What to look for.
Controlling access to your facility is a vital part of helping protect your business from crime. To do this, you need to find an access control solution that fits your unique needs.
Start by asking yourself who needs access to your facility. Do you need to receive after-hours deliveries or allow access to a regularly scheduled cleaning or maintenance crew? Will you want to grant temporary access to visitors? Are you concerned about preventing employee theft?
Next, consider the areas you need to secure. Do you want to monitor multiple locations from one application? Are there high-risk areas at your facilities, such as datacenters, storerooms, drug cabinets or offices that only certain employees need to be allowed to enter?
Knowing your specific needs is vital to choosing the access control solution that is right for you.
1: Why do you need a Cloud-Based or “Hosted” Solution?
When choosing the right access control solution for your business, consider whether a cloud-based or “hosted” solution best fits your needs. With a hosted solution, everything from data storage to software updates is managed for you and stored on the cloud, so you don’t have to worry about manually upgrading the technology yourself.
In addition to being easy to maintain, hosted solutions are also more reliable than traditional access control. With a hosted solution, you can rest assured that your security system is backed up.
2: How Scalable Is This Solution?
Security technology is continually improving as new software is developed. Likewise, your business is far from dormant; it’s a growing entity that transforms all the time. For these reasons, it’s important to choose an access control solution that can grow with your business and adapt to new technologies.
Be on the lookout for a solution that has scalable options, should you need to add more capabilities – video surveillance, for example – to your plan down the road. Also find out if the solution you’re considering can expand with your business, in case you need to secure additional facilities in the future.
3: Does This Solution Provide Mobile Access?
It’s clear that technology of all types has gone mobile. This is great news for businesses looking to monitor the security of their facilities at a moment’s notice. With mobile integration, you can check on your business anytime, anywhere, from virtually any device.
Look for an access control solution that can be used across both desktop and mobile platforms. Flexibility is key. Choose a solution with mobile integration that works on a variety of devices – both iOS and Android, for example.
4: Who Will Service your Security System?
You rely on your access control system to help keep your business safe. That’s why it’s crucial to choose a provider with a proven reputation and the ability to reliably and knowledgeably service your products.
Access control technology involves sophisticated equipment and complex software that needs to be regularly updated as developers make improvements. To help ensure your business stays secure, it’s important to choose a security provider that acts as a strategic partner, rather than just a vendor, to help ensure your equipment will continue to function at optimal performance long after it’s initially installed.
Every business is unique, which means a one-size-fits-all solution won’t suffice. SG Security has 24/7 technical support and a local team who can work with you to design a customized solution that fits your needs. Contact Bob Stevenson at [email protected] or at 585-657-6565 ext. 106 to get a professional assessment of your business’ safety needs and an access control system that makes sense for you.