Access control systems are used in businesses and residential properties throughout the world. These are used to improve security, keeping occupants safe. There are so many different choices available from card readers to keypads to biometrics, which include fingerprint scanners and more.
There are a number of factors you have to take into consideration whether you’re choosing access control systems for your business, for an apartment complex or for your home.
The first thing you need to take note of is the ease of use. If you’re getting home late from work, what is the easiest system to use to gain access to your property? When you’re dealing with a hundred or more people in an office building, what is the easiest solution to ensure that everyone can gain access without issues and that you can track who is coming and going.
Smaller businesses and homes tend to choose keypads. They are given a unique code, which can be changed regularly to improve security. This code can be given to multiple family members or employees. Changing the code regularly ensures that the code isn’t handed to someone else offering them access and compromising the security in the property.
Card readers are exceptionally common in residential and office buildings. Each person has their own unique card that they swipe to gain access. Most of these cards have a barcode, which enables the security team to monitor who is coming and who is going. Once a person leaves the company, you can delete the card from the system, eliminating the ability for that person to gain access.
Biometrics is used in homes and also in high risk businesses, such as government building server rooms and banking institutions. Fingerprint scanners, retina scanners and other high tech systems are used to only allow the person with approved access to get into a specific room or gain access to a certain property.
Looking at the access control systems you feel is the right match for what you need, it’s advisable to ensure it’s expandable, especially if you are a business and may add new team members as the business grows moving forward. Being able to add new cards for the card reader, ensuring it’s easy to add new people to biometrics and the ability to add more scanners and systems to different rooms, linking back to the main database are all very important considerations to factor into your decision moving forward.
If you want to allow visitor access, determine how this can be incorporated into the system. Card readers give visitors their own unique card which they sign for, this way you have the visitor’s information and who they are visiting in the building. They also hand the card back when they leave, so you know they have left the building and your security has not been compromised.
With keypads, you can include a buzzer system. Your receptionist can push a button to unlock the door to visitors, giving them access. They can then sign in or a diary can be kept with who is coming and going.
Always pay very close attention to the warranty that comes with the access control systems. You want a long warranty that covers any manufacturing defects or issues, this way the repair or replacement cost is not your problem, saving you money.
See if the company you have chosen to purchase your access control system from offers a service agreement. These systems do require regular maintenance to ensure they are operating at their best, having this included in a service agreement can help you budget more effectively.