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November 13, 2021
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If you've read through our blog, you know that we're big fans of card readers. Keys and locks just don't cut it anymore, in regard to commercial safety. Limiting access times and specifying entrance on certain days of the week are great benefits to any company owner. However, the ability to pull an audit trail out of a card reader is, by far, its most under-utilized and valuable attribute fast locksmith seattles.

The reason why card readers supply users with an audit trail is in hopes that the information stored inside the lock, may be downloaded and utilized in many different beneficial ways.


The first and most obvious use of this information is to track unauthorized entry efforts. These locks will not grant access to customers who are beyond the specified"time zone" but they'll record someone attempting to enter the wrong time. By way of instance, An workers card is designated to work between 8:00 AM -- 5:00 PM, Monday -- Friday. An audit trail reveals that the same user has been denied access at 11:30 PM on Saturday night. This will provide you with grounds the question the employee about what the purpose of their late-night visit was. If the card has been stolen or lost and that same employee forgot to report it, then it will also function as a reminder to de-activate that card.

Secondly, the audit trail feature can help you get a clearer idea of how your system should operate. Let's say the same employee that has been mentioned previously, has a large list of"access denied" entries at 7:45, together with a handful of other people. Maybe you should adjust your time zone to permit entrance before 8:00 AM, rather than having workers wasting time standing in the parking lot.

Lastly, the audit trail can allow you to keep track of pin codes and cards. In the event that you had an emergency code programmed into the lock, in case somebody forgot their card, you'll be able to observe each time that code has been utilized. In case you find out that a card, which has been initially installed as a emergency code, is being used regularly, it is time to change that code. While code locks are excellent, they provide less protection because a succession of numbers could be given directly to other people. As the person maintaining the system, you won't be able to track who employed what codes. ID badges or cards are a lot easier to track. It's very rare that someone else used an access card onto a card reader and then gave it back to the proper individual.

If you are overwhelmed by the audit trail alternatives, consider it one step at a time. Create a list of the typical day-to-day patterns in your facility, then determine what level of security that you want to be set up. As soon as you have an overall idea of what you believe your facility needs, the audit trail system decision will be much easier.


And, of course, feel free to contact us for a fast consultation. We've got loads of trained support technicians who can answer your questions on audit trails and card readers. Let us know and we'll be happy to help you out. Happy auditing!

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