Access control is hugely important for any business. No matter how large or small, they need to be able to track the movements of their employees and keep an eye on the guests, clients, and customers who enter and leave throughout a hectic workday. Here are some suggestions for how to choose a brand new set of access control systems for your business.
Assess Your Building’s Layout
The first step is to assess what your building’s layout is like right now. Integrated access control systems help improve your commercial security, but you need to see what that is like first. The material your doors are made of will determine the types of locks you want to use, whether they are keypad locks or biometric-based. Then you need to determine which doors receive the access control upgrade, and how many doors total you need to retrofit. You must also take into account how many floors your office building holds because that makes a difference when you are determining how secure you need the building to be.
Once you know all of that, it is time to update your access policies. Although leaving the doors unlocked during business hours is a smart idea in case of emergency, if you want to protect your employees from anyone who could just walk in, you should consider leaving it locked. Then you need to think about the size of your workforce – how many employees are there? How long should it be until they are given their own key or the access codes? Answering these questions is essential when you are selecting the right access control systems for your business.
Outline the Project
After you’ve answered those questions, you can start to outline the project ahead of you. Think about how long it might take to install the access control systems that you want, and whatever deadlines you need to work around, such as whenever you move from your current premises to new ones in a different part of town.
Consider the types of changes you will be making as well: putting in a magnetic lock is much different and likely more expensive than adding deadbolts to the front door. You will also need to designate someone from your company, perhaps another member of senior management, as the project manager. They will be around to provide access to the technicians and locksmiths working to add new systems and repair old ones.
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