Efficiency and flexibility through integration
For sites utilising online access control, integration can help to align your access control system with other building management systems. Bringing CCTV, HR databases, and IT platforms in line with your access control system streamlines administrative processes and significantly reduces bureaucratic loads. If systems aren’t integrated, when an employee starts or leaves a job, they need to be added or removed from every system individually. This is a huge inefficiency that might stretch across multiple departments and leaves a lot of room for human errors.
Better integration also allows for greater flexibility. As the world adapts to the rapidly evolving working patterns enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic, flexibility has become a key distinguishing factor of success.
Organisations offering flexible working hours or a combination of on-site and home working need to be able to accommodate changing traffic patterns. For many businesses, the traditional rush hour influx of people just before 9am and corresponding exodus at 5pm has disappeared.
Access control systems, along with the other systems with which they are integrated, must be flexible enough to accommodate working pattern policies. Many networked access control platforms allow security managers to set schedules that define particular access permissions at particular times for particular people. With much less uniform working patterns becoming the new norm, it’s essential that schedules offer sufficient flexibility to meet an organisation’s changing needs.