When IT leaders think of Access Control Systems (ACS), they typically only think in terms of technology. It makes sense considering their position, as well as the growing list of responsibilities that many IT departments manage. But DGI is passionate about finding ways that technology can serve the mission of the organization – a concept we refer to as IT relevancy. We’ve seen many examples of ACS contributing to more than just a stack of technology or your safety strategy.
Here are three surprising ways ACS can contribute to your goals:
1. Increasing Profit Centers
Businesses that earn their bread-and-butter on billable hours have a huge incentive to establish a strong ACS strategy. For example, we recently worked with a medical organization that wanted to maximize their doctors’ time with patients. From an economic standpoint, it makes sense: you pay your doctors a set fee for the hours they work regardless of how many patients they see, so the variance in profit margins lies in how much of that doctor’s time can be billed to patients. We conducted a productivity study that showed that each doctor spent about 45 minutes a day logging in and out of computers from room to room and patient to patient. When we implemented a system that allowed them to log in and out automatically via their access control card when in close proximity to the computers, those 45 minutes per doctor per day translated into millions of dollars in additional billing hours per year. The situation is the same in every industry that profits from billable time and requires secure logins to conduct their work (so, basically every industry). This is actual ROI gained through properly implemented ACS.
2. Managing Traffic Flows
If you are a member of a large organization, chances are you’ve had some challenges with traffic flow throughout your campus(es). From a logistical standpoint, this can be a nightmare, but it’s also a safety issue (especially in emergency situations). Once again, it’s ACS to the rescue. This is where proper reporting comes into play. Take your elevators, for example. Especially true in large organizations where time is critical (i.e. hospitals, or high-pressure industries), elevators have a huge impact on traffic flow. Given the right data collection and interpretation, you can actually discover where your biggest traffic flow issues and bottlenecks are, and then program your equipment accordingly. You can actually determine where you have the most traffic and program the elevator to stay on that floor, unless specifically requested elsewhere. You can also program key cards to only work on certain floors to maximize logistics and maintain security policies.
3. Reducing Energy Expenditures
From both an environmental and financial standpoint, it’s more important than ever to reduce your organization’s energy usage. ACS can help. For example, lights, HVAC systems, and power supplies to certain technologies can be controlled by ACS, and may only be activated once the key card has been swiped. This is a great way to control energy usage, minimize your consumption, and cut energy expenditures while providing the resources your team (and organization) needs for success.