Even during normal circumstances managing the security within the workplace comes with its own challenges. 2020 has been exceptional in more ways than one; the majority of employees are working from home or on flexible working hours and companies are now looking into the viability of reducing their office space and subletting space within their building.
Whist this is a good opportunity for multi tenanted building owners it also comes with its own security challenges. Security risks both inside and outside the building will need to be reviewed and addressed.
Considering that tenants will have different working cultures this only adds to the demand for increased security measures.
With the right approach property owners can ensure a secure working environment suitable for both their tenants and visitors.
As a specialist in the automation of access control, Automatic Systems is well aware of the issues faced, especially in the light of recent events, and can offer tailored solutions that not only meet staff and visitor security needs but also the health and wellbeing of all.
This guide looks at the advantages for installing access control whilst outlining the different equipment possibilities.
SECURING ACCESS TO YOUR FACILITY 24/7
Having an office building open 24/7 without the need for 24 hour manned staffing not only reduces costs but is also a big advantage to the tenants.
Expanding operational times mean staff and visitor attendance is more evenly distributed which in turn, greatly improves their experience and gives them the flexibility to work at their own convenience.
In this health crisis all facilities with large attendees are also required to implement social distancing measures and to restrict access to a reduced number of people. By extending your opening hours these office buildings can welcome more individuals over a longer period.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH EQUIPMENT TO CHOOSE?
When selecting access control equipment that is right for your office building it is important to take into account a variety of factors:
- Number of staff and visitors
- Peak times and flow rates
- Desired level of security
- General atmosphere you would like to create
DETERRENT LEVEL SECURITY – TRIPOD TURNSTILES
A tripod turnstile acts as a deterrent. In addition, this access control equipment enables throughput (around up to 20 people a minute) and would work perfectly in specific areas of the building including an onsite gym.
In this instance we would recommend Automatic Systems TriLane tripod turnstile.
MEDIUM LEVEL SECURITY – SPEEDGATES
A speedgate offers you an increased level of security. Equipped with swing or retractable glass doors, it ensures a fast and bi-directional flow of traffic. Unlike turnstiles, speedlanes can also offer a greater passage width, guaranteeing greater user comfort: for example, the lane’s width allows people with reduced mobility to access your establishment and allow maintenance teams to pass with a cleaning trolley. Moreover, this access control equipment with transparent glass can blend stylishly into any environment.
Unlike the tripod turnstiles, speed gates are fitted with specialist detection cells that will stop tailgating: an alarm will sound to alert staff and the lane will remain closed, blocking entry to unauthorised users.
In this instance we would recommend Automatic Systems Smartlane, SlimLane or our recently launched FirstLane speed gate.
HIGH LEVEL SECURITY – Portals and Full-height turnstiles
A portal or full-height turnstile offers you a very high level of security. This system is highly robust, and can often be seen in entrance lobbies or at the entrance to venues such as stadiums . Both offer bi-directional throughput and is an ideal solution if you want to open your premises 24/7 with no or reduced security staff. This equipment provides 100% automatic access control without human intervention.
In this instance we would recommend Automatic Systems’ Clearlock 635 and 637, now certified to LPS 1175: Issue 8 security rating 1 to 3, approved by the Loss Prevention
Certification Board (LPCB).
WHICH SYSTEMS CAN BE INTEGRATED WITH ACCESS CONTROL EQUIPMENT?
If you opt to install a tripod turnstile, a security lane or a full-height turnstile at your office you will need to include an access control system (AACS), as proposed by your system integrator. Equipment from Automatic Systems is specifically designed so that it can be integrated with any form of access control system including proximity, QR and Biometrics.
WHY CHOOSE AUTOMATIC SYSTEMS’ SAFEFLOW INTEGRATED SOLUTION?
During this present health crisis compliance with prevention rules is more important than ever in order to control the spread of COVID-19. Automatic Systems has been at the forefront of this requirement and has developed SafeFlow. This integrated monitoring solution has the ability to take a temperature reading and check if the user is wearing a face mask. This is all done seamlessly and without personal identification. Secondly, the solution enables the counting and dynamic management of the number of people authorised at any one time. This is done by displaying a countdown on a screen and prohibiting entry when the set number of attendees is reached.
SafeFlow is compatible with all of Automatic Systems’ speed gates, including FirstLane, and it’s pre-integrated into the TriLane TL1 tripod turnstile. You can even integrate the solution into existing equipment through an independent post.
It is the ideal solution to protect your staff and visitors!