When it comes to protecting your workplace as well as its occupants, access control is the way to go. But there is a myriad of ways of controlling your workers’ and visitors’ access, which is why it can be hard to decide to implement any of them.
Especially if you’ve ever experienced the hassle of keycards randomly not working, or having to wait in line to sign a paper sign-in sheet.
However, every company — and workplace — is different, and what works for your competitors might not work for you.
But one thing is for sure: every workplace needs access control. Access control prevents people from breaking in, helps you keep track of your valuables, and overall enables you to keep an eye on your workplace.
Want to learn how access control can help your workplace? Keep reading and find out!
What is access control, and why should you care?
In a nutshell, access control is a way of providing quick and convenient access to authorized workers and visitors while also barring unauthorized people from gaining access to your workplace.
Here are some of the most common types of access control a company can use:
- Password or pin code
- Mobile apps with QR codes
- Biometrics (facial recognition or fingerprints)
- A physical card that can be swiped or scanned for entry
For example, think of Rodney, your janitor. He comes to your workplace every day after seven and cleans after all your workers have gone home. With an access control system like Sine, you can streamline Rodney’s sign-in, so he doesn’t have to alert your staff or sign a paper sheet every time he’s there.
Also, an access control system makes sure he doesn’t bring any friends to work or go to areas of your office he’s not supposed to.
Why should you care?
That’s simple; you should care about access control because it adds an extra layer of security to your workplace and enables you to comply with whatever security regulations your company or your city has placed.
Now, let’s talk about how access control can help your company.
How does access control help companies?
There are countless benefits to each of these forms of authentication, mainly because they all offer you the chance to turn off a worker’s access credentials upon his or her departure from the company.
Access control systems have proven to be extremely useful security instruments because they give you an unparalleled amount of data you can use to understand your company and its workers and visitors.
These include technology that identifies the individual seeking to gain access to your office or a restricted area and allows access only to the areas aligned with their permissions.
Also, if your workplace is still using security guards and receptionists to approve access, a cloud-based access control system can both speed up access and contact emergency services if needed.
Besides controlling entry to your workplace and establishing levels of access for areas of your worksite, you can use it to authenticate the identity of your visitors and cross-reference it against a database.
Meet Sine’s access control
With Sine’s access control, you add another layer of security to your worksite. With our access control solution, visitors are issued a personalized QR code to their mobile phones or emails.
Then, once your visitors have arrived at your worksite, they can scan their QR code to be granted access to the worksite, and the QR code will then be automatically deactivated after the specified time that you choose, or upon check-out.
These are some features of Sine’s access control pack:
Unique QR code
When a visitor checks in, they will receive a text message with a link on it for a unique temporary QR code that is also printed on their badge.
Scan to have access
When the visitor presents the phone or printable QR code to approved access gates, they are granted access. On their way out, they present the badge at the exit access gate and will be automatically checked out, and the QR code deactivated.
Invite guests with our seamless calendar integration with Outlook and Google Calendar. Create group invites via the web Sine dashboard.
Access gate speed stiles
The visitor approaches the speed stile and presents their phone or printable QR code to the speed stile. The speed stile then opens, and the visitor enters or exits the building.
All in all, Sine’s access control pack is great for businesses of all sizes that put a large importance on-site security, especially multi-tenant buildings, as it allows controlled access to certain floors and office spaces right from the Sine dashboard.