Security needs and challenges are ever-changing and require innovative ways to combat them. Lives, intellectual property, and physical property all require protection from different kinds of threats – cyber and otherwise.
To combat security threats, access control solutions are necessary for corporate, commercial, and residential buildings for safeguarding lives and property located there.
A common facility that can be found in a lot of housing and corporate buildings is the elevator, which provides a faster and less stressful alternative to taking the stairs, especially in high-rise buildings. Its popularity notwithstanding, many security flaws accompany elevator access.
So, what is elevator access control?
Elevator access control refers to securing an entry point that provides access to an elevator and it is done by limited entry access. The design of an elevator access control system helps to assess people through their credentials after which access is denied or granted in line with their specific user permissions. This means that individuals can only access floors that they are permitted to.
Let’s now take a look at some of the reasons you need elevator access control in your buildings. To do this, we’ll enumerate the threats that elevators are prone to.
Why do you need better elevator access control in your buildings?
1. To prevent unauthorized individuals from sharing the elevator with those that are authorized.
This is a common breach of elevator security seeing that it is quite easy for you to hold the elevator door for someone you are unaware is unauthorized. This will provide such a person with easy access to other floors that they should not have access to. This could sometimes constitute a big problem especially when there is a lot of traffic.
2. To prevent opportunistic intruders.
This refers to those people that take advantage of high traffic by waiting in an elevator until it arrives at the floor they want access to which they normally wouldn’t be authorized to be on.
3. Piggyback prevention
What intruders do here is to quickly press another floor button soon after an authorized individual has picked a floor using their credentials.
4. Chaos prevention during an evacuation
Chaos tends to emanate when there are fire outbreaks and this could easily intensify when it takes longer to access the elevator than usual due to the large number of people that need it at a time. An elevator control system integrated with the fire alarm reduces the possibility of such chaos by lifting restrictions on elevator access during emergency evacuations.
Your next step
Many options exist when it comes to elevator access controls and you’ll need to find the right one that meets your specific needs. To get started on securing your elevators, call Trivest Technologies on +234-802-230-6494 or forward a mail to email@example.com