Managing a business’ accessibility via the use of swipe cards
or keyfobs is a practice that is on the rise in today's marketplace. Systems are becoming more affordable and
easier to use. Here are some key reasons
why more and more Calgary businesses are investing in these state-of-the-art
access control security systems:
1. Key Replacement
One of the primary reasons many business owners choose to
implement a card access system in their workplace is to eliminate keys. A large business might have tens, if not
hundreds, of locked doors spread across multiple work sites, and as such, the number
of keys floating around between employees can be staggering, and incredibly
difficult to track. Keys get misplaced
all the time, and it can be days or weeks before an employee either realizes
they’ve lost it, or gets around to telling the boss. During that time, your business is vulnerable
to theft, and then there’s the expensive and often time-consuming process of
With an access control system, a lost card can be disabled
with the click of a button. Not only
that, but a “trace” can be put on the card, so that if anyone attempts to gain
access to your building using that card, you can be notified, or an integrated
CCTV system can take a picture of the door in question. If the employee then finds it again, you just
re-enable it in the software, and you haven’t lost a thing. And because employees have one “key” that
opens every door, they are much more likely to realize that they have lost it
and report it to a supervisor in a timely fashion.
2. Grant Access on
A card access system allows you to grant an employee access
to any door at any time you choose. Have
an employee who should only be in Building A from Monday to Friday? No problem.
Have a vendor who needs to drop off some equipment between 4AM and 6AM
on a Saturday? Easy. What about an employee who has just been
promoted and now needs access to a different set of rooms? Just change their access level in the
software, and you’re golden.
Unfortunately, one of the realities of running a business is
that sometimes you need to let someone go, and not always on the best of
terms. Changing one setting in the
software ensures that the employee can’t re-enter the building again, even if
they haven’t given you their card back.
Access control can also effectively manage your visitors and
clients; people who don’t have a card.
Having your front doors automatically unlock at opening time allows
customers into your sales room, but keeping doors to offices and hallways
locked means only your employees can access them.
3. Integrate Multiple
Systems, Multiple Locations
One of the biggest advantages to implementing a card access
system, particularly for large or multi-site businesses, is that many features
can be controlled from one centralized computer. Systems can be setup to control multiple sites
across the city, province, country, or even other continents, in real
time. Not only is it easier to have one
person or a small team managing the software, but now, when a manager travels
to a distant branch of the company, their same card works there too. Their pre-defined access level allows them
access to whatever sites and whatever doors are deemed necessary.
Many card access systems can also interface with alarm
systems and video surveillance systems.
Now your alarm system can disarm itself when the first card is swiped in
the morning, and a video camera assigned to that door can take a picture for
the archives. You can even manage
employee’s user codes directly from the access control interface
These are just some of the reasons why many Alberta
businesses are implementing access control in their workplaces. At Reed Security Calgary, every access
control system is heavily customized to meet the needs to the building it is
protecting. The highly scalable nature of the system means that whether you
have one door to manage or 1000, there is always a solution that can keep your
employees safe and improve your overall productivity. Give us a call today to arrange for a free,
no-obligation security evaluation; we’d love to meet you and show you how you
can get the most out of your security!
Owner, Calgary Security Expert
Oxford Security Systems
Reed Security Authorized Dealer
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