Access control systems do exactly what their name implies; they control access to a resource. Most often, the resource is the business’ building or specific rooms within the building. By installing an access control system, you will be able to monitor and restrict who has access to what buildings or rooms.
Do I need an access control system?
It is important for businesses of every size to keep important data inside and threats outside. All businesses acknowledge this basic security concern by placing locks on the door and giving keys to employees that need to access these locks. But keying and re-keying your business each time an employee leaves or a key is lost or stolen can be costly and time consuming. Luckily, there is a solution. You may benefit from an access control system if you answer yes to any of these questions.
- Is a lost/stolen key an immediate security threat to your business?
- Do different employees need different access privileges?
- Would it be beneficial to restrict or allow access based on time or day?
- Do I need a record of when someone enters or leaves a door?
- Could my employees and clients be more secure?
Benefits of access control
Access control systems come in a variety of types and sizes with custom solutions for every company. The most common are I.D. badges with a radio frequency embedded for wireless entrance and keypads with individual security codes. A professional access control system offers your business some great benefits.
- Audit trail – With an access control system, you will have a record of every opening and attempted opening of each door or area. The audit trail can be valuable in resolving employee issues, such as time card disputes.
- Time/day restrictions – Do you have certain employees that should only be there at certain times and days. One example is your janitorial staff. If they only come one or twice a week at night, it makes more sense to restrict their access to those times than to give them a key that allows access at any time or day.
- Lost or stolen keys – When keys are lost, stolen or not returned by former employees, it is an expensive process for a business to completely re-key each door. And it can be a security risk if the locks are not re-keyed. Access control systems allow you to easily remove access by deactivating the I.D. badge or other security credential. This can save your business time and money and prevent losses.
- Remote access control – Many systems allow for control of all of the business’ locks from one main system. With these systems, you can easily and quickly lock down your business in an emergency as well as add and remove credentials.
Every business has a need to keep their valuable assets and data inside while keeping threats to their security outside. An access control system helps business do just that in a simple user-friendly way.