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Access Control Solutions for Laboratory Facilities

In terms of the amount of sensitive data laboratory facilities work with, physical security is crucial to protect the data and assets, specialized security staff training, clear policies and procedures, and installation of functional access control equipment must meet the needs of scientists, specialists and laboratory staff to ensure a safe and secure working environment.

However, some aspects of laboratory security are more flexible than others, and this is where most mistakes are made. For instance, in order to give as much attention to protecting sensitive personal data, laboratories fail on giving due attention to physical security, such as electronic testing equipment, dangerous samples and chemicals, or visitor access control levels. Therefore, security systems at laboratory facilities must take physical security as a priority.

Some laboratories still rely heavily on manual security checks by staff, placing a lot into the hands of the security team members, while implementing physical barriers to the outside world that are placed on multiple touchpoints. For instance, the receptionist checks the visitor’s ID and buzzes him/her in manually. Visitor’s data must be entered into a computer log manually. In addition, physical barriers may be connected to standalone access control units distributed across the laboratory and not provide the option to monitor them simultaneously. However, these options are increasingly fading into the past as laboratory security systems now rely on advanced electronic access control solutions, for examples,


Biometric access control

Certain laboratory sections must adhere to strict access control rules. For instance, medical research labs or testing rooms deal with highly sensitive values, and people allowed to get in must be clearly identified. Therefore, hospitals deploy biometrics like facial recognition or iris readers to allow entry into the restricted area.


Wireless cabinet lock

Real-time access control and monitoring to laboratory cabinets is crucial to protect sensitive data and assets. Wireless cabinet lock can work with existing or new access control system using standard RFID protocols namely iCLASS®, MIFARE® and DESFire. Some can even connect to access control solution adopting facial recognition as authentication method. 


Keypad readers with passcodes

This security option enables entry by typing a pin into a reader. Readers can be standalone or integrated into an access control system. This authentication method can combine with facial recognition to make multi-factor or two-factor authentication.


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Ricky Tsui

Ricky Tsui

Senior Business Development Manager at Comba Telecom

Ricky has over 25 years of experience in industrial electronic & communication business and project management, strategic planning and alliance with different MNC and government bodies. In recent years, he has developed strong partnership alliance with other professionals in Hong Kong and focused on the latest video and facial recognition technology, AI and IT Infrastructure business for Asia Pacific Region.