Workplace Trends

Workplace Security and Physical Access Trends to Look Out for in 2020

Does the security of your office premises mean locks, alarms, grills and bars and uniformed security guards? Have you ever actually analyzed whether all this keeps your premises secure from external and internal threats? Research shows that most businesses are overconfident of their security process. In many cases, such overconfidence stems from a lack of understanding regarding where the vulnerabilities lie.

On the other hand, the State of the Industry report, based on a survey by Shred-It in 2018, reveals that over 40% of senior executives and business owners believe that employee negligence and accidents are the main cause of security breaches within their premises. Little wonder then that the growth of the global physical security market is expected at a CAGR of 8% from 2018 to 2024. The market is expected to grow from a value of $83 million in 2018 to $136 million by 2024.

So, what are the latest trends in securing office premises? Well, for one thing, businesses are harnessing the power of technology to access smart solutions that are also environment-friendly. Here’s a look at the top trends that will rule physical access and security at the workplace in 2020 and beyond.

Smart Technology to Eliminate Potential for Human Error
When you choose a smart visitor management system, you can also ensure that it is sustainable. Smart sensors, machine learning-based surveillance and analytics, automatic alerts and notifications and so much more can be achieved through today’s smart technology. The best part is that when there is no human participation required, instances of human lapses or negligence decline too. A smooth criminal might be able to sweet-talk their way around human front desk personnel but they cannot dupe an AI-based solution. This is because the algorithms pre-determine who is allowed access within the premises and who isn’t.

Such technology not only gives the admin and security departments access to a real-time dashboard with information regarding who is entering and exiting the premises, who might have overstayed, whether anyone who has been previously red-flagged or blacklisted is attempting entry into the premises or whether any unauthorized person is attempting to enter a restricted area. In addition, regular reports can be generated with just one click, with custom analytics, based on each business’ specific security needs.

The use of such technology is ensuring the physical safety of the workplace has already been deployed at various office premises, a trend that is expected to grow in 2020 and beyond. They offer multiple benefits for both single and multi-tenant premises.

Cloud Storage of Data for Added Security
A recent Gartner report forecasts that 9 out of 10 businesses will be using cloud services by 2021. In fact, the cloud market is expected to be valued at a whopping $260.2 billion by 2020. The reason for this is that the cloud offers a secure, failsafe operating environment. When security solutions, such as visitor management systems, collect personal information from visitors to business premises, the data can be automatically stored on the cloud. This will not only ensure high-end privacy and security for any sensitive data, it will also be accessible anytime, anywhere by authorized personnel.

In short, cloud computing is not just a means to ensure cybersecurity, it can play a crucial role in ensuring the physical security of a building. Cloud-based visitor check-in solutions allow for greater efficiency too, making it hassle-free to manage security even for areas with heavy footfall, multiple check-ins or even checking in of large groups together. In fact, being highly customizable, such solutions can help you streamline the system to your business needs while allowing you to manage multiple locations via a single central dashboard.

Mobile Access Control
With advancements in technology, physical access can be provided or withdrawn through the visitor’s smartphone. So, worries about locks and keys and forgetful security guards are eradicated. A visitor management system mobile app can make the process totally keyless. All the security system has to do is send a QR code or access code to the smartphone of the visitor, which can be used to gain entry.

In addition, during times of emergency, alerts for evacuation or notifications for overstaying can be sent to the mobile device. The entire process becomes efficient while ensuring the highest levels of security.

In short, when the entire security system moves into the smart tech arena, it saves businesses valuable time, effort and even money, while simplifying access control and providing real-time, high-end security.