Security managers had a tough year in 2020. Their requirements have changed at a record pace over the last 12 months, with pre-existing trends accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with new requirements and technologies entering the mix too.
It’s safe to say 2021 will be a busy year. Here are some key trends security managers need to be prepared for when it comes to access control and ID in 2021.
Challenge: Embracing new mobile credentials
Has anyone in your business enquired about the availability of mobile credentials yet? If they haven’t, chances are they will soon. As we roll into a new decade, we need products that meet the demands of the modern workplace. Mobile credentials are the key (literally) to the next generation of access control products, and they are available now. So how do they work?
Essentially a computer that’s in the palm of your hand, the smartphone has become the go-to essential item in our daily lives. We never leave home without it. It makes sense to harness their processing power and use smart and secure applications that carry out the same function as your access control card.
We’ll be launching an ebook about this exciting new product soon, but here’s an overview of some benefits.
- Easy and efficient management – They give security managers new and improved ways of managing credentials, making complicated onboarding and enrolment a thing of the past.
- The convenience factor – Forgotten your access control card? Not to worry. Your smartphone is now your key to entry.
- Reduced touchpoints – Everyone will be limiting the number of touchpoints to minimise the risk of spreading germs in 2021. Nothing can be more personal than using your own smartphone to access a building.
- Eliminating costs – Fading ID and lost access control cards are an expensive business. Mobile credentials ensure you’ll never have to reissue a card again.
Challenge: Increasing focus on sustainable ID products
It might appear that sustainability has gone on the back burner over the last year, but the truth is it’s more important than ever. In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some new ways of working that can have a positive impact on the environment. In 2021, security managers will be looking for ways to reduce their organisation’s carbon footprint, cut emissions and minimise waste.
When it comes to identification and access control products, there are numerous options that can help you do just that. For example, some types of eco-friendly ID cards give plastic a second life and reduce the amount of energy that’s consumed during the production process. Choosing to use the products of manufacturers that support a green supply chain and give back to the environment will be top of the agenda too.
Challenge: Reassuring staff with new procedures
The UK is currently in its third national lockdown. Whether you’re an SME or an organisation of key workers in the health care sector, the well-being of your staff has never been more important. In 2021, it’ll be really important to ensure they have reassurance around COVID-19 practices and feel safe in the workplace.
If you’re wondering how that’ll relate to your access control and ID systems, it means deploying a host of innovative solutions that keep your staff safe and secure – all while giving them the reassurance that you’ve taken time to adapt procedures. Temperature screening on entry is now commonplace across many larger businesses and corporations, with temperature screening kiosks offering a much more accurate and professional approach.
We’ve got an upcoming webinar that covers everything you need to know about these innovative new products, which you can find details on here. For our full range of COVID-19 supplies to ensure your workplace is compliant if people are returning to the office, click here.
Challenge: Finding software to fit with new ways of working
Zoom. Microsoft Teams. Google Hangouts. The way we interact with work has changed, and those responsible for issuing ID and access control to staff need tools that fit in with this fresh approach to the workplace. If you’re looking for such a solution, the new EasyBadge 2.0 is one of the best solutions. This software not only saves you money, but it is an excellent fit for those with staff working from home. How?
Well it’s an application that allows you to edit and update ID databases on the go. It also allows you to remotely receive data and photographs remotely. This cuts out many of the pain points that have traditionally been associated with image capture during onboarding and enrolment processes. In 2021, that means it cuts out touchpoints and is perfect for a more flexible approach to the workplace too. You can find out all the details here. If you need a printer too, the software is included with the EasyBadge 2.0 photo ID card system bundle here.
Lots more to come in 2021
We hope that’s given you an insight into some of the key challenges we think our customers will face in 2021, along with some innovative ways to best deal with them. We’ve plenty more exciting content in the works for this year, so keep your eyes on our blog and LinkedIn for more handy tips and insights.