State of Play : State of Play - Issue 1
STATE OF PLAY | ISSUE ONE There’s also the question of sustainability. A lot of businesses are big on sustainability and inevitably they question how ‘green’ it is to employ a battery-based system. First, there is a significant cost saving in moving away from a reliance on electrical power. Second, modern recovery processes in battery recycling also ensure that over 95 percent of lithium ion batteries can be recycled and the end result is a much reduced carbon footprint. Don’t fall prey to ‘fear of the expense’. Factoring in major savings on energy costs and maintenance bills, even a fairly small venue could save thousands of dollars by making the switch to a wireless system. MYTH #2: Wireless systems can’t integrate with existing wired systems Many people believe that fitting a wireless system would be disruptive to an existing traditional mains-powered wired system. The truth is, wireless access control systems have the ability to be integrated with a wired system and also incorporate CCTV (closed-circuit television) or energy management functions. Integrating with existing wired systems, may help mitigate risks in terms of access failure, as error messages and notifications show up in real-time on the hard-wired access control systems user interface. MYTH #3: Wireless locks can’t support multiple keys If you thought wireless locks don’t support multiple credentials, that’s another misconception. There’s a multitude of products offering multi-authentication via PIN, smart card or smartphone. Look for a range of wireless locks that will support a majority of credentials. This will mean existing access control credentials can be used with new wireless locks. Gaming venues can certainly benefit from wireless lock technology. Management of keys (key records and ordering replacements etc) can be administratively time-consuming for venue managers. Transitioning from traditional key control to an electronic access control can streamline key management and additionally provides a high level of security – with the ability to remotely monitor and manage access passes. FINAL WORD With hardwired access control still common, the market has been slow to adopt wireless lock technology. There hasn’t been much of a push by the industry to introduce this technology, with building owners and venue managers left to educate themselves. However as demonstrated in busting these three myths there can be multiple benefits to moving to a wireless system. Security upgrades usually fall to the wayside when it comes to expenditure for building upgrades – and are usually reactive in nature with upgrades only commissioned after a security breach. Why risk it? ■ TRANSITIONING FROM TRADITIONAL KEY CONTROL TO AN ELECTRONIC ACCESS CONTROL CAN STREAMLINE KEY MANAGEMENT.
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