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5 Advantages of a Keycard Entry System

Published 09/02/2020 by General Security

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Keycard entry systems are instrumental in securing your commercial facility’s employees, inventory, and property. This includes corporate offices, healthcare facilities, retailers, fitness centers, warehouses, and more. 

Designed to control, restrict, and manage unauthorized entry, this technology can also  monitor employee activities, eliminate lost or stolen keys, and provide energy-saving smart technologies. 


Learn more about this system’s security features, advantages, uses, and more. 

 

How Do Keycards Work?

Built on a special keycard or key fob, these swipe, magnetic, or ID cards are read by an electronic device on any restricted door or entryway. When the employee or authorized guest swipes, taps or inserts their keycard, its magstripe or chip reads the card, granting access through a uniquely designed code.

After the card reader accepts the authorized access credential, it sends a quick signal to the specified door or entryway to unlock. 

Managed by internal software, keycards can also control, restrict, and monitor hallways, elevators, stairwells, and other specialized areas.

When working with a provider such as General Security, you’ll receive a thorough facility survey and assessment, along with a customized strategy and solution. This includes ensuring all fire codes, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, and compliance measures are met. 

Professional installers guarantee everything works prior to activation, such as system hardware and software, programing, testing, and training.

 

Advantages

Keycard technology can provide personalized access levels, safety audits, employee activity log management, and smart technologies and energy efficiency controls.

 

1. Employee, Visitor & Property Protection

Keycard entry systems are instrumental in securing your commercial facility’s employees, inventory, and property.  

Keycard access grants peace of mind regarding employee safety and property security. It also ensures intruders or unescorted guests are kept at bay within specified areas at fitness centers; hotels, and other private, members-only facilities.

This provides constant protection against potential theft, vandalism, and intruders in areas such as warehouses, parking lots and garages, and other 24/7 facilities.

 

2. Access Controls

Keycards maintain and control specific employee access levels within healthcare and research facilities, government agencies, academic institutions, and other heavily regulated agencies. 

These can apply to corporate settings, such as law and accounting firms, technology companies, and other organizations holding sensitive files and confidential information.

Access levels can be set for temporary or contracted workers, clients, and other non-employees. This could include service and delivery personnel, or a short-term project crew.

 

3. Activity Monitoring & Management

Real-time employee activity logs are another technology feature. This can be helpful if an internal personnel issue or investigation requires additional information. 

When combined with other security technologies, such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and video analytics, keycards can aid law enforcement by identifying potential insider threats.

Consider a trackable keycard system safety audit. Depending on your reader’s type and systems integration, this can facilitate specific timestamp and location viewing. 

 

4. Smart Technology

Keycards can be integrated within your building’s existing security management system and smart features.

Working with an Alarm.com service provider facilitates easy system programming through a mobile app for peace of mind when you can’t be on-site. 

Smart settings and real-time alerts can automate your property’s lights, thermostat, locks, security and doorbell cameras, and more. 


5. Configuration & Activation

Unlike traditional keys, each keycard is unique to its user. It can be wiped or deactivated if lost, stolen, or an employee leaves. You’ll also never have to worry about changing locks and keys, or unauthorized copies.


Weighing Your Solution

 Working with a provider well versed in commercial security systems will help you attain the perfect solution for your employees and property.

 


General Security protects commercial properties through smart technologies comprising access control, video surveillance, and alarm and intercom systems. Request a free, contactless quote from us today. 


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