Security technology has changed dramatically in recent years, and UK landlords are leveraging this technology to create more attractive properties for their tenants.
Want to learn more about the technology providing smoother management for UK landlords?
Keep reading as we explore the top physical security tools, from access control to video surveillance, revolutionising daily building operations for tenants and landlords.
Cloud-Based And Mobile-First Access Technology
Access control is invaluable for landlords to create convenient daily building access while increasing security. Standard key and lock systems are insufficient to minimise the risk of lockpicking.
Instead, landlords can implement access control technology with keycards, fobs, or mobile devices – eliminating the potential for lockpicking and forced entry. Mobile credentials are the latest development in security technology, allowing landlords to avoid the costs associated with keycard and fob replacement.
There are two types of SIM cards: postpaid and prepaid, but regardless of which one is used, downloading a digital access credential to a mobile device is a convenient and secure alternative to physical access credentials. Providing new tenants with keys in the onboarding process thus becomes much more straightforward, allowing the handover to be performed remotely.
Cloud-based security and mobile-first access control technology presents the following benefits for a landlord’s security strategy:
- Improving daily entry – tenants can enter the property more quickly with mobile access credentials. Rather than removing their mobile devices from their pockets, tenants can quickly enter by waving their hand over the reader – and this motion will trigger remote communication with the user’s mobile device. The user can protect their device from theft and enter without touching anything for more hygienic building practice.
- Remote management – the property manager or security staff can manage security anywhere. They can allow tenants to enter the building if they need to remember their key without visiting the location in person.
- Open API integrations – cloud-based access control comes with open API integrations that allow security teams to integrate security tools and apply software to implement additional features.
The evolution of cloud-based and mobile-first technology for access control has improved the tenant experience for daily building use while providing security staff, landlords, and property managers with a more user-friendly security system from a management standpoint.
Cloud-Based Video Surveillance
Evolutions in smart technology have eliminated some of the significant flaws in a traditional on-premise security system:
- Maintenance requirements – landlords must devote time and effort towards maintaining their servers for video surveillance data storage.
- Wiring systems – a landlord must organise the deployment of complex wiring infrastructure to deploy or scale their surveillance system.
- Storage space requirements – the servers for a surveillance system will take up significant space in a building – could be detrimental to the ROI a landlord receives from their property investments.
All of these issues are resolved with modern, cloud-based store surveillance cameras. A cloud-based system does not need servers. Instead, it stores all data in the cloud, eliminating the need for a complex wiring system. A landlord can access over-the-air updates from their service provider to maintain, update, and troubleshoot their security system. The service provider does not need to visit the site in person. Instead, they can perform the update remotely to reduce travel expenses and system downtime.
Additionally, a cloud-based video surveillance system allows security staff to view surveillance footage from any location. If a landlord needs to manage security across multiple locations, they can opt for a cloud-based surveillance system. The landlord must only use a browser or mobile application to investigate a potential security threat.
Integrated Access Control And Video Security
Landlords face one vulnerability with any access control solution they implement – the potential for an unauthorised user to gain access using stolen credentials. To prevent this from happening, UK landlords are leveraging the open API integrations of access control and video security.
You can integrate access control with video surveillance to prevent unauthorised users from accessing the building. This will allow you to view access logs and video feeds on a single interface. Using timestamps, you can quickly determine whether a user’s identity matches their credentials – without correlating data from different sources.
To automate the identity verification process and ensure all tenants’ identities are verified, some landlords are implementing intercom systems with facial recognition software alongside this technology – minimising vulnerabilities without an increased security presence.
Automated Visitor Management Systems
Visitor management systems allow for easier evacuation and security investigation processes by ensuring accurate visitor records. UK landlords are leveraging the open API integrations of access control technologies to automate visitor management and provide more reliable data. The system allows visitors to register using mobile devices and logs their entry and exit times. A manual system leaves too much room for human error, leading to lax security. An automated visitor management system ensures no human error in this process.
Technology is paving the way toward more manageable security for landlords and more convenient daily building access for tenants. If you’re considering ways to improve your security system, increase the value of your properties, and increase tenant interest, why not consider opting for more stringent and sophisticated security technologies?
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