Nothing is more vital to the health of an organization than making
sure that its people, material assets and operations are safe and secure.
Access control addresses the full scope of risks that might arise, including
risks that other security systems such as burglar alarms and intrusion
detection simply are not designed to handle.
preventing people from entering places where they do not belong, access control
protects against theft as well as liability and disruption to your operations.
Access control can also integrate with other security and operational systems
to give you a comprehensive, cohesive management tool.
the biggest advantages that our access control systems offer is the ability to
determine quickly who may have gained access to critical areas before and after
an incident. Even our smallest, single door applications have
reporting available that shows an audit trail of door access activity, while
our mid-range and large-scale systems can provide in-depth, user-defined
Access Control Benefits include:
Ability to network entire system in multiple locations
Add or delete employees quickly and easily from the system
Control employee access into sensitive areas
Decrease security threats by restricting walk-in traffic
Disarm the intrusion detection sensors during entry,
eliminating the chance of
Eliminate the need to re-key the entire building whenever you
experience employee turnover
Program time and areas for authorized employee access
What type of Access Control Device?
The most popular choice is the proximity card. Proximity cards
contain small radio transponders that identify the holder to the system. The
"proximity" aspect is that the card only needs to be held near the
reader to work. These cards are easy to carry – they're the size and shape of a
credit card – and can be printed with the owner's picture for additional
security. They're also inexpensive and long-lasting.
The same technology can be used in other shapes: key fobs similar
to car alarm transponders, for example. You may pay a small premium for these
ids, but they can be more convenient for some users.
Magnetic cards are
even more like credit cards: they use the same magnetic strip as credit cards
to hold the owner's identification. They have most of the same advantages as
proximity cards, but because they have to be physically swiped through the
reader, they can wear out more quickly.
For higher-level security, look at biometric security devices.
Biometric access control systems use some part of the user's body for
identification. Fingerprint readers and hand scanners are common, but retinal
scanners are also available. There are significant security advantages to
biometric systems, the most significant being that the entry requirements are
next to impossible to steal or fake. In addition, users can't forget or lose
However, because biometric systems are far more expensive than
other types of access control, they're really only worth the cost if you need
very high-grade security. They can also be slow to use and can raise privacy
concerns from employees.
At the other end of the spectrum, keypads are typically the least
expensive way to get started with access control. There are no cards or tags to
issue and keep track of: you just assign numerical codes to individuals or
groups. While inexpensive, keypads are the least secure option: codes can be
stolen simply by careful observation or from employees who (inevitably) write
down their codes.
Our access control consultation includes many
- improved security systems
- visual verification
- workplace safety
- risk management
- integration with existing
security and safety systems
Let us protect you, simply fill out our contact form. Or give us a call at
281.217.2228 for more information.