The new year is almost upon us, which means it’s the perfect time for a fresh start. While 2020 has brought a number of significant challenges, it’s also given business owners new opportunities to assess where improvements can be made for the sake of smoother operations.

Whether some of your employees are continuing to work remotely or you’ve welcomed everyone back to your facility with safety measures in place, it may be time to take a closer look at your security. Having fewer people on-site may provide an increased risk for criminal activity, after all. It makes sense that you may want to more closely examine your building controlled access. Even if you’re already taking security precautions, you could still benefit from improving your commercial access control systems in 2021. Here are just three signs you might want to upgrade your access control in the new year.

You’re Still Using Manual Keys

Failing to keep up with technological developments can ultimately leave your business vulnerable. Not only are manual keys inconvenient, but they can easily be lost or copied. What’s more, facility doors that are protected only by basic locks are at a higher risk of break-ins. Rather than having to change the locks and distribute new keys each time you identify a risk, it’s better to invest in cloud security technology that allows you to both access and monitor your building’s access through digital means. Not only will you benefit from improved security, but your setup will provide greater convenience for employees.

Your Current System Can’t Scale

If your outdated system is unable to grow with your business or can’t be integrated with more advanced technologies, you’re going to be behind the curve. Because technology evolves so rapidly, you’ll want to invest in commercial access control systems that can scale with your changing needs. When you rely on an outdated system, you’ll eventually run into problems that will lead to gaps in your building security. Rather than rely on workarounds or leave things up to chance, take the opportunity now to upgrade to a system that can scale.

You Can’t Monitor Remotely

Homes that lack a security system are 300% more likely to be burglarized — and when a business lacks proper security, it becomes a target for criminals. Of course, along with an impeccable security system, you also need proper surveillance. But if your current system allows you only to monitor goings-on when you’re present at the job site, that can provide you with less visibility than you need. Modern commercial access control systems will provide the ability for business owners to monitor all on-site happenings even when they aren’t physically present. Using a mobile device like your phone or tablet, you can instantly gain access to surveillance in real time. Without this feature, you’ll be missing a big piece of the puzzle and may find yourself unable to properly protect your business.

As we prepare to leave 2020 in the past, it’s time to look forward to the future. In 2021, you can take steps to improve security and safety at your place of business. To learn more about how our commercial access control systems can help you achieve your goals, please contact us today.