Card access system

Upgrading to a card access system can be a big step toward making your office environment more convenient and secure. With this type of system, proximity cards and keypad codes take the place of traditional locks and keys. This saves you the effort and hassle of assigning and keeping track of physical keys.
Aside from the basic functions that card access systems offer, there are a number of incredible features that make these systems worth the upgrade. The following offers an in-depth rundown on each feature and how it can benefit your office.

Create One-Time Codes for Limited Entry

Imagine having a temporary staffer or contractor who needs access to your secured areas for a weekend or even just a few hours. Assigning them the same access credentials used by your permanent staff could open your office to potential security breaches, plus it won't be practical to constantly validate and revoke access on a constant basis.

A one-time code or a single-use card handily solves this problem by providing limited access once and only once. Once the card or code is used, the card access system automatically disables the card or pin code. Since the system automatically revokes the access credential after use, you won't have to worry about manually disabling cards or codes you don’t want to stay active.

Require Code and Card Access for Added Security

You can set up your card access system to require either a proximity card or a pin code for access. Under ordinary circumstances, one or the other is enough to provide secure access for your office environment. However, you can also gain additional protection against unauthorized access by requiring both pin code and card to be used.

The great thing about requiring both sets of credentials is that doing so prevents lost and stolen cards and codes from compromising your secured areas. After all, with both, you can't use one without having the other on hand for verification. This security measure prevents burglars and unauthorized users from gaining access to your building and its secured areas.

Assign Toggle Codes for Extended Access

Imagine having a large delivery brought in, especially one that requires plenty of back-and-forth on the part of the delivery person. Having that person swipe or punch a code every time they need to open the door can be quite a hassle. This is where a toggle code comes in.

Toggle codes are simply credentials that allow users to leave the door in a locked or unlocked state for a specific period of time. This can be a big help if you're loading or unloading items from nearby vehicles or for any other purpose that requires your door to be unlocked for extended periods.

If your doors are programmed to lock or unlock at a certain time, you can use toggle codes to override those settings. For instance, you can use it to close up the office earlier than normal or open it up an hour or two earlier.

Review Audit Trails From Each Lock

Don't forget that your card access system can also keep running logs of credentialed users who enter and exit your secured doors. Most card access systems feature software or web interfaces connected via network controller that let administrators pull access reports from each lock. You can use these audit trails to pinpoint and correct access issues and to improve your office's security.

When combined with an assortment of other security measures including CCTV, card access systems make an essential component of a comprehensive security solution that also provides convenient access for end users. Get in touch with the experts at Lightning Lock & Key to learn more about these and other card access features.