Many organizations are beginning to electronically register and track visitors that come and go from the facility. In order to do this, visitors are typically asked to present some type of ID upon arrival, thereby verifying they are who they say they are, and that ID is scanned upon check-in. Then visitors can then be issued temporary visitor badges for the duration of their stay.
Organizations typically handle the flow of visitors in their facility one of two ways:
1. Guests are always escorted by an employee or host.
2. Guests are allowed to access the facility without an escort.
The more secure the organization, the more concerned they typically are with guest access. If guests and visitors are to be allowed access without an escort, they may require some level of integration with a door access system. If this is the case, visitor badges may be printed on proximity or smartcards to grant visitors temporary access rights within the system.
Why might you consider integrating your visitor management system with access control?
- You want to give certain visitors access to particular doors in the building that may be locked in your door access system
- To limit unauthorized guests and personnel from accessing restricted areas
- In order to track the activity of everyone – even guests – who have entered the building.
Granting visitors temporary access rights is certainly not uncommon these days. As more and more organizations incorporate access control and electronic visitor management systems in their facilities, they see the need to give visitors access to specific doors in the building for the duration of their visit.
Things to consider when thinking about integrating your Visitor Management and Access Control systems:
1. Which doors would you like visitors to have access to in the building?
2. Would you like to create multiple visitor groups with different access privileges? (Ex: Contractors may be able to access different doors than Volunteers)
3. Is there an easy way to deactivate visitor credentials if they accidently leave without returning their badge?
The easiest thing to do is implement a fully integrated Visitor Management and Access Control system from day one. That way you can easily activate and deactivate visitor credentials from the same system, thereby eliminating the hassle of having to manage access rights from two seperate systems.
Start thinking about how you’d like to implement both Visitor Management and Access Control within your facility in the future. Taking every possible scenario into account when choosing which system to deploy at your organization will help you to be best prepared for the day when you do get ready to move forward.