The inconvenience of keys being lost can be more than an inconvenience if it can potentially leave your property insecure. Changing locks and keys can be expensive – Electronic access control can be an efficient and convenient way to secure your premises.
What are the benefits?
Tokens can be issued to allow access through controlled doors or gates. These can easily be barred from the system if they are lost or stolen, or if they are just simply not returned by someone who leaves the company.
Once an access control system is installed, all doors controlled by the system will automatically lock when the door is closed. Anyone without a pin or token will not be able to enter (If necessary, doors may be set to unlock during a designated timeframe e.g., during normal opening hours).
Access control can offer flexible control over the access rights of individuals. For example, all staff may have access through the main entrance using their fob, but internal doors can be assigned to users based on their need to access an area, or only at certain times of day.
Types of Access Control Systems
Standalone Access Control
This type of system may be used to control access on one or many independent doors in a building. Access is gained with a numeric code or PIN with a keypad, or by presenting a token to the reader, depending on which type of reader is fitted. These systems are programmed at each door so if tokens need to be barred or code needs to be changed it must be completed on each individual door.
Networked Access Control (PC Based)
These systems may be used to control one or many doors within a building. As with the standalone, this can be with a numeric code or PIN or with a token, depending on the installed system. This system is, however, controlled via a network. This means that one command can be sent from the computer to all devices on the system. It also allows you to control permissions for individuals or a group of users. The PC based system also allows you to generate reports so you can see who went where and when.