Horizon Alarms | The benefits of card access systems vs. spare keys
At Horizon Alarms, we like to take time every week to answer questions commonly asked by consumers interested in purchasing an alarm system. This week, we'll be focusing on the benefits of card access systems vs. spare keys for your business.
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The benefits of card access systems vs. spare keys

The benefits of card access systems vs. spare keys

At Horizon Alarms, we like to take time every week to answer questions commonly asked by consumers interested in purchasing an alarm system. This week, we’ll be focusing on the benefits of card access systems vs. spare keys for your business.

A card access system is a security system that allows users to access doors with an electronic “key” card instead of a traditional key. You’ve probably seen this type of access system before without realizing that your business could benefit from such an upgrade. What might actually surprise you is that installing a card access system often saves companies time and money. These systems make access easier to manage while also increasing the overall security of the facilities where the system is installed. To get a feel for some of the benefits of an electronic lock system like this, consider these benefits listed below:

  • 1. You can completely open your building or lock it down entirely. Sometimes, you just want to close the doors to everyone for a specific period of time, but you don’t want to try to get everyone’s key back for just that day. With electronic access, you can change the system setting for one day only without even bothering the keys. Likewise, sometimes you might need to open a facility, say for cleaning, law enforcement, or even fire drills. Or maybe you want to open all your front doors to customers. That’s easy with an electronic card access system. Just program the system to allow access for a given period of time and the doors fully unlock automatically.
  • 2. You don’t have to re-key every door when someone leaves the company. Never worry about a deadbolt again. With a card access system, the electronic system will interact with software to make these changes, so all you need to do is punch a few buttons.
  • 3. No one can easily make a copy of these keys. Card access systems make it much more difficult for an intruder to copy a key card. The electronics in the card can’t be cut at Lowe’s or Home Depot like a traditional key can be cut.
  • 4. Your locks can’t be picked the way that keyed doors can. We already noted that copies can’t be made as easily. Lock picking is certainly a lot more difficult too, considering there’s no manual lock to pick.
  • 5. You can extend someone’s access without issuing new keys. If someone’s shift changes or they move to a different department or need access to multiple storage units instead of the one door they were originally allowed to access, all you need to do is update their user profile. There is no need to issue additional key cards.
  • 6. You can issue new keys within minutes. If a new person joins your team or if a key card breaks or wears out for some reason, you can set up and issue a new one, with the exact same access if the person had access already, without all the hassle of figuring out which doors that person should be allowed to access again or running to the hardware store for copies of your keys.
  • 7. You can get reports of which doors have been accessed and by who. In the event that an alarm is tripped or something goes missing, a card access system allows you to retrace everyone’s paths through the doors set up in the system. The system can generate reports showing which doors specific users accessed and what time they accessed them. Or, if you know something seems out of place in, say, a specific room, you can generate a report to see who accessed that room over the past month. These features, built into each card access system, make it convenient to keep a close record of facilities without having to constantly monitor them.
  • 8. You don’t need to worry about lost keys. When you know you’ve lost a card for your access system, you can simply deactivate it until it’s found or leave it deactivated once you replace it with a new card.

 
In addition to all of these things, you make your building feel up-to-date, modern, and secure. If you need assistance in purchasing, installing, inspecting, or perfecting the security needs for your home or office, call the Horizon Alarms team at 800-467-1832 or send us a message and we’ll reach out to discuss all of your alarm needs.

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