At Havr we’re on a mission to redefine access. We recognized a while ago that access control isn’t a one-size-fits-all industry, and that innovation is badly needed to address that. That’s why we set out to develop BrightLock as a solution that solves the access problems of organizations with mission-critical operations. We call it a critical access solution (CAS). So as part of that redefining process we’re here to explain just what we mean when we talk about critical access solutions.

What is critical access?

In short, critical access refers to an organization’s access needs in mission-critical situations.

Different spaces and situations have different access needs. Imagine the turnstiles at the front entrance of a busy shared office building - say, a skyscraper in a city center with several companies’ office spaces and hundreds or even thousands of people passing in and out of them each day. That’s not critical access. It’s everyday access.

Critical access is for areas that need to be highly secure, but when someone needs to reach them, they need to be able to do it quickly and with a minimum of hassle. A critical access solution lets them do just that. Examples of critical access are on the doors to key facilities areas, like boiler rooms, or in data centers, or important equipment stores maintained by energy companies.

What does a critical access solution do that a standard access control system doesn’t?

A critical access solution improves workflows and makes operations more efficient. It makes life easier for everyone using it. That goes beyond what most access control systems are designed to do.

The idea of ‘access control’ can be limiting. Those limits have stifled innovation for a long time. ‘Controlling’ access has traditionally been about keeping tight controls on who can get in. Now, that’s obviously an essential feature of what you’d call an ‘access control’ system. But also one that’s a given. It’s a bit like saying about a car, "It gets you from A to B." Well, yeah, obviously it does that. What else though?

Keeping the wrong people out is the most basic function of an access control system. Letting the right people in: just as non-negotiable. Also just as basic. The truth is ‘control’ is the minimum requirement from an access system. For a long time, access systems have been built, marketed and sold based on the idea that they’re all about keeping people out. We believe organizations deserve more from access. Critical access focuses on access management - making it as easy as possible for people to get where they need to go, without ever compromising on security.

Who can benefit from a critical access solution?

Lots of types of organization can benefit from a critical access solution. ‘Mission-critical’ can mean different things and there are hundreds of different use cases. For example, BrightLock is perfect for organizations from real estate agents, schools and hospitals to facilities management companies, construction businesses and local authorities. Real-world uses of a critical access solution range from boiler rooms to wind turbines to secure medical storage cupboards.

Is a critical access solution difficult to deploy?

No. One of a CAS’s defining characteristics is ease of deployment. It can work in situations and locations where traditional access control systems can’t, and its purpose is to improve workflows. For example, we designed BrightLock smart locks to fit to existing doors with a Euro-profile cylinder, and it’s completely wireless. So it takes five minutes to install the hardware, with no drilling and no cabling. And because the BrightLock software suite is completely cloud-based, there’s no IT infrastructure to deploy - it’s as easy and installing a lock and setting up an account.

If you’d like to know whether you could benefit from a critical access solution (and, if you’re reading this, chances are you could), get in touch using the chat on our home page.