As a business owner and decision-maker, the security of your company’s assets is a far higher priority than it traditionally has been. When we think about protection from physical threats, we most often think about locks and keys as a way to limit access to intruders, but whether your company uses card readers, key fobs, or pin numbers, each one is susceptible to being lost, forgotten, or stolen.
Physical Access Control Goes to the Cloud
Every system has its vulnerabilities, but with new physical access controlled cloud services, it’s becoming simpler and easier to manage access to your company’s private information. In the past, companies maintained their access control systems on a physical computer located somewhere in their building, but with cloud systems, companies now have the ability to manage and control their physical access control information right from the Internet.
Moving physical access control information to the cloud can play a significant role in decreasing, and sometimes even preventing a potential tragedy from occurring.
Now, we understand that some people may be hesitant about uploading sensitive information to cloud-based services, but chances are you rely on cloud computing services more than you might think. Whether you’re updating your company’s payroll on a web browser or checking your company’s bank balance on your phone, cloud services are becoming much more of a factor in our day-to-day lives.
So, why should you also move your physical access control information to the cloud?
Simplified Management in the Cloud
At its most basic level, an access control system enables a building manager to grant/revoke access to a facility and provide you with an activity log of who has gained access. The problem, however, is that traditional access control systems can also be quite demanding to manage, as well. In fact, that is one of the many reasons why moving physical access to a cloud-based server that can communicate with multiple locations is a trend many industry experts are seeing and much of why global sales of cloud-based access control systems are set to exceed $530 million for 2018.
With a cloud-based access control system, you have the ability to utilize the ever-increasing and ever-efficient capabilities of IoT devices, ultimately making you more competitive.
The main benefit of cloud-based physical access control is that these systems are much easier to manage and maintain than traditional access control systems. You never have to worry about losing important information when your system crashes and upgrades or new features can be applied automatically and seamlessly, with no need for site visits by technicians, allowing you to focus solely on your business.
Cloud-based physical access control also provides a place for the information of who can enter what area(s) of the building and when to be stored. Whoever is authorized to manage the physical security of your building can monitor access, generate reports from a cloud-based system, and even synchronize access rights with your HR database.
Flexibility and Efficiency
Moving to the cloud with your physical access control allows you to act faster than on-premise systems, while also giving you access to the same technology for all your locations. Cloud-based access control gives you the flexibility and efficiency needed to instantly roll out new services and expand your infrastructure, making it a flexible and scalable approach to business security that can be adjusted based on your needs no matter what you plan to do in the future.
With a significantly lower cost of entry, business owners simply pay for the service on a monthly/per door basis with no cable or server installation needed and with the infrastructure off-site, there’s no need to purchase loads of equipment. All you need is an internet connection and you have access to all of your centrally stored information with a few clicks. From there, a manager can remotely access the system from any standard web browser or mobile app to securely make any necessary changes and with two-factor authentication, encryption, and enterprise key management solutions.
With a cloud-based physical access control system, your cloud environment is a trusted and compliant environment that always provides you with full control, governance, and ownership of your data.
For more information about how you can keep your building secure, contact the experts at TED Systems today.