Do you keep seeing odd people straying into unauthorized spaces in the workplace despite having an access control system? Then, you need to evaluate the efficacy of your system in your security plans. This evaluation should be periodic since security needs for commercial premises keep evolving. There are several key issues you should consider when strengthening your commercial access control security systems:
1. Evaluate Features
Commercial access control systems keep evolving. The first step should be to look into the use and relevancy of specific features. For example, while a biometric system is desirable, it would be impractical in high-traffic and low-security areas like the customer lobby.
You should also evaluate how updated your features are. For example, mobile control is a very desirable feature today because of convenience and ease of deployment. You don't have to overhaul the system, but look at how new features can integrate into the existing system.
2. Evaluate Access Levels
The whole point of having commercial access control security systems is to segregate access for different people. You need to establish who needs to go where and at what time. The easiest way to do it would be to color code the building's map.
Today's commercial access control solutions are highly configurable in time, date, and duration of access. You should have an accountability system to establish the chain of people who authorize access control. It makes it easier to audit the system.
3. Establish Who Has Access
One challenge for commercial access control systems is keeping track of people who have access. This problem is more acute in a setting with people on a contract basis. Often, their credentials remain permissible after their work is done.
Self-expiry credentials can help solve this problem. Contractor access should be set to expire at the end of their term and be re-enabled if necessary. For employees, cards should fetch information from the HR database. It automatically revokes access when one is on leave or terminated.
4. Do Periodic Testing
You must test the system to check whether it works as expected. Every feature must work as expected. In busy premises, test the commercial access control systems at least quarterly.
The testing should also look at user familiarity with the system. For example, how well can supervisors and system admins extract logs from the system? The system is only effective if the users know to exploit its full potential.
Would you like to make your commercial access control systems more robust? Talk to a security systems installer about access control concerns.