Access control systems offer unparalleled advantages to your business – from both a security and customer/employee flow standpoint. However, simply physically installing an access control system does not ensure that they will work to your business’ greatest advantages. What type of access control system you install at your business makes a major difference in the operation of your commercial property, from a level of practical entrance and exit, to the range of security concerns that a well-functioning access control systems directly address. Here’s a guide from the access control and intercom installation experts here at Nonstop Locksmith on 7 ways that you can utilize your access control system to maximum advantage.
Provide your Access Control System a Unique Network
The best access control systems today are based in an IP network, meaning that they utilize the same networks as your PCs and printers. While you can lower costs by using the same network as other internet enabled devices, we recommend installing your access control system on it’s own separate network in order to protect it against potential cyber attack. This allows you to place all sensitive access control data into its own secure tunnel and area. Consider that many IP based access control systems need power over Ethernet (PoE) systems to work.
Figure out all of your access control levels
Determine what areas of your property require different levels of access. We recommend color coding a map of your building to determine each area’s level of required security. The outside of your building is the first line of security, so this is where you should start – who has access to your building and when. Then, you need to level off which areas can be accessed by designated personnel, and at what times. Make a list of all personnel expected to have access at your property – and then break it down based on who will be present on a daily basis, weekly basis, monthly basis; and then move on to special visitors.
Auditing Access Credentials
Make sure that you’re aware of how many cards or access tokens are active at one point based on how many employees you have. We recommend auditing the access control system itself to ensure cards expire after a certain amount of time, and that cards are only activated for the employees that work at the business currently. This especially applies to non-personnel contractors or day laborers. Make sure to periodically disable access for contractors just to be safe – and if they need access, and contact you, it can be reinstalled.
Test your Access Control Systems Periodically
Make sure to regularly test your access control systems to ensure their functionality. Consider this a similar approach to testing your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms; you need to make sure that systems still function, just having them installed isn’t enough. One security area of particular importance to test is the door alarms around the perimeter of your building. We recommend testing them on a quarterly basis.