What is Access Control?
Simply put its managing access of personnel to rooms, buildings, or areas.
It can consist of something as simple as a gate with a chain and
padlock, or a door with a locking handle. Usually in business its the
use of a wide array of equipment locks, electronics locks, card readers
biometrics readers, unlocking hardware, and monitoring equipment to control,
limit, or allow access.
What are the Benefits?
- Access Management.
First is locking and unlocking to allow your people access to
where they need to be. A simple door lock with key may be adequate for
- Prevent unauthorized
entry. Something like a keypad or a card reader or a combination
of both may work to allow your people access to an area while keeping
out unauthorized parties.
- Time management.
You can use access logs to verify or cross check with time
management to make sure your people were really working when they say
- Handle personnel
issues. Temporary access using codes, cards, and biometric
information can be turned on and off for service personnel.
Terminated or laid off employees can have their access turned off
instantly without he need to recover keys or cards.
- Safety. Access
control can be used to help with safety for both your personnel and
visitors. You can keep people out of areas where they might be
exposed to dangerous situations of environments, and you can prevent
intruders from disturbing your people.
- Instant control.
You can make changes with a good system from your own designated
- Remote management.
With the cooperation of your IT staff or IT manager you can even
control access and check logs remotely from your home computer, laptop,
or maybe even your cell phone. (Depending on the system)
How is it done?
- Independent keypads,
card readers, or biometric scanners with controls may be used to
deactivate magnet locks, active strike releases, or change the state of
motorized panic bars.
- A controller or
control system can allow for the integrations of multiple locations or
points of control
- Tying your system into
your Internet connected network can allow for easy local and sometimes
remote management of access control, and access to log
- Hardware needs to be
determined by your desired level of security, and the practicality of
installation for each access control point.
- A qualified installer
will install locking and unlocking devices, integrate them with
controls, and install control devices like keypads, card readers, and
- One or more of your
personnel will be trained in the use setup, management and programming
of the system for daily management.
What does it cost?
- Cost is a function of
quality, flexibility, level of security, and complexity.
- Even a simple
"access management" device like a keyed door lock will vary
greatly in price based on quality, and whether you have it installed by a
handy man or a lock hardware professional.
- For really good access
control systems with quality locking and releasing hardware, quality
management capability, and good installation quality the price can seam
expensive, but the relative gain in personnel safety, time management,
business flexibility is immeasurable, and potentially reduced liability.
What else is there?
- How about liability?
- You need to make sure
you follow the advice of your installing company regarding ease of egress
for emergencies like earthquake or fire, and follow the rules of your
local building department.
- You may have a reduced
risk of liability if only trained personnel have access to areas, which
may be dangerous or require special training.
- The risk of loss may
be reduced if access to sensitive trade secrets, or expensive materials
is limited to those with a need to be there.
- Integrate with alarm
and video systems. Some alarm panels even have limited or advanced
access management expansion capability.