While the statistics vary as to how many employees you will have over the life of your business, we know it will be many and much more frequent than in years past. Someone growing up in the first half of the 1900’s would most likely stay in the same job they had their entire career. Today, the estimates are that kids leaving school will have somewhere on the average of 15 – 18 jobs in their career. That is a significant change and it certainly affects the security of your business.
If these statistics are even close, that would mean you would be changing your locks almost continuously, depending on the size of your company. That is insane – both from a time and cost perspective. Today, fortunately, we have Electronic Locks and Access Control Systems to make this reality much easier to deal with – for everyone. Commercial and residential security has moved well beyond the mechanical locks and keys of yesterday. Now they are focused on monitoring time schedules, creating audit trails, and give us complete knowledge of who has entered or exited your property.
There are four ways you typically provide access to a door or gate opening on your premises:
- What you have (a key, a credential or card, a fob, etc.)
- What you know (a combination, code, etc.)
- Who you are (biometrics, fingerprint, vein patterns, hand readers, etc.)
- A combination of the above
You also have a number of options relating to electronically controlling openings:
- Battery powered locks
- Electrified mechanical locks that replace existing locks
- Electronic cylinder replacements
- Electrically controlled doors or gates
- Electric strikes that replace door latches
There are strengths to each solution so a combination that fits the need and the budget are critical to the successful security system. You don’t need a system designed to protect “Fort Knox” if you are just locking down your building and employees. Value comes from accurately matching the right protection for the right needs. Hire someone or a company that knows how to “accurately” match these together and you will have “Peace of Mind”. Oh yea, and don’t forget to use a licensed company – then you’re protected all the way around.