As the technologies within access control systems mature and evolve, the benefits associated with using the security mechanisms also change. In the past, access control systems were solely used for security purposes, monitoring and limiting traffic to restricted areas. Today, however, companies can use the solutions for a wider range of applications.
While most access control systems have the same underlying intention in common, the systems can come in a variety of forms. These range from devices that require individuals to punch in a keycode to making employees scan ID cards to authenticate an identity.
Overall, the use of access control systems can be an effective way to deter crime and ensure only the appropriate people enter restricted portions of a facility. A new guide by the British Security Industry Association, however, suggests that access control systems can be used for something else: reducing an organization's carbon footprint.
"This guide is a great tool for a host of different organizations and companies, providing information from some of the most experienced experts in the industry," said Mike Sussman, the chairman of the BSIA's access control section. "Any company looking to create a more efficient security system and wanting to manage their environmental footprint would benefit from considering the solutions outlined in this guide."
The new shape of access control systems
In today's highly controversial business world, demonstrating environmental responsibility has become a priority for many decision-makers, especially in large-scale enterprises and federal agencies. By leveraging innovative security technologies, organizations can not only enhance cost savings but can also reduce their impact on Mother Nature, the guide said.
By looking at the large amount of information that access control systems accumulate, it is easy to see how the technologies can enhance a building's energy efficiency. Since access control systems monitor and analyze how many people are allowed in a room, taking note of individuals' movements, the applications should be able to recognize when areas are unoccupied, and turn off the rooms' lights, heat and other utilities.
A separate report by Security Solutions noted that many internal components of access control systems and other security technologies are becoming green due to an increased demand.
While access control systems can be an efficient way to tell if an individual's ID card is real, the technology can also enhance a company's cost savings and reduce its carbon footprint.