Facility executives make a lot of decisions, the least of which includes those related to matters of facility security and access. With multiple options on the market, choosing a system can seem a daunting task. But the task can be simplified by asking four questions about the system, your facility, and the needs of your staff.

Is the system easy to use and manage? Second only to price, this is the most important aspect for consideration. Who will manage the system, and how? Is it better to manage it internally via the Internet, or should you outsource?

What kind of access control functionality does your facility need? Your access control system must align with your business needs. How many employees do you have? What hours of access are needed? How detailed do your records of coming and going need to be?

What does it need to integrate with? Do you plan to integrate video, elevator controls, or an HR system? And what will you need down the road? Your level of integration needs will determine the level of system you need, from basic to advanced.

How much are you willing to spend? And of course, price is a huge factor to consider. How much can your company afford? Which systems come with additional expenses? How many points of entry need securing? What hours will see potential entries, and how complex are the levels of security among employees?

The security market has options for businesses of every size and every need, so it is critical to examine the specific requirements of your organization, both now and into the future. Answering these questions will help you narrow down your options and make a smart and safe choice for your facility and its staff.