In the aftermath of the global pandemic, commercial real estate is experiencing an upsurge. The real estate market is building confidence to rebuild. However, we are now in a different world than the one we left behind before COVID-19. There are more important security considerations to fully protect your building.
Here we detail the main security trends in commercial real estate.
Integration of security technology
Owning commercial real estate comes with a responsibility for the well-being of tenants. The integration of cybersecurity and physical security ensures that you have provided all available precautions for your tenants and buildings. Installing these integrations would turn your commercial real estate into a smart building.
An access control system is an important security measure to protect your building. New developments and trends in this field allow you to use your mobile phone instead of a key card.
The multi-factor authentication feature of your mobile phone device increases security by verifying the identity of the user using the ID. This reduces the risk of unauthorized personnel gaining access to the building.
The use of wireless IoT devices enables remote access management capabilities for the building manager. Credentials can be changed remotely so the manager does not need to be on site. Changes can be made instantly, providing convenient functionality.
Integrating the video intercom into your access control system further enhances your security. You can see who is accessing with authorized credentials and if there are any issues. The video intercom allows you to instantly identify who is accessing your building. It will also track and monitor access, which is perfect for buildings where visitors are constantly entering and exiting.
Using a cloud-based access control system with a commercial video intercom is also perfect for guest management. If a guest attempts to enter the building, a notification will be sent to you remotely. You can immediately identify the guest and allow them to enter.
Automated building management
Implementing automated building management in your commercial real estate uses state-of-the-art technology for your tenant. You can install controls to manage lighting, heating, air conditioning and ventilation. All door controls must, of course, be contactless.
Air conditioning and ventilation are important considerations in this post-pandemic world. Tenants and visitors want to know that every precaution has been taken to ensure they breathe cleaner air. Parameters can be adjusted and changed remotely as needed.
Technology based on hygiene
Controlling the air conditioning and ventilation inside your commercial building is an important consideration. However, there are other methods you can adopt to incorporate hygiene-based technology into your building.
As hybrid working becomes more desirable in office environments, crowded office spaces become less desirable. Using office management software allows employees to book which office they want to use and when. The reservation and management system makes it possible to assess congestion in order to prevent too many employees from being in the same space.
Management of temperature readings
A non-contact infrared thermometer can identify when an employee has a fever before entering the building. Some buildings are introducing airport-style scanners so that this process is done automatically and non-invasively.
Contactless entry systems
In conjunction with an access control system, all entry points into the building must be contactless. A new method used by smart buildings is for an employee to use their mobile phone for exterior and interior doors. Bluetooth can be used in conjunction with the appropriate software for contactless entry and exit.
Employers can set up a system where employees complete regular health checks to assess their well-being. One method is to ask employees to fill out a health questionnaire before they arrive at work, declaring their health status on a daily basis.
Commercial real estate security
Traditionally, security in the world of commercial real estate has focused on preventing an intruder from breaking into the building. The objective was to stop the damage to the building and the property inside.
Over the past two decades, cybersecurity has become a second security consideration, protecting data, networks and systems.
Today, commercial real estate must also take into account the health and safety of employees inside the building. Employers and commercial real estate should analyze whether or not everything has been done to prevent employees from falling ill with an illness such as COVID-19 in order to reduce liability.