Have you ever come into a building and before you even enter, you are presented with a large book, a pen or been asked for your personal identity document or driver’s licence? Have you ever asked yourself how protected that ID/registration information is?
In a world where safety is a growing concern and personal information is shared relatively openly with strangers, many questions may arise with regards to the protection of that information. Through the implementation of regulatory measures such as the Protection of Personal Information, or POPI, bill in South Africa; more awareness is being created and importance being placed into the protection of individual personal data. From an organisational perspective, the implementation of secure risk management processes is imperative in assisting in the management of internal and external risk possibilities.
From a security technology viewpoint, access control can be focused on with regards to assisting in the management of risk associated with the entry and exit into, and out of buildings. Innovations such as the Electronic Visitor Identity Management (EVIM) system have been introduced into the South African market to minimise risk associated with hosting individuals within places such as complexes, office buildings, special events etc. This system is designed to work in conjunction with an organisation’s current access control protocols such as readers etc.
The EVIM is essentially designed to capture visitor information in a streamlined and secure manner and presents a few benefits in assisting in the surveillance of entry and exit point security in any property. The system allows for the accurate capturing of visitor name and surnames, the correct recording of vehicle registration details and the verification of every entry and exit date and time. Furthermore, this system allows for the protection of visitor information from guards and other visitors by restricting their ability to access this data. The information captured is only available to authorised members of the premises being visited. The data is securely stored for future reference and the streamlined processing of information when visitors are entering a particular site helps improve the visitor experience.
EVIM system’s compliance with POPI provides peace of mind for all stakeholders involved. The visitor can rest assured that his/her personal information is protected; and the organisation/premises owner can safely guarantee visitors that they are not only protected by the law but also by the building/organisation’s additional security systems.
Security is increasingly becoming an integrated value-chain entity where collaborative relationships within, and outside the security industry are growing in importance. The involvement and support of key stakeholders such as government, by passing safety laws, and security professionals is imperative in the creation of a strong overall health, safety and risk management business model within South Africa.
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