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Since 1994, Andromeda Technology Solutions has kept businesses safe, secure, and running. Whether you need proactive IT services or advanced building security, we're your go-to resource.

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Unlocking the Future: Navigating the Lifespan of Your Access Control System

In the ever-evolving landscape of security technology, businesses often find themselves facing the inevitable need to replace their access control systems. While the average life expectancy of these systems stands at a commendable 12 years, a significant number require replacement in less than a decade. The reasons behind this necessity are many, including:  

  1. New, more effective features: New features, such as mobile credentials, enhanced encryption, cloud-based backups, and user-friendly apps for mobile devices, provide enhanced security and convenience. Older systems are less effective in addressing today’s sophisticated security challenges without them. 
  2. The Shadow of Obsolescence: As manufacturers discontinue their support for older hardware, businesses face increased security vulnerabilities, coupled with the unavailability of replacement parts. The inability to add onto existing systems further compounds the challenges.
  3. Maintenance Woes: Aging gracefully is not always an option for Access Control systems. The wear and tear on electronic locks, coupled with the emergence of more frequent and unpredictable problems, necessitate increased maintenance efforts.
  4. Overcoming Barriers to Change: While the need for system replacement is clear, businesses often encounter barriers to change that impede progress.
  5. Cost Concerns: The perceived cost of upgrading is a common deterrent. However, businesses may find that the investment required for upgrading is less substantial than initially thought. Leveraging the expertise of Access Control providers, such as Andromeda, ensures businesses receive the best value for their investment. Andromeda also introduces unique financial options, like our Technology as a Service program, to make the transition more financially feasible.
  6. Migrating Old Credentials: The security risks associated with old proximity cards, which can be easily copied, present a compelling reason to transition to more secure alternatives. Many businesses are now opting for mobile credentials on smartphones, eliminating the need for constant reissuing of credentials when lost and streamlining access management.
  7. Replacing Wiring: The thought of rewiring can be daunting, but access control providers may be able to utilize existing wiring, minimizing the need for extensive infrastructure changes. If new wiring is necessary, leveraging CAT6/network-based components helps reduce labor costs, making the transition more cost-effective.
  8. Redeveloping Integrations: Upgrading Access Control systems often requires redeveloping integrations with other systems, such as time and attendance tracking, access to office and production equipment, and burglar alarm and video surveillance. The Andromeda team of IT experts collaborates with businesses to understand current integrations, ensuring a smooth transition and easy solutions. 

Recognizing the lifespan limits of Access Control systems is essential for businesses aiming to maintain robust security measures. By understanding the reasons behind replacements and addressing the barriers to change, organizations can embark on a seamless journey toward advanced, secure, and efficient Access Control solutions that meet the demands of the modern business landscape. 

 

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