The Challenges of Using Security Systems in Phoenix to Protect Large Office Buildings

May 1, 2017 9:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There is a lot to consider when it comes to securing a large modern office building. In the old days, keys to the front door and closed circuit cameras gave building and business owners all the assurance they needed that things would be safe over the long weekends and holidays. But today, the physical key has given way to the electronic keycard and key-code and, in some cases, biometrics that allow access to secured physical locations. Despite the convenience of these new technologies, there are still challenges that must be considered.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top challenges of using security systems in Phoenix to keep large office buildings well protected.

Managing personalities and access reporting

The status quo of the modern office has changed. For some, the week starts and ends at an in-office desk. For others, working remotely is normal, and still others get to enjoy a healthy mix of both. Whatever your policies dictate, your employees are likely coming and going at unexpected times for unexpected reasons. Since this is the case, your security and access systems should be smart enough to adjust for them.

So, whether it’s your accountant who needs to compile a last-minute financial workup or an intern who can’t remember to turn off the coffee maker, they will occasionally show up on Saturdays, and you should have a record of their comings and goings.

Avoiding the accidental alarms

With a standard alarm system, you or your employees must contend with setting the alarm each night. In a large facility, that is often easier said than done. For example, an employee may be in the restroom, but a coworker—not knowing someone else is still inside the building—enters the code to lock the doors. When the employee comes out of the restroom, the motion sensors pick up their movement, which inadvertently summons a police response.

This is a pain for everyone involved. The cost of the false alarm and the hassle of having to check every office space for a warm body is an outdated set of practices—one that almost singlehandedly makes the case for smarter security and access controls.

Securing sensitive areas

To this point, we have talked about the main entrances, but what about the offices within your building that need more security? A prime example is the human resources office—every file, every Social Security number in one place. Whether you deploy keycard or key-code access to your building, your security system should allow you to restrict access to certain areas, while allowing other cards or codes to enjoy expanded access.

Ability to look back

Whichever security and access control system you choose, make sure it offers the ability to look back at the entry and exit reports. If there is ever an after-hours incident, your access reports could be the information the police need to launch an investigation and find the person responsible for any damage or theft.

Don’t hesitate to call us at Southwest System Monitoring, Inc. to learn about the best security systems in Phoenix for your office building. We look forward to assisting you!

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