The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has created uncertain times for all businesses. To safeguard your employees and society as a whole, there’s an urgent need to make contingency plans and take special measures. Whether it’s in relation to your own policies or to support government recommendations, the actions you take need to be both robust and responsive.
If you have AEOS access control, there are several features to support your contingency measures – either during a short deep-clean period or for a lengthier term. AEOS will let you uphold your emergency policies by restricting access entirely or partially, and by isolating all or some of each of your locations.
Put your locations on lock-down
You may be asked to instantly lock down an area, building or site. You can do this using the ‘Lock’ option in AEOS [Entrance – Schedules – Lock]. It’s highly secure and means no one can enter (or exit) the entrances you’ve chosen to lock. Access can only be gained if someone logs in and removes an entrance from the ‘Lock’ option or uses the ‘(De)Activate access control’ function.
You may also be asked to lock-down an area in a more managed way – for example during a period of deep-cleaning so approved personnel can enter and exit the building or area. If you want to lock a building to everyone except a specific group of people, you can create a ‘holiday’ from your normal access rules [authorisation – maintenance – holidays]. You set the times, dates and entrances for the building or area to be non-operational and then select ‘applies to carriers’.
Once you’ve done that, no one will have access to the entrances selected during this ‘holiday’ period, except those with ‘access during holidays’ authorisation. If you need to extend the date for the ‘holiday’, just change the start or end date (or both). To deactivate this setting, either disable or delete the ‘holiday’.
The ‘Lock’ and ‘Holiday’ features mentioned above are standard features of all AEOS systems and are easy to set, update and deactivate.
Manage your security levels
Another way to restrict access to everyone apart from your deep-clean team, for example, is to configure AEOS’s Security Level Management function. This lets you create scenarios that allow or deny access to certain areas by specific groups of people in special situations. It can, for example, be used during crises or when dealing with various threat levels.
When you want to apply a scenario that you’ve configured, you trigger it manually and it’s not time bound. So you may, for example, create a scenario where only people on the deep-clean team are allowed entry and exit.
Find out more about security levels.
Make your own rules
In AEOS, you can use the Rule Engine to automatically update someone’s access rights based on information in a connected database such as an HR system. Your HR system may note, for example, that an employee is at risk of COVID-19 and needs to be away from the business for a set period. If AEOS is connected to your HR system, it will respond to this rule and deny access to that person until the set period has passed.
Find out more about AEOS rule engine
Collate vital information
Your AEOS access control system can also give you a wealth of information that you can use to help keep your employees, visitors and contractors safe. Its powerful reporting function will allow you to check who was in which building at what time so you can make well-informed decisions.
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Use the power of AEOS to stay safe
AEOS access control is a powerful tool to support your people, your business and your health and security policies in times of crisis and uncertainty. For more information about AEOS, please contact us at Nedap or your Nedap Channel Partner.
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