Why Use Access Control?

Access control enables you to control who has access to your building.

Locks and Keys

Locks and keys allow you to secure your building, but when keys are lost or stolen, the inconvenience and expense of changing locks and re-issuing keys can be considerable. Keys may also be copied, creating even more security risks.

All businesses, whether small, medium or large, have assets that need to be protected from theft. There is also the issue of protecting staff and their property. It is common in buildings that are secured by locks and keys for doors to be left unlocked all day. This opens up the possibility of opportunist theft and malicious damage

Electronic access control

Electronic access control provides the most efficient and convenient way of securing your building and assets. Installing an access control system means that you will never have to change a lock again. Tokens are issued to allow access through the controlled doors, and are easily barred from the system if they are lost, stolen or just not returned by someone who leaves your company. Barred tokens will not allow access through the controlled doors.

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 access token is unable to enter. If necessary, doors may be set to unlock during a designated time frame.

Access control can also offer flexible control over users’ access rights. For example, all staff can gain access through the main door of a building, but access to internal areas may be restricted to those who have a specific need to be there. Access may also be restricted by time, only granting access to particular users at certain times of day or night.

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 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.

These systems are programmed at each door. If tokens need to be barred or codes changed, this action must be completed at every door on the system.

Typical applications:

  • Small business premises
  • Sports clubs
  • Storage units
  • Any small or medium sized site requiring access

PC Based Access Control

Referred to as ‘PC based’ or ‘Networked’ access control, these systems may be used to control one or many doors in a building. Access is gained by using a numeric code, or PIN with a keypad, by presenting a proximity or magstripe token or by ‘possesion’ with hands free tokens depending on which type of reader is fitted. PC based access control offers central control, via a network.

This means that commands given at the PC are sent to each of the doors. A token can be barred from all of the doors instantly. Another benefit of this type of system is flexible control, allowing you to grant different permissions for individuals or groups of users.

Reports may also be generated to see who went where and when. Many systems allow control of additional buildings via existing LAN/WAN. PC based systems are increasingly being used to control other services within buildings, for example intruder alarms, fire doors, lifts and lighting.

Typical applications:

  • Small business premises
  • Large corporate premises
  • Government buildings
  • Multiple-site premises
  • Sports clubs
  • Car parks

PC Based Systems

We install Net2, an advanced PC based access control solution that will give you control over who has access to your building. With Net2 you can control access on hundreds of doors for up to 10,000 users. Our software allows you to manage this in a logical and intuitive way.

Net2 is one of the most economical access control systems on the market. There are no hidden costs such as per seat licences; the software may be loaded on all the PC’s in a building if required. The standard version of our software, which includes all the features most organisations will need, is free.

Perhaps even more importantly your investment is future proofed. Adding additional doors in your building as your needs change is straightforward and cost effective. In addition, all new innovations to the system are designed to be backward compatible. Software upgrades are free.

Net2 offers the key requirements of a PC based access control system:

  • Central control
  • Flexible access permissions
  • Reporting

The software gives you full control over the system from your desk. Any instructions given to the software are immediately updated at all the doors. Adding users, barring users and changing users’ access permissions are all done from the PC quickly and easily.

If your company has several buildings, access to all of them can still be controlled from one location. Net2 will control many buildings in different locations using TCP/IP across your existing network.

Access permissions may be set individually or by department. This makes setting up different permissions for different groups of people quick and straightforward. Some areas may be restricted to only a certain group of users. Shift patterns may be set for departments, and those permissions are allocated instantly when a new user card is issued.

Net2 has even more to offer!
All of the above are the essentials of a good PC based access control system. Net2 however, offers even more functionality:

Intruder alarm integration
Nominate those who have permission to unset and set the intruder alarm. When they present their token to the door, the alarm will unset prior to the door unlocking. If the alarm is set, only these nominated people will be able to access the building. This easy-to-use feature helps prevent false alarms.

SMS/Email messaging:
Through its easy-to-use ‘Triggers and Actions’ function, Net2 can send SMS or emails when a specified trigger happens. Get an SMS message sent to your mobile if a door is forced; have an email sent to you when staff arrive late!

View IP camera images:
See who is at the door, before you let them in. View what is happening throughout your building.

Control lighting and heating:
Turn lights on when you arrive in the morning; turn them off when the alarm is set at night – easy with ‘Triggers and Actions’.

Hands free:
Hands free access control enables any Net2 door equipped with P series PROXIMITY readers to achieve hands free ranges of up to 2.5m. Doors are converted to hands free simply by wiring a hands free interface between the reader and control unit. Hands free tokens are then supplied to users who require hands free access. Both standard Net2 and hands free tokens will work on a Net2-equipped door.

Key features:

  • PC based system
  • Central control of privileges
  • Manage 100s of doors, 10,000 users
  • Scaleable; add to systems easily
  • Integrate other building systems
  • Proximity, magstripe or keypads

    Typical applications:

    • Small business premises
    • Large corporate premises
    • Government buildings
    • Multiple-site premises
    • Sports clubs
    • Car parks

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    Vigil Security Systems
    17 Vernon Terrace
    Sheffield
    S10 5GJ

    P: 0114 2678881
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    sales@vigilsystems.co.uk

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