Gone are the days when organisations used to employ security guards at every key area of the premises. As the electronic security technology has advanced, there are now more sophisticated and safer security systems into the picture and one of them is access control system.
Fundamentally, access control systems are devices that monitor or restrict entry into a specific area. The access control points can be any entryway such as a door, turnstile, parking gate, elevator or other physical barrier, where granting access can be electronically controlled. These electronic systems are necessary in order to meet the security and supervision requirements of that place.
Consequently, door access control, such as Texecom’s Premier Elite iProx, has become an essential element of commercial security systems to as it can serve dual security purpose:
- Can act as access control
- Can be used to control the alarm without entering the property.
The advantage: iProx can trigger an alarm from anywhere rather than the conventional entry timer. It comes integrated with 26bit Wiegand reader and iEvo which allows the use of cards and biometrics on the alarm panel not just to ingress but also to arm and disarm the control panel.
As we have discussed the necessity of these systems, let’s look at the various ways in which these systems can be used for a business.
Before we start on the key factors to choose the right access control system, here are the different ways through which they grant access:
- Proximity cards
- Biometric systems
- RFID i.e. radio frequency
- Facial recognition
- Password/PIN protected
So, we know that there are various types of systems that are available but which their suitability majorly depends upon 3 key factors:
• Extent of security required
Whilst all access control systems provide a good level of security, some are relatively more secure than others. The level of security needed usually depends on the type of business being run.
For instance, biometric systems are more secure than a swipe card system as they require a person to be physically present to gain access. In case of card systems, anyone with the card can enter the area.
• Number of access points within the building
A building may comprise of various access points that could require security checks depending on the level of security required. A big concern may install a swipe card system at the main door entrance and other systems like biometric or password protection in other areas restricted for the public.
• Volume of people
Where a large volume of people are going in and out of the door, it can be secured with a card swipe system. Whereas a place where a single person needs access, a biometrics system can be utilised.
Benefits of Access Control Systems
The use of access control systems are not just limited to a business, rather there is a growing number of people who are installing them in their homes too. The benefits include:
- Cost effective: The cost of hiring multiple security guards are much higher than installing these control systems.
- No possibility of human error: These systems rule out the need of guards. Hence, no human error.
- High level of security: The various types of access control systems ensure to meet all your security needs.
- Keep track of employees: These systems are also used to mark attendance of employees. It helps to keep track of all the employees leaving or entering the workplace.
The bottom line is that access control systems are an efficient way to control admittance inside a building. The big plus comes in the form of hassle-free installation and maintenance of these systems.