04 May 2022
Access Control Systems
play a key role in helping safeguard, monitor and optimise operations. Whatever
building you many manage, whether it is within Healthcare, Education or Retail,
Warehousing and Commercial, these systems help keep staff, visitors, and
premises both safe and secure.
When it comes to security in
particular, key fobs and cards are still the most popular type of door system
in use today. Not only are these systems convenient, but they are also cost
effective and easy to manage. So, which is the better option, key fob, or card? Do these systems
work for all business types and premises?
The answer really depends on
the business objectives. Different
organisations will have differing objectives in mind; a school or university may
be driven by a need to safeguard students and staff, while a warehouse or manufacturing company may be more interested in
creating security and audit trail touchpoints via access control.
Key Fob v’s Card?
Both options provide a great
way of giving centralised control to a business. Administrators can customise
access rights, remove stolen cards/fobs and issue new ones with little cost and disruption to
the business. These systems also provide an effective mean’s of providing audit
trails or traceability within an operation.
At a basic level, key fobs are ideal, these provide an extremely portable
coin-sized security token, that can be easily kept in a pocket or on a key
ring. Perfect as a cost-effective alternative for accessing multiple doors,
they remove the need to carry around bulky keys.
One of the main downsides to fobs and cards can be
when they fall into the wrong hands, whether it is use of a borrowed card, or
misuse of a stolen card – if the administrator is not notified immediately,
there can be a big risk of a security or health and safety breach.
The use of a physical
ID cards is a good way of providing an additional level of security. Most
access key cards can be personalised, which means they can double up as an ID
badge. Furthermore, for businesses that need to differentiate between staff, visitors &
contractors, plain, pre-printed, and personalised lanyards can be easily
attached to ID or Access Control cards/fobs for an easy visual identification.
Whatever the scenario, you must have a clear understanding of
how it would work with the existing infrastructure and personnel.
Whilst key fobs
or key cards may work well for some businesses, there is no one size fits all.
For example, if you have a high throughput of people through your premises, or reduced
security operatives, you may find yourself asking the question, “when was the
last time I checked an ID badge??”. For any business where there is a high
level of risk, it may be worth considering the use of other technologies such
as biometrics or a fully integrated access control/CCTV system to lighten the
load and provide an additional security measure.
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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.