While you may have been hesitant to invest in an Access Control System, or are unable to justify the high costs of purchasing sophisticated security equipment, the undeniable fact remains that you still need to keep your multiple locations safe with control access. With incidents of industrial vandalism and theft happening more often than ever, you need to protect your company’s mission-critical assets.
Without mincing words, a high-quality access control system is a must-have for the security of your facilities. Let’s look at what an access control system is, and the top five benefits you’ll get for deploying a functional one.
What Does an Access Control System Do?
An access control system, or building access system, is a security infrastructure that regulates who or what can view, use or access a facility or other on-site resources. It is a fundamental concept in security, designed to minimize risk and protect your profits by keeping your revenue-generating assets secure.
It will also reduce the cost of managing geo-diverse remote sites, allowing you to view and manage access remotely from a central terminal.
Key Elements of a Well Designed Access Control System
A building access system comprises of four basic elements;
- Master Station
- Site Controller
- Entry Control Unit
- User Input Device (Keypad or Proxy Reader)
- Keypad Proxy Reader
These four components are critical to creating a secure, properly designed building access system. One of the advantages of a door access control system is that it solves the problems of traditional lock and keys. The BAS, for instance, consists of an Entry Control Unit device, keypads, and card readers.
Access Control Security System Benefits
The following are some important advantages of investing in an access control system for your organisation.
- Maintain Security of your Sites
This is the biggest benefit of a building access system: to properly secure your remote sites. Traditional keys cannot give you user-level access control that building access systems can give you, and they certainly cannot provide you with a log of every entry and exit.
In addition, a formidable access control system allows you to keep your employees safe and lets you grant permission to certain people to access certain areas in your facility.
- Avoid Re-keying When a Key is Lost or Stolen
An electronic user database means that you never have to change locks at your sites. So, if a keycard is ever lost or an employee quits and fail to return their keys, it can be immediately removed from the database and a new one can be issued. If an employee leaves your company, his or her access rights can be deleted within seconds. Since a keycard can’t be easily duplicated, this greatly lowers your overall exposure to risk.
With an effective access control system, your single key or access code grants you access to every door you need to go through, so there’s no chance of forgetting the key for a particular door. If you get to a site where you need access and you are not recognized by the system, a network operator can add you to the list instantly.
- Maintain Electronic Logs for Review After an Incident
Keys always work, even when you don’t want them to. There are probably a few legitimate reasons why a site needs to be accessed on Sundays at 3 am, but you can’t restrict access times with traditional keys.
One of the benefits of the access control system is that it can log who enters and exits your sites for later review. This can be an invaluable tool when investigating vandalism or theft, or for tracking response times or technical activities internally.
- “Buzz” People in if They Forget a Key
Every time a technician forgets to take a key on a truck-roll, your travel time and expense doubles. That technician has to drive back to the office, pick up a key, then drive back out to the site. The same situation can happen if that tech simply picks up the wrong key, or large organizations will have at the very least dozens of similar-looking keys.
This all means that physical locks don’t support remote “buzz in.” If an unexpected event comes up and you want to allow access to a site immediately, you can’t if you use traditional physical locks.
With a building access system, if a tech or outside contractor needs access to a locked site, you can open that door remotely from your central terminal.
- Seamlessly Integrate with Your Current Network Fault Monitoring System
If you accomplish network monitoring and access control with a single system, you are doing yourself and your company a big favor. Integration with your remote monitoring system will provide you with many advantages. Some of them are:
– Achieving price economies by purchasing one system instead of two.
– Receiving building access alarms on the same screen as all of your other network devices.
– Eliminating the need for another NOC terminal.
– Leveraging existing monitoring tool investments while avoiding the installation of expensive new transports.
– Single point of contact with only one vendor.
– By integrating your building access system into your current remote site management system, you are also establishing access control that can be managed from a central location, greatly reducing truck roll costs.
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