Security Business

JUN 2019

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44 Security Business / / June 2019 Access Control differences. For example, many facility entrances do not provide for tailgating prevention, but it may be considered a necessity by the customer. In this case, limit recommendations to those security entrances which can control tailgating. Further, you need to know whether the goal is to detect, deter or fully eliminate tailgating for each individual entry point – as each objective requires a different security entrance solution to fully meet the need. Factor No. 2: Throughput To calculate throughput, consider current and maximum building occupancy, employee workflows, elevator banks and waiting area capacities. The directional use of any entrance can change during the course of a workday, such as morning rush hours, when there should be more inbound lanes open; and the other way around in the afternoon. Other factors include whether one-way or two-way traffic is needed, and where access for the disabled or individuals transporting large items will be provided. Too many entrances wastes financial and space resources. Too few leads to lost time and productivity, and frustrated users. Factor No. 3: Aesthetics The colors, materials and finishes of the entrances chosen will impact not only how an entrance looks at first, but also how well it will support your customer’s security and business objectives over time. Make sure your client considers whether they want the entrance to stand out or blend in with the facility, and if they want it to reflect corporate branding. Its look will speak volumes about the organization – it can be sleek and high-tech, rustic and friendly, or traditional. Finally, consider the practicalities such as exposure to the outdoors, cleaning and wear and tear over time. Factor No. 4: Return on Investment It may seem counterintuitive to think about return on investment for an entrance; however, there are factors to consider. Beyond the cost of the entrance itself, depending on the amount of traffic vs. the throughput of the entrance, the facility may need more than one unit. Further, some entrances require more training, more maintenance or more energy to power over their lifespans, increasing costs; others require constant staff supervision. Additionally, an entrance that collects and provides useful business or security data has an increased value that may be difficult to measure but is also meaningful to the organization. Factor No. 5: Training Beyond the installation, manufacturer technical training can help improve and increase the life of entrances. Training can also help reduce the number and length of service visits, saving costs for the user – a strong selling point. Manufacturer training tools should include resources like webinars, on-site training and regular in-house training at the factory to keep technicians up to date on new technologies. Programs for installers should include technical training on installation, service, planned maintenance and post-installation issues. The entrance itself should be configured to allow enough time for each individual to pass through. Consider whether one-way or two-way traffic is needed, and where access for the disabled or individuals transporting large items will be provided.

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