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Increasing Office Security with Mobile Credential Access Control Systems

25 May Increasing Office Security with Mobile Credential Access Control Systems
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For offices and other commercial property, it’s important to ensure that your building is entirely secure both during office hours and outside of them. It’s likely that your building has a lot of high value equipment, as well as storing confidential information and customer data.

Access control systems are a cost-effective way of securing your building, but there are weaknesses that can be exploited. For example, plastic smart cards and fobs can be lost, misplaced, or stolen, and if they fall into the wrong hands, access to your building may be compromised.

Cards and fobs can also be cloned using equipment purchased online, meaning fraudsters can forge the technology you use should your access passes fall into the wrong hands.

Whilst you may take every precaution possible to prevent this from happening, misplaced or cloned cards can be unavoidable and therefore provide a security breech. To prevent this risk, we recommend upgrading to mobile credentials. 

What are mobile credentials?

Mobile credentials are a more futureproofed access control system that allows you to easily grant and revoke access when required.

Anyone who has access to your building is likely to carry a smartphone, so issuing mobile credentials couldn’t be easier. With the dedicated user app, each individual can be issued a unique mobile ID that utilises the NFC technology that is built into most phones. 

As the information for each pass is stored on the mobile device, there is a decreased risk of the pass falling into the wrong hands. There’s also less chance of users sharing their mobile device to let people in and out of the building.

If the phone is misplaced, the remote management portal means the pass can be revoked in real time. When the user gets a new mobile, they will be issued a new user ID. 

Using mobile credentials also means you can revoke access in a timely manner for employees who leave your business, so you don’t need to worry about them handing their card or fob back.

Not requiring the use of cards or fobs reduces plastic waste, meaning mobile credentials offer an eco-friendly access control solution, however, they can be used alongside existing cards or fobs as an alternative method.

If you already have an access control system in place, you won’t need to replace your readers. Instead, a simple upgrade will ensure your technology is compatible with mobile access control systems.

What are the benefits of using mobile credentials?

There are several benefits to using mobile credential access systems, including: 

•    Increased hygiene: minimise contact with touch points thanks to phone or smartwatch operated locks
•    Reduced plastic waste: generate less plastic waste with no need for cards, fobs, or lanyards
•    Real-time management and access system: the remote management portal allows you to enable or disable permissions instantly
•    Reduce fraudulent entry: with a longer range frequency, readers can be placed out of reach
•    Prevent cross-use: it’s easy to share cards and fobs, but users tend not to share mobile phones
•    Minimised risk of loss: users are less likely to misplace their mobile phone or smartwatch
•    Efficiency: Contactless mobile access systems speed up any delays at entry and exit points
•    High security impressions: provide an impressive user experience to staff and visitors

Pricing for mobile credentials can vary depending on your requirements, as each user comes with its own cost.

Overall, mobile credential access systems improve security and increase efficiency in your business. To find out more about introducing a mobile access control system to your office building, please get in touch with a member of our expert team.