The demand for hygienic cloud-based access control is stimulating growth in the access control industry, which is expected to reach a value of $20 billion by 2028.
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Keep reading for the ultimate guide to commercial building hygiene and security trends. This guide will cover the best tools for promoting commercial building hygiene and the benefits of a fully-integrated cloud-based security system.
Top Commercial Hygiene And Security Trends
Let’s look at some of the top commercial hygiene solutions and security trends that can help you to care for occupants’ safety and health. Consider which tools, trends, and technologies a security systems integrator could install to best resolve any current issues with your commercial building security.
Blended Cyber And Physical Security
Cloud-based security tools are increasing in popularity. When you invest in cloud-based security tools, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate cyber and physical security. IT and data science teams must work to ensure your physical security system is effective, and physical security experts must understand response procedures for security threats that are both cyber and physical.
But, how can businesses create a blended approach to cyber and physical security, and what are the benefits of merging both security aspects?
Some of the significant trends in blending cyber and physical security include:
- Merging cyber and physical teams – by combining IT and physical security teams, a business can ensure that its physical and digital security strategies align. Both teams can collaborate on a more robust overall system. Both teams will be able to decrease their workload, which may present an opportunity to streamline your staff.
- Using physical security to protect digital assets – your commercial building is home to many digital assets. You can merge physical and cyber security by using smart door locks to secure any areas in your building that house servers and sensitive data.
- Using cybersecurity to protect physical security tools – cloud-based security tools offer remote operation features. These features could cause a colossal security breach if intercepted by a third party. So, you must protect your physical security resources from a cybersecurity standpoint.
- Using AI and analytics – you can leverage security data for your commercial real estate business intelligence using AI and analytics to spot trends and establish alerts for potential security risks.
You can get the most out of your physical and digital security strategies by implementing blended cyber and physical security. You will also be able to improve both teams’ efficiency, communication, and collaboration.
Touchless And Hygiene-Based Technology
In the wake of the pandemic, any security strategy must now include health and safety measures to prevent the spread of germs in commercial buildings, pest control and other building hygiene practices. Here are some of the latest essential hygiene-based technologies you should consider introducing to your security strategy.
Touchless access control is a cloud-based security solution that restricts access to your building while providing increased convenience and hygiene for the user. Touchless access control operates using mobile credentials instead of keycards and fobs, eliminating the need for keycard and fob replacement. Touchless technology can make your security strategy more hygienic and more convenient in the following ways:
- Allowing touchless entry – when your building occupants need to enter the building, they can enter with a wave of their hand. They do not need to take their mobile device from their pocket or bag and present it to the reader. Instead, when they wave their hands over the access reader, this triggers remote communication via BlueTooth, WiFi, and cellular communication with their mobile devices. They do not need to contact touchpoints when entering the building, which prohibits the spread of germs.
- Ensuring entry on the first attempt – by using a triple communication method, touchless access control ensures seamless entry on the first attempt for more convenience.
- Remote operation – your security staff do not need to visit your building’s entrance to allow users to enter. Instead, they can open doors remotely using a mobile application or cloud-based control center.
Some access control solutions facilitate integrated temperature reading. You need to screen your employees for a high temperature or fever to ensure that employees carrying the coronavirus are not permitted to enter the building, which would cause an outbreak. Automated temperature reading eliminates manual temperature reading processes while securing your building from symptomatic individuals.
Wellness verification software allows you to screen for coronavirus symptoms at your building’s entrance using digital surveys. Automated wellness verification integrates with your access control system, providing users with digital symptom surveys they must fill out before entering the building. If they are symptomatic, your access control system will restrict them from entry.
There will likely be touch points throughout your building that users must come into contact with upon entering and leaving. The best way to prevent the spread of germs at these touchpoints is by coating them with anti-microbial surfaces. You can apply this material to handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, and more.
With cloud-based security comes the potential to build a fully-integrated system, expanding the function of your existing security investments. Here are some of the top integrations for a cloud-based security system.
Visitor management software automates the visitor management process, providing you with an accurate record of building visitors without any additional manual effort. Before they enter the building, visitors should fill out a digital form with their details. By filling out this form, visitors can gain temporary access credentials to get inside the building. When they leave, the system will remove the access credentials from their device and automatically sign them out.
Building Management Systems
Smart building management helps businesses to leverage their security tools to save energy and cut costs. You can use the internet of things (IoT) to integrate your devices, lighting, and heating with your access control system. You can then establish building management triggers based on access control events. So, when a room is empty, all the devices, heating, and lighting will switch off, only to switch on again when a user enters the room.
If you’re reconsidering your security strategy in line with the changing security climate, you need to know about these touchless and hygiene-based security technologies. By investing in cloud-based security, you can enhance the function of your security system. You can ensure the health and safety of your building occupants and use security technology to streamline everyday building operations.