Did you know that break-ins are 6% more likely to happen during the day, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m?
One of the best ways to prevent break-ins from taking place in your facility is by using access control systems.
To learn more about access control systems and how they might be right for your facility, keep reading.
How Does an Access Control System Work?
Access control is a type of physical security system. It manages which people have access to which areas at any given time. The system will prevent unauthorized individuals from entering a sensitive area while keeping track of authorized people and the time they enter specific rooms.
Access control is a rather broad term, as it can apply to any system that restricts location access to authorized people. This can include electrified doors, special guards or gates, turnstiles, and other systems for monitoring and controlling access to an environment.
In a facility that has an access control system installed, people who are authorized to enter the building, or rooms within the building, make unlock requests using a form of credential. These credentials can include a plastic card, an app on their smartphone, or their fingerprint. The unlock request is received by an automated system, which instantly communicates with an access control panel to find out if that person is allowed into the restricted area. If the individual is authorized to enter, the access control panel will automatically trigger the electrified door hardware to let them inside. It may also track when and where that person entered to follow personnel around a facility throughout the workday.
What Kind of Access Control System is Right for Me?
Before choosing a specific kind of access control system for your business or facility, answer the following questions to better navigate your options.
- How reliable will your access control system be? Access control has to rely on some form of network to operate across a building. Sometimes that network utilizes the facility’s WiFi or it may use NFC or Bluetooth instead. The potential danger is that if the network isn’t maintained 100% of the time, your security will be compromised. Internet outages are always a possibility. This is something you’ll need to think about before choosing one kind of access control system over another.
- Will your access control system integrate with existing automation or security infrastructure? More and more businesses are relying upon automated systems to keep things running smoothly and most facilities have security cameras or intrusion control systems to keep their staff safe. It isn’t uncommon for companies offering commercial access control to bundle other services into the package, such as video monitoring systems. Think about how the various services and automated systems in your facility will work together.
- How will garage and elevator access be involved? If your facility has elevators, a garage for employee parking, or additional areas that could pose an unexpected intrusion hazard, you will want to consider these things when choosing an access control system to use. Make sure you have all your bases covered. You wouldn’t want unauthorized people getting in through unsecured areas because of some oversights.
- What sort of advanced features do you want your access control system to have? For example, more advanced access control systems provide support for gathering data, such as a powerful system that allows management or security personnel to track an employee’s exact location throughout the day. This system can also help with time logging and attendance tracking.
- Is the system you’re considering streamlined and user-friendly enough for non-technical employees? While most people working in a modern business will use computers or smartphones on a routine basis, you’ll want to make sure that the technology you introduce with your access control system isn’t too difficult for your employees to work with. Another consideration is the system’s convenience and ease-of-use. If gaining access to a restricted room is unnecessarily long or complicated, even for authorized individuals, you will hear complaints.
Whether for a business, bank, or medical center, access control systems are a great solution for keeping a facility organized and people safe. AA Security Technologies can help keep your business and the people inside it safe, leaving you free to focus on the job you need to do.