3 Reasons to Consider Mobile Access Control for Your Wireless Intercom System
The advent of smartphones in the first decade of the 21st century placed computers in the palms of the masses. According to Pew Research, the share of Americans that own a smartphone is now 85% in 2020, up from 35% when the first survey was conducted in 2011. The average American checks their phone 96 times a day- approximately once every 10 minutes.
What Is Mobile Access Control?
As tech advancements in the internet of things (IoT) continue to emerge, it is only logical for security companies to find new ways to use smartphones to gain access to facilities and systems. Therein lies the demand for mobile access control.
Mobile credentials for a wireless intercom system continue to disrupt the legacy technology that was there before, reducing the need to carry plastic access cards. It allows residents in multi-tenant apartments to use an app on NFC or BLE technology for a keyless entry.
Here are three reasons why you should consider making a switch to mobile credentials for your multi-tenant wireless intercom system.
1. Better Security
Key card readers and badging technology have often been riddled with well-documented vulnerabilities. From lost key fobs to cloned stolen badges, traditional access control methods can lead to costly breaches. Mobile credentials open up a world with enhanced security and an additional layer of protection.
First, most mobile phones have passcodes, fingerprints, or facial IDs to open, keeping the devices encrypted. Additionally, apartment intercom manufacturers incorporate a two-factor authentication system that requires a user to have the correct biometrics before providing front door access. The use of cloud-based systems to generate unique, one-time passcodes for entry provides an additional layer of protection.
Traditional access systems may require having a front desk, doorman, and wired door intercom system. The legacy systems provide additional hassles for renters to feel safe and secure. Mobile access credentials offer more convenience for tenants and property managers alike.
Mobile authentication allows for contactless entry, a priority now with the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Residents can open a door hands-free by pressing a button on their phone app. Additionally, smartphones allow for remote unlock. Tenants can receive a call from the visitor at the door entry terminal, visually verify identity before granting them access to the building.
Property managers can send out alerts during emergencies to their tenants through the wireless intercom system. It is also easier to issue and revoke credentials provided to the residents through their admin panel.
Intercom systems for an apartment building are not inexpensive. Modern intercom seems can cost between $1500 and $6000. Additional terminals and wiring can significantly balloon the final expense. Mobile credentials make it easier and less expensive to maintain.
Most mobile access control systems are cloud-based, reducing the need for purchasing, issuing, and replacing cards for your multi-tenant apartments. You also eliminate the need for on-premise servers to manage the front door access.
As more Americans acquire smartphones and other mobile devices, property managers may need to find new access control for their wireless intercom system. You can enjoy more security, convenience, and cost savings. To discuss your mobile credentials for your apartments, reach out to Whoo.ai.