When opening a coworking space, one of the first things to consider is how to properly secure the space. Coworking spaces are generally high traffic businesses, with a constant flow of people who pay for varying levels of access as well as new people who should be monitored or escorted to a specific area. This makes the security needs of space slightly more complex than an average business. In this article, we will compare and contrast the two most popular options for physical security and offer recommendations for which may be right for your coworking space.
So, is an Access Control System or Smart Lock Better?
The two most future proof and secure access control options for a modern office are door readers and smart locks. Door readers are usually installed right next to doors and are wired to the electric locks in your doors, whereas smart locks are electric locks with built-in communication technology that replace the traditional locks of the facility.
Traditional locks and keys, while simple to install, come with a lot of liability for a business as a whole. Metal keys are easily lost or stolen, and mechanical locks extremely easy to break given the right opportunity. As a business that relies on monetising and protecting every square inch of space, coworking businesses need advanced technology to replace antiquated locks and keys which are easily manipulated. Access control technologies like door readers and smart locks are both innovative solutions that address this problem, with the added value of being easier to maintain and monitor for administrators.
The platforms that power these solutions can also provide a better experience for coworking members and valuable data and integrations with other business management tools for coworking space owners and operators.
Benefits of Access Control System?
Well, in our view the best access control system has to be our biometric access control system. After all, our range of biometric door entry readers provides you with a biometric access control system that cannot be falsified. It includes fingerprint door entry systems, multispectral fingerprint door entry systems and face recognition door entry systems, all of which incorporate the innovative anti spoof technology, a parented combination of software and hardware tuned to distinguish between live features of the finger or face thus preventing fraudulent use of fake or stolen biometric data.
Benefits of Smart Lock?
Wireless locks require a bit less infrastructure and are generally simpler to use, they are however also much easier to be able to bypass than a biometric access control system would be. A benefit of this system, however, is that they are also a lot more modular and customisable to space, with more design options to choose from with a single installer. Smart locks can have different metal sheens and finishes to match the aesthetic of a space.
So, whilst we do take into account that smart locks are far more customisable to locations than any access control system on the market ultimately the point of both of these products is to keep people out who shouldn’t really be attempting to get in. So, in conclusion, we all know that when it comes to this ball park the biometric access control system wipes the floor with a smart lock.