There’s no question: if you own and operate a small business, you need to install a small business access control system to ensure the safety of your customers, guests, employees, and all other assets.
That being said, not all security measures are created equally, and not all businesses will require the same safeguards and functionality.
The following four tips can help you kick off the search for an appropriate security package. When in doubt, Secom can help to point you in the right direction.
- Determine the number of systems needed: Any self-respecting security vendor will tell you that every facility or building should have at least one access control system in operation. Beyond that, your business’s strategy should dictate the number of solutions implemented. Highly trafficked industrial facilities may need systems installed on each entrance, while small businesses may be able to navigate their daily comings and goings with fewer units. A quality security company can help you strategize.
- Select your preferred credentials: The right people, the right place, the right time – that’s the purpose of a small business access control system. Your vendor will be able to help you choose the best setup for your needs while helping you decide on the credentials that fit your workplace culture best. Keycards, fobs, badges, or mobile credentials – there are plenty of options, and contrary to popular belief – most quality small business access control systems can use them interchangeably.
- Opt for a system that is easily integrated with all other security measures: Systems integration delivers the ultimate protection for your small business and pairing your access control with your alarms and video surveillance provides you with maximum visibility whenever guests enter and exit your building. Better yet, today’s user-intuitive interfaces allow for seamless and immediate access from your smartphone or any other Internet-connected device.
- Choose the right security partner: Avoid vendor “lock-in” at all costs. Customers who get conned into signing up for traditional legacy systems are stuck with them – and their maintenance plans – for life. Instead, choose a security vendor who offers an open-architecture way of doing business, as they can service all of your existing security measures and provide you with a flexible and non-proprietary cloud-based system.
Secom can install and maintain cloud-based small business access control systems that deliver a number of benefits:
- Reduced need for on-site IT
- Instantaneous upgrades
- Accessibility from any place at any time