How the Coronavirus Impacts Access Control Now and in the Future

How Coronavirus impacts Access Control
George Schneck
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COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the way we do business and keep our families and employees safe. Companies around the world need to take a step back and re-evaluate things as we’re in uncharted waters now. With no clear path forward, the most important thing you can do is control the things that you can while taking preventative measures to ensure the safety and health of everyone.

Social distancing guidelines require businesses to completely change processes and practices as well as find new cutting-edge tools to educate ourselves and prevent the pandemic from spreading further. Workplaces are primary locations for the spread of COVID-19 and similar diseases, so a shift in office policies and procedures is needed. Businesses are now working with lower staffing levels and remote staff, which significantly affects how employees are entering and exiting buildings and who has access.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Security

The government acknowledged that security and access control are essential during the pandemic. While this is great, it’s been difficult for companies everywhere to secure their businesses and assets without people on site. Here are some of the risk’s businesses face:

  • Updated operating hours and door schedules
  • Access for routine maintenance and deliveries as well as regular disinfecting and cleaning of the business
  • Service and internet disruptions
  • The inability to replace or deactivate lost key fobs, cards, and badges
  • No access or limited access to security systems on local servers

Some facilities have decided to leave a credential or key in a lockbox on the premises, but it’s not a safe option. It’s only convenient until you need to change it out weekly and disinfect it each time someone uses it.

The Future of Access Control

The best way to move forward is to update your access control system if you haven’t already. A mobile and cloud-based security system makes managing your business easier and more secure. Cloud-based systems let you unlock doors without having to respond to your buildings.

In case of a security breach, you can implement a lockdown plan with ease and return everything to normal remotely. You can also issue secure mobile credentials with the touch of a button and issue guest passes to visitors. It’s also a more sanitary way of granting access to people.

Change door schedules remotely and set up notifications, so you receive alerts when a security event occurs at your business.

There’s never been a better time to upgrade your access control and security systems. Contact Security Instrument to learn more about how you can COVID-19 proof your business.


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