Web-based 'keys' can unlock digital ID
What is the solution to the issue of key control in financial services and payments to protect staff, assets and information? Electronic key solutions that feature web-based management can be integrated with existing telemetry systems can help control and manage operations, supporting flexible digital authentication.
This offers a high level of both physical and data protection, given these keys only use accredited software and infrastructure providers. For example, some systems boast an electronic key system where all the power is retained by the key or locks themselves. This means no wiring is required, whether the system uses door cylinders, cabinet locks or padlocks.
Users can then have secure access to an online management application from anywhere in the world and can change key access permissions, profiles, schedules and validity, even revoking their use virtually at the click of a button. Keys can be validated daily, weekly or monthly keeping them continuously secure, and users are required to change their password every three months.
This enables an organization to comprehensively track and audit who has access to specific locations, when they had access and how often. Access can be granted only at the exact moment it is required, mitigating the risk associated with lost or stolen keys.
Advanced systems also take advantage of the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology, meaning keys can be activated through a smartphone and access rights can be granted to the user "on-site." This revolutionizes remote access control by bringing it into the mobile era, offering flexibility, time saving, ease of use and integration.
This offers a solution to the challenge of managing access rights in organizations with staff turnover. If a key is lost, or if a contractor or temporary staff member needs access revoking, this can all be done centrally by an administrator, minimizing the risk of a physical security breach.
In addition, if access rights need to be altered, with a permanent employee being given permission to enter more areas, this can be done quickly and easily, even with the use of a smartphone.
There are many additional benefits to be gained when installing a solution such as this and integrating it with other "smart" systems. Financial savings, carbon emissions savings and, most important, time savings can be made with smart infrastructure integration.
The hybrid between mechanical and electronic technologies is the "key" to success in this arena, maintaining the strict standards required for security while enhancing operational efficiencies and security for the future.