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How To Manage Building Access With A Control System

How To Manage Building Access With A Control System

What Is An Access Control System?

An access control system is a way of controlling and managing who is allowed in and out of a building. Utilising modern technology, they have many extra features and can often be linked with other security solutions and in the long term can save money.

Long gone are the days where you would need to rely on one or two people with a large bunch of keys!

There are several different types of access control systems, from fobs to biometric, you can see the systems that we at Mayfair provide on our Access Control page. So, let’s have a look at them all in more detail

Which Access Control System To Choose?

Because of the different types of access control systems available, along with their flexibility and features, it depends on the size and type of business as to which one to choose.

If it is a small office used by one person or just a few people, then a standard access control system would most probably be a suitable choice.

But a larger property, a factory or college for example, would be better with a more advanced system.

Key Fob Access Control Systems

You know when you click the button on your car key to lock or unlock your car? That is pretty much how key fobs work.
Small and easy to attach to a key ring, they allow you to quickly open a secured door.

the image shows a biometric security access panel using a thumprint

Biometric Access Control Systems

The most commonly used form of biometric access control system is the thumb print used to unlock iPhones.

They use scan unique physical data in order to allow (or not) access to doors, computers, safes and much more.

Biometric systems using fingerprint or eye data are increasingly being used for security in buildings and offices as a simple but extremely effective way of controlling and managing access.

Voice Access Control Systems

By answering a set of questions or phrases, voice access control systems store the unique voice patterns of individuals. These are often used for telephone access, for example bank accounts.

Video Access Control Systems

Often used in tower blocks to control access to apartments, video access systems allow people to see who is wanting to enter a property.

Why Choose An Access Control System?

As we mentioned earlier, in the past access to buildings would have been a traditional bunch of keys.

But keys can be lost, the person with the keys could be unavailable and keys can easily be copied and stolen.

It could take some time to find out if a key has been stolen and there is the cost and inconvenience of having to replace keys and locks.

An access control system easily solves these issues. For example, a key fob can be issued or replaced very quickly and deactivated instantly if they have gone missing or been stolen.

There is also the added benefit if a business has a lot of people who need access every day. A college or hospital would be much better suited to using an access control system instead of the cumbersome practice of having to have keys cut and handed in every single day.

Access Control Systems Flexibility

These systems also provide much more flexibility, they can give access to particular rooms and at particular times.

A large factory could have a wide range of employees working day and night. Using access control, you can manage who gets in and out of particular rooms and offices, and when access is allowed.

Some systems can be used across more than one property. So, a company that has a head office in Manchester and several offices in different locations all over the country can utilise the same security system, instead of different door key codes or keys.

From a security point of view, they not only allow you to manage who accesses certain rooms, they can also tell you when they were accessed. This is particularly useful if an item is stolen or lost.

Working With Other Security Systems

Access control systems can also integrate with burglar alarms, CCTV cameras and other security systems.

This allows all the different parts of a buildings security system to be controlled by one centralised system which can be managed and monitored remotely.

One last benefit to mention is that building access control systems are increasingly being used in other areas of workplace management.

They can log when employees start of leave work, instead of the traditional clocking in cards or relying on individuals to manually input their hours to a timesheet.

Get In Touch

As we mentioned earlier, here at Mayfair Security we can provide the different aspects of access control. Our team of experts are more than happy to help.

If you would like further information, then please use our contact page or you can call us on 0808 178 0748.


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