The pace at which technology is changing means new products are constantly entering the market. As you know, [residents] depend on you to choose the best solutions that will not only meet today’s needs but tomorrow’s as well.
Wireless access control is not new, but the breadth of options has expanded. And those who’ve adopted the technology…have experienced its benefits.
Wireless electronic access control enhances and simplifies the user experience for [property owners and management].
To be successful, it’s essential to first understand the value wireless electronic access control offers them. Wireless solutions do much more to offer value beyond security.
Here are the main benefits of using wireless access control solutions.
1. Flexible Control
Security systems play a major role in facilitating all of these efforts, particularly when dealing with a constantly changing floor plans. If the existing security system is not able to be reconfigured easily and effectively, a [property] may not be able to adapt without costly modifications to their security solutions.
Wireless solutions allow for greater flexibility in how a space is used. Because they are less invasive, they can be easily introduced on new openings compared to hardwired options.
Versatility also enables properties to upgrade their systems over time…offering more flexibility and convenience in addition to security.
2. Operational Efficiencies
[Multifamily properties] might feel comfortable with the current security of their facility, but it’s likely that they’re looking for help reducing costs to manage their environments. They might not realize access control is an opportunity to improve these costs and create more capacity within their resources.
Wireless gives [management] a means of expanding the adoption of electronic access control within their facility as an economical option in comparison to traditional wired solutions. More connected devices present the ability to automate administrative and service processes, allowing them to get more done in less time.
One of the most common areas of productivity is related to key management. Time and costs associated with mechanical key turnover are greatly reduced, improving operational efficiency. With mechanical locks, the creation of keys can be time consuming and once a key is lost, there’s no control over who can gain access. To overcome security threats, re-keying must take place. But with electronic credentials, rights can be deactivated immediately and new credentials issued in seconds.
3. Convenient Security
Electronic access control is similar to the automotive evolution. For those with key-less ignition systems in their cars, the concept of needing to locate a key and present it mechanically in the vehicle to start the engine seems outdated.
It may seem minimal to someone who has not yet experienced any different behavior, but once a person has this experience, few prefer to accept anything less going forward. It’s the same as someone handing out a mechanical key.
This experience is attractive to the tenants and others who have come to expect convenience where they live, learn and work. Wireless solutions help make this possible. This is increasingly relevant in multifamily properties, particularly those targeting Millennials.
Many have grown up with technology and used electronic credentials to access their neighborhood recreation centers, college residence halls and academic buildings. As they make choices on where to live and work, why would they want to receive a mechanical key for access when it’s much more convenient to use an electronic card or phone?
Assisted living facilities have also benefitted from adopting wireless solutions throughout the property, including resident doors. Access control is more convenient for their elderly residents. It’s easier to track as well as ergonomically use as it eliminates the need for them to twist the key, which can be hard or painful for some residents.
While electronic access control can do more than grant access to a space it’s still expected to do its primary purpose — provide security.
This post pulls from the article ‘6 Reasons to Go Wireless With Your Access Control Solutions’ originally posted on Security Sales and Integration. To read the original article in its entirety, click here >>