Everything You Need to Know About Cloud Based Access Control

Features of Cloud-Based Access

Cloud access control has a number of features that make it very convenient.

Thanks to the technology, the following processes are managed remotely:

-          Verification of the system operation

-          Adding new users to the access control

-          Revoking rights to access certain facilities

-          Changing users’ rights

-          Access points reprogramming

Wireless capabilities provide an increased level of flexibility and scalability. Security of multiple offices can be put under one umbrella, because information received from each and every office is saved in one single place.

IP-based access control is a great solution for multiple offices.

When making use of cloud access control you can monitor live stream videos from any device and at any time during the day. Thus, security needs can be addressed at real time.

On top of all, you do not have to hire an in-house security specialist. Your access control provider will take care of any security-related issues.

Cloud-Based vs. Traditional

When we think of the legacy access control, it has the following drawbacks compared to a cloud based physical access control system:

-          Higher upfront costs (purchase of local servers and other hardware)

-          Proprietary legacy systems make it hard to change a security vendor

-          Centralized controllers are usually limited to a certain number of doors (for instance, 8 or 16)

-          They require presence of an on-site specialist who can react to an issue if it arises

By having a cloud based physical access control system you turn your capital expenses into operational ones. There are no high costs associated with the purchase of servers and wiring that will connect all the components of access control.

Because cloud access control does not presuppose any hardwired elements, it allows for an increased scalability and flexibility. The number of doors/users you can add to access control is not limited like in case with legacy physical access control.

All the processes are overlooked by a security specialist of your access control provider. There is no need to hire a security staff member.

Last but not least, IP access control can be seamlessly integrated with BMS, video surveillance and fire alarm unlike traditional access control where a physical interface is needed for communication.

Finding a Reliable Provider

First of all, try to find out as much as possible about a service provider’s reputation. Read online reviews and familiarize yourself with the scope of services you are offered.

Some other points you should consider include the following:

-          Can you receive a 24/7/365 support?

-          Is the system compatible with your locks?

-          Are there biometric or mobile access credentials available?

-          Can the system be integrated with fire alarm and CCTV?

-          What does the monthly fee depend on (quantity of users/entry points., etc.)?

-          Assess the provider’s level of data and system security.

-          Is your vendor compliant with Risk Management Framework?

As you can see, a  cloud based physical access control system turns complex security processes into simpler, more flexible and scalable solutions. From lack of local servers and proprietary equipment to remote control and customizable reports, it makes security devices easier to install and manage.

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