- High level of security
- Reporting and data collection
- Adjustable access levels
- High level of flexibility
Whether you’re responsible for a school, hospital, industrial estate, residential or other property, you will want to make sure employees, residents and visitors feel secure and that equipment, belongings and information is protected.
An access control system provides a reliable first line of defence against intruders while being unobtrusive and convenient for residents, staff and visitors, by managing access and regulating only authorised people to enter a premise or even a specific room and restricting access to unauthorised people.
Access control systems are computer-based with an electronic card/fob access control system that uses a special “access card/fob”, rather than a brass key, to permit access into the secured area. There are a range of options available for granting access including PIN codes with keypads, ID cards, electronic fobs, radio frequency fobs and even biometrics.
TYPES OF ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS
- Stand-alone access control – can be used to control access on one or many separate doors in a building. Access is gained by using a numeric code, or PIN with a keypad, or by presenting a proximity or magstripe token, depending on which type of reader is fitted. As a result, each door has to be individually programmed. Stand-alone systems are great for smaller sites with a relatively small number of users, token management is simple, and the system can be extended easily as your requirements change.
- Networked access control – is a system where the doors are controlled from a central point or computer via a network. This system offers the flexibility of managing a single or multiple doors from a single point. These systems are great for medium to large sites as they make managing large numbers of doors and users easy.
High level of security
As the doors are controlled by powerful electromagnets, they are released only if an authorised person is detected. Should a fob go missing or a person is no longer allowed access the device or code can simply be removed from the system.
Reporting and data collection
As these are computer-based, they allow organisations to track not only employee movements and activities, but those of visitors as well.
If someone loses their keys it often means expensive replacements or changing the locks completely. With an access control system, it is simply a matter of reconfiguring the code to deactivate the lost card or fob and issue the person with another activated device.
Adjustable access levels
You can control and monitor entry to specific areas on the premises with different levels of access for different people – it is even possible to restrict entry and movement around a property for specific individuals.
High level of flexibility
Access control systems are flexible and can be used where restricted access is for just one door or for more complex requirements including multiple doors and timing restrictions. The system can also be programmed to release the locks when the fire alarm is triggered or during an evacuation so that safety is not compromised to achieve security.
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