Many commercial buildings already have or are transitioning from traditional locks to keyless solutions that are managed through access control systems. These key fobs are similar to electronic access cards. Plus, they are small enough to be easily included on key chains and lanyards. If your business hasn’t yet made the change, you may be putting your employees, equipment, stock, sensitive documents and other assets at risk.
However, there are several benefits to key fob security for commercial buildings. In fact, they’re even becoming popular for residential use.
The Security Risks of Mechanical Key Locks
Depending on the size of your business, you may have more than one set of keys – any of which can become lost or easily duplicated. That is a security risk for any business. Locks need to be changed and new keys issued, which can be expensive and is often not a one-time occurrence.
If a key fob is lost or stolen, it’s possible to immediately disable it or change the codes of the other key fobs through an electronic access control system. This is one reason why they are commonly used for offices, hotels, 24-hour gyms, day care centers, shared residential areas and so on.
Key Fobs Provide Different Levels of Security
Perhaps the most practical application of key fob security is the ability to grant different levels of access to employees or visitors. For instance, access to rooms with expensive equipment or inventory can be allowed for authorized personnel, while restricted to other employees to prevent any chance of theft or misuse.
Another example includes managerial offices or records filing rooms that contain confidential and important documents. Break-ins to these rooms could be reduced with a key fob security system.
Perhaps you hire a cleaning service to tidy up your office each week. Their key fob could be programmed for exactly the time or access level they need, instead of sharing extra keys that unlock everything.
Scheduled Entry and Access Records
Keyless entry systems are designed to create a record of those who enter and exit buildings. This can be highly beneficial for staff accountability – especially for those who work during off-hours.
It is also possible to schedule locks to be accessible during specific times, further controlling key fob access. Main building entrances could be restricted for manager-only access during off-hours, while preventing junior employee access during that time.
The access control system can and often will be connected to a security system which includes Closed-Circuit Television Surveillance (CCTV) that can be activated when a key fob is used.
Other Benefits of Key Fobs
One fun aspect of key fobs is that they can be used for more than just regular door locks. They can be programmed to allow employees to use company vending machines, lockers, certain electronic equipment and more.
Reprogramming key fob access can be done quickly by the system administrator, allowing for new access levels when needed. This is helpful if an employee promotion requires new security levels within the building, for example.
A final benefit is that key fobs are relatively inexpensive to replace when they become lost or damaged. They can also be de-programmed, making it impossible to access the building if found.
While the transition to key fob security for your commercial building may be a costly transition, the increased peace of mind, practicality and potential decrease in insurance premiums more than make up for it. A qualified locksmith can advise you on the best system for your business. Contact us with any questions you may need answered!