At a very basic level, access control is a means of controlling who enters a location and when. The person entering may be an employee, a contractor or a visitor and they may be on foot, driving a vehicle or using another mode of transport. The location they’re entering for example may be a site, a building, a room, or a cabinet. 

What is an Access Control System?

Not to be confused with virtual access control systems – used to prevent access to virtual spaces – access control also increases security. These electronic security systems typically use an identifier such as an access card to authorise people to enter certain areas. And, as they’re capable of logging who accessed where and when, they can provide valuable data to help you track how your buildings and sites are being used.

Why use an Access Control System Instead of Keys?

Keys are the simplest form of physical access control and the method many smaller organisations use. Even for a small company, however, using mechanical keys have several flaws and limitations – especially as an organisation gets bigger. Below are just some of the problems presented by keys.

People lose keys – If someone loses a key, you need to replace the lock to make sure the lost key can’t be misused. You then need to distribute new keys to everyone who needs access to that door.

Keys don’t leave an audit trail – You can’t see if and when someone’s used a key, so you don’t know who’s entered or at what time.

Keys are difficult to manage – If someone needs to enter many different buildings and rooms, they’ll need many keys, which are inconvenient to carry and use. It can be difficult to remember which key is for which door, but it’s too much of a security risk to label them.

When it comes to deciding who has access to what, various departments are usually involved. This can include HR, facilities management and IT, and security. Often these departments each have their own system that operates independently. This is inefficient though and can lead to mistakes that present significant security risks.

For optimum security and efficiency, all systems should be aligned. An access control system that has the ability to integrate with other systems can have the power to link everything together.

Advantages of an Access Control System

Limit and personalise access to restricted areas to only a few people and grant temporary access to visitors.

Avoid the pain of issuing new keys or changing locks when you need to limit or grant access to employees.

Access reports that show who’s entering and exiting at all times from wherever you are – whether remote or on-site.

Let us install both your system and management software, so you can concentrate on what matters most: your business.

Integrate with other security systems, such as intrusion, video surveillance, HR databases, badging, visitor entry systems and more.

Enhance your access control system with touch-free to maintain a healthy environment for your employees and visitors.

Types of Access Control Methods

There are many different types of access control systems for commercial buildings and businesses, but not all systems will be the right fit, depending on the size of the deployment, the number of users and entries, and the level of security required. For example, a single office inside a commercial building will need very different security controls than a hospital or large warehouse facility.







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