What is Access Control?
Why should we use Access Control?
Common Features Of Access Control Systems
- Limit access– Systems can be programmed to allow certain users to enter specific areas only at certain times. Other users can be allowed to enter all locations at all times.
- Automating – Systems can automatically lock a door or gate each evening at a certain time and unlock it automatically at another time.
- Replace the Key– Managing keys can be a nightmare. If you use a different key for each of several doors it can be cumbersome to carry them all and time consuming to stand at an entrance wading through the set for the right one. Keys are easily lost or duplicated, and terminated employees often do not return keys. Access control systems eliminate this concern because if a user leaves without returning their access credential, it can be easily deleted to deny the former user access. In some systems that access can even be changed from an off site location. In many cases the annual cost of re-keying a facility alone will justify the cost of an electronic access control system.
- Track Access– One of the biggest advantages of an electronic access control system is the ability to document and report access activity. This can provide you with critical information before and after an incident.
- Visual Verification– By including color coded distinctive badges access systems can readily identify visitors, temporary employees, contractors and regular full time employees. By including a photo of the user on the credential you can help building occupants know the card user is the person to whom it was issued.
- Integration and Coordination– Your Access Control System can be connected and coordinated with other systems including burglar and fire alarms, closed circuit television, time and attendance recording, and control of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Common Parts of the Access Control System
How Does An Access Control System Work?
How Access Control Systems Coordinate With Other Systems
How Are Access Control Systems Governed by Law?
How Do You Handle Visitors if All Your Doors Are Locked?
What is Time and Attendance?
What are Telephone Entry Systems
- require a dedicated phone line from the local phone company.
- will not work for a tenant if the tenant his/her phone service discontinued or if he/she simply does not have any phone service.
- require users to have call waiting service from the local phone company.
- may not work while a phone line is used to connect to the internet.
- need to be reprogrammed when tenants move out or in.
Hardwired telephone entry systems are immune to most of these problems. By tying directly into the existing telephone wirelines inside the building at the lobby level (as opposed to a dedicated subscriber phone line) they allow relatively inexpensive install.