Three Safest Types of Access Control

As the demand for access control increases to be safer and cleaner in a post-pandemic world, more companies are developing different types of systems to market and prioritize safety. Access control grants entry to a building, office, or specific room only to those authorized to be there. This is often achieved via a personal keycard or fob. With each employee having an individual fob, keys don’t need to be shared, and a card or fob reader prevents employees from all touching the same surface. Here, we explore the three safest types of access control, each with its own host of benefits. Learn about each, and discover which system can be most applicable for your company.


1. Mobile/Smart Phone-Operated Access Control

What can’t our smartphones do? Mobile and smartphone access control works like any app where you need to log in or confirm credentials. Once you, the authorized user, are inside the app, you can maneuver and operate your access control system from within it. Apps allow users to program which door to open and who is able to do so. Some apps work like a key fob. You only need to hold the phone itself near the door or entry point to hear an affirming “yes” beep to grant access. 


2. Cloud-Based Access Control

In the world of access control, the access settings live not on a hard drive or local server but instead in the cloud. The access control system, then, does not need to be on-site or on the same WiFi network. You just need to be able to log into a browser to operate the access control actions from anywhere. This can be particularly helpful for those who oversee multiple facilities. Some systems can take up more space than others. So depending on the size of your facility, you’ll want to look into how much cloud storage you have before moving forward.


3. IoT-Based Access Control

IoT stands for Internet of Things. It describes the network of physical objects (“things”) that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems via the Internet. IoT can be used to operate intelligent door locking systems. In such systems, every lock, fob reader, and other associated devices are assigned unique IP addresses used for communication among the devices. IoT systems can be cloud-based or local.


In a digital age, access control is an example of advanced technology and, in our pandemic world, a way to mitigate the spread of germs. The master key system, long the standard for facility security, is still applicable and trusted in specific industries. However, as larger companies aim to monitor who enters a particular space and when, the safest types of access control operate as an evolved type of security system. Suppose you are looking to update your security but aren’t sure where to start. In that case, The Security Professionals can help you understand options and offer grade A advice and seamless installation. 

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