The office is where you spend the majority of your day. Much like at home, safety is sought by your employees in the office. To have their safety guaranteed in the confines of their workplaces will grant them peace of mind. You, too, as an employer, would be more at ease knowing that your office is free from danger.

With technology advancements showing no signs of stopping, system integrators and other IT companies are on the rise, offering various high-tech security measures to adapt to your workplace. Here are a few advanced security devices to consider:

Access Control

Monitoring who goes in and out of your workplace is essential. Aside from your front desk officer, additional “eyes” are necessary to be sure that only authorized individuals are being allowed into your workplace. ID scanners and code-powered devices are common, but perhaps it’s time to upgrade to more innovative devices. Here are two types of more advanced access control devices to choose from:

  • Biometric-Powered Door Locks

Biometric scanners come in the form of a fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, iris scanner, or anything that authenticates people by their unique physical traits. These traits are recognized as their biometric data. Only individuals with registered biometric data will be permitted access to the workplace. Biometric devices are generally affordable, starting at $50 for single fingerprint scanners. Devices with more sophisticated and advanced functions can cost up to $2,500. Some factors that determine prices are brand, functionality, accuracy, speed, and security level.

  • Smartphone-Based Access Control

This method is growing popularity, thanks to the convenience that smartphone offers. A report from Gartner states that by 2020, 20% of organizations are expected to adopt this measure. Connecting door lock devices to your smartphones is a wise move to heighten security level. This door lock device has its own smartphone application that users can download, and then register their data. Specific passwords for different doors are encrypted into the smartphone, known as credentials, which will then be accessible through the app.

Again, depending on the brand and functionality, prices for this device vary, but it generally costs a few hundred to thousands of dollars per door, plus maintenance. Smartphone-based access control is more cost-efficient for companies because of its simplicity and convenience. Workplaces are mostly filled by young people who rely on their smartphones for many of their activities, so investing in such a device may deem favorable.

Surveillance Cameras

security guard watching video monitoring surveillance security systemThe use of security or surveillance cameras is nothing new. Even homes are equipped with this device already. Over the years, surveillance cameras have improved and evolved. However, not all types of security cameras are fit for your workplace. To ensure maximum security, cameras with advanced functions are preferable.

  • Dome cameras

Most dome cameras are commonly installed indoors, making them perfect for offices. It also has a wide viewing angle, which means you don’t have to install as much in different corners of your workplace. It provides a better view of your security personnel as well. Additionally, it is capable of night vision, heat, and motion sensors. With this type of surveillance camera, intruders face a great chance of being prevented from causing harm.

  • IP Surveillance

Integrating IP surveillance to your existing surveillance method is now widely used. IP or Internet Protocol camera is a device that lets you operate your surveillance camera remotely by connecting the device to your smartphone. To make this work in the best of its ability, it is essential to have an HD security camera for quality recording and monitoring. Like smartphone-based door locks, these devices also have their own designated applications to download. IP surveillance offers major convenience because you can access your security cameras wherever you go, as long as you are connected to the Internet.

Devices typically range from $70-$300 per unit and the integration of IP ranges from $60-$100. It is actually a good deal, considering its many advanced features and technology.

Safety and security are great investments, and it’s best to opt for the best measures we can take to ensure that our workplace is safe from harm. Keeping your employees and properties secure no matter where you are can give you the peace of mind you deserve.