The covid-19 pandemic showed us that even the most stable of businesses can suddenly be rocked by unexpected events. Even to the point of having to close down permanently. Which is why business continuity should form part of every organisation’s strategic plans. But did you know that physical access control can, and should, play a key part in those strategic plans?
Powerful systems that support business continuity
Modern physical access control systems aren’t just about opening and closing doors. They’re powerful, IT-based systems that can help to protect your business and its continuity in a variety of ways.
They can help you to:
- Enforce processes and rules
- Prevent accidents
- Protect your valuable data
- Quickly put locations on lockdown
- Collate information to keep people safe
- Prevent incidents by enforcing your code of conduct.
Valuable data and complex authorisations
An access control system can also help you to be selective over which specific people are allowed entry, and which aren’t. First, it can give you the occupancy data you need to plan and make important decisions. And it also gives you the power to authorise who is allowed entry, when, where, for how long, and under what conditions.
To prevent over-occupation, you could, for example, allow entry to half of your teams on some days and the other half on other days. Or allow entry only to senior managers and cleaning teams.
Ensure you’re prepared to take action
The disasters that could strike your business go far beyond pandemics, of course. They could include environmental risks, production problems, accidents, terrorism and more. Which could all have devastating consequences on your turnover, profit and reputation, not to mention your employees’ wellbeing. So it’s crucial to be well-prepared for if the worst happens. Your access control system can help you make plans to support your business continuity – and put those plans into action.
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