In a business article published this week by Forbes magazine, the co-founder and president of Openpath, James Segil, confesses that he considers access control to be a commodity, just like thermostats before the advent of NEST technology, which He says, "He made you care." Now Segil insists that his company's technology is about to make "people worry about access control."
Hoping to provide substance to their trust, Openpath, a new access control technology company that was launched in the summer of 2018 and is rapidly emerging as a leading player in workplace safety technology, unveiled the results of your Office technology study on Tuesday. The report reflects the growing demand from end users for high security access control along with ease of use. Like its own technology, which allows users to access their buildings and internal office spaces through an Openpath enabled smartphone that incorporates WiFi, LTE and Bluetooth authentication to unlock doors, more than 36 percent of Respondents said that smart technology should be integrated into their office security protocols, specifically at the entrance.
Openpath consulted more than 1,100 office professionals from 18 to 60 years of age in the United States for the survey. The results highlighted some of the "weaknesses" that many office workers and executives find using their current physical access control systems. About 54 percent admitted that their office building required more than one method of access and, of course, the problem of loss or loss of keys, credentials, access cards and fob, or forgetting the PIN codes of the keyboards occurred at least once a month for more than 44 Percentage of all workers.
"This study shows that employees demand more intelligent, more convenient and, more importantly, updated security systems. More than half of the employees believe that their company's access control system could be improved or modernized, "says Segil." Many of the access control options available in the market today have not been updated in more than 40 years and clearly do not meet the needs of today's employees, which is why we created Openpath Access. "
Openpath was created by a team of serial entrepreneurs who were tired of forgetting the keys to their home office, frustrated by having to carry multiple credentials to enter their buildings and concerned about the security of their work space given the state of the real world. Its mission has been to reduce friction in the modern workplace, which would allow an intelligent access control solution that automates the security infrastructure, leaving more time for office staff to worry about business and burn fewer hours of issuing lost access control credentials.
Safety is not a priority for some buildings
One of the surprising results was that metal keys were still used by more than 56 percent of respondents and others said they spend more than three hours a year looking for keys, cards, etc. poorly placed. Segil says that the lack of priority that many facilities have is highlighted. Secure access on this day of advanced technology.
"This shows that the facilities are not prioritizing safe access control, nor are they listening to the wishes of their employees. Many of these facilities also do not have a better and easily accessible option. Traditional access control systems, such as metal keys or even security card readers, simply do not provide the intelligence or flexibility required by modern workplaces. Too often, companies focus on internal cyber attacks, but these attacks are not the only way to compromise the company's confidential data. "Segil warns that the line between physical security and cybersecurity has faded and companies overlook the risk of data loss as a result of physical access committed to the workplace."
The facade of a safe workplace is usually as good as that of the employees who work there, and according to the survey, almost one in three people do not feel safe in their own office buildings. Much of the blame can be traced back to the administration that fails to establish adequate credential protocols and policies among employees. This fact is taken home, since more than a third of all employees in this survey said they have loaned their credentials to access another person and almost one in five has left a job permanently without returning their active credentials.
"Security personnel and management should start taking steps to modernize access control and customize access. The best way to do this is by installing a system that integrates the access and security needs of a physical building with real-time, cloud-based software systems that tenants and owners use to manage their buildings and businesses. . Managers can begin by removing barriers that prevent systems from communicating with each other; in doing so, door security systems can communicate with all other systems in an office, "says Segil.
Smartphones the harbinger of the new credential
Segil adds that Openpath has studied the vulnerabilities of traditional access control and has worked to create a more secure solution. They discovered that by incorporating a highly encrypted smartphone with access control, something that most employees have with them every day and that rarely lends to a co-worker, can simplify and improve the security stance of the facilities of the office while making it more personalized and easy. manage.
"Employees can even send special guest passes to visitors, eliminating the need for identification cards or borrowed pins, and these passes can be removed after a few minutes, a day or even months," Segil emphasizes.
When you consider that about 40 percent of people today are already using their mobile phones to control smart devices in their homes, the question arises why not work. The survey emphasized that more than half of respondents would prefer to only carry their mobile phone as a door key instead of a separate card, card or fob, while more than 50 percent expect to be able to control smart devices in the Work place with your mobile phones in the next five years.
"These results were not surprising at all because we have seen it so widely adopted in the residential space.The modern day workforce almost always carries smartphones with them, no matter where they go or what they are doing. Smartphones have become the safest and most convenient way to access the office without having to worry about losing an access card or a PIN Number Employees want convenience, do not want to go through a lot of steps to get to your office Instead, they want to be able to simply walk to their door, have them recognize their credentials in less than a second and enter, "says Segil. "We also discovered that most users have not only changed to using their mobile phone for access, but also prefer to leave their smartphones in their purse or pocket to enter the office, simply because this means they do not have to dig in your wallet or pocket to get in. That's why we developed the Touch technology, which does exactly that. "
New technologies that shape the future
Segil concludes that it is important that office managers realize the need for more secure access control to improve employee happiness and continue to obtain new hires that meet the needs of the company.
"One of the most disruptive technologies that shape the future of access control will be the cloud technology that can allow office administrators to manage their building with options such as scheduled lock, custom zones, user level permissions and blocking capabilities. Cloud technology will continue to shape the future as we move from a "device" and "server" model to a "virtual" and "cloud" model. "The mobile continues to dominate as the most disruptive technology and will have the greatest impact on the user's daily experience in buildings, since everything will be controlled or enabled more and more by mobile phones," he adds.
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