To be truly valuable, today’s physical access control must be intelligent and intuitive, and offer the flexibility to respond to changing needs and risk. The answer to these needs is adaptive access control and its stronger relative, risk-adaptive access control.
Adaptive access control means your physical access control system can be adapted easily, both functionally and operationally. It balances the need to manage risk with the desire to improve user experience, and allows you to control access according to roles, departments, days, times, locations and more. And if you want to integrate new technology or add new sites to your system, for example, adaptive access control enables you to do so.
Risk-adaptive access control takes this concept a step further by also adapting easily in response to new and changing risks. So your physical access control system can quickly switch to providing a stronger security solution, when needed, while still being easy to use.
Significant commercial benefits
This kind of adaptive and risk-adaptive access control goes far beyond just opening and closing doors. It enables you to create a security system that acts as the hub of your organisation, linking to your systems for facilities management, HR and IT. And bringing a wide range of practical, experiential and commercial benefits that are all achieved through adaptability.
Let’s look at some of the benefits adaptive and risk-adaptive access control could bring to your business or organisation.
Get long-term value from your system
An access control system is a considerable investment, so it’s a decision you’ll take time researching. Will the system you opt for still be appropriate for your organisation in a year…two years…five years? Making the right choice now avoids you having to buy another a new system sooner than you need to. One of the main drivers for reinvesting in access control being that existing systems can’t support new requirements.
An adaptive access control system is future proof in that it’s easy to reconfigure and scale up when your organisation needs to expand or respond to any other kind of change. Rather than face the cost and operational upheaval of ripping out and replacing your system, an adaptive system can easily adjust to suit your future needs – and protect your initial investment.
Important characteristics for adaptive access control are for it to be open platform and able to operate with standard databases and operating environments. The level of adaptiveness is also reflected in the ease with which a system can respond to change and expansion. How flexible is the user-interface – can it be configured to suit individual user requirements? What integration tools and integrated solutions are available for it? And are these adaptive features license free so your budget is protected?
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Stay relevant and up to date
Adaptive and risk-adaptive access control systems have long, relevant lifespans because they enable you to respond not just to your changing needs but to market changes too.
Security industry trends such as IT security, the use of mobile devices in access control, business systems integration and the internet of things tend to introduce new challenges. And your access control system must be able to adapt to these challenges efficiently.
In particular, IT security is continually changing to mitigate against the vulnerabilities of systems and devices connected to networks. So an adaptive access control system is valuable in enabling you to respond easily to the latest IT security standards.
When it comes to wider integrations with your other business systems and device management, adaptive access control has the configurability to support new requirements when you need them.
Increase security and limit risk
Risks, technology, processes, standards and policies all change over time. Can your access control system keep pace or does its inability to adapt leave you vulnerable? One of the key benefits of risk-adaptive access control, specifically, is its ability to easily maintain or increase your security levels.
New risks might be immediate, such as a nearby terrorist attack. Or they might be longer term such as new business activities that demand a higher level of security. Whatever the actual or potential threat, a risk-adaptive physical access control system can easily adapt to provide new security levels. And it offers, within its tooling, the ability for you to predefine what your new access control procedures should be when each risk is present.
How, for example, might your access control settings need to differ during a fire, a pandemic or a top-secret client project? Risk-adaptive access control system gives you the flexibility to customise your configurations on both hardware and software. So you can respond to new, growing and predicted risks – and activate predefined settings for each scenario in seconds.
Improve ease of use and user experience
From a user’s perspective, having adaptive characteristics in the access control interface is invaluable. It enables you to control your operational environment and establish greater flexibility, ease of use and automation. Which in turn lead to increases in efficiency, consistency and accuracy – and therefore security.
With adaptive access control, you can, for example, add or change authorisations for employees, contractors and visitors in bulk. And you can link your adaptive access control system to other systems such as your HR database to enable automatic authorisation updates.
Adaptive access control also helps you improve aspects such as how visitors experience your access control and so view your hospitality. The receptionist, for instance, knows in advance when a visitor is expected and who they’ve come to see. Which means the visitor can be welcomed personally and registered quickly – all while maintaining high security levels.
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Gain benefits beyond access control
As adaptive access control features continue to develop, we expect to see such systems play an even more important role in the organisations using them. Intelligent access control has the power to contribute to workplace management on many levels and will be key in developing smart buildings.
When facilities management systems are linked to adaptive access control, for example, the property manager can analyse how to use the buildings more efficiently. The cafeteria manager can increase the accuracy of catering. And the cleaning manager can allocate tasks and teams more effectively.
This interconnectivity is another reason why adaptability is so valuable in access control. As access control systems become more embedded and integrated with other systems, replacing them has far-reaching implications. It’s much more efficient if you can simply adapt your existing access control system, rather than upsetting the balance by replacing it.
Get security for life
For us at Nedap, security centres around people. It’s not just about technology, it’s about how people live their daily lives. For this reason, our philosophy is to provide security for life. We believe adaptive and risk-adaptive access control like our AEOS system can set people free to make the most of each day and perform at their best. And, when access control can be adapted to each person, location, situation and risk, it can be used strategically to boost productivity, creativity and fulfilment – as well as security.
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