19 April 2022
Almost everyone can identify with the feeling of being
locked out of a location they need to get into. The frustration hits in two
parts, as not only are you unable to gain access to where you need to go, but
you also must deal with replacing the locks to make sure the lost key cannot be
From a business perspective, a lost key may seem like a
minor inconvenience, but it can cause significant workload for managers as well
as health and safety risks, disruption to business processes and ultimately a
cost that cannot be recouped.
Physical v’s Electronic Access Control
Hardware keys are perhaps the simplest form of physical
access control and can still be found in use across many businesses today.
Whilst the impact of lost keys may have less impact on smaller businesses,
there are still many pitfalls associated with the use of this type of access
Consider a commercial office as an example of a typical
lockout scenario. These situations often involve employees using keys to access
the perimeter of a site, then again to access a building and then once more to
access their office. If the keys are stolen or lost, there may be no way of
knowing who may have picked these up. The result? Multiple locks will need to
be replaced and new keys will need to be distributed to all those that require
access to the building.
Not only does a lost or stolen key incur significant costs
to the business, but for some businesses it may have more serious impact on
health and safety and site security. If a business needed to restrict access to
areas that are either potentially dangerous or commercially sensitive, there
could be further risk of injury or breaches to confidential information should
the unauthorised person then go on to enter these areas. With physical hardware
keys, there is also no way of providing an audit trail or any form of
traceability as to who may have accessed these areas.
To those businesses who suffer the downside of these
types of access control, the answer lies in technology. At its core, the latest
access control technology offers a system that can operate at all levels in a
building, from the perimeter to individual rooms, and give centralised control
to building managers. That means that when there is a breach in security, such
as a lost key card, administrators can remove stolen cards from the system and
issue new cards with no disruption and all for the cost of a single replacement
Integrated access control systems, for example, those that
make use of CCTV, add another layer of sophistication. Should a lost card be
used before it is removed from the system, the business would be able to
utilise the camera technology to determine who may have entered the restricted
area. In the case of when a stolen card is used, system administrators will be
alerted immediately in conjunction with an audible alarm. Not only does this facilitate the extension
of security but also provide critical audit trail information to access points
throughout the company.
Transform Your Building Security Today
Using the latest technology, TouchStar ATC can provide an
access control system that is effective, easy to use and offers a simple
solution to lockouts.
TouchStar ATC can deliver:
- Efficient management of building
- Effective security for the
- Door monitoring (door
forced/door left open).
- Personnel monitoring
(identifying in the event of an incident).
- Traceability (biometrics allows
for full traceability at both perimeter and door level)
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.