19 January 2022
In 2021, a
lot had happened to the world, and the security industry is no different.
Throughout last year, there have been several developments in both access
control and time and attendance, all helping to keep businesses and consumers
safe, whilst adapting to new changes and challenges.
as smartphone access card or mobile access credentials, mobile access control
is using a mobile phone to access a door reader using Bluetooth or NFC (Near
Field Communications). It’s a continuously growing area, and mobile access
control has been rapidly adopted in 2021 and is likely to continue into 2022.
Although always available, mobile access control has grown in popularity during
the COVID-19 pandemic as it offers a contact-free entry method and offers
increased flexibility to homeworkers who only need office access occasionally.
access control also has the added bonus for many businesses that it reduces the
cost of access control, through the lack of keycards or fobs which must be
programmed. Not only are these physical access control often lost by employees
but can also be used by trespassers to gain access to the site which they
should not. Mobile access control adds an extra layer of security through the
phone’s lock methods including face recognition and fingerprints.
businesses have started the transition to remote/ cloud-based working and
software to reduce on-site processes and increase real-time access for home
working. Access control is no different and there has been an increase in
demand for virtual server/ cloud-based access control over the past year as
offices have reopened following the COVID-19 pandemic.
in for access control gives businesses more control over business operations and can even achieve a higher level of security through real-time data collection,
automatic software updates and integrating more security solutions into one
access control framework. Another benefit is it allows for better multi-site
management through central control, even globally, and can grow as a business
develops into new areas and markets.
Mobile app time tracking
access control, the use of mobile phones in time and attendance tracking is
growing in popularity. Using mobile apps instead of paper gives both employees
and employers immediate access to timesheets, work schedules and allows
employees to punch in/out if needed.
allow employees to clock in from wherever they are, which is perfect for
homeworkers and employees who work from multiple business sites. They’re a user-friendly
method that can also help with payroll, record keeping and helps employers
closely monitor attendance.
COVID-19, businesses have been investing in new ways to manage time and
attendance for their employees, trying to keep them safe. Other than using
mobile phones, biometric attendance tracking has also become more popular in
2021. Using fingerprints, facial recognition and even eye scanning, technology
now allows for employees to punch in and out, and track their attendance,
without the need for physical cards or fobs.
also ensure that the right employee is working when scheduled to and for
businesses, can also reduce “buddy punching”. Helping to reduce misconduct
related to time and attendance also helps employees track their time
effectively and, in some instances, in a contact-free way.
Find out more
TouchStar, we pride ourselves in using the latest technology in access control
and time and attendance, including cloud-based technology, mobile apps and
access control hardware that benefits both the employee and employer. Get in touch
today to see how we can help your business.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – LYNDEN JONES
Lynden joined Touchstar ATC (formally Feedback Data) in a sales role for Access Control in 2010. Prior to joining the company, Lynden held both Production and Account Manager roles, gaining wide technical and commercial experience within the electronics market.
In 2013 Lynden was promoted to Sales Director and in 2017 he took overall responsibility of the business as Managing Director.As well as running Touchstar ATC, Lynden still remains extremely active in the sales and key account management aspects of the business. When not involved in the business, Lynden is a keen performance car enthusiast.