It has been said that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail and nowhere is this more true than in the management of physical security operations. In any organization, growth can trigger the need for significant changes and/or upgrades to physical security systems, including established key control systems. For the scalability of key control, as with other systems, the degree to which the needed changes can be met is determined by the plans put in place.
Today’s advanced and scalable key control systems are designed to enable a fully integrated access control solution that can be tailored to individual requirements both now and in the future. This allows organizations to prepare for and adapt to change with minimal or no disruption to the daily operation. Key control cabinets can be added where and when as needed to support organizational growth while the overall system maintains high reliability and performance including the common usage of databases and programming.
As a result of this scalability, organizations can benefit from cost savings because system restructuring is not required when growth demands additional locations or users. Even changes to access procedures such as adding biometric readers can be implemented with minimal interruption to procedures. Additionally, software upgrades are quickly and easily implemented from a central control point to minimize operational disruptions.
Scalable key control systems with tracking software, combined with written operational key control procedures, offer multi-site facilities increased security and control and can help prevent unauthorized key access while reducing the number of lost or misplaced keys. The access history of each key is instantly recorded to provide management with information as to who has which key and when it was taken. Computerized control and real-time accountability can also offer management increased productivity and added protection from liability issues.
Scalable key control and management systems are an easy and effective way to plan for growth that keeps pace with the growth of an organization.