An Introduction to Keyless Entry Systems For Businesses
If you run a business, you know exactly how much goes into keeping your office or store safe and secure – and how much work it can take simply to keep the place properly locked when closed and open for employees during business hours. Not only does the first employee to arrive in the morning need a key, but so does whoever locks up the place at night. And if you have several points of access and secure points that need to be locked during the day, keeping everything locked down – yet still accessible for the right people – can be a serious logistical challenge.
The answer lies in access control. And while access control can take on many different forms, the simplest and most important for many businesses is simply some type of keyless entry system.
Keep reading to see the different ways in which keyless entry systems are helping secure businesses, and how you can apply them to your business.
Types of Keyless Entry Systems
All Keyless Entry Systems are a form of access control. Some are more high-tech than others, and each have their own advantages and drawbacks. There are several different alternatives to keyed doors, but the most common include:
Keypads might be the easiest of the bunch. Instead of necessitating that employees carry around a physical key or even keycard, keypads allow businesses to simply use a single keycode or PIN code for unlocking the door. Employees need only to memorize it. And for extra security, more advanced systems can even let each employee could even have their own unique keycode.
The drawbacks to Keypad systems include that they are usually much less high-tech than their counterparts, and most cannot be remotely accessed or managed. Only the most advanced and expensive of keypads allow much customization, too, and setting up individual codes, rules and credentials can be quite limited. Also, when employees leave the company, it can be necessary change the code on all the locks – though this is still much easier than changing out all the physical locks when traditional keys are used.
Keycard Access Systems
Keycard entry systems are often a step up from keypads in terms of customizing, features and other capabilities; they’ll have more smart features and are almost always a part of a larger, integrated access control system that lets you set rules and other important access info.
Unlike keypads, however, keycard locks still require some type of physical credential – a swipe card, prox card or even a smart card. These are still much more convenient than traditional hard keys, and allow for much more customization, but can still be lost and need replacing. In the case of employees leaving or a single key being lost, however, they can be much more convenient, as the system admin can simply blacklist that single card in the system.
Smart Locks and Mobile Credentials
Smart locks with mobile credentials can be the most advanced of keyless entry systems, allowing for complete customization, remote access, and unlocking doors straight from your phone. Many smart locks and wireless access control systems will also take multiple forms of credentials, such as swipe cards or prox cards in addition to being lockable and unlockable via smartphone or other device.
While many of systems utilize cloud technology to do this, many others use wireless technologies such as Z-Wave, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. For this reason, many of them only work at short range, as the device must be within range of the lock.
How Keyless Entry Systems Help Secure Businesses
1. More Convenient Than Keyed Doors
Whichever form of keyless entry system you choose, you’ll find it is much easier and more convenient to use than a traditional hard keyed door. Instead of handing physical keys, employees must simply punch in the right keycode, swipe their card or even touch it to the card reader, or press the button on their phone while approaching the door. Many of those using wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth or WiFi, can even be setup to automatically unlock the door when the device comes within range – allowing for hands-free, convenient access. And when locking and unlocking the door is easier for employees, they’ll be more likely to use the systems properly, keeping the business locked and secured at all times.
With modern keyless systems, there’s no room for a one-size fits all approach. Instead, every door and credential can be (almost endlessly) customized to allow for your unique security situation, and you quickly and easily setup various rules and parameters for security, such as allowed hours of access, limits and timeframes – things traditional keyed access control systems could never let you do.
3. Can Be Remotely Accessed
With modern systems, you can access the server, see who comes in and out, and manage credentials and whitelists, all from your mobile device or laptop. This makes securing your business easy and ensures you complete control anytime, anywhere.
While keyless entry systems will likely cost more than traditional keyed locks, they don’t have to be prohibitively expensive. Professional systems integrators and dealers can help you get the best deals on comprehensive, integrated keyless access control systems; the convenience, enhanced security and additional customizability are well worth the upgrade and can end up saving you thousand by preventing security problems.