Organizations around the globe are looking for ways to reduce the risk of unauthorized entry due to tailgating and piggybacking. If not addressed appropriately, that risk can quickly turn into a liability, costing a company added time and expense, a bruised reputation and even the removal of members of the leadership team.
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Organizations around the globe are making their buildings more secure by combining physical security entrances with biometric access control devices, ensuring only the right people are able to enter.
One of the biggest mistakes security professionals can make is not installing enough entrances to accommodate the number of people moving in and out of their building. This is known in the industry as "throughput." What's the impact of a miscalculation in throughput? Highly visible and impactful pileups of people during rush periods that can trigger complaints and undermine the success of your security entrance project.
How are you currently fostering security as part of your corporate culture? BrightCoach CEO, Peter Ashworth, defines corporate culture as “the DNA that provides guidelines, boundaries and expectations for your team and your customers, and is the primary platform to inspiring and motivating people…” So what is the key to developing a positive corporate culture? Strong communication.
It is no secret that we’re living in a time of great unrest. The news is laden with headlines publicizing "lives matter" and "occupy Wall Street" movements, political protests, active shooter incidents…the list goes on. As a result, businesses are seeing an urgent need to protect their customers and staff from the impacts of these disruptive, destructive, and even deadly acts.
With an investment upwards of five, six and or even seven figures, the selection of security entrances is one of the most highly visible and impactful aspects of a project you can accomplish. The goal is simple, prevent intrusion, but there are many pitfalls that can lead to failure. Failure as a spectrum could range from a bad 6-month stretch of high stress to a loss of your good reputation, or even a breach at some point that could cost you your job.
Access control and security entrance integration is a specialized discipline. Sure, security entrances require only a dry contact and can integrate with virtually any access control system, but there are some things you should consider when you’re looking into the right access control system for your organization’s security goals.
A great person to talk to about security entrances and integration is our own Kurt Measom, Vice President of Technology & Product Support. With 21 years of experience in the security industry - four of those years serving as an advisor for security solutions to dozens of Fortune 1000 companies – and a Lenel certification, Kurt has extensive knowledge of all things access control and has “seen it all.”
Security entrances are an essential component of a physical security plan, but they should not be the only component. An effective physical security plan consists of a balance between technology, education and manpower. So how much manpower, or how many guards, do you need with security entrances? It depends on your security entrance and your goal towards tailgating and piggybacking.
You are likely convinced that a physical security entrance is absolutely necessary in order to get the most out of your access control system and truly keep unwanted people out of your facility. Integration between door access control systems and security entrances can be a fine art; the perfect balance of functionality, space and aesthetics.