Should You Change Your Access Control System? Here are 5 Signs.

By Karen Taborda
March 22, 2018

When your company is growing its’ operations needs quickly become more complex. You need an access control system that can keep up with the new employees. Before it’s too late, you should consider a new access control system to scale with your business.

If your company is experiencing any of the following 5 signs, it’s time to consider making the switch.

1. Your company is experiencing high growth.

Your company is on its way to being the next Facebook. You are on the right and steady track to accelerated growth, and on average you are hiring 3 to 10 employees a month. It’s a good sign of growth but your existing access control system may not be keeping up as fast and efficient as you would like.

Employee onboarding is inefficient and you cannot give your new hires access and keys to the office on their first day because you just don’t have any extra key cards and keys for them. You are waiting for external services, locksmiths and your access system provider to duplicate your keys and key cards and a week later? Your locksmiths or access system provider experience delays in producing new keys and key cards and you still can’t give out individual access rights to your new hires.

It’s not exactly your fault either. It’s just your existing access control system may not be as intuitive.

At this point, you should start to realize that you may need a switch.

2. Your company is fearful of security risks or had experienced a break in.


Wait, so last week there was a break in and multiple laptops, desktops, TVs and desks were stolen, so who do you blame and how do you prevent another break in?

Perhaps none of your past employees returned their keys and you are just grasping at straws by trying to find the culprit. You don’t have proper records of who has access to your company and you just don’t know who has access to which door or who copied whose key.

And even if you did, bothering past employees to return old keys is not a viable and intuitive solution. But what it does say is that your access control solution is not doing a good job of preventing security risks because you have a lacking overview of your company’s access rights.

At this point, maybe you should find solutions that can eliminate access much more efficiently and find new ways to keep track of existing access.

3. Your company’s heavy keychain is making office operations inefficient for everyone.

On average your co workers spend 10 minutes a day trying to figure out which key belong to which door and by the time they figure it out , they are already running late.

And when you look at your keychain and think you carry more keys than your superintendent….. well, that only means that “there ought to be a better way to enter my office”.

Your company’s existing access control system is outdated.

4. Your company’s existing access control system is outdated.  

Let’s say your company was one  of the first to get a keycard system, but a few decades later you are still using the same system. You regularly encounter problems such as non-working fobs and cards; and in more than one occasion you have been locked out because your outdated system stops working. Moreover, key card system may not be as safe and secure as you think they might be. Recently, Black Hats showed that key cards can be easily hacked and duplicated with a $10 device.

Well, this is a sign that you should be considering a switch. I mean, why are you still still using 90’s equipment in the 21st century? It’s like using a Nokia phone in the age of the smartphone. And nobody wants to be that last guy, clutching to their brick-hard Nokia phone while everyone is touting the latest smart phones.

With access control systems, it’s the same. Nokia phones still work for basic calls and text messages (Uhm, really?) but it can no longer satisfy your everyday needs. With outdated access system, they do their basic – of letting you in and out of the office and space – but they are not intuitive to meet your company’s growing office and operational needs.

5.  You want to position your company as a leader of innovation.

Your company just spent thousand of dollars on new computers, new 3D printers, new TVs and new technologies because you care about technological innovation.  Everybody thinks “Who wants to use 2004’s Macs?” But uh, why are you still using the same keys and access system you did in 2004?

You want to position your company as a leader of innovation so you may want to consider a switch by adopting a 21st Century access system. The only way to go is to go the modern way. #gokeyless

Is it time?

Well, if you experience any one of the 5 signs, maybe it’s time to consider switching from your old access control system. After all, it’s the 21st Century and it’s time to embark on a 21st century access control system that would adapt intuitively to your modern needs.

Karen Taborda

Senior Account Executive at Kisi

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