By their nature, multinationals tend to be active on several continents. When it comes to access control, this presents a variety of challenges.
Security: centralised or decentralised?
A question that arises is whether security management should be centralised or decentralised – the latter presenting more challenges in communicating effectively and efficiently across the world.
Continuity and image are important factors for multinationals. Often, we hear risk managers are concerned that they don’t know whether access control meets the standards and wishes of their organisation at all locations. Not to mention whether it meets the relevant laws and regulations. As well as continuity and image, costs play an important role too. Making adjustments to grant access permissions, for example, can be very difficult and expensive.
- How can I handle changes in my access control system?
- How do I ensure my access control policy is consistent internationally?
- What challenges do I encounter daily regarding access control?
- How quickly can we respond to changes that influence our access control policy?
Governance, control and compliance are important aspects of access control. We also see a need for international travellers visiting buildings on various continents to access all of them with one single card.
Streamlining physical access control for multinationals
Unifying your security across the world is no easy task, so we designed our Enterprise Programme to help you get it right.
Frequently asked questions
At a very basic level, access control is a means of controlling who enters a location and when. The person entering may be an employee, a contractor or a visitor and they may be on foot, driving a vehicle or using another mode of transport. The location they’re entering may be, for example, a site, a building, a room or a cabinet. We tend to call it physical access control to differentiate it from access control that prevents people from entering virtual spaces – for example when logging into a computer network.
If you decide to use an access control system, it’s probably because you want to secure the physical access to your buildings or sites to protect your people, places and possessions. That’s just the start for access control systems though. The right system, used well, can add value in a range of ways. You can use it, and the data it generates, to boost not just security but productivity, creativity and performance.
Today, physical security is about so much more than locks and bolts. Many modern physical access control systems are IP-based, powered by smart software and able to process large quantities of data. This provides more functionality, flexibility, scalability and opportunities for integration. It also means they’re part of your IT network, so it’s essential they’re protected and upgraded – just like your other IT systems.
From our perspective, a centralised access control system is always preferable – whether you have just two locations in the same town or hundreds spread around the world. Centralising your access control brings a range of far-reaching benefits.
For the people using your building, biometrics can give a better experience compared to an access badge. These days, biometrics are used for both identification and verification – sometimes even both at the same time. Being allowed to enter your building just by scanning your hand or face makes access control more convenient than ever.
Mechanical keys are the simplest form of physical access control and the method many smaller organisations use. Even for a small company, however, using mechanical keys has several flaws and limitations – especially as an organisation gets bigger. Below are just some of the problems presented by using keys.