Top 5 Benefits Of A Cloud-based Access Control System
When it comes to managing your access control, we all want to work smart with speed and efficiency while minimizing the steps to gain control of an office or facility. Whether you have two doors or two hundred, one building or fifty buildings, managing who enters and exits can be in your control anytime, anywhere. A cloud-based access control system delivers precisely that control—the flexibility to manage multiple access points and locations, at any time, on any mobile device (smartphones, tablets) or desktop computer. Following are several top benefits of a cloud-based access control platform and why you should consider updating your traditional on-site software system.
Full Integration with Superior Flexibility & Scalability
Cloud access control is very similar to other enterprise cloud-based applications like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Salesforce. The cloud offers the power to operate remotely and on-the-go using just your mobile device. A dedicated computer is no longer needed to administer users, groups, or access control settings, remove lost credentials, or simply to provide temporary access to a staff member or contractor/vendor. Cloud access control offers more than just mobility and convenience. It can evolve into a connected building platform that delivers comprehensive facility security management through integration with intrusion alarm and video surveillance systems. Engineered and ready for enterprise-level scalability, these systems can leverage existing wiring and electronic lock hardware infrastructure as you continue to expand. The cloud-based evergreen software solution provides an easy, cost-effective, and secure platform that grows alongside your business. For example, the system can utilize an existing network infrastructure to provide remote security management for badging, reporting, and alarm and event monitoring.
Optimized Interface & Reduced Training
Several leading cloud access control systems feature intuitive and familiar user interfaces and experiences. Choosing the right platform will depend on your business needs and what works best for you. Ultimately, you’ll want to undergo a real-life demo of the application. With the right system, platform, and integrator, you can minimize ongoing training costs because the system is as intuitive as using your smartphone.
Future-proof System with Risk Management
With a cloud system, managing the software and the servers are left to the experts, who implement best practices at all times. Another benefit is the elimination of local servers, software, and essential maintenance. By shifting operational tasks to the cloud, you eliminate a traditional security system’s cost and complexity. A cloud platform future-proofs your system while reducing business risk with service delivered from secure, redundant data centers monitored year-round 24/7.
Cloud solutions are also commonly known as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS); a software licensing and implementation/installation business model that makes the SaaS vendor responsible for deploying, managing, and maintaining the critical support infrastructure (servers, operating systems, databases, application security, power, etc.) and processes (patches/upgrades, backups, database administration, etc.). By shifting these responsibilities and tasks to a SaaS vendor, you reduce costs and risks and increase up-time. Many businesses with multiple offices and facilities struggle to maintain and update their servers. With limited human resources and time, automated software updates and patches are among the most significant benefits of cloud access control systems.
Speedy Access to Data & Analytics
We all live in an increasingly technical business environment. Today everything operates in real-time. With data collected and stored in the cloud, you can access information and reports anytime and anywhere. You can view card-holder transactions in real-time via your mobile or desktop interface. Preventive measures can include: establishing alerts or notifications when an employee or visitor attempts to access an unauthorized area or set up tiered access by restricting permissions to specific staff members during designated periods.
How we can help
For nearly 25 years, our team at California Commercial Security (CCS) has provided comprehensive, quality security products and services to clients in San Diego County, Southern California, and the Southwest. We realize that many businesses have grown weary of dealing with “big” security providers who treat them like another number. At CCS, we emphasize personalized services and solutions customized to our clients’ commercial space’s specific requirements.