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Well, We’ve secured the Door – Now What

‘Security’: the first, second and third concern for many companies.

Corporations seem to be focusing on letting the right people in, keeping the wrong ones out, and protecting their sensitive material.

It all looks very impressive, as do the recent investigations into ‘seamless’ and ‘hassle-free’ secure access.

Integrated security and access systems are all well and good.  If a door opens upon my approach, greets me by name and wishes me ‘good day’ (all without me having to break stride) I will be impressed.

But, here is the big question: where is the industry heading? Now that we have the ability to implement a seamless and secure access system, how can we leverage this technology to make our lives easier once we are through the door?

The next generation of secure access solutions should be able to do far more than play gatekeeper.

The next generation of secure access will begin with seamless access and continue with you through your day. You enter the cafeteria for lunch and instead of swiping a meal card, or hoping you have cash on you, a camera at the access point will have already registered your entrance. Your meal time charges can be automatically put on your “tab.”

Feeling thirsty in the middle of the day? You head to a vending machine and are identified upon your approach. You select your drink of choice –no pocket change required.

The opportunities are endless. This seamless identification can extend to the garage. Instead of scanning an RFID card, you are recognized in your car upon your approach and granted seamless access in and out of the parking lot.

You have a meeting in another department? No problem. You enter the department floor; the secure access system identifies you, and then proceeds to direct you to your meeting room.

How about this? You enter your office, and having been identified upon your approach, the thermostat sets itself according to your personal preference, and your computer automatically logs you onto your account. Everything is ready and waiting for you.

This is the next generation of secure access. It’s not a card anymore. It’s your identity, and it’s seamless. The opportunities and potential of a seamless secure access system are literally endless; and this is before we even consider the benefits such a system could bring to improving a facility’s actual security.

With the next generation of seamless secure access, guarding the doors is only the first step.

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