Do badges need access to buildings…or people?

By Oliver Lacey on June 18, 2018

Oliver Lacey

Client Management

Traditional access control systems assign access rights to identifiers such as badges, fingerprints or PIN codes. It seems sensible, but there’s a problem. It means the identifier has the authorisation to enter – rather than the person or vehicle that needs access. 

We believe access control authorisations should be assigned to people or vehicles. This means you can:
•    Easily handle multiple identifiers per person.
•    Replace identifiers more easily. 
•    Manage the process better and prevent errors. 

Bring on the identifiers 

Once you assign authorisations to people or their vehicles, it doesn’t matter how many identifiers they use. They can have the convenience of using a badge, a printed bar code, their passport, their fingerprint, their voice or even all of them. 

Every identifier is linked to that person’s access rights, which makes assigning extra identifiers to them is really straightforward. And if someone loses a badge, it can be blocked and a new badge assigned in seconds. 

How it works 

With this approach to access control, people and vehicles (we call them carriers) have the right to use one or more entrances or entrance groups during specific time slots. For each type of carrier – for example, employees, visitors and contractors – you can combine the following information into carrier templates:
•    Identifiers
•    Permitted entrances
•    Permitted time slots
These carrier templates are then easy to manage and maintain, so the right people have access to the right places at the right times. 

Rules make administrators’ lives easier 

By applying rules, you can automatically, in real time, link access authorisations with attributes from your HR employee database, such as the person’s department, building or start date. 

There’s no need to duplicate effort by re-entering information from the company database into your access control system. And, with just one click, you can apply authorisations to individuals or complete groups – locally or across the world. Changes that were previously made manually are automated and error-free, and authorisations are always up to date.  

Step up safety 

Not only is this a huge time saver, it reduces security risks too. When an employee leaves the company, for example, you can automatically block their access rights. It also improves convenience for users. Authorisations for employees changing office location, for instance, can be switched to the relevant access rights for their new location immediately. 

What if there’s an emergency?

Authorisations are all well and good until there’s a serious security incident and you need to take drastic measures immediately. We believe the answer is in applying security levels to your access control system. This lets you predefine any number of security scenarios that can be activated in a matter of seconds. 

If there’s a fire, you can immediately block access to the building for everyone except emergency response personnel. You can also predefine authorisations for carrier groups for many other scenarios such as a strike, a fire alarm or an open day. And you can quickly restore your normal authorisations as soon as you have the all clear. 

Where do you stand?

What are your thoughts on authorisations for access control? Do you think they should link with identifiers or carriers? And how do you simplify the complexities of applying them? We’d love to hear your thoughts or challenges. Please email me oliver.lacey@nedap.com. 

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