access your System Controls
Sometimes the amount of active code numbers or cars that can operate an access control system actually exceeds the amount of employees or tenants that actually require this security tokenage. These are usually due to errors in organization, however, it can be avoided by actively programming timeouts for codes – thus requiring individuals to have their tokens reissued. Timeouts for codes or access cards can be implemented in cases of if a card or code hasn’t been used for a predetermined amount of time or after a default amount of non-activity.
We recommend that access control systems of over 10 years of age – or if they work with a limited 125-kilohertz technology – are updated as soon as possible, as they don’t offer the amount of powered security that is required now in 2019. We recommend that property managers utilize access control systems that encrypt all information, and ensuring that your access control systems are updated every decade – as opposed to considering them a single-time investment in your property, they need constant attention and upkeep.
Make sure to test the functionality of your properties access control system once a month or four times a year. Have employees test codes to make sure that your system is functioning, and whether any security plans need to be changed or updated.
Be aware of door tailgating!
This simple action that may be considered courteous can actually posit a major threat to the security of your facility. Make sure you and your employees pay close attention to what people’s doors are being held open for. There should not be a casual attitude to holding the door open to people, because it defeats the purpose of installing the multiple layered security systems afforded through proper access control technology. Instruct your employees and tenants to be vigilant in making sure nobody is exploiting their good faith by tailgating themselves into areas they don’t really belong in.