3 Mistakes to Avoid when Implementing Commercial Access Control
Create a Security System that Will Meet Your Needs for Years to Come
For modern businesses, commercial access control is more than just a “nice to have.” It has become the standard for business security, enabling operations to run smoothly while giving complete visibility into who is entering your business as well as how, when, where, and why they’re doing it. So it’s no wonder that more and more companies are upgrading their buildings with smart access control systems.
However, like all technology, there’s a right and a wrong way to implement it. In this blog, we outline three of the key mistakes businesses make most often when implementing access control systems and discuss how you can do better when taking advantage of this security solution in your Bend, Oregon company.
Mistake 1: Not Thinking About the Future
It’s a situation we’ve seen time and time again: a company purchases a basic starter solution then comes back a year down the line needing a completely different system. Why does this happen? Because there wasn’t enough thought put into what was actually needed in the first place. It’s important to consider both where your company is now and where you believe it will be five years from now.
Do you anticipate future growth in employees or the possibility of taking on a contract that requires more security/compliance restrictions? If so, you’ll save a lot of money, time, and effort by initially installing a system that can easily accommodate future growth.
Mistake 2: Not Communicating Across All Departments
Your IT or security team may be the one in charge of implementing the access control system, but keep in mind that this technology will affect many different departments throughout the company. For instance, the human resources department will likely want input on choosing a system that makes it quick and easy to add access for new employees or revoke access upon termination. Operations will have ideas about how to incorporate features for after-hour workers such as cleaners or maintenance contractors. Even marketing might get involved with the branding on the keycards.
If you get feedback and input from all the relevant departments early on in the process, you can avoid the headache of dealing with last minute requests for essential functionality. While you can’t please everyone, you can do your best to create a well thought out and comprehensive solution that will work for many years to come.
Mistake 3: Not Planning It with Code Compliance in Mind
Building codes can be complicated. There are so many factors to consider, from where doors are located to the number of stairwells in the building. Unfortunately, many companies plan out exactly what they want for their access control system, then wait until the installation process has started before they review the building compliance requirements.
For instance, your building’s fire code might require that all the doors automatically unlock if the fire alarm is pulled or the system detects smoke. Your access control contractor will be able to guide you in the right direction for ensuring the system is up to code while still maintaining security, but it’s a serious enough matter that you should check and double check everything to cover legal liability and avoid unnecessary delays and rework.
As daunting as the process of adding access control may be, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. To learn more about the possibilities for your business, contact us today.