When it comes to commercial-grade surveillance systems, technologically advanced systems are a necessity. Most access control systems are computer-based and provide access to buildings or private areas via biometric readers, or ID badges. In some cases, access codes are used in lieu of ID badges or access cards. These user-friendly systems are highly sophisticated and are also designed with the owner’s capabilities in mind.
Let’s take a look at what an access control system consists of and why it’s beneficial to switch from outdated analog security systems.
What is an access control system?
An access control system allows or revokes permission into a restricted area, which may be housing anything from large sums of money to significant mounds of data. Such access is only granted with the proper credentials or ‘keys.’ In commercial-grade security, accessibility may be in the form of:
- Access Cards - Uniquely coded access cards distributed to business personnel with authorized access.
- Biometrics Readers - Computerized measurement and analysis of a person’s physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, retina, or voice, to grant access.
- Keypads - Used in place of card readers, keypads require a specific numerical/alphabetical code for authorized access.
- IP Access Control Reader - Intelligent readers that have decision-making authority to open a door. Connected to a network, they do not need to access a central control panel through conventional wires.
What are some of the benefits to an access control system?
Keeping your property under simple lock and key may not be sufficient and can also be easily accessible to unauthorized users. The use of an access control system limits persons who can access a particular area and at what particular times they may access. Additionally, access control systems may restrict privileges to a specific group of employees, such as managers and supervisors. Furthermore, they can be programmed to automatically stay unlocked (or locked) for specific periods of time. Database of advanced access control systems can log and record activity, which can later be used in the event of theft or loss.
In addition, access control systems are easy to use and allow flexibility for employees. No need to carry around heavy sets of keys or worry about losing them, since access control systems require different types of access. This also prevents unauthorized access by persons that managed to obtain a duplicate key. No longer will employers rely on the tedious task of tracking down each employee that comes and goes. Since access control systems are easily programmable, a swift deletion of an authorized user will easily deny access to former employees.
In these and other ways, modern access control systems make it easy for businesses to maintain commercial-grade security at all times. These highly advanced systems offer an array of features that can be suited to fit the needs of each business.
For more information or to design an access control system that is a perfect fit for your commercial needs, contact Herring Technology.