Interest in cloud-based access control has surged in recent years, attracting businesses of different sizes and across industries. For anyone who has been seen the benefits of cloud-based systems, that’s hardly a shock.
From streamlined system management to pricing flexibility, cloud-based access control offers some very attractive qualities when compared with traditional, on-premise systems. Some key examples are listed below.
Accessibility from anywhere with an Internet connection
While some traditional access control systems offer some remote connectivity, cloud systems are designed with mobile accessibility in mind. Authorized users can log into the relevant access control app, web portal, or network to view or manage system activity. Aside from providing convenience, this also enables users to receive alerts and take action in the field in the event of an incident or emergency.
Flexible cost management
Whereas traditional access control systems systems often come with high upfront installation and equipment costs, cloud-based services provide much greater flexibility in pricing. Instead of purchasing on-site equipment outright, users can opt to lease equipment from an authorized reseller, avoiding high capital expenditure costs in favor of modest ongoing operational costs.
Reduced burden on user staff
Maintaining a business system takes time and effort, particularly for mission-critical ones like access control. By turning over the hosting and maintenance of on-site PCs, servers, data-redundancy infrastructure and related processes to the integrator, users can dramatically decrease the burden on their own IT staff. Depending on the application itself, a cloud-based system can reduce IT involvement by 97%. Should the user desire, management of the cloud system can be turned over partially or fully to the integrator as well.
Storing all data on site can be quite risky: unless the user has strong safeguards in place, a power surge or network failure can impact system operation or result in the destruction of that data. To that end, cloud-based access control systems generally utilize centralized data centers that are equipped with robust backup power and storage systems to ensure the safety and integrity of the system and data.
Round-the-clock updates and monitoring
Software updates and patches are critical for ensuring that the access control system is up to date and that any vulnerabilities are addressed. However, these updates are only helpful if they are implemented in a timely manner. With cloud-based access control systems, updates can be pushed out quickly and simultaneously across system devices, rather than requiring employees to handle them. This helps increase system efficiency and security, while decreasing the risk of human error. In addition, many cloud-based systems offer 24/7 monitoring services, helping improve response time, provide peace of mind and free up enduser staff to tackle more pressing business challenges.
As with traditional access control, cloud-based solutions vary from business to business, as do the benefits that users care most about. Perhaps the most exciting benefit of all is that users can find new ways to not only strengthen facility security, but also optimize IT and other operations business-wide.
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