You feel employees need their own personal storage space, you’re passionate about improving their workplace experience and see lockers as way to create an extension of your brand.
You see a tech-integrated, smart system as the best and most future-proof way to go. But you need some guidance on the technical points around RFID locking systems and their compatibility. Check out our networked locker insights below.
Networked lockers are all connected to the server, either through WiFi or physical wires. If the wiring option is chosen, the wires are taken through the walls of the locker, into a central control unit and then integrated into the server. Using a networked system means that the locker information is backed up in data drives on the cloud, ensuring more security.
Because of the integration into the server, it is necessary to draw the IT team into decisions around locking strategies, especially when extra permissions must be given to locker administrators. Pulling them in early in the process will enable them to advise on the best locking system which will result in optimum compatibility with the organisations server.
With a networked, smart locker strategy, the most comprehensive management reporting and control will be achieved. Lockers in banks in various locations can be controlled from one central software system and through an easily manageable and intuitive system. Any locker can be opened in emergency, broken or faulty locks are flagged, and users can be switched, cancelled, and modified.
Whatever your needs, it is possible to find a lock that supports your strategy and resources. Critically, you should know that there is no right lock to choose so let's discuss a few key factors which will influence your decision.
Physical space constraints: if you have tight constraints on space, an ideal option is the ‘shared’ locking strategy. However, this is only ideal if you have employees who are not always in the office or do not have a permanent high demand for lockers.
Budget: Mechanical locks are the least demanding monetarily however, you may feel that the time and bother caused over lost keys and the lower quality employee experience is more of a cost than the initial investment.
Level of demand: It is always beneficial to assess the demand for lockers. It may be that certain teams need them more than others or that smaller lockers are more popular. You may find that, whilst essential, less lockers will be used at one time that you previously thoughts, and this was give you the opportunity to go for more quality RFID locks, but less lockers. See our 7 points of consideration before choosing your locker strategy.
The level of management is ideal in every situation, below are a few specific examples:
High Security – sensitive content can be stored in the lockers with highest security as any technological malfunctions or forced locks are reported on the central system. This can be seen by the administrator, along with times and details of when the event happened.
Cleaning – in post-covid times, hygiene level could be more stringent. The high level of control an administrator has means that all lockers can be opened simultaneously with a click of a mouse, allowing cleaners access.
Education – the open-all function is also ideal in a school setting, where all lockers could be opened at the end of semester to be emptied before the students leave.
Reading this made you appreciate the technical nature of RFID lockers, and you're excited to introduce the idea to your IT team. Perhaps you need some extra information, something clarified or a meeting. Submit your details below and we'll get in touch.