By Lee Copland | August 8th, 2023

As the United States and the Middle East’s industrial sectors embrace data and systems transformation programs, upgrading access control has become a critical priority for large-scale operations. Although the prospect of updating access control systems in industrial settings may seem daunting due to the size of the workforce and potential interruptions to operations, the benefits of modernization are becoming increasingly apparent.

The Advantages of Modern Access Control in Industrial Settings

  1. Enhanced Security and User Experience: Industrial operations in both regions are leveraging the latest access control solutions, including biometric readers, QR codes, and flexible workflows. Integration with various security and safety systems, as well as identity management and HR databases, allows for a secure yet flexible approach to role-based access, protecting facilities, IT networks, equipment, and high-value assets.
  2. Command and Control Functionality: The latest access control systems offer customizable and user-friendly command and control functionality. Organizations can manage multiple systems and devices through a single interface, simplifying alarm verification, response, and threat mitigation. This streamlined approach reduces pressure on staff, minimizes human errors, and facilitates system maintenance and support.
  3. Software Takeover as Efficient Upgrade Path: Rather than disruptive hardware replacements, many organizations in both regions opt for a “software takeover” as the most efficient and rapid upgrade path. This approach is especially beneficial for large and complex industrial sites, where hardware chipsets, including controllers and surveillance cameras, face supply chain issues. With proper handling, upgrades can be carried out seamlessly, even with large databases involved.

Real-World Case: Oil Refinery Migration to eFusion

At a major oil refinery producing premium transportation fuels and high-value products, an aging embedded access control system had become slow, and certain critical features were no longer functioning. The migration to a fully integrated eFusion access solution involved a rapid software takeover of five thousand cardholders, ensuring secure and uninterrupted personnel movement through over 220 access points across the vast 5.2km2 site. This upgrade not only bolstered protection at critical entry and exit points but also paved the way for interoperability with SAP, integrating core HR functions for further efficiency gains.

Futureproof Access Control Solutions

Unlike the days of costly and highly customized solutions leading to siloes and inefficiencies, today’s access control software offers modularity and affordability. Organizations in both the United States and the Middle East can seamlessly integrate a wide array of technologies into a unified security and safety management platform. This approach ensures a rapid return on investment and a low total cost of ownership, enabling industrial sites to build resilience against potential security threats and disruptions.

As the industrial sector continues to embrace modernization and data-driven solutions, upgrading access control is no longer an overwhelming task. By leveraging the latest access control technologies, organizations in both the United States and the Middle East can enhance security, optimize operations, and position themselves for a secure and efficient future.