Security is an ever-growing concern for businesses across all industries. And, keeping your staff, customers, and equipment safe is a top priority for many business owners. While many in the past have relied on lock-and-key access systems, integrated security systems are making it easier to protect their assets. They can do this without compromising on convenience for their employees and visitors.
Unlike regular keys, access control systems rely on tag, RFID, card access, or biometric access such as fingerprints, facial recognition, or retina scans.
Access control systems can improve staff punctuality and reduce operational costs. They can also prevent theft or vandalism, and make your property more secure, or even lock down dangerous machinery.
Benefits of Access Control for Your Business
1. Theft Prevention
Whether or not your business has anything particularly valuable on-site, the possibility of a break-in is a real one. Access control prevents access to your property, protecting equipment and staff in the case of a break-in. In case something is stolen, access control systems show you which access point was breached. This gives you the ability to review related surveillance footage.
2. Save Energy and Money
You can integrate access control systems with other systems in the building. This includes the heating or lighting systems. Thus, you can switch off unnecessary systems if the access control system shows that no one is in a certain section of the building.
3. Encourage Staff Punctuality
Though every business owner would like to believe that their staff are not wasting their time, access control systems can provide an indisputable record of exactly when employees are arriving at or leaving work.
4. Restrict Access to Specific Locations
With access control systems, businesses can give access to certain parts of the building only to certain employees. This is especially helpful when dealing with sensitive information such as HR documents
5. Simplify Employee Turnover
In high attrition businesses or college campuses, it is simple to remove access from one specific individual without having to replace the locks and issue new keys to everyone.
The most important benefit of access control systems is that they are customizable for your business. A customized access control solution allows you to choose which areas of the building certain employees can or cannot access. You can base this on several metrics, such as clearance levels or time-based schedules. Ideal for multi-shift businesses or businesses with sensitive data, these systems give you more control.
Access control systems also provide automatic, indisputable records of who was in your building and when. Should proof of access be necessary for an investigation, these records could prove invaluable.
Within an integrated security system that includes video surveillance, these records show whether an access control token is misused or stolen.
The Role of Access Control in Integrated Security Systems
Integrated security systems are the future of security – combining multiple security systems into one solution for improved ease. These solutions can include video surveillance, alarm systems, uniformed guards and access control, to name a few.
Integrated security systems allow you to control all systems from one console. You can evaluate information from all systems at the same time, which can have many benefits and applications, such as:
- Retrieving historical video based on token information
- Beginning a video recording when a blacklisted or stolen token attempts access
- Generation of an alarm when a stolen or blacklisted token attempts access
- Using video object counting, you can detect tailgating
- Tracking visitors via video-based on token usage
Choosing Between Access Control Companies
With so many options on the market, choosing between access control companies shouldn’t be a quick decision. It should depend on your security needs, your budget, and what your aims are. When choosing between access control companies, the following should happen:
- Establish your business’ security needs: conduct a security review to determine what level of security you require – presently and in the future. Though this can be done in-house, most experts suggest outsourcing this to a third-party who has some industry knowledge and who can make recommendations you may not have thought of. Some things to take into account include entrance and exit locations, the number of people who access the building on a day to day basis, operation hours, and any potential vulnerabilities.
- Establish the best type of installation for your business: For small companies with minimal security needs, a DIY system might suffice, but most commercial business owners, a professional installation which offers integration with other security systems, system testing and maintenance is preferable
- Choose the best type of access control system for your business: not every access control system is created equal, and which system your business needs depends on your aims and security needs. What type of access tokens your business needs, or which type of access – discretionary, mandatory, or rule-based – should all be specific to your business.
All Campus Security will work with you to decide which type of access control system is best for you, depending on the requirements of your business and your budget. Qualified security professionals will also ensure that access control installation occurs with as little disruption as possible to your staff and visitors.