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How Technology Is Making Workplaces More Secure

Access control technology has come a long way in recent decades. In the past, you might have merely given some trusted members of your workforce a key in order to open up your premises for business. However, this is not a widespread practice in most places of work in Australia today. Instead, modern access control technology is deployed throughout the country in order to maintain a better grip of who is allowed into a building and who is not. What are the modern access control systems that employers are fitting in all sorts of workplaces these days? 

Passcode Access 

Among the simplest access control systems that is widely used these days is a door locking mechanism which requires a password or a pin number to get past. Although these are relatively cheap and simple to deploy they have the drawback that the passcode can be passed on easily to anyone. They are, therefore, of limited use in workplaces which require a higher than average level of security, such as government buildings for instance.

Intercom Access

In many shared buildings, such as office blocks, you will find intercom systems installed at the main entrance in conjunction with a remote lock opening mechanism. The use of an intercom means that the identity of a caller can be verified before they are able to gain access, for example, to make a delivery. Once a conversation has been had, an electromagnet in the door lock can be deployed without the need to come to the door so that the caller can gain access. Modern intercom systems do not just rely on voice communications, however. They can be bolstered by simple but effective video technology which allows for a visual verification of the person who is trying to gain access.

Biometric Access Systems

Biometric control systems are still not commonplace these days, but they are used more and more in places where sensitive data and valuable items are stored, such as banks. Essentially, a biometric access control system identifies an individual rather than reading their pass card or ID badge. As a result, such a system will only allow a person to pass if they present in person. Biometric data could be anything from a thumbprint reader to an iris scanner which looks into the person's individual eye pattern. Biometric systems sometimes also use a second type of scan to verify the true identity of an individual, such as a voice or facial recognition scan.