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Common Misconceptions About Mobile Access Control

In an age where everything is controlled by personal cell phones and people have their devices on them at all times, mobile access control isn’t an exception; it’s fast becoming the new norm for security savvy building owners and managers worldwide.

Mobile access control is like a digital security guard on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Instead of requiring a badge or a physical key, this security guard requires verification and authentication via the cloud and a mobile device before allowing entry into a building. Technology researcher Gartner has reported that mobile access controls are no longer just on enterprise wishlists; these solutions are now mainstream.

With any newer technology, there are always misunderstandings. Here are some common misconceptions about mobile access control that MVI hears most frequently.

1. We Won’t Be Able to Get in if There’s a Power Outage or My Phone is Dead

A big concern with mobile access controls is that people will not be able to get past the door if there is a power outage or their mobile device isn’t charged. Remember that these controls are to enhance security and convenience; physical solutions such as keys, badges or access pins will still allow access into the building despite a power disruption. Also, MVI’s advanced system allows multiple different methods of entry, including physical MyKey tabs, that are similar to the tabs you use at a supermarket or gym, that don’t require a power source.

2. We Won’t Be Able to Get Out if There’s an Emergency

Mobile access control is only meant to increase security for people entering the building. Your exits will still always be available; a mobile access control will not affect or limit anyone’s ability to leave the building.

3. Keycards or Badges Are Faster Than Mobile Access Control

Do you know where your entry key is right now? How about your badge? You will never have to fumble to find your mobile device; it’s in your pocket, your purse, or your hand. Unlike many of the mobile access systems out there, MVI’s proprietary technology doesn’t even require you to have your device next to the unit. It can just be in your purse, and it will still allow you entry without taking it out, or going to the app.

4. Mobile Access Control Is More Expensive Than Traditional Solutions

You may think that keys, keycards, or badges are less expensive than mobile access controls, but mobile access control solutions are actually in line, or cheaper than most other types of access control systems, and will save more money by:

  • Eliminating card, key, and badge replacement.
  • Eliminating the need to physically hand the key to the individual, which is also helpful in today’s touchless world.
  • Streamlining the process for removing access for individuals who no longer require it.
  • Removing the need for physical on-site servers with cloud based mobile access controls
  • Combining mobile access with intercom, CCTV and other security features.

5. Having Mobile Access Control Apps on My Device Will Lower its Performance

One of the most common misconceptions about mobile access controls is that the app will drain the battery and slow performance of the device. 

Mobile access control apps are designed to take only a small amount of memory and run only when requested. These apps are background apps and will not affect your phone’s performance or drain its battery any faster. MVI’s app works on BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), which enables your device to save even more energy as well.

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