We investigated traditional access control systems deployed at multiple locations in two different use cases and found a number of inefficiencies. Then we looked at how modern access control could help facility managers in both use cases to increase operational efficiency and improve security at all locations. Now let’s dive into the facts—
Traditional vs Modern Access Control Systems
Given these two cases, the question for managers remains—is cloud-based technology the most effective and efficient option for physical access control at multiple facilities? Let’s recap what we’ve learned—
As stated above, traditional access control systems are also capable of supporting these use cases, but it requires a lot more time and effort to successfully manage multiple locations from the facility manager. There is also more room for human error and a higher reliability on the manager’s time management skills. Traditional access control systems that are deployed across multiple facilities are not easily integrated together so visibility to each system is non-existence. Also, managing access permissions across these systems often require hand-entered modifications to rules and permissions. Traditional access control systems add a layer of complexity when managing security at multiple locations due to the need to physically be at each location to make modifications to access control rights, to take an action to resolve a security issue, and to investigate what is occurring across each location.
On the other hand, modern or cloud access control systems give facility managers the flexibility and convenience factors they need to manage the security of multiple locations because the system is accessible anywhere, at anytime, from any device (laptop, tablet, smartphone). All information is stored in a single interface, and can be integrated with disparate systems or add-on features, like different HR tools or cloud-based video. For example, when a modern access control system is synced to have video surveillance capabilities a manager is able to save time by seeing activity footage from a particular facility at a specific time, and avoids wasting time and resources by not having to drive to the facility to investigate what or how the security issue occurred.
Not convinced yet that cloud-based access control is the right option for your facilities? View our new traditional and modern electronic access control technology infographic to uncover the additional benefits and features.