Access control systems are the next step in the push for more security. However, one of the downsides of access control systems is that they are only as successful as the amount of maintenance that is performed on the system.
Maintaining The Database
One form of maintenance that is essential is the maintenance of the database. As people come and go as they access your facilities, they will need to be regularly removed from the database in order to make sure that they or someone else does not later gain unauthorized control. It is a good idea to encourage maintenance workers to turn in their access cards not only to reuse them, but also to further minimize the risk that the keycard will fall into the wrong hands. Also, when the responsibility of someone changes, it is the responsibility of the system administrator to have the database updated so that a keycard holder has the appropriate permissions.
The database needs to be backed up regularly to make sure that the various permissions granted to employees are not lost in the event of the servers being damaged or a glitch. If the database permissions are lost, this can cause your business to grind to a halt until everything is sorted out.
Maintaining The Keycards
The keycards themselves need to be inspected to make sure that they are not damaged. Workers will be unable to perform their jobs if their keycards become so damaged that they can no longer use them. The keycard needs to be tested to make sure that it continues to function properly and should be replaced when it has visible signs of damaged.
Maintaining Keycard Scanners
A qualified maintenance technician needs to visit your facility regularly to inspect keycard readers to make sure that they are functioning properly. If a keycard reader is unable to read keycards or opens doors that should not open, the reader needs to be replaced. When selecting an access control company, you will also want to make sure that they provide 24/7 service for when an access card reader stops functioning properly. The individual who visits and inspects your access control system usually operates geographically, which allows for the technician to get to know your individual access control system very well. By keeping your maintenance under control, your access control system will keep your facility secure.
For more information on access control systems, contact a company like Complete Cabling Solutions Inc.