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Need a Secure Access Solution? Make Sure You Are Assessing What Really Counts.

You’ve just been handed a budget of $100,000 to revamp your company’s security systems. You’ve assembled an internal Secure Access Improvement Committee to decide on your company’s needs. But, as with most internal committees, you have competing voices shouting over one another, giving conflicting opinions.

“We should definitely get an iris scanner. It’s cool and hi-tech! It will make us look cutting edge!”

“But, how effective is that really? And will that even help us?”

“And what does a system like that even cost? Do we have a budget for that? Why not just install some more cameras around the place and hire another security guard or two?”

When it comes to selecting a secure access solution, facility managers have a lot to think about: cost, hardware, maintenance, ease-of use, accuracy of the system –the list goes on.

But, what really matters when assessing a secure access system?

In reality, there are three main areas that a decision maker should think about when selecting a secure access solution.

  1. Security Level
  2. Seamlessness
  3. Intrusiveness

Security Level – Does the solution achieve the security levels your facility requires? Some buildings simply require a watching eye to know who is coming and going, while others need to ensure that their secure access solution is doing more than simply logging entrances and exits – it must actually bar entrance to those who are unauthorized.

Seamlessness – This point is important. Companies and other organizations don’t want a solution that will require employees to slow down or stop completely to present ID, or have an iris scan. The solution should be easy to integrate, and easy for employees to learn and use.  It should provide a clean, smooth, and yes, seamless, experience that does not require users to slow down. Ideally, the secure access solution needs to keep up with the pace of life.

Intrusiveness – No employee wants to feel that he or she is working for Big Brother, or that his or her whole life is being tracked. Fingerprinting, Iris and Vein Biometrics technologies can feel like an invasion. The solution needs to let employees feel like they work in an open, welcoming environment, without compromising on security.

So, when you come back to your Secure Access Improvement Committee, rather than drowning in the cacophony of competing voices, remember the things that really count. Using these as a framework will help you direct the conversation, and give you a much clearer understanding of how to make the most of a secure access system.

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