The technologies behind physical access control are constantly evolving. Smart card technology is still the most common as it meets the needs of many organizations. But the steady stream of technological advances in access control means there are many new options available. However, it doesn’t make financial or business sense to upgrade access control whenever there’s a new development in the technology. Instead, organizations can choose technology that fits their needs in the foreseeable future and plan upgrades as part of a coordinated strategy.
Below are some reasons to think about upgrading access control.
1. Security Event
Unfortunately, sometimes it takes an unexpected event or security breach to prompt an organization to make the investment in a new access control system. The ideal situation, however, is for an organization to switch to a new system before there is a problem.
2. Standardizing Systems
Adding or moving to new locations is another obvious reason to update access control and standardize across the company.
3. Re-Issuance Process
As new employees join, organizations may manage costs by purchasing additional cards that work with their old technology. Some organizations may also need to change cards due to a new logo or brand, which could be another reason to update the access control system.
4. New Card Applications
Organizations that want to add new applications such as time and attendance, secure print management, biometrics, and cashless vending will need to issue some type of associated card to users. They can use this requirement as an opportunity to migrate to a contactless smart card that combines access control with these or other functions, enabling employees to carry a single card for many purposes. Administration of these functions is centralized into one efficient and cost-effective system. Organizations also can seamlessly add logical access control for network logon to create a fully interoperable, multi-layered security solution across company networks, systems, and facilities.
5. Risk Management Improvement
Either due to insurance requirements or to improve risk management by reducing liabilities, moving from an outdated system to a current one can dramatically improve security for an organization.
6. Changes to Security Requirements
Due to regulatory requirements, an organization may be required to increase its security.
7. Facility Consolidation
Acquisitions often involve rebranding and the integration of processes, technologies, and systems. Many times this also includes the need to issue new access control credentials. The investment in new technology is often similar to the cost of integrating two separate legacy systems, creating the perfect opportunity to migrate to a single, more secure system.