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How Access Control Systems Work to Protect your Business, Premises and Employees

Posted by Hermione Crone
27th June 2016

Many commercial premises across the UK utilise Access Control Systems throughout their property as an extra layer of security. They can be used on a wide range of building types, from hotels and schools to factories and office blocks, helping you manage visitor access efficiently all from a computer or Smart Device.

These keypads come in different formats and can be used both externally and internally to control entry in separate parts of the building. As well as enhancing security for your business, premises and employees, they also add a professional touch and can satisfy insurance requirements.

Access Control with a number pad

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How They Work

By installing an Access Control system, you’re restricting admission into your building, or parts of your building, by requiring personal identification. This identification can be made through various means depending on the type of system installed. They include:

  • Card swipe systems
  • Keypad entry via PIN codes
  • Fobs and readers
  • Biometric control
  • Facial Recognition

The idea is that only a select number of people, essentially the staff members of your company, will be given the relevant codes or equipment to gain entry. New or unfamiliar visitors would require supervised access or have to use the visual/audio intercom that many Access Control systems incorporate.

Access Control with fob

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Benefits of Access Control

The benefits of installing an Access Control system are numerous and varied, strongly increasing the security for your business or commercial premises. Let’s look at how they can help.

Network security – You can integrate Access Control products into your IP network alongside any existing security equipment. This improves accessibility and means you can manage the system from a remote location if necessary.

Lost keys – There’s also no need to worry over lost readers, cards or fobs – they can be deactivated in case they fall into the wrong hands. Likewise, forgotten PIN codes by a staff member can simply be changed through the system network.

Zone control – You may want to limit access to certain areas of your building as well as through the main front door itself. This permits only staff members with specific privileges to enter particular rooms, perhaps those that contain sensitive information or expensive goods.

Access control with new technology

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Individual controls – In addition to controlling zones, you can also set the access control system to work for staff members based on their schedule. Workers who’re supposed to have access at a certain time can only enter the building during this period.

Automatic locking
– Access Control system doors will automatically lock once they’re closed. With this, there’s no need to worry about a staff member forgetting to secure the premises every night or over the weekend.

Electronic records – As an additional security boost, the system will keep an electronic log every time the entry point is passed. In the event of theft or vandalism, this is a great tool in checking who was in the building – or a specific area of the building – at an exact time.

Various entry points – As well as for use on standard doors, you can also integrate access systems onto gates, turnstiles, barriers and even indoor closets if required.

Click for more information about Access Control systems. You may also be interested in The Effects of Crime on SMEs.

Posted by Hermione Crone
27th June 2016