Municipal buildings, such as schools, libraries, and city halls, require a certain level of security to protect sensitive documents and the people who attend or work within them. Depending on the nature of the building, access may be more or less strict and may only pertain to certain areas of the building. Access control systems are a powerful way to support daily operations in these buildings while providing a first layer of building security. The benefits of access control are not going unnoticed. In fact, according to Globe Newswire, the Electronic Access Control Systems Market was valued at $33.52 billion USD in 2022.
Here are some ways an access control system can streamline the daily operations of municipal buildings.
Makes Managing Buildings More Effective
Access control features like mobile credentials and access control cards make buildings easier to manage by replacing the need for physical keys. This reduces the need for security officers to monitor doorways throughout the building. Mobile credentials and access control cards are quick and easy to grant and revoke when needed. Permissions can be updated remotely, so there’s no need to collect physical keys from ex-employees or redistribute keys if locks are changed.
Protects Sensitive Documents
In a building such as a city hall or library, specific areas may house sensitive documents that only particular individuals will have permission to access. Since facilities like this are open to the public, it’s essential to have a system that grants access only to the appropriate individuals.
Some access control systems are advanced enough to include facial recognition or biometric readers. However, access control cards and mobile credentials are more common. When someone needs to enter a room with sensitive documents, they won’t have to go through an employee each time as they have already been granted access and can come and go as needed.
Incorporating video monitoring at doorways with access control readers offers an additional layer of security.
Keeps Electronic Records of Entries and Exits
An access control system in government buildings provides the benefit of electronic logs. Knowing who is coming and going, especially in the event of an incident, is a benefit of implementing this type of system. With the ability to log in and review user data, building operations can run more efficiently.
Reduces Instances of Lost Keys
Lost keys in a municipal building can be a logistical hassle. Any time a key is lost, all of the locks must be changed to ensure safety.
If access cards or fobs are lost, they can be deactivated, and a new one can be issued to the employee or visitor immediately. The same is true for former employees. Instead of orchestrating the return of physical keys, building managers can revoke a former employee’s credentials immediately.
The Bottom Line
Access control systems offer a seamless security solution in organizations like municipal buildings with a broad range of operations, including a public element, confidential documents, and a need for restricted areas. By automating building operations and access, you can lessen the responsibilities of your building’s operations team and ensure the safety and security of employees, documents, equipment, and the public.