Access Control Systems Explained: Which is Best for Your Business?
Whether you’re a small business owner or in charge of a larger corporation, keeping your workplace secure is essential. If your property is vulnerable to a break-in, installing an access control system could provide you with some extra protection and peace of mind,
Access control systems have evolved rapidly over the years, advancing from lock and key to cutting-edge technology that offers the highest levels of protection. Nowadays, there is a whole host of different access control systems to choose between, and it can be difficult to know where to begin.
With this in mind, the team here at Astra Security has written this article to help you make an informed decision on what is best for your business.
Why are access control systems important?
Access control systems offer a myriad of benefits to all kinds of commercial properties:
- Certain access control systems can keep track of who is coming and going. Not only is this useful for personnel management but if a theft or accident occurs, you can identify who was in the area at the time.
- They are cost-effective in the long term, reducing the need for security guards to monitor premises.
- Access control is an effective deterrent against criminals, reducing the chances of unauthorised access.
- With an access control system in place, your employees can have greater flexibility over their shifts; they have the freedom to come in earlier or leave later without waiting around for a keyholder.
- Insurance companies often offer reduced premiums for businesses with an access control system in place.
- You can install access points in any area, so if there’s a certain section of your business that deals with classified information, then access to this zone can be limited to a select group.
Types of access control systems
Keypad access is an easy and cost-effective security solution with very little admin involved – just the simple memorisation of a numerical or lexical code. The passcode can be easily changed at any time, making this one of the most customisable styles of access. It’s an ideal option for businesses that have an ever-fluctuating staff turnover.
Although keypad access is incredibly convenient, if your business handles sensitive materials then you may wish to opt for another control method, as code sharing can occur if not closely monitored.
As the name implies, this security system grants access when a key card or fob is in close proximity to the entrance reader. This is an affordable option that eliminates the need for multiple keys to offer maximum convenience.
Remote Bluetooth Control
Most of us wander around with our mobile phones seemingly attached to our hands, however, this can come in handy when using Bluetooth-controlled access. Your mobile phone or device acts as an ID card, so there’s no more hunting around in your bag for keys!
It also provides real-time access tracking, allowing administrators to easily monitor who is in a protected area at any time.
Biometric control readers
Once thought of as a high-tech solution only found in James Bond films, biometric control readers are growing in popularity and becoming more commonplace in workplaces across the country. Facial or fingerprint recognition software is used to grant access. As biometric data is unique to each person and thus incredibly difficult to replicate, this system offers maximum security, making it perfect for workplaces that handle sensitive materials.
Which is best for your business?
When choosing the right access control system for your business, you must take into account numerous factors: the size of your business, the number of employees and the level of security required. For businesses with a high-staff turnover and ever-changing rates of usage, keypad or remote Bluetooth may be the best option as they are easily adjustable if circumstances change. Proximity fobs can also be a good solution for businesses with a large number of employees as they are quick and inexpensive to replace should they be lost.
Biometric systems provide the highest level of security for companies that prioritise discretion. This is because, unlike fobs and codes which can be lost or shared, biometric data can not be shared, making it a secure option that minimises the risk of human error. It’s also possible to integrate two different security systems to strengthen protection, further reducing the margin of error to ensure no unauthorised access is possible.
Here at Astra Security, we offer a range of access control systems that are sure to keep your business safe. Having been in operation since 1979, our SSAIB-certified team has a wealth of expertise and experience, meaning we can advise which access control system is most appropriate for your workplace.
If you’re interested in any of our services, get in touch with our friendly team for more information. We can be found working in domestic and commercial premises across Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and beyond.