Access control security is a door entry system using an alternative to a key and lock, such as cards, a scanner, fingerprints, audio or visual. In a situation where people are coming and going all of the time, access control security has a host of advantages over regular lock and key systems, and has already proven highly successful within the hotel industry, not to mention a variety of businesses throughout the country. Continue reading to find out why access control security is right for your organisation.
1. Easy to use
If you’re put off by technology, don’t be. It’s actually trickier to fit a regular key in a regular lock than to open a door through access control security methods, and there’s the added bonus that the doors lock all by themselves. Security is also easier to maintain with access control over standard locks. With a lock, everyone with access needs a key, which can easily be cut and distributed elsewhere, but with access control the settings are all decided by you and it is impossible for those with access to duplicate these as they can with a key.
2. Money saving
Once your initial investment is out of the way, access security is extremely cost effective. If one of your employees loses a key, you’ll need to change all the locks and keys to ensure security is maintained. Lose an access security card (for example) and you can simply deactivate the card in question. It’s the same for when employees leave – should anyone forget to hand their card in, it can be deactivated so it no longer works. Likewise, if you need to grant workmen access on a temporary basis, you can activate a card for a specific period, unlike cutting them a key, which is permanent.
Locks have been around for a long time, and professional burglars are experts when it comes to gaining entry. Access control is a brilliant visual deterrent – not only are they extremely difficult to decipher if used correctly, but they can be used on every door within a building. Even if a burglar gets through an outer door through extreme force, the same effort will have to be used on all doors. Burglars will generally take the easy option, and in most cases, a door with access control is far too much hard work.
Access control systems give increased safety to your employees. Once set up, no one but your employees will be able to gain access into your building. This is especially vital if your business has money and/or valuable equipment on the premises, or if your staff work with children or vulnerable adults.
In the modern digital age, access security can not only fit in with your existing security measures but can also offer some convenient extras. Some access control systems can double up as a clocking in/out system, replacing whatever system you currently have in place. Others can link up to an overall building system, meaning it will control lighting and other electrical equipment that is usually on a sensor. Thus, if a room is empty and locked, some access control systems will be able to ensure nothing is eating electricity and costing you more money than necessary.
We hope you’ve found our blog on access control security useful. Amid the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day it’s all too easy to forget about security issues until it’s too late, but installing access control can make a real difference in the long term. For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions, and remember our site security surveys are completely free of charge.
17 February 2017
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