Access Control in the COVID-19 Age: Changes You Weren’t Expecting. Here’s How to Navigate

By Chuck O’Leary, President of Open Options

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the security industry has changed dramatically in just a few short months. Integrators and security directors are faced with new challenges since the coronavirus has hit which requires them to think beyond just physical access security. They are beginning to break new ground by incorporating medical safety technologies into existing security systems. 

Protecting people’s physical safety and health is the highest priority going forward. How do we reopen businesses while helping to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus? What is the “new normal” and how do we implement it into everyday best practices?

The purpose of this article is to provide guidance in navigating through new expectations and to provide thoughtful insights and helpful advice on how to deal with the changes that are shaping a new normal for access control.

As the world prepares to normalize again, and companies of all sizes and all industries are able to reopen their doors to the public, organizations need to be ready for a shift in what will be expected as acceptable when it comes to safety and security. Health and hygiene, as you would expect in the age of COVID-19, are of prime importance.

How can you best prepare? How do we continue to secure the physical safety of people while incorporating new medical safety requirements, and still maintain strong cybersecurity rules?

1. Learning from Each Other

2. New Collaboration of Technologies & Requirements

3. Setting the Right Expectations

4. Frictionless is in Question

5. Changing Perceptions of the Door Reader

6. The Mask of Cybersecurity

7. The Role of an Open Platform

Rethinking access control is not a luxury in the age of COVID-19. It’s a necessity. Open Options is here to help bridge the gaps and bring all the pieces together. We believe the access control industry can come out of this pandemic stronger than ever.

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