Migration: Transitioning to High-Frequency Access Control Systems

New technologies and heightened security concerns...

...are prompting many organizations to migrate their access control systems since migration can improve security. While migrating to newer technology requires an investment, it also delivers a return on that expenditure, including reduced insurance premiums due to better risk management and cost savings associated with averting a crippling security disaster. Migrating to newer, high-frequency technologies also offers the opportunity to combine multiple applications on a single card for building access, vehicle tracking, energy management, time and attendance, cashless vending and other applications.

A number of other situations can trigger the decision to migrate, including mergers and acquisitions, facility and staff expansion, and the desire to move to multi-application cards. Additional migration drivers include risk-management requirements, new contract-related or regulatory mandates, or a security breach.

A major part of the migration process is identifying a migration partner. Flexibility is the key, and a phased approach is most effective. It can take days or weeks to change all readers and badges, but high-frequency smart cards and readers incorporate the necessary technology to make this easier while simultaneously ensuring interoperability with legacy and future systems. Multi-technology cards and readers are a particularly effective tool for simplifying the migration process, by helping to bridge the gap between legacy and new technology. These cards and readers also enhance deployment options while enabling employees to use a single card for many functions. A multi-technology strategy offers the ability to use existing cards, deploy multi-technology cards, and transition to new, contactless, smart-card technology without having to change the access-control system cardholder database.

Moving to advanced access control technology is a significant undertaking but improves security while enabling multi-technology card capabilities. A critical key to success is finding a vendor partner capable of meeting today's needs while providing a solid, scalable platform for the future.