Continuous research into- and development of access control solutions means businesses can take advantage of a wider selection of low-cost technology. This technology is designed to offer complete security and empower decision makers with control over the environment.
In a market that is more aware of the need to protect physical assets of businesses – and also regulate disciplines such as time & attendance and access control – HR and payroll experts at Accsys offer up sound advice about what technology is available and how it can add value.
The company is a member of the Business Connexion Group (BCX) and a national supplier of people management software and hardware solutions within the HR, payroll and time & attendance space.
Management at Accsys advises that decision makers must consider which areas of the business requires protection and to what extent should they be protected.
“Access control is not only about regulating who enters and exits the business premises, or managing where employees are at any given time – it is also about monitoring who has access to a system, when, where and for what reason this access is used,” says Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys.
Accsys management points out that high risk areas, such as data centres, corporate networks, stock rooms and administration systems, require specific attention in terms of access control.
Once the core requirements have been identified, the next step is to identify what hardware would best suit the environment.
Solutions available today are engineered and designed to facilitate realtime communication, to automatically update systems and issue instant reports.
For example, operations within the retail and manufacturing industries need robust infrastructure that can withstand heavy-duty conditions and high-impact use Schroenn adds.
The system should also correlate and support control mechanisms that may be in place, such as turnstiles, booms, booths, cctv and other forms of access control.
Innovation and advances in technology enable companies to control access and time & attendance systems remotely.
Whilst decision makers have a choice in what type of solutions to put in place, there can be no compromise on what the technology should do.
Infrastructure must ensure accurate, timely reading of data and reporting functionality to the system, allowing decision makers to focus on core strategy instead of having to spend time on ensuring processes and procedures take place.
There must be a level of control in place to combat issues such as ‘buddy clocking’, unauthorised access and time theft.
According to the company biometric solutions continue to gain popularity in the market, with fingerprint identification being the most prominent form of application and interface.
At the same time there is growing interest in deeper levels of identification, including voice/ facial recognition (using identification of the iris, for example)
Biometric technology is gaining popularity within the access control space because it is manageable, accurate, quick and cost-effective claims Accsys.
The company says that as long as there are threats to businesses, be they internal or external, innovative time & attendance and access control hardware will remain relevant – and the space competitive.